Support groups and networks
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ACT Brain Tumour Network
convened by Brain Tumour Alliance Australia.
Voluntary cancer support network providing a free information line and information resources. Monthly meetings, call for meeting location.
Phone: Freecall 1800 857 221 (only free via landline)
PO Box 76, Dickson ACT 2602
B Friends Support Group
breast cancer support from diagnosis to treatment and beyond:
35 Lakeview Drive Narooma NSW 2546
Phone: (02) 4476 1768 or (02) 4476 2271
4 Bronte Crescent, Batemans Bay NSW 2536
Phone: (02) 4472 4034
Bosom Buddies ACT Inc
Bosom Buddies is an organisation of volunteers who provide personal support to breast cancer patients and their families and supporters. It provides individual support to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, social and networking activities, awareness programs, advocacy to improve treatment, and a regular newsletter.
Open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm.
Pearce Community Centre
Building 1, 7 Collett Place, Pearce ACT 2607
Phone: 0406 376 500 or (02) 6290 1984
Can Assist - Cancer Assistance Network
Provides financial assistance for the cost of transport to treatment, accommodation, chemist accounts, prosthesis and day-to-day costs.
- Ardlethan (02) 6978 3836
- Balranald (02) 6772 2291
- Coleambally (02) 6954 8362
- Cootamundra 0413 937943
- Goulburn (02) 4821 5927
- Griffith (02) 6964 5264
- Gundagai (02) 6944 1952
- Hay 1300 226 277
- Harden-Murrumburrah (02) 6386 2123
- Hillston (02) 6967 2646
- Junee (02) 6924 3123
- Leeton (02) 6953 6610
- Lockhart (02) 6920 4065
- Narrandera (02) 6959 1096
- Temora 0429 774966
- Tumbarumba (02) 6948 2845
- Tumut (02) 6947 2060
- Ungarie (02) 6975 9228
- Wagga Wagga 0417 258173
- West Wyalong (02) 6972 0917
- Yass (02) 6226 2435
- Young-Boorowa (02) 6382 5626
- Can Assist
Canberra Haematology Information and Support Group
A support group for people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or related blood disorders and/or their families and friends. Meet the second Tuesday of every month from 10am to 12pm at the:
The Leukaemia Foundation
The John James Village
Rusden Street (opposite Rusden Place)
Garran, ACT 2605
Phone: (02) 6215 7000
Cancer Council ACT
Provides a range of support for people affected by cancer. A cancer information and support line Cancer Council 13 11 20, patient information booklets, education programs, telephone and internet support groups, a pro bono legal, financial planning, workplace and small business service, a wig service and referral to other relevant services in the area. Visit www.actcancer.org
5 Richmond Ave, Fairbairn ACT 2609
Phone: 13 11 20
Cancer Support Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon, except January at the:
St Gregory's Parish Center
47 Lowe St, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6299 0081 or (02) 6297 1912
Rise Above - Capital Region Cancer Relief
Support services for families including financial assistance, family functions and counseling services.
21 Cooma St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6297 1261 | Fax: (02) 62971878
Corpus Christi Cancer Support Group
A gathering of people who come together out of a common need to share, discuss and gain information and support regarding this major event in their lives.
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (except December and January) at the:
167 Bugden Ave, Gowrie ACT 2904
Phone: (02) 6291 6688
Eden-Pambula Cancer Support
51 Mitchell St, Eden NSW 2551
Phone (02) 6496 3661 or (02) 6496 4927
Goulburn & District Cancer Support Group
Support group for women with cancer (all types and stages).
Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Goulburn Workers Club.
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for a social event at:
28 King St, Bungonia NSW 2580
Phone: (02) 4844 4216 or (02) 4821 0091
Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group
A facilitated support group for people with lung cancer or mesothelioma and/or their families and friends.
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10am in the:
Patient, Carer Lounge, Level 2, Canberra Region Cancer Centre
Yamba Dr, Garran
Phone: 0466 169 952
Melanoma Patients Australia Canberra Support Group
A support group for patients, their families and friends.Meets monthly providing information, support and fun.
Meets on the second Sunday of every month from 11am at the:
Canberra Southern Cross Club
92-96 Corinna Street
WODEN ACT, 2606
A mindfulness based drop-in group program at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre for family carers of cancer and palliative care patients.
Information on Mindful Carers groups is available through the social workers or by contacting 6174 8444.
Mindful Moments - Cancer Counselling Service
A skills based mindfulness group program in the community health setting for adult patients who have just been given a diagnosis of cancer, who are currently being treated, or have completed treatment.
Life After Cancer Treatment theraputic group program explores the issues of survivorship for people finishing cancer treatment.
Information on both these groups is available by phoning the Cancer Counselling Service on 6205 1449.
Neuroendocrine Tumour (NET/Carcinoid) Support Group
Unicorn Foundation. A support group for people affected by neuroendocrine tumours, carcinoid syndrome and related conditions.
Meets every second month at the:
Canberra Hospital, Yamba Dr, Garran ACT 2605
Phone: (02) 6297 3548
OvCan (ACT and Region)
Ovarian cancer awareness raising activities and support group for women with ovarian cancer and their family and friends.
Meets the first Wednesday of each month (except January) from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the:
Hughes Baptist Church
10 Groom Street
HUGHES ACT, 2605
Phone (02) 6292 0987 or 0450 962058
The Pancare Foundation's community Care Program supports patients and their families from the point of diagnosis through to recovery and bereavement.
Ph: 1300 881 698
Prostate Cancer Support Group - ACT Region
The group provides support to men diagnosed with (or have had) prostate cancer, and their families. This is done through contact, monthly meetings and a newsletter.
Full details about the group's activities, meeting location and contact persons are online.
C/- SHOUT. Pearce Community Centre
7 Collett Pl, Pearce ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6235 0161 (group secretary)
Solace ACT Inc.
A self help group for widows and widowers of all ages. Assists bereaved people to adjust to their loss.
Meets the first and third Wednesday each month at Philip, and the first and third Monday at Hawker.
PO Box 54, Curtin ACT 2605
Phone: (02) 6297 1052
The Wig Service, operated by Cancer Council ACT, is open 9am - 5pm,Mon - Friday at the Cancer Council ACT office, 5 Richmond Avenue, Fairbairn
Phone (02) 6257 9999 for information or visit:
Young District Carers Support Group
Social group that meets the third Wednesday of each month, 10am at Blue Steel Cafe. No age limit.
Carers and the person they care for are welcome. People can also attend when they are no longer a carer.
128 Edward St, Young NSW 2594
Phone (02) 6382 2520
Young Hope Cancer Support Group
Group for young women with cancer (all types). Call for details of the monthly meeting. Also provides phone support.
Phone 0428 255356