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    Cancer support groups connect people affected by cancer and help them to share their experiences. Currently within South Australia cancer support groups operate independently to Cancer Council SA. These groups are either led by community members and /or health professionals. The views expressed by these support groups are the views of the support groups and are not necessarily those of Cancer Council SA.

    All information is correct at the time of updating.

    Below is a list of support groups that have provided contact details to Cancer Council SA. If you would like to add to or update this information please call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or email chl@cancersa.org.au

    Support groups by cancer type

    Asbestos

    Name Location Description
    Asbestos Diseases Society of SA Adelaide

    Located at 7 Ninth Street Bowden SA (part of the Uniting Care Wesley Bowden complex cnr Gibson Street). 
    Contact: 0403 914 663 or (08) 8241 7297

    Asbestos Victims Association (SA) Inc. Telephone support The group provides telephone peer support and has regular support group meetings. Refer to website www.avasa.asn.au
    Contact: Coordinator Kat Burge 0418 894 657 or
    (08) 8212 6008
    Port Augusta Asbestos Support Group Port Augusta Meetings are held of the first Friday of each month at the Port Augusta Bowling Club Cnr Marryatt & Jervois Streets Port Augusta. 
    Contact: Geoff Maul (08) 8642 2884 or 0419 822 296
    Email WIZZ1909@gmail.com
    Whyalla Asbestos Victims Support Group Whyalla

    Members provide support, information and advice on asbestos related and other lung diseases. Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Adelaide lawyers are available to answer questions at the meetings - please ring to make an appointment (08) 8645 0555 Support volunteers available Mon-Fri 10am - 3pm at Shop 5 87 Essington Lewis Ave Whyalla
    Contact: John Arthur (08) 8645 0555 or
    0416 482 673 or after hours 08 8645 3322
    Email wavsg@bigpond.com

    Bereavement

    Name Location Description
    Solace Association (SA) Inc. Adelaide Meets at the CWA Building, 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town on Tuesdays for 2 sessions. 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm is for one to one support for members whose loss is recent, new members and those who are dealing with special anniversaries. 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm meetings open to the general membership. Group discussion is encouraged with support workers adopting the role of group leaders. Topics are discussed relevant to grief, loss and learning to live alone. 
    Contact: (08) 8272 4334  email lee.mulroney47@icloud.com
    Griefs Journey Adelaide Cumberland Park Supporting young widows and widowers through loss. Meets once a month - evening - please contact for details.
    Contact: Marian 0409 677 046 Email griefsjourneyadelaide@gmail.com

    Brain

    Name   Location  Description
    Adult Brain Cancer South Australia   Adelaide   The Adult Brain Cancer group will hold a support meeting on the last Saturday of the month 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Adelaide South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.
    Contactadultbraincancersa@gmail.com

