Raising Prostate Cancer Awareness in the Community
Our volunteer representative, Alan White, strives to improve the experience of men living with prostate cancer. Since his prostate cancer diagnosis in 2000, Alan’s passion is to raise awareness about prostate health. Here we share stories about Alan’s efforts to raise awareness about the Navigate Trial in the community.
Defence and Emergency Services Sheds Association
9 October 2019 | This Association was set up to support current and ex-serving Defence and Emergency Services personnel, to help them remain socially connected with their community.
We are very happy that the Association has agreed to promote the Navigate trial. Posters will be displayed at its sheds in:
- Springfield, Queensland;
- Wagga Wagga, New South Wales;
- Kilkivan, Queensland;
- Kingsmeadow, Tasmania; and
- Port Adelaide, South Australia
All the sheds have received brochures which will be distributed throughout their community.
Shedder’s Big Day Out
24 September 2019 | The Shedder’s Big Day Out, as part of Men’s Shed Week, was held during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. This provided an ideal opportunity to promote the Navigate trial. About 100 people attended, including the Australian Men’s Sheds Association, The Continence Foundation, Healthy Male and the Local SES.
Victorian Men’s Shed Gathering, Castlemaine
26 July 2019 | Last week, Alan White attended a Men’s Shed Gathering in Castlemaine. Alan is Project Advocate for the Navigate trial. He was invited to deliver a presentation to the attendees by Lindsay Oates, President of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association (VMSA).
There were around 80 “Shedders” and their partners attending the gathering. The Member of Parliament for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, and the Mayor for Greater Bendigo, Margaret O’Rourke, both attended the event.
It was a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about Navigate. The trial is of great importance to men recently diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. Alan was able to talk with a number of men during the lunch break, and to distribute brochures, postcards and posters about the trial.
Men of Malvern
13 June 2019 | Alan with A/Prof Nathan Lawrentschuk, urological surgeon and oncologist who presented on prostate cancer at the ‘Men of Malvern’ event. Nathan is also our study lead at Austin Health, shown here holding the Navigate brochure.
Navigate in IGA Supermarkets!
5 June 2019 |IGA advertisements about Navigate have been placed in Melbourne supermarkets at Beaumaris, Carrum Downs, East Bentleigh and Ormond. We hope this promotion will help raise awareness in the local community.
Australian Mens Health Forum
15 November 2018 | Alan presented Navigate at the Australian Men’s Health Forum. AMHF is the peak body for men’s health in Australia, working together to tackle social factors that shape men and boys’ health.
Bairnsdale Bowls Club
30 October 2018 | Alan presented Navigate to around 30 members of the bowls club. Men and their partners spoke with Alan about their struggles with decision making around treatment options and what to do, so they were keen to find out more.
Sale RSL & Community Club
29 October 2018 | Alan presented Navigate to a small group of members from the Sale RSL club. Some men were part of the local Prostate Cancer Support Group. One particular man spoke to Alan about his side-effects after surgery including incontinent issues. Alan was keen to put this man in touch with the Prostate Cancer Specialist nurse at Bairnsdale hospital for additional information and support.
Gippsland ‘Navigate Roadshow‘
29-30 October 2018 | Alan and (his wife) Fiona visited the following organisations and community groups to raise awareness about Navigate. Alan observed common themes amongst those recently diagnosed – some men and their partners felt they were left ‘hanging’ and didn’t know what to do next. They wanted more support.
Special thanks to the following organisations for displaying brochures and posters to help raise awareness about Navigate:
- RAAF Base, East Sale
- Sale hospital
- Monash rural health services
- Sale community health centre
- Central Gippsland health centre
- Sale ambulance service
- Sale police station
- Sale RSL
- Paynesville volunteer coast guard
- Paynesville library & business centre
- Bairnsdale shire corporate offices
- Bairnsdale hospital
- Bratowloong medical centre
- Bairnsdale community health centre
- Bairnsdale CFA-SES headquarters
- Bairnsdale men’s shed
- Mccloud Street medical centre
- Traralgon, Latrobe Valley hospital
- Morwell community health centre
Navigate in the Victorian Air Force Association Newsletter
10 October 2018 | Alan’s involvement with Navigate appears in the Air Force Association (Vic) ‘Contact’ newsletter. Alan is a Vietnam Veteran and continues to live out the Australian military code: “Never leave a mate behind”. This newsletter is circulated across Victoria, including branches in Ballarat, Bendigo, Engineer, Vietnam Veterans and Catalina.
Navigate in ‘The Walnut’ Prostate Cancer Support Group (ACT) Newsletter
October 2018 | Navigate appeared in ‘The Walnut’ newsletter for Prostate Cancer Support Group -ACT Region. Many thanks to President, John McWilliam for featuring this article in your newsletter.
If you are reading this article before June 2020 and have recently been diagnosed with early-stage, low-risk prostate cancer, please consider joining our research trial www.navigateprostate.com.au to help navigate your treatment options.
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