Cancer, wellbeing and relationships: Free seminar in Bairnsdale

Friday 6 June, 2008

The University of the Third Age (U3A) will hold a special community seminar at the Bairnsdale RSL on Monday, 23 June.

Local residents and members of the community are invited to come along and hear special guest speaker, Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service, discuss the latest news about cancer, as well as balancing life and relationships.

Ms Akkerman said the free seminar was an opportunity for Bairnsdale residents to join members of the U3A and learn more about preventing cancer and also getting the most out of life while living with cancer.

"The seminar is an important way for the community to learn how to make lifestyle changes which will reduce our risk of certain cancers or if we have already been diagnosed, reduce the risk of recurrence," Ms Akkerman said.

"It also provides an excellent opportunity for community members to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing and rediscover enjoying the sensual side of life.

"As our lives become more hectic, it becomes more important than ever to practice self-care and cherish our relationships.

"I'd urge anyone from the area who wants to know more about cancer, as well as achieving life balance to join the U3A at this free seminar," Ms Akkerman said.

The free community seminar "Everything that you need to know about cancer but were afraid to ask" will be held on Monday 23 June from 2.00pm to 3.00pm at the Bairnsdale RSL, Princes Highway, Bairnsdale.

Special guest speaker Doreen Akkerman AM, Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service will discuss physical and mental health, enhancing life and well being, and personal relationships.

The seminar is free and all community members are invited to attend. For more information or to register, call Graham Mascas on 5157 5715 or Bernard West on 5153 2114.

The University of the Third Age is an international organisation, which encourages healthy ageing by enabling members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities. Visit www.vicnet.net.au for more details.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please phone Sophy Chirnside on 03 9635 5131 or 0408 518 613.