Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance (HPCA) is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer and providing a free counselling service to affected men and their families. The organisation was established in 2007 to assist individuals, couples and families with information about prostate cancer.
We are dedicated to providing a range of quality services relevant to community needs. Through our initiatives we raise awareness of prostate cancer, through campaigns, workplace presentations and community events. We encourage early detection through a simple blood test called PSA. HPCA also provides a free counselling service for men and their families who are facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
PROVIDING COUNSELLING TO SUFFERERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
HPCA’s Counselling and Information Service provides psychosocial and information support through high quality, responsive, short-term counselling for the following identified target groups:
MEN WITH A HIGH RISK OF DEVELOPING PROSTATE CANCER
The service benefits men with a high risk of developing prostate cancer via our workplace and community group ‘Early Detection’ education sessions. Counsellors have been assisting men with first degree relatives or family history, to identify their need for and to encourage regular health checks with their GP.
MEN NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER
The service has been of direct benefit to men who are newly diagnosed by providing emotional support, and assisting with strategies and coping mechanisms to help alleviate their levels of stress and anxiety.
MEN EXPERIENCING SIDE EFFECTS OF PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT
The service provides support for the psychological and emotional issues present in men with prostate cancer regarding anxiety about treatment options, uncertainty of active surveillance and the potential sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, weakness, fatigue, pain, and other side effects of treatment.
MEN WITH ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER
The service provides support for the psychological issues present in men with advanced prostate cancer. This ranges from counselling support for times of existential crisis and allowing men to talk about their emotions and fears in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
FAMILIES & CARERS OF MEN DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER
The service is available for all carers and members of the client’s family providing psychosocial support and information. It has been identified that the females of the family are the health care managers, and as such, they often need to be included in the decision making process.
MEN SEEKING PSA (PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN) SUPPORT & TEST RESULTS
Our Counsellors take the time to explain the test and what the results might mean. Ecouraging clients to keep a record of the date of the test and PSA levels detected in order to provide a history to assist their GP’s and Urologists. We do not interpret test results, make diagnosis nor give medical advice.
Do you need help in your group or workplace? Would a professional counselling service help you achieve goals, relieve workplace stress or other health symptoms. Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance under our ProCare banner can provide counselling services for individuals, couples and families on a broad range of concerns. Our workplace programs offer a diversity of courses and seminars custom to suit business needs.
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