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Cancer Connect

Cancer Council’s free, confidential Cancer Connect service provides an opportunity for you to talk with someone who has ‘walked in your shoes’ and really understands what it’s like to deal with cancer.

Cancer Connect links you by phone to a trained volunteer with a similar cancer experience, who can listen to your concerns and provide support. Carers can also talk to other carers about the changes and challenges they are facing.

Telephone Support Groups

Telephone support groups offer support and information to adults affected by cancer including patients, their families and carers. Cancer Council has run groups for more than a decade connecting hundreds of people.

Wherever you are in Australia you can:

  • talk with people who are in a similar situation;
  • share experiences and information;
  • give and receive support; and
  • share practical tips, tools and strategies.
  • Each group has three to eight members and two qualified facilitators.
  • Groups get together over the phone twice a month and each session lasts an hour.
  • Participation is flexible—it’s okay to skip sessions when you need to.
  • It’s free and confidential.

See the Groups calendar for more details on what groups are available and when they are held or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for more information.

Podcast: The Thing About Cancer

“The Thing About Cancer” is a podcast from Cancer Council NSW. Episodes are hosted by Julie McCrossin, who chats to experts about all things cancer.

The podcasts cover a range of different topics such as ‘Making Treatment Decisions’ to ‘Explaining Cancer to Kids’.

Find the podcasts here or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for more information.

Support Groups (in person support)

Cancer Support Groups allow people going through a similar experience of either having cancer or having a family member or friend with cancer to meet together. Although they may vary greatly, as a general rule they aim to provide information and emotional support.

A support group can help people deal with the disruption in their lives, access the information they need, increase their sense of control and reduce feelings of isolation.

Support groups can help people view their journey, fears, emotions and questions as normal through the sharing of similar experiences. Common feedback is that people say they can relax, joke and just be themselves in a cancer support group.

Just as people’s needs and personalities vary support groups come in many different types and formats. Some groups are facilitated by a person who has had a cancer diagnosis, some by a carer and some by a health professional within either a community centre or cancer care centre. They may take the form of a formal group that meets at a regular time, an informal group meeting for coffee and a chat, a telephone link-up group or an internet based support group.

As it is important to choose your group well, it may take time to find a group that meets your specific needs.

Find a support group below or call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for more information.

Rural Cancer Stories features the stories of country cancer patients, survivors and their carers. It includes information on how they have coped and continue to cope with cancer, things they wish they knew earlier and practical tips they want to share with people who are going through similar experiences.

Carers Support Group (Unley)
The group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 6:30 pm – 8.00 pm.
Contact: Mike Gallasch (08) 8272 2411 or

Support groups by cancer type

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

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 a regular support group meeting. Refer to website
Contact: Coordinators Maxine Williams and Lesley Shears
(08) 8212 6008 or 0455 120 588

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

Whyalla Asbestos Victims Support Group (Whyalla)
Members provide support, information and advice on asbestos related and other lung diseases.

Meetings are held every third 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 10.00am to 3.00pm at Shop 5 87 Essington Lewis Ave Whyalla

Contact: John Arthur (08) 8645 0555 or 0416 482 673 or after hours 08 8645 3322

Solace Association (SA) Inc. (Adelaide) 
Meets at the CWA Building, 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town on Tuesdays for two 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

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

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.

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
Second Contact: Celeste McCloud 0415 220 680

Breast Friends Support Group (Stirling)
Meets last Saturday each month at Konditorei Coffee Shop, Stirling
Contact: Yvonne Barrett 0409 637 938

Friends in Pink (Balaklava)
Meets quarterly. Call for details of the next meeting.
Contact: Diane Gregor 0439 886 312 or
Contact: Joy Ryan 0408 621 108

Breast Cancer Support Group (Broken Hill)
Meet 4 pm on fourthThursday 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

The Booby Bunch (Mount Gambier)
Meets every three weeks, 11:30 am on Saturday at Molten Cafe, Mount Gambier.
Contact: Coordinator Kaye Chalk (08) 8725 2299 or
Second contact: Lynette Hirth (08) 8723 0307

Mt Gambier Breast Cancer Support Group (Mount Gambier)
Meets monthly 1.00 pm to 3.00 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

Noarlunga Breast Cancer Support Group (Noarlunga)
Meets first Wednesday of the month, 1.00pm to 3.00pm 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

BOC Girls – Barossa Breast and other female only cancers Support Group (Gawler)
Meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 1.00 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 or Kate Cox 0427 998 767 or

Port Adelaide Breast Cancer Support Group (Port Adelaide)
Meet fortnightly Fridays 10:00 am –12:00 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 (1.00 pm -4.00 pm) and the Sundowner Hotel (2.00pm -4.00 pm).
Contact: Raelene Williams 0429 966 094 or email
Contact: Marie Woodfield 0428 292 038 or email

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

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

Aldinga and Surrounds Breast Cancer Support Group (Aldinga Beach)
Meet fortnightly Wednesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Aldinga Medical Centre, 89 Rowley Road, Aldinga Beach.
Contact: Annette Freeman email

Cancer Council Online Community
Provides online support groups and forums

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

Informal Support Group for Men Diagnosed with Cancer (Victor Harbor)
Meets on the third 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
Meets on the second Wednesday month at 11.00 am Bridge Club, Sturt Park.
Contact: Coordinator – Lyn Farguharson (08) 8087 7642

Ceduna Cancer Support Group (Ceduna)
Meets on the third 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

Kingston Cancer Support Club (Kingston SE)
Meets three times a year on a Monday from 2.00 pm – 3:30 pm
Contact: Coordinator Jacquie Halliday (08) 8767 0238 or 0427 600 159 or

