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This Friday 20 December 2019: Phone-in meeting: Roundtable


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Agenda Friday 20 December 2019

Note: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) chief Jeff Dunn will NOT be joining us on Friday.

We have asked Professor Dunn to postpone his talk until February 28, 2020.



Any member is welcome to tell their story, update their story, or ask any question.


Apology? Post a reply on the forum. Start with the Go to this Topic button (bottom of this email).

You must dial in - we do NOT dial you.

Landline - Anywhere in Australia - 25 cents


Phone numbers and code are only in emails.

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9:30am - 11:00am Eastern Standard Time (Queensland)
The formal phone-in meeting ends after 90 minutes.
The lines are kept open for up to an hour after that for members to informally chat.

Daylight savings times

Brisbane 9:30am
Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 10:30am

Adelaide, 10:00am
Perth 7:30am

Winter times
Brisbane 9:30am
Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart 9:30am

Adelaide 9:00am
Perth 7:30am

Daylight saving ends first Sunday in April Daylight saving starts first Sunday in October



Late starters

Maybe you haven't had access to the agenda or you have late breaking news you would like to share. Tell the chairman here at the beginning of the meeting that you would like to speak, and he will fit you in - probably later, perhaps right now if that suits.

Special expert guest speakers


Roundtable - new stories, updates, questions

Any man who wishes is welcome to contribute here.

Formal end

The Chair will declare the formal part of the teleconference closed at his discretion, perhaps around 11am. The teleconference lines will be kept open until at least 11:30 for anyone who wishes to continue discussions, update his health, or just chat.

Informal chat

Any topic you like - topics we didn't reach, something discussed earlier you wish to comment on, an update on your health, how your new boat is going, moaning about the weather, anything that you wish to say.


This Community does not give medical advice. No members are authorised to give medical advice. Ask your doctor if you hear anything here that you think may be related to your treatment.

Mobile phone warning

The costs of mobile calls are nothing to do with the Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group or with PCFA. They are between you and your phone provider (Optus, Telstra, Virgin, Vodafone, etc).

If you dial one of the capital city numbers given above from a mobile phone, the cost to you will be the cost on your mobile phone plan. If your plan gives you free, or low cost local calls, and you are in one of these cities, it should be free, or a local call. If your plan gives you free, or local cost national calls that should work too.

Be sure - call your provider, give the number you might be calling, and check the cost for you to call that number.

Speaking time

We want many voices to be heard. If you are a member listed to speak below, the chair will probably expect you to take no more than about 5 minutes on presentation so there is plenty of time for others to respond.

Special Guest Speakers are invited to speak for 10-15 minutes, then field questions.


No noise

House - radio, TV, computer, pets, other phones, conversation Yourself - mute button, or mouthpiece away from mouth
Phone - call waiting off (#43#), Mute button or hang up to leave the room. No mute button? ##4 to mute, ##5 to unmute. Cordless phone - don't carry, put on folded handkerchief to limit reverberation Other calls - Please do NOT use call waiting or another line on the same phone to take another call - members around Australia are left listening to your 'hold' music until you return.

Speaker phone

Please do NOT use a speaker phone, unless you are very good at keeping it Mute, and at lifting and using the hand piece when you wish to join in the conversation.
Mobile phone

You will need enough charge for the length of the call, or take the call with your charger plugged in.
Speak clearly into mouthpiece in ordinary voice.

Say who you are when signing in, and each time you speak.
Listen for the gavel. The Chair may need to interrupt.
It's a meeting of 20 people, not a simple phone conversation. If you are not one of the two people in the particular conversation at the time, keep your mute button down and let others contribute.
Help the secretary by later emailing details for the minutes.

You may hang up and sign in again as many times as necessary. Sometimes we may have to restart the meeting - dial in again. With everyone calling at once you may need to try more than once.

Future phone-in support group meetings

Fourth Friday of each month, except:
January (One week late for Australia Day
December (One week early for Christmas)

Phone-in support group meeting dates 2019

20 December (one week early for Christmas)

Phone-in support group meeting dates 2020

17 January (one week early for Australia Day)

28 February

27 March

24 April

22 May

26 June

24 July

28 August

25 September

23 October

27 November

18 December (one week early for Christmas)

Changes or questions

If you wish to update us about any changes in your health or treatment, or have a question you would like answered or discussed, or you would like to talk about joining a teleconference group, let us know. Then we can put it high on the agenda so it doesn't get lost - just reply to this email, or use Contact Jim on JimJimJimJim.com.

Face-to-a-name meetings

South East Queensland and Northern NSW

Saturday 7 March (Greenbank)

Saturday 6 June (Tweed)

Saturday 7 September (Greenbank)

11:00am for lunch at noon


Saturday TBA

11:00am for lunch at noon


Need a volunteer to organise a central venue: Contact Jim or Nev

11:00am for lunch at noon

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Hello Jim - how many would you be expecting for the Sydney catch up and what date?

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One or more!

The way we organise these Face-to-a-Name meetings has been to pick a public place eating place - an RSL, a cafe - announce the get-together, then see who turns up. We meet around 11am, then move to lunch at Noon. People pay for their own lunch.


Most Brisbane events have been around a dozen people - top was about 17. One meeting was just Wendy and I.

Melbourne events have ranged from 6 to 25.


The dates are picked by the organizer - three or four Saturdays per year.


Are you interested in helping?


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