Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer


About the project

In 2015 BreaCan, in partnership with Barwon South Western Region and Grampians Integrated Cancer Services (BSWRICS and GICS), undertook the Connecting and Supporting project to better understand the support and information needs of women affected by any cancer in rural and regional Victoria. We appreciate that women who live outside metropolitan Melbourne are less likely to have access to the support and information services they need during their cancer experience. The project was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The Connecting and Supporting project team spent a number of months consulting, including talking to local women and service providers,  and undertaking a survey to understand their experiences. The findings are being compiled in a report  along with with recommendations for improving information and support for women affected by cancer in rural and regional Victoria.

Where did this project take place?

In the Barwon South Western and Grampians Integrated Cancer Service (ICS) regions. These areas are highlighted in green on the map below.


The following Council areas are included in the areas highlighted in green: the rural cities of Horsham and Ararat, the cities of Ballarat, Greater Geelong and Warrnambool, the shires of Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Yarriambiack, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Surf Coast, West Wimmera and the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Next Steps

The final report will be sent to the Department of Health and Human Services shortly.  Download a plain-English summary of the project.

If you have any further questions about the project, you can contact BreaCan by email: [email protected] or by telephone: 1300 781 500.