It’s important to give people the opportunity to know about support services and to provide information that can help to make a difficult time less lonely
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.
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
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 5229 1567
03 5282 1936
Cancer After Care Group – Bellarine Branch
02 5255 1806
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)
1800 620 420
Geelong Myeloma Information & Support Group
1800 693 566
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
Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads Breast Cancer Support Group
0435 362 573
0412 373 182
Colac Cancer Support Group
03 5231 5001
Hamilton Cancer Support Group
03 5551 8450
South West Young Women’s Cancer Support Group
0458 833 584
03 5564 4186
Warrnambool & South West Blood Cancer Support Group
1800 620 420
03 5564 4186
Warrnambool & District Breast Cancer Support Group
03 5562 2049
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
Mt. Gambier Cancer Support Group Inc
0419 826 559
Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group
0427 978 898
Portland Cancer Support Group
03 5522 1185
Cancer Council Victoria
13 11 20
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