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Advanced Prostate Cancer Phone In Support Meetings are back!

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Continuing on from the great work JimJimJimJim were doing with the Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group out of Brisbane, we are pleased to announce the continuation of the phone in support group meetings.

This service is available to anyone who is affected by advanced prostate cancer. Feel free to follow the directions below and join in on a meeting. 

 

Advanced Prostate Cancer Phone in Guidelines

Late starters

Maybe you haven't had access to the agenda or you have late breaking news you would like to share. Tell the chairman here at the beginning of the meeting that you would like to speak, and he will fit you in - probably later, perhaps right now if that suits.

Roundtable - new stories, updates, questions

Any member who wishes is welcome to contribute here.

Formal end

The Chair will declare the formal part of the teleconference closed at his discretion, perhaps around 11am.

Informal chat

Any topic you like - topics we didn't reach, something discussed earlier you wish to comment on, an update on your health, how your new boat is going, moaning about the weather, anything that you wish to say.

Disclaimer

This Community does not give medical advice. No members are authorised to give medical advice. Ask your doctor if you hear anything here that you think may be related to your treatment.

Mobile phone warning

The costs of mobile calls are nothing to do with the Group or with PCFA.

They are between you and your phone provider (Optus, Telstra, Virgin, Vodafone, etc).

If you dial one of the capital city numbers given above from a mobile phone, the cost to you will be the cost on your mobile phone plan. If your plan gives you free, or low cost local calls, and you are in one of these cities, it should be free, or a local call. If your plan gives you free, or local cost national calls that should work too.

Be sure - call your provider, give the number you might be calling, and check the cost for you to call that number.

Speaking time

We want many voices to be heard. If you are a member listed to speak below, the chair will probably expect you to take no more than about 5 minutes on presentation so there is plenty of time for others to respond.

Special Guest Speakers are invited to speak for 10-15 minutes, then field questions.

Guidelines

No noise

House - radio, TV, computer, pets, other phones, conversation Yourself - mute button, or mouthpiece away from mouth
Phone - call waiting off (#43#), Mute button or hang up to leave the room. No mute button? ##4 to mute, ##5 to unmute. Cordless phone - don't carry, put on folded handkerchief to limit reverberation Other calls - Please do NOT use call waiting or another line on the same phone to take another call - members around Australia are left listening to your 'hold' music until you return.

Speaker phone

Please do NOT use a speaker phone, unless you are very good at keeping it Mute, and at lifting and using the hand piece when you wish to join in the conversation.
Mobile phone

You will need enough charge for the length of the call, or take the call with your charger plugged in.
Speaking
Speak clearly into mouthpiece in ordinary voice.

Say who you are when signing in, and each time you speak.
Listen for the gavel. The Chair may need to interrupt.
It's a meeting of 20 people, not a simple phone conversation. If you are not one of the two people in the particular conversation at the time, keep your mute button down and let others contribute.

Restarting
You may hang up and sign in again as many times as necessary. Sometimes we may have to restart the meeting - dial in again. With everyone calling at once you may need to try more than once.

 

Future phone-in support group meetings Fourth Friday of each month, except:
December (One week early for Christmas)

 

Suggested Phone-in support group meeting dates 2020

28 August

25 September

23 October

27 November

18 December (one week early for Christmas)

 

Changes or questions

If you wish to update us about any changes in your health or treatment, or have a question you would like answered or discussed, or you would like to talk about joining a teleconference group, let us know. Then we can put it high on the agenda so it doesn't get lost - just reply on this page.

 

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