Cancer Support Groups provide opportunities for people to regularly meet and share their experiences of the cancer journey in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment. Support Groups will often meet at hospitals or community health centres. Some groups will have a cancer-specific focus whilst others will operate at a more general level with participation open to all cancer patients. In order to ensure the support group is right for your needs please contact the group facilitator in advance to:
• Discuss the aims and objectives of the group;
• Confirm whether the aims and objectives of the group match your expectations;
• Confirm details about start times, location as well as the availability of assistance if you have special support needs such as wheelchair access; and
• Confirm whether group participation is extended to family members, friends and carers.
To find a support group within the Gippsland area please contact Cancer Council Victoria on 13 11 20 or click on the following link:
For those who cannot travel or wish to remain anonymous, access to Cancer Support Groups is available by ringing the Cancer Council Hotline on 13 11 20.
Information on Cancer Support Groups is also available from the following links:
Cancer Connections (cancer patients wishing to connect with other cancer patients)