Merrygold’s Cancer Support Group (Mildura)
For women only.
Contact: Group Coordinator Paula Gordon 0419 524 737, (03) 5024 8624 or

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
Contact: Viona Woodroffe (03) 5025 8866 or

Hills Cancer Support Group (Mount Barker)
Meets on the first Thursday of the month at Community Health Centre, Wellington Road, Mount Barker. Group is run by a volunteer.
Contact: Bette Barrow 0408 200 211 or

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 first Wednesday of the month, 2.00 pm at the Boston Hotel Port Lincoln.
Contact: Pat Boylan (08) 8682 5813

Port Pirie Cancer Support Group (Port Pirie)
General support group for those affected by cancer. Meets on the first 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 second Monday of the month 1.30 pm 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

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

Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group (Nuriootpa)
Men affected by any 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

Victor Harbor Women’s Cancer Support Group (Breast of Friends)
Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation (Victor Harbor/Goolwa)
Meets first Monday of each month at Carrickalinga House, Cnr Torrens & Hill Streets, Victor Harbor
Contact: Mandy Boyd 0422 210 678

Compass Cancer Support Group (Mitchell Park)
Meets each Tuesday from 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm at Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Cumbria Court, Mitchell Park.
Contact: Robyn Combes 0458 635 418 or

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 Foundation Australia
Contact: for more information on lung cancer support groups in South Australia visit or Freecall 1800 654 301

Melanoma Patients Australia
National peer support helpline
Contact: Peer support helpline 1300 88 44 50 or


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

Myeloma Australia
Myeloma Australia is the only myeloma specific organisation in Australia supporting those living with myeloma. They provide up to date information and caring support via their specialist myeloma nurses.
Contact: Myeloma support line 1800 693 566

Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) (Adelaide)
Meetings held at Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
Contact: Ian Driver (08) 8556 6041, 0417 874 252 or

Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) (Mid North)
Support network and information for multiple myeloma patients and carers.
Contact: Group Coordinator Bronwyn Gerschwitz (08) 8664 0682 or

Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) (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 0427 659 014

Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) – Flinders (Bedford Park)
Meets on the third Tuesday of alternate months from
10.00 am to 12.00 pm at Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga Way, Bedford Park.
Contact: Jenny Naylor 0405 391 616 or

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 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
Contact: Kathy Hatzi 0413 300 010, NET nurse helpline 1300 287 363 or see for more information.

Oesophageal Cancer Support Group of South Australia (Adelaide)
Meets every three 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

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.
Contact: 1300 660 334 or

Pancare Patient Support Group (Adelaide and regional)
Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various locations in Adelaide and regionally.
Contact: Pancare on 1300 881 698 or email

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men.
Contact: 1800 220 099

Adelaide-Mitcham Prostate Cancer Support Group (Colonel Light Gardens)
Meetings normally on the 3rd Thursday of each month (Feb-Oct), 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, at RSL Club, 4 Prince George Parade Colonel Light Gardens.
See 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

Gay Prostate Support Adelaide (Hindmarsh)
If you have interest in attending or accessing a peer group support please contact.
Contact: Ivan Wooller (08) 8165 3303, 0429 673 712 or

Lower Eyre Prostate Cancer Support Group (Port Lincoln)
Please call for details.
Contact: Convenor Ross Allen 0478 228 399 or

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

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 Secondary Group Leader John Cox 08 8356 8650 or

Yorke Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group (Minlaton)
Meets at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of every second month (even months) at Minlaton Community Health Centre, South Terrace, Minlaton.
Contact: Trevor Franke 0428 827 903 or

Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group (Nuriootpa)
Currently meets on the third 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

Riverland Prostate Cancer Support Group (Berri)
Contact: Allan Dand 0488 994 803

Gawler Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group (Gawler)
Meets on the first 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

Kingston and Robe Prostate Cancer Support Group (Kingston SE)
Meets on the third 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 0408 672 288 or

Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group (Murray Bridge)
Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Lutheran Homes Village Owl Drive, Murray Bridge.
Contact: Chairperson Ron Nance 08 8532 2873 or

Onkaparinga Prostate Cancer Support Group (Noarlunga)
Meets on the first 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: Mark 0401 229 893 or

Whyalla Prostate Cancer Support Group (Whyalla Norrie)
Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.00 pm, excluding January, in Room 72, UniSA, Nicholson Avenue, Whyalla Norrie.
Contact: Terry O’Brien 0447 757 855 or email or Peter Corbett
(08) 8645 2475

Naracoorte Prostate Cancer Support Group (Naracoorte) 
Meets on the fourth 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

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

Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Mt Gambier)
Meets on the first 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

Rare Cancers Carers Support Group
A telephone support group for anyone that has provided or continues to provide care for a person diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer. Runs every second Tuesday 1.30pm (AET) for 1hr and is facilitated by a member of the Rare Cancers Australia Patient Support Team.
Contact to register:

TISGs—Telephone and Internet Support Groups, NSW
Telephone and internet support groups.
Contact: 1300 755 632

Lower Murray Women’s Cancer Support Group (Murray Bridge)
Please email for details.
Contact: Email

Riverland Women’s Cancer Support Group (Barmera)
Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Resource Centre, 9-11 Seekamp Street, Berri. Group provides friendship, discussions, support and fun.
Contact: Rebecca Semmens (08) 8588 0434 or

Men’s Support Group (Unley)
The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.
Contact: Mel Heath on (08) 8272 2411 or

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

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 – 8.00 pm.
Contact: Lee Hutton on (08) 8272 2411 or