Toolkit flies overseas

10 August 2016

Foundation 49 has been delighted to provide our Men’s Health Toolkit booklets to the Royal Australian Air Force personnel who are deployed overseas. This was organised by the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Victoria Division) through our wonderful F49 supporter Alan White, who has been coordinating the care parcels program for the association for the last 4 years.

Alan has a background of over twenty years in natural therapies and counselling.He is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran, and he has been involved with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Men’s Health Peer Educator for 15 years. He was a National Men’s Health Ambassador with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) for five years.

Alan is currently the group leader for the Bayside-Kingston Prostate Support Group. He is a prostate cancer survivor, having had his prostate surgically removed (via robotic technology) in February 2011, following ten years of active surveillance.

Alan has since authored a book on his, and his wife’s experience, around this event called “We’ve Lost My Prostate Mate … But life goes on”. Soon to be published

For the last four years, Alan has been the consumer advocate (co-author), with the Active Surveillance Psycho-Oncology Study Group at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

This group is involved in creating a Decision Aid publication-website development, specifically dealing with active surveillance for prostate cancer, the pros and cons and comparing this with current alternative treatments available.

This also includes the production of a DVD about men/partners talking about their experiences of prostate cancer, along with input from clinicians.

Alan can be contacted at askypilot@bigpond.com

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Alan White presenting F49 with a certificate of appreciation from Group Captain Carl Schiller OAM CSM (Retd) President of the Royal Australian Airforce Association (Victorian Division).