The network is informal, and members can be as involved as their time and lifestyle allow, in a variety of ways -
- offering support to other patients or relatives about their bowel cancer experience (on the phone, by email or face to face); listening to their concerns and sharing experiences (including treatment, side effects and coping strategies)
- raising awareness via local media and other means, or through Bowel Cancer Australia's Get Your Rear in Gear Corporate and Community Wellbeing Program
- organising fundraising events and activities
Through the network, we aim to put people in touch with each other – matching them by age, gender, region and their stage of bowel cancer and treatment pathway. Contact details of matched members will then be provided, enabling members to contact each other at mutually convenient times.
Talking to another member who has been through bowel cancer, or who is going through a similar situation, can be enormously valuable and reassuring.
On each occasion, member's details will never be disclosed to anyone without their permission and we will always check each time to ensure you're happy to receive a call.
Relatives and friends of patients can also benefit from this support as we are able to put them in touch with other people who have a loved one with bowel cancer.
If you would like to receive an information pack about joining our community and becoming a member of Bowel Cancer Australia's Peer-to-Peer Support Network – we want to hear from you!
Please complete the form below to receive your Peer-To-Peer Support Network information pack.