Meetings and Coffee Mornings

Monthly meetings

Our monthly meetings are normally held at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except in December when we don’t formally meet. They are normally held in Room 22, Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, 3 Collett Place, Pearce, ACT 2607.

Our meetings generally last for about two hours, including tea and coffee at the end of the meeting.   Everyone is welcome ― members, non-members, carers, friends, ‘just interested’, etc.

There is no normally need to ask about attending – simply turn up! However, during the pandemic, our meetings are limited to 30 people attending in person to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus but you can still join us from home via Skype. To help us during the pandemic, could you please register if you wish to attend the meeting, either in person or on Skype, by emailing president@pcsg-act.org.au. If you are attending via Skype, we’ll send you a link so that you can join.

Our next monthly meeting

Our next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting and be held on the last Wednesday of September, so that’s 29 September. We originally delayed the AGM to the end of September because we were hoping that the ACT would be out of lockdown by the 17th of September. However, with lockdown now extended to 15 October, we’re still going ahead with the AGM using Skype, with voting also available by proxy. We’re planning to start at 6:30pm for 7.

If you want to talk to someone in the meantime, 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.  

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

Our coffee mornings take place at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) and alternate between the Woden and Jamison venues of the Canberra Southern Cross Club.  All are welcome to attend.

Our next coffee morning

The ACT is still in lockdown until 15 Oct 21 so our coffee mornings for September and October have had to be cancelled.

Our next coffee morning will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, 9 Nov 21 at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, JAMISON, subject to ACT lockdowns. There’s no need to book so please just come along – we’d love you to join us for a chat.