    Breast

    Name Location Description
    Adelaide Breast Cancer Friendship Group Adelaide metropolitan area A friendship group for women (and their loved ones) whose lives are affected by early or secondary breast cancer. We meet regularly across the Adelaide metropolitan area. New members are encouraged to make contact for details.
    Contact: Dianne Radloff 0402 233 329 or dianneradloff@gmail.com, 2nd contact Celeste McCloud 0415 220 680
    Aldinga Breast Cancer Support Group Aldinga Face to face support and companionship over a coffee and a chat. Wednesdays fortnightly 10-12.
    Contact: Claudia Annells 0415 929 183
    Breast Friends Support Group Stirling Meets last Saturday each month at Konditorei Coffee Shop, Stirling 
    Contact: Coordinator Sue Temple
    (08) 8390 1827 or 0419 864 328
    Friends in Pink Balaklava Meets quarterly. Call for details of the next meeting.
    Contact: Diane Gregor 0439 886 312 or diane.gregor104@schools.sa.edu.au 
    Contact: Joy Ryan 0408 621 108
    Breast Cancer Support Group Broken Hill Meet 4 pm on 4th Thursday of the month at Lifeline Hall, Broken Hill.
    Contact: Maureen Rogers (08) 8088 1576
    Blackwood Hills Breast Cancer Support Group Blackwood Meets monthly for coffee and chat. Call or email for details.
    Contact: Jackie (08) 8270 6039 or
    0438 419 305 or otworowski@bigpond.com
    The Booby Bunch Mount Gambier Meets every 3 weeks, 11:30 am on Saturday at Molten Cafe, Mount Gambier.
    Contact: Coordinator Kaye Chalk (08) 8725 2299 or acchalk@bigpond.com, 2nd contact
    Lynette Hirth (08) 8723 0307
    Mt Gambier Breast Cancer Support Group Mount Gambier Meets monthly 1–3 pm at Mt Gambier Library, 6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier.
    Contact: Margie Atwell or Dana Mulraney 
    (08) 8721 1492
    Naracoorte Breast Cancer Support Group Naracoorte Meets twice a year at various locations. Please contact for details.
    Contact: Emma Schultz (08) 8762 8130 or 0409 423 627 or brucemma@rbm.com.au
    Noarlunga Breast Cancer Support Group Noarlunga Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm at Noarlunga Hospital (in meeting room in Nursing Administration)
    Contact: Coordinator Inara Gorbunovs, Womens health care nurse 0427 250 031 or (08) 8325 0030 or email nars08@bigpond.com
    BOC Girls
    Barossa Breast and other female only cancers Support Group
    Gawler

    Meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 1 pm at Alchemy Cafe
    2/29 Adelaide Road Gawler (situated to the rear of Pizza Hut)
    Contact: Mandy Temple (08) 8280 7242 or 0428 378 076 or email thetemples@internode.on.net

    Port Adelaide Breast Cancer Support Group Port Adelaide Meet fortnightly Fridays 10–12 pm at Wonggangga Turtpandi (formerly known as Port Adelaide Health & Community Centre) Cnr Church & Dale Street
    Contact: The centre on (08) 8240 9611 for information and meeting times
    Bosum Buddies Northern Districts Breast Cancer Support Group Sailsbury East Meet every second month. Please contact for venue details.
    Contact: Trish Simmons (08) 8283 2619
    Whyalla Pink Spirits Whyalla Meets weekly Fridays. Alternates between Whyalla Library (1-4pm) and the Sundowner Hotel (2-4pm).
    Contact: Raelene Williams 0429 966 094 or email bj.rswilliams@internode.on.net
    Contact: Marie Woodfield 0428 292 038 or email marjon77@bigpond.com
    SA Dragons Abreast West Lakes All breast cancer survivors welcome (male and female 16 years and over). Group training on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at West Lakes.
    Contact: David Morallee 0439 844 106 or email secretary@sadragonsabreast.com.au
    Adelaide Survivors Abreast Semaphore Park         Group is based at West Lakes Canoe Club, Bower Road Semaphore Park.
    Contact: PO Box 3395 Port Adelaide SA 5015,
    0432 068 180 or email asateam@picknowl.com.au

    General

    Name Location Description
    Naracoorte Mens Cancer Support Group Naracoorte Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Naracoorte Hotel, 73 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte. 
    Contact: Graham Hinze 
    0408 803 793 or sec.nmcsg@gmail.com
    Informal Support Group for Men Diagnosed with Cancer Victor Harbor Meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at 10 am at Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation, Carrickalinga House, Cnr Hill & Torrens Street.
    Contact: John Francis 08 8552 4755 
    KI Cancer Support Group Kingscote, Kangaroo Island The group provides support to people affected by cancer, through raising funds to support people living with cancer and to access treatment.
    The groups meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 1:00 pm at Murray Street, Kingscote.
    Contact: Cheryl May 0427 596 013
    Sunnybrook General Cancer Support Group Tea Tree Gully Council area Cancer social/support group. Every Friday during school terms. Jubilee Community Centre, 7 Jubilee Way, Wynn Vale 5127.
    Contact: Alex Nimmis (08) 8397 7422
    Broken Hill Broken Hill Meets on the 2nd Wednesday month at 11 am Bridge Club, Sturt Park.
    Contact: Coordinator - Lyn Farguharson
    (08) 8087 7642
    Ceduna Cancer Support Group Ceduna

    Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the evening. If anyone is interested please contact the coordinator for a program. 
    Contact: Sharon Woods 0429 970 109 or imckenzie51@bigpond.com

    Kingston Cancer Support Club Kingston SE Meets 3 times a year on a Monday from 2 pm – 3:30 pm 
    Contact: Coordinator Jacquie Halliday (08) 8767 0238 or 0427 600 159 or jacquie.halliday2@sa.gov.au
    Merrygold's Cancer Support Group Mildura For women only.
    Contact: Group Coordinator Paula Gordon 0419 524 737, (03) 5024 8624 or p.a.gordon@bigpond.com
    Sunraysia Cancer Resources Mildura

    Located at 145 Tenth Street Mildura and open Tues-Fri 9.30am - 3.30 pm. The centre facilitates a number of different support groups and provides many other services. Refer to website www.sunraysiacancerresources.com.au
    Contact: Viona Woodroffe (03) 5025 8866 or canres@ncable.com.au

    Hills Cancer Support Group Mount Barker Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at Community Nursing Centre, Wellington Road, Mount Barker. Group is run by a volunteer.
    Contact: Bette Barrow (08) 8398 4274 or bbarrow2@internode.on.net
    Peterborough Cancer Support Group Peterborough Meets on the last Monday of the month at 11 am at Sally's Boutique, Main Street, Peterborough.
    Contact: Coordinator Don Smith (08) 8651 3242 or 0488 713 242
    Caring Cancer Support Group Port Lincoln Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 2pm at the Boston Hotel Port Lincoln.
    Contact: Pat Boylan (08) 8682 5813
    Port Pirie Cancer Support Group Port Pirie General support group for those affeted by cancer. Meets on the 1st Monday of the month (except public holidays) at 1pm, GP Plus, Gertrude Street Port Pirie.
    Contact: Coordinator Ann Thorsteinsen
    (08) 8633 1283
    Mt Gambier Cancer Support Group Inc. Mount Gambier Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month 1.30pm at Naval Association Clubrooms, Birdwood Avenue, Mt Gambier. The group provides support to people and their families living with cancer.
    Contact: Lorraine Musgrove (08) 8725 3076 or
    0419 826 559 or lormus@bigpond.net.au
    Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation Inc Victor Harbor Cancer support drop-in centre located at Carrickalinga House, 17-19 Torrens Street Victor Harbor. Support to all who experience cancer, their carers, families and friends. Regular meetings are held. Craft group meets every Friday.
    Contact: Lesley Hancocks, President
    (08) 8552 1269 
    Contact: Heather Burns, Secretary (08) 8552 9304, 0416 225 982 or email cancersupport@internode.on.net
    Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group (Men affected by any cancer welcome)

    Nuriootpa

    All men affected by cancer welcome. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from February - November at the Vine Inn Hotel Board Room, Nuriootpa. 
    Contact: Coordinator Don Piro 
    08 8562 3359 or djpiro2@bigpond.com

    Victor Harbor Women's Cancer Support Group (Breast of Friends)

    Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation (Victor Harbor/Goolwa)

    Meets 1st Monday of each month at Carrickalinga House, Cnr Torrens & Hill Streets, Victor Harbor
    Contact: Mandy Boyd 0422 210 678

    Head and neck

    Name Location Description
    Head & Neck Cancer Support Group   Contact: Coordinator John Jandy (08) 8248 6276 or 0448 819 491, other contacts Frank Webster
    0418 806 006 or Liz Neale (08) 8364 0129

    Lung

    Name Location Description
    Lung Foundation Australia   Contact: for more information on lung cancer support groups in South Australia 
    lungfoundation.com.au or Freecall 1800 654 301

    Melanoma

    Name Location Description
    Melanoma Patients Australia National peer support helpline Contact: peer support helpline 1300 88 44 50 or www.melanomapatients.org
    Melanoma Support Group Unley The group meets on the last Monday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from
    10:30 am - 11:30 am. 
    Contact: Karen on (08) 8272 2411 or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au

