Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Head and Neck Cancer Support Group was established in July 2010 as a means of providing further support to head and neck cancer patients in the Newcastle and Hunter area.
The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month and is facilitated by Allied Health Professionals working within this area, and provides both education and peer support.
Next Support Group
Given the current evolving changes in NSW with COVID-19, there have been many changes and restrictions within Calvary Mater Newcastle to ensure our community remains well and safe. As a result, we have decided it would be best to cancel our meetings until further notice. We are hopeful that we will have the group up and running again once the restrictions have been removed, as we have many exciting and informative speakers to come.
In the meantime, if you are in need of support or education, please visit the Head and Neck Cancer Australia website for information at www.headandneckcancer.org.au.
We hope you are staying safe and well and please feel free to contact us if you are having any issues we may be able to help with.
Cathy Odelli (Dietitian) 4014 3136
Janet Inkpen (Social Worker) 4014 4809
Laurie-Anne Minslow (Speech Pathologist) 4014 3136
The group runs for two hours every month. The first hour focuses on an invited speaker with relevant education/information, while the second hour is for more informal group socialising and facilitated group sharing.
The group is an ‘open’ group that allows a person to move in and out of it depending on their needs at the time. This ‘open’ group also allows for a cross section of experience across a person’s cancer journey – from diagnosis, treatment, recovery and long term survivorship.
To date, the group has heard from a variety of different speakers including: Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Dentists, Audiologists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists and Social Workers. The group has also participated in a variety of events, such as ‘Relay for Life’, and members have undertaken Head and Neck Cancer Awareness activities including the selling of head and neck badges, wrist bands and magnets.
The group is open to any person with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer and their carers/family.