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Geelong Prostate Support Group: Twenty years of community service

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The Geelong Prostate Support Group recently gathered to celebrate a remarkable milestone.

For 20 years, the Group has been helping men and their partners living in the Geelong region to cope better with the anxiety of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, and to gain a better understanding of treatment options and managing side effects.

Every year over 24,000 Australians are diagnosed with prostate cancer and over 3500 die of the condition.  One in five men will develop prostate cancer by the age 85. This disease ranks second highest for male cancer deaths, behind lung cancer.

Every month, the Support Group meets where members contribute their unique experiences, insights and provide support. The Group regularly offers a range of guest speakers who update members about developments in diagnosis and treatment.

The Support Group is affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. From the Group’s humble beginnings, it has grown to be one of the largest and most active prostate cancer support groups in Australia.

In this 20th year of providing support, Alan Barlee, a Group member and facilitator, was awarded the prestigious Max Gardner award for his distinguished service to the community. The award, named in the memory of the late Max Gardner, who was a passionate advocate for prostate cancer control in Australia.

The award was presented by PCFA National Director Professor Tony Walker at the anniversary celebration, himself a prostate cancer survivor and the former CEO of Ambulance Victoria.

Professor Walker paid tribute to Mr Barlee for his leadership.

“The work of PCFA is inspired by the outstanding support of men like Alan, who has made a profound lifetime contribution to raising awareness and funds.

“He is recognised nationally within our community for his participation in advisory committees and advocacy campaigns, striving to improve survivorship for men with prostate cancer and help us understand what causes the disease.

“He has played a vital role in transforming the landscape of research and care in Australia, raising his voice as a consumer representative to make a difference in the lives of others. 

“It was my great honour to present the award to Alan on behalf of the PCFA community nationally, who stand united in our fight to prevent deaths from prostate cancer.”

Support Group convenor and facilitator, Bill Rebula encourages men and their partners impacted by prostate cancer to reach out for support.  “We know some men can have a hard time reaching out for help when times get tough. That’s why we’re here, to make sure that no man in our region feels like they have to walk this journey alone,” he said.

“Our members are fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, and uncles and all have a story to share. We enjoy getting out and about to start the conversation about prostate cancer and let locals know the importance of getting checked by their doctors. It’s a simple thing that can save lives.”

Early detection of prostate cancer can lead to better treatment outcomes. For more information, visit the Group’s website:

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