    Mouth, nose and throat

    Name Location Description
    Mouth, Nose & Throat Online Support Group (through Cancer Council Online Community) Online support group The group is hosted via onlinecommunity.cancercouncil.com.au/            

    Myeloma

    Name Location Description
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) Adelaide Meetings held at Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
    Contact: Ian Driver (08) 8552 6097 or www.myeloma.org.au
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) – Mid North Mid North Support network and information for multiple myeloma patients and carers.
    Contact: Group Coordinator Bronwyn Gerschwitz
    0427 950 841 
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) – South East South East

    Support group for patients, families and friends who are coping with multiple myeloma and related disorders. Meetings held at Katnook Estate (The Stable), 6km from Penola. Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of every 3rd month from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
    Contact: Carol Koch on 08 8765 9014 or clk@live.com.au

    Oesophageal

    Name Location Description
    Oesophageal Cancer Support Group of South Australia Adelaide Meets every 3 months on a Sunday at 11:30 am at Cancer Council Lodge - Flinders, 27 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town.
    Contact: Jane Osborn 0418 834 174 or
    (08) 8294 9562 or janeeosborn@gmail.com

    Ovarian

    Name Location Description
    Flinders Ovarian Cancer Group Support - FOGS Flinders Medical Centre Contact: Helen Gray (08) 8204 5511
    Ovarian Cancer Australia's
    Tele-support Service
    National telephone support Tele-support group for women with ovarian cancer and also for the family and carers. www.ovariancancer.net.au
    Contact: 1300 660 334 or 
    support@ovariancancer.net.au

    Pancreatic and upper gastrointestinal (including oesophageal)

    Name Location Description
    Pancare Patient Support Group Adelaide and regional  Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at various locations in Adelaide and regionally.
    Contact: Pancare on 1300 881 698 or email support@pancare.org.au

