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How To Get Involved

BSWRICS is committed to improving the experiences and outcomes of those affected by cancer in the Barwon South Western region. Consumer involvement in the planning, delivery and evaluation of our programs continues to be an important focus in how we improve cancer services in the region.

Consumers with a cancer experience are recruited for cancer specific project groups in partnership with the health services we work with.

If you have had an experience of cancer or supported someone through cancer, your experience can contribute to understanding the needs to people affected by cancer and contribute to improvements to cancer services in our region.

As a network agency we work in partnership with the regional health services who provide services for people with cancer across the Barwon South West region. We link directly with regional health services to recruit consumers to be involved in projects. A range of opportunities exist to help support the work undertaken by BSWRICS, including:

  • BSWRICS Governance Committee

  • Project committees and workshops

  • Review of information for patients

  • Attendance at meetings and events

Consumer roles are voluntary and participation in meetings and workshops can be face-to-face, or via telephone or videoconferencing.

Support Groups

Cancer Support groups provide opportunities for people affected by cancer (and in many cases family, carers and friends) to regularly meet and share their experiences in a welcoming and supportive environment. Support Groups meet at hospitals or community health centres to discuss the impacts of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.


We encourage you to contact support group leaders to ensure the group is right for your needs. Please see below for support groups in the Barwon South West region, or view the Barwon South West Region Cancer Support Group Brochure, which contains more detailed information.


For further information on Cancer Support Groups, including telephone and online cancer support groups, please contact Cancer Council Victoria on 13 11 20.

Support Group Information

GEELONG

Barwon Blood Cancer Support Group

1800 620 420

 

Beyond Pink Metastatic (Advanced) Breast Cancer Support Group

0427 052 815

 

Cancer After Care Group – Geelong Branch

03 5282 1936

 

Geelong Blood Cancer Social Breakfast Group

0438 695 127

 

Geelong Bowel & General Cancers Support Group

0419 525 353

0447 614 783

 

Geelong Brain Cancer Support Group

(hosted by Peace of Mind Foundation)

0411 382 457

 

Geelong Myeloma Information & Support Group

0433 511 606

Geelong Prostate Support Group

0414 524 155

0429 438 673

 

G.R.A.C.E (Geelong Region Activity Care & Education)

0409 780 296

03 5215 8702

0402 834 945

 

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads Breast Cancer Support Group

0435 362 573

0412 373 182

COLAC

Colac Cancer Support Group    

03 5231 5001

 

HAMILTON

Hamilton Cancer Support Group    

03 5551 8476

 

WARRNAMBOOL

South West Young Women’s Cancer Support Group

0458 833 584

03 5564 4186

 

Warrnambool Myeloma Information & Support Group

0433 511 606

Warrnambool & South West Blood Cancer Support Group

1800 620 420

03 5564 4186

 

Warrnambool & District Breast Cancer Support Group

0419 622 046

03 5562 2321

 

Warrnambool Prostate Support Group

03 5561 5524

0428 577 835

 

Warrnambool Social Breast Cancer Support Group

0467 840 745

 

Warrnambool South C Dragons

0435 739 370

 

MOUNT GAMBIER

Mt. Gambier Cancer Support Group Inc

0419 826 559

 

Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group

0427 978 898

PORTLAND

Portland Cancer Support Group

03 5522 1185

Cancer Council Victoria

Support Group Information page

13 11 20

 

The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services are supported by the Victorian Government 

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The Victorian Government acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.

 

We are committed to safe and inclusive work places, policies and services for people of LGBTIQ communities and their families.