From Bela, Venue Manager


Now that were getting used to the COVID-­‐19 world, lets make the best of it.

Lets share our experiences, open up to each other and make our meetings “more interactive”.

They do become much more interesting don’t they?

All the best.


From the Editor:

Our March 2021 meeting was well attended by around 20 members and our 2 specialist prostate nurses. It was great to see some men bringing along their supportive partners as well. It was a meeting full of discussion and welcoming our new members, who took the time to talk openly about their journey thus far. Many similarities amongst the group with many nods in recognition of their stories, being so familiar. There were also a couple of alternative therapies discussed which may benefit members. We had members prepared to help with the COVID duties, turning up early and staying on later.

New members stayed back and discussed topics with some of the long term members, to the point we were almost kicked out as we went over time involved in side conversations. I am sure all attendees would agree it was a successful meeting.

Further to the information provided last month, again included this month, is the upcoming Prostate Cancer Support Groups of rural NSW will be holding their combined 25th birthday celebrations with the 25th anniversary of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

This important event is a great milestone for PCFA and rural mens health. Your attendance is encouraged. Elizabeth Allen Secretary of the Combined Prostate Cancer Support groups of rural NSW, has been very proactive in contacting hotels around Dubbo to provide all members with the very best motel rates for the event. It may be the perfect event to explore rural NSW post COVID.

Brendon Young

HPCSG newsletter editor

PCFA launches Stargate Project:

The STARGATE project aims to improve prostate cancer awareness by providing information on the burden of disease at a regional level, nationwide.

You can search by postcode or area name for factsheets of specific Australian regionals and share these with your friends family and workmates to help improve community understanding and save lives.

The data includes diagnoses, deaths and prostate cancer stage at diagnosis, unlock information that has not previously been shared in this way with the community.

included a local info sheet with this newsletter.

A useful resource with vignettes of others experiences and thoughts on Prostate Cancer.

Editors Note: A sample of a local Hunter Valley Stargate info sheet,included with the newsletter.


Warm welcome to new

members, Peter and Ken during March.  Great to see you guys there.

Why is Brendon so happy you ask?  Check out this months


Latest update on the Dubbo conference from:

Com bined Prostate Cancer Support G roups of R ural

N ew South W ales


Prostate Cancer Foundation of A ustralia

Conference Committee Secretary, Elizabeth Allen
Chairman, Kerry WhiteHon.Jim Lloyd3R Sandy Pines Road, Dubbo 2830
Combined GroupNational Support ServiceCombined Group: M 0408 682968
M 9437194810M 0418985909Email:

Hello to all support groups across our wonderful Nation,

We have been slowly getting things organized for our National Conference in Dubbo from 22nd -­‐24th October, 2021. Jim Lloyd was here last week and was delighted with the main venue and for Friday nights arrangements.

Friday nights get to know you is about complete, the guest speakers are now being sourced for Saturday and Sunday by PCFA except for one. The birthday cake is organized! (Don’t know if Jeff;s Rose will like the cake as it is not Banana cake). We must remember that we are celebrating The Foundations 25th Birthday plus the Dubbo Support Groups 25th Birthday though Dubbo didn’t join the Foundation to start with (Prostalk was Dubbo’s first communication)._

Attached is a list of motels in Dubbo that are within an easy walk of our venue, the RSL Club, Brisbane Street. These motels I have approached for a discount for you and that is shown on the list, motels with a longer walk or needing a car I have not approached as the first ones should give us enough accommodation, there are two good caravan parks on the Newell Highway though not in walking distance. Should you be coming by train or plane a member of Dubbo Support group will meet you and drive you to your motel.

All motel discounts can only be used if you book directly with the motel and say that you are attending the prostate cancer awareness conference.

When you have booked (even a tentative booking) please email or text me as it will give us an idea of how many are hoping to come and some idea of numbers for catering etc. We need to be covering all Covid19 guidelines and that will mean having your names, addresses, contacts etc, most of which I know will come with your registrations. (registrations forms to go out June/July)

Please stay safe,



Elizabeth Allen OAM


Secretary Combined Prostate Cancer Support Groups of Rural New South Wales Ambassador Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Email.


Dubbo RSL Motel, Brisbane Street, Dubbo 6884 9099 (directly across the street from the main venue)

They have offered a list too long to print, You are welcome to ring them, all bookings are direct, but I am sending their email direct to PCFA as it would be of benefit to organizations and bigger bookings.