    Prostate

    Name Location Description
    Adelaide-Mitcham Prostate Cancer Support Group Colonel Light Gardens Meetings normally on the 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm , Feb-Nov at RSL Club, 4 Prince George Parade Colonel Light Gardens.
    See www.adelaide-mitchampcsg.org for more information.
    Adelaide Hills Prostate Cancer Support Group Mt Barker Meets at 10:00 am on the 3rd Friday of the month (excluding December) at Adelaide Hills Community Health Service, Wellington Road Mt Barker.
    Contact: Convenor Sue Tulloch (08) 8393 1833 or Sue.Tulloch@sa.gov.au
    Gay Prostate Support Adelaide Hindmarsh If you have interest in attending or accessing a peer group support please contact.
    Contact: Ivan Wooller (08) 8165 33030429 673 712 or imwooller@internode.on.net
    Lower Eyre Prostate Cancer Support Group Pt Lincoln Please call for details.
    Contact: Convenor Ross Allen 0478 228 399 or rossallen200@msn.com
    Lower North Prostate Cancer Support Group Clare Meets from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm bimonthly on Wednesdays in the Community Room Clare Hospital, Webb Street Clare.
    Contact: Group Leader Stephen Pink stv_pnk@bigpond.com
    Westside Prostate Cancer Support Group Henley Beach  Meets at 7:30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Henley Fulham Uniting Church Temple Worship Centre, 214 Military Road, Henley Beach. 
    Contact: Group Leader Andrew Luciani 08 8356 0887 or andandcl@adam.com.au Secondary Group Leader John Cox 08 8356 8650 or candjcox@adam.com.au
    Yorke Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Minlaton Meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Monday of every month at Minlaton Community Health Centre, South Terrace, Minlaton. 
    Contact: Group Leader Tony Hughes 0448 400 031 or sarj@internode.on.net
    Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Nuriootpa Currently meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Don Piro's home, 28 Kindler Avenue Nuriootpa from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
    Contact: Coordinator Don Piro (08) 8562 3359 or djpiro2@bigpond.com
    Riverland Prostate Cancer Support Group  Berri Contact: Allan Dand 0488 994 803 alglen@iprimus.com.au
    Gawler Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group Gawler Meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month except January. 7:00 pm in the Conference Room at the Gawler Health Services, 21 Hutchinson Road Gawler East.
    Contact: Convenor Lynton Carle (08) 8524 4086, 0421 421 793 or leslyncarle@chariot.net.au
    Kingston and Robe Prostate Cancer Support Group Kingston SE Meets on the 3rd Monday of even months at 7:30 pm or as needed. Group meets at the Kingston Bowling Club, James Street Kingston SE.
    Contact: Convenor Bob Hancock
    (08) 8767 2288 or 0408 672 288, or
    rrhancock1@bigpond.com.au
    Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group Murray Bridge Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Lutheran Homes Village Owl Drive, Murray Bridge.
    Contact: Chairperson Ron Nance 08 8532 2873 or ronald.nance8@bigpond.com
    Onkaparinga Prostate Cancer Support Group Noarlunga  Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month (except January), 6:30 pm –9:00 pm in the Board Room, Noarlunga Hospital, Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga. On the first Sundays of June and December the group has a BYO luncheon in the hospital canteen and contact for the lunch is Phyllis Shields (08) 8382 6671.
    Contact: Malcolm Ellis (08) 8326 5588, malell@iinet.net.au
    Prostate cancer support groups Statewide Visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia's website for a list of support groups. www.prostate.org.au
    Whyalla Prostate Cancer Support Group Whyalla Norrie Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, excluding January, in Room 72, UniSA, Nicholson Avenue, Whyalla Norrie.
    Contact: Terry O'Brien (08) 8645 1310 or email raeleaterry@hotmail.com
    Naracoorte Prostate Cancer Support Group  Naracoorte Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Naracoorte Hotel, 73 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte. 
    Contact: Graham Hinze 0408 803 793 or sec.nmcsg@gmail.com
    Tatiara Prostate Cancer Support Group Bordertown Meets on the last Friday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Men's Shed, 67 Cannawigara Road, Bordertown (behind the RSL)
    Contact: Peter Hall (08) 8753 2382 or findingdragonfly1@bigpond.com
    Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group Mt Gambier     Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the District Council of Grant (old council chambers), 324 Commercial St West, Mt Gambier. Hear guest speakers, talk with men who have had treatment, find out information and get support for you, your partner and family,
    Contact: Richard Harry 0427 978 898 or richardjharry44@gmail.com

    Various

    Name Location Description
    TISGs—Telephone and Internet Support Groups, NSW   Telephone and internet support groups. 
    Contact: 1300 755 632
    Carers Support Group Unley The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.
    Contact: Mike Gallasch (08) 8272 2411 
    or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au
    Lower Murray Women's Cancer Support Group Murray Bridge

    Please email for details.
    Contact: Email LowerMurrayWomensCancerSuport@gmail.com

    Riverland Women's Cancer Support Group Barmera Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1–3 pm, Resource Centre, 9-11 Seekamp Street, Berri. Group provides friendship, discussions, support and fun.
    Contact: Rebecca Semmens (08) 8588 0434 or rebecca.semmens@sa.gov.au
    Men's Support Group  Unley The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 7 pm - 9 pm.
    Contact: Mel Heath on (08) 8272 2411
    or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au
    Women's Support Group Unley

    For women over the age of 45 years. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 10 am - 12 pm.
    Contact: Serena Rose on (08) 8272 2411 or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au

    Young Women's Support Group Unley    

    For women under the age of 45 years. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.
    Contact: Lee Hutton on (08) 8272 2411 or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au

    Unicorn - Neuroendocrine Cancer Support Group  Eastwood This group provides information and emotional support to its members and meets every second month on Tuesday afternoons at Cancer Council SA 202 Greenhill Road Eastwood from 3 pm - 5 pm.
    Contact: Kathy Hatzi 0413 300 010, NET nurse helpline 1300 287 363 or see www.unicornfoundation.org.au for more information.

     

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