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Male Partners Program

Male Partners Program

What is the Male Partners Program?

The Male Partners Program is a program to support male partners of women with ovarian cancer. It has resulted from emerging research undertaken by OCA and Monash University which identified unmet needs for male partners of women who have ovarian cancer. This program was initially funded by the Dry July Foundation.  

We know that partners too, experience their own grief and loss, when witnessing and supporting their partners through an ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.  We understand the changes to relationships and roles that partners fullfill  as well as psychological, social, financial and physical burden.  We plan for you to learn how to best support your partner through this challenging time. We know that some of the psychological challenges men experience include depression, anxiety, fears about cancer recurrencechanges to sexual relationships, isolation which results in reduced quality of life. 

Despite the large number of Australian male partners who care for women with ovarian cancer, they receive less support.


How are we going to support you?

We are wanting to support you through a range of different ways that will improve your well-being and also help you care for your partners. 

Male Partners Support Group

Online monthly support sessions for men throughout the year on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Topics for the online support sessions will include: 

  • The impact of a cancer diagnosis  

  • Communication issues

  • Mental health 

  • Intimacy and sexuality 

  • Fear of recurrence 

  • Grief and loss including anticipatory grief and losses for younger partners 

  • Practical issues 

  • Well-being

Frequently asked questions

Who are these group sessions for? 

This support sessions are for male partners of women living with ovarian cancer. 

Why is this program targeted at only male partners? 

Our other support groups are open to all partners of women with ovarian cancer including female/non-binary. This particular support group is aimed at male partners/carers based on research showing that males have unique issues and feel more comfortable discussing them together as they share and learn from each other. Contact us to find the right support group for you.

Is there a cost? 


Can my partner (the person I care for) attend the support group meetings with me? 


Will the sessions be face-to-face or online? 

These sessions will be run online so that all male partners across Australia can participate.  We will alternate between a guest speaker talking about themes and the other sessions will be a general session for sharing.  The sessions will run in the evenings 7 pm AET for 1 hour.    

How do I register?  

Fill out the form below or contact our Helpline on 1300 660 334 (Weekdays, 9am - 5pm AET) or email support@ovariancancer.net.au

How can I keep in touch outside of sessions? 

Please contact our Social Worker Andreea Ardeleanu  at psychosocial@ovariancancer.net.au or our ovarian cancer nurses on 1300 660 334 (Weekdays, 9am – 5pm AET) who can refer to our psychosocial services.  

Resources for health professionals 

If you are a health professional working in ovarian cancer and would like information about our Male Partners Program, please contact an ovarian cancer nurse on our Helpline by calling 1300 660 334 (Weekdays, 9am – 5pm AET). You can also visit our Health Professionals page to join our Health Professional newsletter or view our resources for health professionals.

Information and resources

Webinar: Emotional Impact of caring for your partner who has ovarian cancer and issues of Intimacy and Sexuality - a webinar for male partners

Larry from OCA's Male Partners Program discusses how he has supported himself as a partner of a woman living with ovarian cancer.

Our Table: Recipe book

Our Table: Recipe Book

We are thrilled to share a cookbook containing a collection of recipes from members of the Male Partners Program Support Group

Acknowledgement flags

Ovarian Cancer Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where our office is located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.