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Narooma Rotary initiates Prostate Cancer Support Group

A new Prostate Cancer Support Group for the far south coast will meet at Narooma Men’s

Shed on the first Tuesday each month from 7 December 6.30-8.30pm.

It is a Narooma Rotary initiative, affiliated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of

Australia, and draws on the experience of the Rotary Club of Young.

“The idea is to support individuals and families impacted by prostate cancer,” said

Narooma Rotary President Andrew Lawson. “Prostate cancer has directly affected key

members of our group who would have benefited enormously from such a group at the


The far south coast has a higher number of prostate cancer sufferers than the national

average due to its age demographic, but until now the closest Support Groups have been

at Ulladulla and Yass. The new group aims to support people from Batemans Bay to Eden.

Braveheart Healthcare (Lighthouse Surgery and Bermagui Medical Centre) has officially

aligned with the new Support Group.

Braveheart’s Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan said Prostate Cancer is quite common “but generally

people don’t want to talk about it yet it needs to be talked about”.

“A Support Group is a great way to get people to do that to help make them more aware,”

she said. “Generally after diagnosis and initial treatment there has been little follow up

and support for patients, their partners and families. This group will go a long way to


For this project, Narooma Rotary has also aligned with Narooma Men’s Shed where

meetings will be held. It is located at 41A Barker Parade, Narooma.

Above: Key members of Narooma Prostate Cancer Support Group Narooma Rotarians President Andrew Lawson, left, Mike Young and Julie Hartley, with Dr Gundi Muller-Grotjan of Braveheart Healthcare and Bernie Perrett and Geoff Broadfoot of Narooma Men’s Shed.