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The partner program aims to support partners of men who have been diagnosed and/or treated for prostate cancer. This program aims to reduce stress, enhance psychological wellbeing and improve the intimate relationship between couples. At this stage the Partner program is being offered as part of a research project which is pilot testing the program and assessing the benefits of the program.

The program has been initiated by the principal investigator, Dr Addie Wootten, in collaboration with a team of researchers and clinicians from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Swinburne University of Technology. The research has been funded by beyondblue.

This program is being developed because of the known impact that prostate cancer can have on many aspects of life including psychologically, emotionally and socially or within relationships and aims to offer a self-directed program to help partners cope with these challenges.

Participation in this project will involve:

  • Engaging in the online program at your own leisure over a 6 week period. This involves working your way through specific parts of the program, sharing comments on the forum with other users of the program and completing a series of surveys that will monitor how you are going.
  • The topics in the program include written information, videos and worksheets about:
    • Feeling emotionally stronger
    • Improving communication within your relationship
    • Improving sexual intimacy
    • Understanding prostate cancer
    • Looking after yourself and reducing stress
    • Coping with uncertainty and planning for the future

How it works

By participating in the Partner Program, you’re helping yourself and others to navigate the challenges often faced with prostate cancer.

Step 1: Complete your confidential profile

Create your own personal account so you can start working on enhancing your wellbeing and log in and out as often as you need to. You will need to answer some questions about yourself and prostate cancer experiences so that your progress can be mapped.

Step 2: Participate

To get the most out of the program it is recommended that you log in and use the program for 1-2 hours per week over the 6 weeks that the program runs, use the information regularly and record your experiences.

Step 3: Complete ongoing questionnaires

You will receive a reminder to complete the follow-up questionnaire when they are due. These questionnaires will help us understand how you are going and are vital for the success of our research.

Step 4: Your feedback will be used for research

While your personal details will not be shared, all the information you provide us will be used to evaluate whether the Partner Program is useful for partners of men who have prostate cancer. Your feedback will help us to refine and improve the program and offer this program to others in the future.

Program duration

You will have access to the program for 6 weeks. Please make sure you make the most of the program during these 6 weeks.