Meetings and Coffee Mornings

Monthly meetings

Regular monthly meetings are held at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when there is no meeting. Meetings are normally held in Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, 3 Collett Place, Pearce, ACT 2607. The meeting location is shown here.

Meetings generally last for about two hours, including tea and coffee at the end of the meeting.   All men and women are welcome to attend our meetings ― members, non-members, carers, friends, ‘just interested’, etc. There is no need to ask about attending – simply turn up!

Our next monthly meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at our usual location (Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce).

Our speaker will be physiotherapist, Maureen Bailey. She will speak about what we need to do to prepare for and recover from prostate cancer treatment and remain healthy after treatment in terms of our physical wellbeing, particularly continence.

We will also be holding our annual general meeting following Maureen’s presentation at the end of which a new committee will be elected for 2019–20 (and we are also hoping to appoint some ex officio members as part of our succession planning). Any member may nominate for the committee. Download the nomination form here.

If you want to talk to someone before the date of the meeting please contact our President or Secretary.

What happens at our meetings

At our meetings, a wide range of topics is discussed in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Those present include men who have undergone the most common treatments for prostate cancer and their partners.  They are willing to discuss their experiences and views with you and to offer support during the diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation phases.  

About 20 to 30 people attend each meeting and include women as well as men. No invitation is required; anyone is welcome to simply turn up. 

Discussion topics

Discussion covers a wide range of topics including: 

  • risk factors for prostate cancer
  • indicators and detection of prostate cancer (e.g. through PSA testing, DRE, biopsy)
  • treatment options and their availability
  • pre-treatment preparation
  • post-treatment care and rehabilitation
  • management and remediation of any post-treatment side effects (e.g. incontinence or erectile dysfunction)
  • possibility and likelihood of recurrence of prostate cancer after treatment

At most meetings, people who have special expertise in a matter of interest are invited to address the meeting.  Such people include urologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, physiotherapists, prostate cancer nurses, exercise specialists and others.  We thank the very many health professionals who contribute their valuable time to our meetings.

Coffee mornings

In addition to our monthly meetings, we also organise regular informal coffee and chat mornings. These take place at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except January). The venue for these meetings alternates between the Woden and Jamison venues of the Canberra Southern Cross Club. You do not need to be invited to attend – simply turn up at any meeting and you and your partner/carer will be made welcome.

Our next coffee morning

Our next coffee morning is on Tuesday, 10 September at the Canberra Southern Cross Club at JAMISON. We meet in the restaurant at the coffee shop end near the window. ALL ARE WELCOME.