Belonging to an AVA SA support group gives South Australian residents 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 SA support groups are for those affected by asbestos-related disease and their families and friends – all are welcome.
How a support group can help:
If you are a South Australian resident, AVA SA 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.
You may be able to connect with others who are dealing with similar issues and learn how they manage their condition. 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.
Social mornings at AVA SA – 10 am to 12 noon on the second Wednesday of every month at level 9, 60 Waymouth Street Adelaide
Monthly social mornings are held at AVA SA 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.
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
Fleurieu Support Group
Telephone Catherine Wegener on 0437 805 510