Current Project & Events




During 2015 Fleurieu Cancer Network and Healthy Cities Onkaparinga decided to work together for Dying to Know Day which is an initiative of the Groundswell Project. Dying to Know Day is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement.

Together we developed the Graveyard’s Project

STAGE ONE – Photo Exhibition

Gates by Katrina WindebankDeveloped a creative arts project to depict death and dying openly

To celebrate Dying TO Know Day 2015

A photo exhibition event was held to reminding us that death is a normal part of the life journey.

It engaged people in a creative arts project creating healthier community attitudes about ageing, illness, death, dying and bereavement.

Community submitted digital photographs featuring a subject within any of the cemeteries/graveyards within the City of Onkaparinga.

Five photographers submitted a total of about 30 photos.









STAGE TWO – Graveyards of Onkaparinga PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

Graveyards grant 2016 Onkaparinga history group 001Obtained funding grant from City of Onkaparinga

Established a community group (ONKAPARINGA HISTORY GROUP) researching the history of the gravesite photos to produce a book that will be presented to the City of Onkaparinga

Currently designing and formatting a publication for printing









STAGE THREE – SaY Seniors and Youth – The History

Developed from expanding of stage two an intergenerational story-telling project using social media. Connecting Seniors and youth.

fileTo aquire some funding for this work for 2017-18

Conversations have already commenced with local schools

This proposal is under development and discussions continue. Please register your interest via











Onkaparinga History Group 4th May 2016This group was formed on 1st April 2016 in response to a call for community members who have an interest in history. After a very successful gathering the group agreed to form the Onkaparinga History Group.

The aim of the group is to publish a history book using the identified photos submitted in stage one and a goal to continue researching the gravesites within the City of Onkaparinga after the Graveyards Project is completed.


  • Continually researching identified sites from stage one.
  • Established Editor’s guidelines to direct the publication
  • Decided on publication format and design
  • Promotes the project and group
  • Obtained funds from grant from City of Onkaparinga
  • The group meets monthly in Morphett Vale


Men and Cancer Lunch

Men and cancer lunch August 2015Men and cancer Lunch with Don Barker – actor

18 people enjoyed time with Don Barker as he recalled his time working on Australian TV and theatre.
He said that acting was 5% talent and 95% luck. He spoke about his enjoyment of working on Homicide and how they worked 3 weeks to make a week episode. He recounted memories of working with Gary McDonald, Michael York & Sigrid Thornton along with other actors of the time and he recalled an embarrassing moment on Prisoner.
Don’s most memorable time was working with Bud Tingwell who he admired greatly. Thank you to Don Barker for making the time to come and speak to us
We also had Jennifer come and tell us about a research project at Flinders about hearing about men’s cancer experience.

I’m sure I express everyone’s feeling of gratitude to Jen and Don and Katrine’s Hildyard’s office staff Elizabeth, Jonathon & Hayden







Survivorship and Cruising

Dawn Princess 22nd October 2015 Cancer Survivor's farewell ATFCN was asked to host a survivorship group while on board. With an average of 20 passengers attending with stories of their life limiting illness. Some where supported by family and friends and had either cancer or strokes.

The outcomes from this time together was
1. survivorship club trial on some Princess ships
2. new stroke support group to be developed in survivor’s home area in NZ
3. one husband of cancer survivor being supported and encouraged to see GP for check-up
4. breast cancer lady being supported by the sisterhood with three ladies living within a few kilometres from each other continuing to meet-up and support each post cruise.

We thank Stu, David and Princess Cruises for their support on this very important and life changing initiative.


Bowel Cancer Awareness Event

Bowel Cancer Awareness event 16th June 2014 Colonnades 003We handed out over 50 show bags which contained important cancer awareness information and some FREE giveaways.

People came to find out the facts, and heard first hand how easy it is to do a bowel cancer screening test and how they can help prevent bowel cancer for themselves and for the ones they love.

Thanks to Maria, Kerry, Dr Rebecca, Dr Erin & Dr Jean, Gwyn, Bev & Malcolm along with the Southern Cancer Club team-Von & Martin, Pedr & Sam

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Know your risk – website trial

Know you ris trial with CCSA & FCN Oct 2012 007On Thursday 11th October 2012 the Fleurieu Cancer Network assisted Helen Barnard from the Cancer Council of SA to trial a NEW webpage “know your risk” for people with a family history of bowel cancer.

Six of our members helped work through the site to check ease and information etc.  Participants found it very easy to navigate around and found it very informative and easy to read.














Little Ray of Sunshine Market

FCN stand at Little Ray of Sunshine Market 2012On 23rd September the Fleurieu Cancer Network participated in the Little Ray of Sunshine Market which was a fundraising event for the Cancer Council of SA run by a Cancer Council SA Ambassadors: Jenny Watts.

Jen is passionate about cancer prevention, information and education and has partnered with us in our Cancer advocacy work.  We welcome Jenny as a member of FCN and look forward to a long partnership.










My Cancer Journey: from despair to inspiration DVD Launch

DVD Cover 2012The highlight of the Forum was the launch of the DVD “My Cancer Journey from despair to inspiration” by Minister John Hill.

