Cancer survivors in Northern NSW will have a unique chance to ask all the questions they’ve ever wanted answered on intimacy and sex at a special women-only event in Ballina next week.
The first ever Ladies’ Night for cancer survivors is being held at Ballina RSL on Monday 27 May, from 5.30-8.30pm. The event is free.
Guest speaker, Kerrin Bradfield, is an accredited Clinical Sexuality Educator with 15 years’ experience in the field of sexuality education, health promotion, psychosexual therapy and relationship therapy.
“Surviving cancer is a reason to celebrate, however it also comes with challenges and fears, and for many women an important part of healing can be reconnecting with their sexuality,” Kerrin said.
“Sexuality is a key part of our wellbeing, just like our mental or physical health, but is often overlooked by health professionals or dismissed as something that women shouldn’t prioritise.
“There is a lot of mythology around about female sexuality and pleasure that can also be really unhelpful when trying to find a new normal,” Kerrin said.
The event is being hosted by the Richmond Breast Care Nurse service, part of Northern NSW Local Health District, with the generous support of Primex.
Richmond Network Community Health Manager, Lisa Beasley, said the event was the first of its kind for the local area.
“This is a great chance for women to come together, ask questions in a safe space, and talk about their experience or what to expect during and after cancer treatment,” Lisa said.
“Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone blocking medications can cause early menopause, which in turn can have a profound effect on sexuality.
“We have specialised cancer care nurses who provide support to women in Northern NSW throughout their treatment, but this event is a special occasion to cover issues that many women feel embarrassed about bringing up in a one on one situation.”
Northern NSW Local Health District spends over $23 million each year on cancer services across the district.
The event is free. Canapés will be provided. To RSVP, phone Karen on 0439 438 576 or Monica on 0429 097 071 or email richmondBCN@health.nsw.gov.au .