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
Dear Head and Neck Cancer Support Group attendees
Due to the current uncertainty in relation to the COVID-19 virus, all support groups at Calvary Mater Newcastle have been cancelled indefinitely.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will update you as soon as we are able to commence running the groups again.
Cathy, Laurie-Anne, Talisha and Noelle
Cathy Odelli (Dietitian) 40144776
Laurie-Anne Minslow (Speech Pathologist)
Talisha Varoxis (Dietitian) 40144776
Noelle Gallant (Social Worker) 40144806
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.