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Free webinar: what support do men need after cancer?

23rd February 2018 - Patient support

People affected by cancer are invited to register for and join Cancer Council NSW’s free online webinar on Thursday, 1 March to understand the support men need after cancer treatment.

The latest webinar in Cancer Council NSW’s free series will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers Ray Araullo (a Social Worker at Royal North Shore Hospital), Dr Ben Britton (a psychologist) and Matt Featherstone (a prostate cancer survivor who will talk about his personal cancer experience).

The webinar will explore how we can support men who have completed their active treatment. It will also provide strategies for and information about the psycho-social needs of men in Australia.

Cancer survivors face many emotional, psychological and practical day-to-day demands – all on top of the physical impacts of cancer and its treatment. It can be difficult to return to everyday life; feelings of isolation and fear are common.

It is estimated that over 72,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia in a single year[1] and as more people are surviving a cancer diagnosis, more support is needed for those living with or after cancer.

Cancer Council NSW Cancer Support Services Director, Annie Miller said that it is important to consider the psychological and social effects that men experience after the completion of cancer treatment, and to be aware of the limited access to support for those living in regional and rural areas. 

“Some men tell us that they struggle with not being able to appear strong when they are feeling unwell,” said Ms Miller.

“It is normal at these times not to feel in control, but it does not necessarily help survivors to cope. That’s why there are Cancer Council NSW support services that men – and any cancer survivor – can access.”

To register for Cancer Council NSW’s March webinar, watch previous webinars or find out about other upcoming Cancer Council NSW webinars, visit:

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[1] AIHW 2017. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no.101. Cat. no. CAN 100. Canberra: AIHW


Notes to Editor:

Cancer Council NSW’s webinar will air live on Thursday 1 March between 7:00pm to 8:00pm (AEDT). The webinar is open to people of any age who have been affected by cancer, either as a patient, family member, carer or health professional. Participants can log on from any device anywhere around Australia.

When registering, and during the live discussion, participants are invited to submit questions, some of which will be discussed during the last 15 minutes of the webinar. A link to the recorded webinar and other supporting resources will also be emailed to all registrants following the live event. 

Guest Speakers

Ray Araullo

Ray has worked in the field of cancer services since 1994. He has worked primarily as a clinical social worker in haematology and has held positions in community development and team leadership in Oncology Social Work. Ray’s interests include community engagement in the development of cancer support services and research into the lived experience of cancer patients who have undergone treatment for haematological malignancies.

Ray is currently employed as Deputy Head of Social Work and Senior Haematology Social Worker at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.

Matt Featherstone

Matt runs a successful workplace coaching and consulting practice with his wife Liz, and so being diagnosed with prostate cancer at 49 years of age resulted in sleepless nights about many things. The experience of his diagnosis, treatment and recovery was difficult, not just for him but also for his family. Matt’s cancer experience has led him to making much healthier work and life choices. He has a degree in Psychology and is an Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership accredited workplace coach. Matt volunteers with the Cancer Council Connect program, providing peer to peer telephone support.

Dr Benjamin Britton

Dr Ben Britton has been conducting translational research in the Psycho-Oncology Service of the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2005. His main research interests combine the translation of evidence based psychological interventions, difficult to treat populations and novel areas of intervention. He maintains a clinical position at Calvary Mater Newcastle and is interested in answering questions arising from clinical problems using innovative methods particularly in the areas of technology, behaviour change and multi-disciplinary intervention. Dr Britton also holds a conjoint lecturer position in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.


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