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Neville and I would like to thank all those who made our visit to South Australia this week so useful, and so enjoyable.


It was delightful to put a face to a name for several of our South Australian members and their partners, and of fellow PCFA affiliate leaders and their partners, and to meet new men and their partners.


The ABC Adelaide 891 interview with Ian Henschke on Wednesday morning went longer than planned, and had a number of callers. Our plan to speak about advanced issues and a local issue (PCFA prostate cancer nurse at Royal Adelaide hospital discontinued) was highjacked by the Monday night ABC Lateline program on prostate cancer specialists, but I only heard kind words from those who listened to the broadcast.


We were humbled on Wednesday night when an audience of fifteen South Australian Support Group leaders, Prostate Action Group members and their partners turned up to hear about advanced issues and kept the question and answer session going for 90 minutes.


Thursday started with a long leisurely lunch meeting in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, putting a face to a name of another member and his partner. 


Thursday evening was the focus of the journey - the launch of the first in our DVD series. More that forty people ignored inclement weather for the event. 


The first DVD is on Gleason score, and is in the style of the quiz program Qi. I was chuffed when a few people took up the invitation to take a bow, then felt slightly guilty at their embarrassment when the Qi type klaxon sounded.


More than an hour of question and answer followed.


All in all, Nev and I feel that we raised the level of awareness of advanced prostate cancer issues, and of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group.


We would particularly like to thank:

  • Associate Professor Anthony Lowe, PCFA Chief Executive Officer, for the briefing on the prostate cancer nurse situation in Adelaide;
  • Karyn Foster, PCFA State Manager (SA/NT) for organising the radio interview, for chasing up the information on breast cancer nurses in South Australia (breast cancer nurses 11, prostate cancer nurses 1. One of the breast cancer nurses is in the Royal Adelaide hospital where the prostate cancer nurse was let go recently.) and for making the PCFA offices available for the leaders meeting;
  • Joan Manfield, Central Australia Chapter Council Chair, for travelling from Port Pirie to lend her support;
  • Support group leaders and Action Team members, some of whom travelled quite some distance to be involved;
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group members and their partners who met with us, again, some of whom travelled quite some distance to be involved; 
  • The folks who provided us with coffee and nibbles;
  • Finally, we would particularly like to thank Adelaide-Mitcham Prostate Cancer Support Group leaders Cyril Harrison, Jeff Roberts and Ian Fisk for their very professional organisation of the visit, their helpfulness, and their wonderful hospitality.
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