Thirty two people attended the launching of the Prostate Cancer Partner’s Support Forum on Thursday February 4 at the Maclean Bowling Club. We thank the directors of the Bowlo for the kind donation of use of the room and Rotary (Anne Farrel) for the microphone.
Auntie Lenore Parker with Auntie Elizabeth Smith opened the meeting with a ‘Welcome to Country’ acknowledging the Aboriginal heritage of the land we were meeting on and the meeting acknowledged past, present and emerging elders and Lenore blessed the concept of the Forum as we are “all family”.
The Mayor, Jim Simmons, acknowledged the new support group for the Clarence Valley saying how important it is for residents to know where to get support and information for prostate health.
The Honourable Jim Lloyd, from the PCFA head office, was the main speaker and gave those present information about the importance of men having regular PSA checks and how partner’s support is so important when someone is experiencing a prostate issue.
Questions were asked and answered by Dr Robin Mathews and Jim Lloyd and there was a lot of information booklets and pamphlets on display for anyone to take.
A fun raffle using numbers on pingpong balls ended the evening and those present took their pingpong ball home as this represented the size of a healthy prostate.
Glad Smith, who is the spokesperson for the Prostate Cancer Partner’s Support Forum, was very pleased with the night and is having follow up meetings with those who wanted to keep in touch. Please phone: Glad 0415 350 974 or Anne Farrel phone: 0407 614 464, we welcome anyone who would like to join a group for coffee and chat and give support to anyone suffering the anxiety or mental anguish or just want information to support their partner with prostate issues.
The main message that came out of the Forum is to get our men, any age, to have a PSA blood test regularly and get early treatment for any prostate issue.