Matilda Motor Inn, Darling St. 6882 3944

5% off all tariffs


Aberdeen Motor Inn, 25 Cobra St. 6884 2554 5% of tariff


Australian Heritage Motor Inn, cnr. Cobra & Brisbane St. 6884 1188 Single/double -­‐ $110/night (usually $130)

Twin -­‐ $120/night (usually $140

These rates apply for Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Dubbo Palms Motel, 39 Cobra St. 6881 8155

Friday/Saturday > DISCOUNT 15% off single Bed Published rates

Queen rooms > DISCOUNT 10%   10% off single Bed published rates

For Sunday

King rooms > DISCOUNT 20% off retail single bed published rates

Queen rooms DISCOUNT 15% off retail single Bed published rates


Countryman Motor Inn, 47 Cobra St. 6882 7422

10% discount on all rooms.  Wonderful they have given a room no cost for a speaker


Blue Diamond Motel, 113 Wingewarra St. 6882 0666

10% discount on first 10 rooms booked


The Shearing Shed Motel, 31 Cobra St, Dubbo 68842977 1 x Accessible Twin (I Queen & 1 single bed) $135

  • x Queen or twin rooms (1 queen & 1 single bed) $125 Queen only $135 twin
  • x  two room suites (1 queen in main room and 2 single in back bedroom) $155

4 x family rooms with bath (1 queen & 2 singles in very large room) $155

  • x King suites (1 x king bed, large soap dish bath) $145
  • family room – (1 queen, 1 double and 1 single bunk over it)  $155
  • x large family room (1 queen in rear room and 1 double with single bunk over it and another single in main room) $175

They are offering 5% on all the above tariffs but must be booked direct and quoting the conference. 02 6884 2977 (They have given $190.00 raffle prize)


Blue Lagoon Motor Inn, 81 Cobra St. 6882 4444 – a slightly longer walk

Country Apartments, Brisbane St. 6885 1141….probably the furthest

Quest Apartments, Bultje St. 5809 8600

There are at least another 20 motels in Dubbo but with much further walks or a car

Why COVID-19 shines a light on critical men’s health issues

Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. It showed that the coordinated efforts of government, industry, the public service, education providers and health services can respond rapidly and effectively to public health needs. COVID-19 is a reminder that different interventions are required by different groups in our society to achieve the best health outcomes for everyone.

COVID- 19 also reminds us of the health disparities between Australian men and women. In Australia and around the world, COVID-19 disproportionately affects the elderly, people with chronic disease, and men. As of 28 October 20201, five Australians under 50 years of age have died of COVID-19 — all of them were male. Ten men and five

women in their 50s, 23 men and 13 women in their 60s, and 105 men and 55 women in their 70s have died from

the infection. For every age group, the mortality rate is higher for men than women.

Male vs female COVID-19 mortality rate MaleFemale 
Age bracket  
20s 10 
30s 20 
40s 20 
50s 105 
60s 2313 
70s 10556 
80s 183196 
90s 115189 
100s 111 

What’s to blame?

Male susceptibility to COVID-19 is unlikely to be due to things as simple as the genetic or hormonal differences between men and women. Men’s general state of health, arising from their behaviour, might be the cause. Men are more likely than women to have poor diets, to drink too much alcohol and smoke, to delay seeking help for health problems, and to behave in ways that puts their health at risk2. This all adds up to a situation where Australian men have four-and-a-half fewer years of healthy life than women3.

The poor health of men doesn’t just account for their risk of dying from COVID-19. Men’s health and wellbeing is closely associated with sexual function and fertility.

Further reading:

 Dine & Discover NSW

The NSW Government has launched Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to get out and about and support dining, arts and tourism businesses.

NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply for 4 x $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total.

  • 2 x $25 Dine NSW Vouchers to be used for dining in at restaurants, cafés, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs.
  • 2 x $25 Discover NSW Vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues.

The vouchers:

  • can be used 7 days a week
  • can be used at participating NSW businesses that are registered as COVID Safe
  • cannot be used on public holidays
  • are valid to 30 June 2021.

Dine & Discover NSW is being rolled out by Local Government Area (LGA) during March. Throughout each week, vouchers will become available in more and more areas. By the end of March, the vouchers will be available across the state.

To see if you can apply for vouchers now, visit the Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers – Local Government Areas page to check which LGAs are eligible.

Once you have your vouchers, you’ll be able to use them at any participating business across NSW.

Fore more information:

Service NSW -13 77 88

Delicious Leftover Lamb Pie

Lots of left-overs from Sunday lunch?  Make it into a new tasty pie for Monday night dinner.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium brown onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

400g sliced roast lamb, chopped

350g roast potatoes, chopped (or sweet potato)

350g roast carrots, chopped (or boiled carrots will do)

  • cup beef gravy powder (we used low salt gravy powder) 1 ½ cups beef stock

½ cup frozen peas

1 tablespoon mint sauce (or sub fresh mint)

1 sheet ready rolled puff-pastry, partially thawed.


Step 1: Preheat over to 200c /180c fan forced. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high head. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add Lamb, potato and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes or until lamb has browned.

Step 2: Stir in gravy powder. Cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in stock. Bring to the boil. Add peas and mint sauce. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Spoon mixture into a 5cm deep, 22 cm square (8 cup capacity) ovenproof dish. Place pastry over filling, pressing down edged to secure to dish. Using a small sharp knife, make 4 cuts in top of pastry to allow steam to escape.

Step 3: Bake for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden and puffed. Serve with a side of bright green vegetables.


The Distinguished Gentlemens Ride – a decade of dapper

When: 23 May 2021

Where: Newcastle

Further information:

Cruz in 4 a cause

When: 17 April 2021

Where: Liverpool Plaza, Liverpool, Sydney

Further information: ruz-in-4-a-cause-tickets-140030331491

Dry July

When: July 2021

Where: everywhere