LETTERS: Meditation good for cancer

Meditation course

AS PART of Cancer Council Queensland's comprehensive support for Queenslanders affected by cancer, we're inviting local patients, survivors, and carers to take part in our Introduction to Mindfulness workshop.

The four-hour meditation workshop combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive therapy, introduces participants to simple and effective ways to overcome some of the challenging thoughts and feelings that commonly arise during a cancer diagnosis.

Learning new ways of managing difficulties can be particularly useful for those diagnosed with cancer and their partners and family. In this workshop participants will learn more about mindfulness and how small changes, with practice, can enhance their coping skills and improve quality of life.

Our workshops are run by experienced staff from CCQ's Cancer Counselling Service, who understand the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Our next Introduction to Mindfulness workshop in Gympie is on Thursday, November 5, at 12.30pm at Gympie Community Place, 18 Excelsior Rd.

We encourage all locals who have been affected by cancer, including family and friends, to register by calling Cancer Council's 131120.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland, including counselling and support programs, is available via cancerqld.org.au.

Professor Jeff Dunn,

CEO Cancer Council Queensland.

Veterans support

I AM the new co-ordination for the Gympie PVA (Partners of Veterans Association of Australia).

The PVA was established for the purpose of promoting the welfare and support of current and former partners or widows of veterans who served in the Australian Defence Force.

The PVA support group meets monthly at the Gympie RSL Sub Branch, the second Monday of the month at 10am.

We sometimes have guest speakers talking about various subjects.

It's an informal setting, we are there to talk, support each other and exchange ideas.

Afterwards the group goes to lunch at a nearby venue.

We are trying to start a morning tea morning, where we just get together for coffee and cake and a little catch up.

Our members mainly consist of Vietnam returned servicemen's partners but we do have partners from other conflicts such as Rwanda, East Timor, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

I myself am a welfare officer for the PVA and have recently been appointed a position on the state management committee.

Our membership runs on a financial year, with a contribution of $25 per year and a $10 establishment fee.


Inquiries can contact myself on 0427 722 204 or email kmp95@live.com.

Meegan Pedler,

Co-ordinator Gympie PVA

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