There for our members whenever or however they need us.

Ava Support Groups

Belonging to an AVA support group gives a friendly environment to interact with others. Support groups help you to feel less isolated, gain empowerment and recapture hope. The diagnosis of an asbestos related disease can be devastating. At first you may feel unable to cope, have a sense of disbelief, or fear that you are suffering alone. You are not alone. We care.

AVA support groups are for victims, carers, families and friends - all are welcome.

How a support group can help:
AVA volunteers can put you in touch with others who are going through similar experiences, or who have already walked in your shoes, and can provide understanding and support.
Connect with others who are dealing with similar issues – learn how others manage their illness.
Talking with others about your treatment, fears and concerns helps to reduce stress levels.
Many people put on a brave face in front of friends and family. A support group offers a safe environment to talk about your issues and feelings without needing to protect those around you.

Monthly Social mornings at AVA – 10 am to 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month at level 3, 60 Waymouth Street Adelaide

Monthly social mornings are held at AVA for people affected by asbestos related disease, and their family members. Here you can share stories and make friends in a relaxed environment. Our volunteers can help you understand the situation, which can help to reduce fear and anxiety, and are happy to visit you, at home or in hospital, where practicable. You can also learn about current medical research, information about drugs used in treatment and possible side effects.

AVA Friendship Group– 11 am on the fourth Wednesday of the month at level 3, 60 Waymouth Street Adelaide

The AVA Friendship Group offers a welcome to anyone who has been bereaved by an asbestos related disease. Telephone support is offered to anyone who is unable to travel into Adelaide.

Info for carers
Info on bereavement

Regional support groups

Whyalla support group

87 Essington Lewis Avenue, Whyalla. SA
John Arthur - Phone contacts:
Office – (08) 8645 0555
After Hours – (08) 8645 3322
Mobile - 0416 482 673


Port Augusta Support Group

Monthly meetings, held at Port Augusta Bowling Club,
Cnr. Marryatt & Jervois Streets,
Port Augusta. SA
Geoff Maul – Phone contacts:
H: (08) 8642 2884
M: 0419 822 296

Goolwa Support Group
11 am and 12.30 pm on the first
Wednesday of each month at the
Community Hub, corner of Goolwa Terrace
and Loveday Street Goolwa