We would like to thank all those who bravely agreed to tell their personal story along with their insights of cancer.



Participant’s DVD Civic “Thank You” Presentation

Thank you reception Sept 2012 DVD participantsOn 19th September the Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga hosted a thank you tea for participants of the DVD and FCN committee.

It was held at the Council Civic Centre  at Noarlunga Centre and Mayor Lorraine spoke and thanked all those who bravely told their cancer journey story in the hope to help others.

We would like also to thank those who gave their time and story freely.





Building Together Forum

Building together forum 2012 010On 19th July we held the Building Together Forum, it was attended by 41 people over 3 hours at the Christie Downs Community House.

Martin was Master of Ceremonies and invited Amanda Rishworth, Co Patron and Federal Member for Kingston to provide some opening words on how FCN provides a strong consumer network.

She spoke about the need for people to tell service providers what they needed to help make the journey better.  Amanda said that the DVD was a good way to do that.

The Deborah Heithersey, CEO Flinders Medical Centre Foundation presented on the workings of the new Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer opened earlier this year.

During lunch everyone had a chance to network & view displays that were around the room.




Building Together Family Fun Day

CD Building together Famliy day 28the April 2012In April 2012 the Network participated in the Christie Downs Building Together Family Day sharing information, raising cancer awareness and promoting FCN and the Southern Cancer Club.  About 200 community members attended the day looking at various information stands displayed around the Christie downs Morton Road park.

Dr Rebecca Keough from the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer came and helped give out information and raise Cancer awareness.  Many people were interested in the new centre that was just opened at Flinders Medical Centre.

Thanks to Lesley, Hazel, Michelle and Artie for helping out on the day!








 Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer

Flinders centre for cancer 2012 Tour 010FCN was invited with other community volunteers to an exclusive tour of the newly commissioned $28 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, incorporating the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre and the ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit was opened.

Congratulations to Deborah Heithersey, CEO Flinders Medical Centre Foundation and her team for making a dream come true. Bringing the brightest minds and the kindest hearts together under one roof!

Construction for the Flinders Centre  Innovation in Cancer will commence in August 2010, realising the dream of the FMC Foundation and thousands of donors who have tirelessly supported the creation of an integrated cancer centre at Flinders.








Members of the Fleurieu Cancer Network were invited to participate in a community consultation on Monday 24th May at Flinders Private Hospital about the new proposed Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer incorporating the Livestrong Cancer Research Centre

Dr Rebecca Keough & Dr Rhys Williams gave us the opportunity to hear about the design and vision of the new Centre by the project architects: Woodhead.

The project team asked our ideas and opinions on how to make this centre the best experience possible for cancer patients, their carers and families as they undertake the treatment journey.

Fleurieu Cancer Network representatives were invited because we understand the needs and wishes of the cancer centre users from the perspective of patients, carers or family members.





 A Conversation with Cancer  – Improving the Cancer Journey

Sth C Club collage making Oct 2012 025When cancer patients tell their stories, will decision-makers listen?

AIM:  To document real issues by people travelling the cancer journey through narrative or anecdote methods to provide information to policymakers so evidence based policy and service delivery can be established.


A conversation with cancer will encourage and create conversations by people with cancer, their families, friends, carers and the general community with decision-makers who develop policy and service delivery based on evidence.





 A Conversation with Cancer Lunch

Morning teaOn 8th December 2011 a get together for participants was held with a light lunch at Christie Downs Community House.  It was a fun filled information event with lucky door prizes, complimentary portraits and mini make-ups from the Look good feel better team.  This was an opportunity for folks to meet each other, introduce the management committee and the Media Flea team, Miss Vicki & Eliza.

20 people attended and from that meeting we obtained many willing spirits to help with the project and some have even shown an interest in helping out generally. For example Lynne & Samantha helped at the carols night…thanks ladies.  With 3 people showing interest in joining our committee and help direct the Network – we welcome them with open arms and hope they enjoy their time with us.

The next steps for the project will be to undertake the filming of people’s stories while gathering written stories to produce a  booklet. It is still hoped to launch the DVD and booklet sometime before Easter this year.





 Crafts for Cancer

Little Ray of Sunshine Market Sept 2012This initiative came from the Improving the Cancer Journey: A Conversation with Cancer Project.

The Craft for Cancer project is a way that local crafters can help those folks travelling the cancer journey and their families and carers to help make life a little easier.

Craft groups can donate any craft item such as beanies, scarfs, turbans, lap rugs, teddy bears, cards, materials, patterns, ideas, anything really.  There will always be a need and a way to use it.

The Look Good…Feel Better project have shown interest in receiving items and up to date a variety of head wear has been donated to the program.      





Cancer in the Community Forum

IMG_5435On the Wednesday 3rd of March 2010  FCN hosted a Cancer in the Community Forum with it’s AGM and was attended by about 40 participants.

Minister for Health and the Southern Suburbs: Mr John Hill opened the Forum while Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg: City of Onkaparinga welcomed all in attendance.

The day was filled with interesting information from guest speakers and the range of materials on display at the Christies Beach Lifesaving Clubrooms.   Thank you to the club for allowing us to use their wonderful facilities.
















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