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
GEELONG / SURFCOAST / BELLARINE PENINSULA
Cancer After Care Group Geelong
03 5282 1936
Geelong Blood Cancer Social Breakfast Group
0438 695 127
Geelong Myeloma Information & Support Group
03 9968 5479
03 9967 4248
Geelong Prostate Support Group
0414 524 155
0429 438 673
G.R.A.C.E (Geelong Region Activity Care & Education)
0409 780 296
0418 342 947
Hamilton Cancer Support Group
03 5551 8476
Mt. Gambier Support Group Inc.
0419 826 559
Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group
0427 978 898
Portland Cancer Support Group
03 5521 0674
Portland Respiratory Support Group
(c/o Lung Foundation Australia)
1800 654 301 (choose option 3)
Warrnambool & District Breast Cancer Support Group
0419 622 046
0418 529 811
Warrnambool Prostate Support Group
03 5564 4252
Warrnambool Social Breast Cancer Support Group
0467 840 745
Warrnambool South C Dragons
0435 739 370
0427 659 796
1300 881 698
CANCER COUNCIL VICTORIA
13 11 20
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The Victorian Integrated Cancer Services acknowledge 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 celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities.