Support groups

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Facebook is a really popular place to connect with others going through similar experiences.

New Zealand Ovarian Cancer Support Group

The Ovarian Cancer New Zealand Support Group was set up by Rachel Wilson, following the loss of her mother to ovarian cancer. Over 200 kiwis with ovarian cancer use the group to connect with others experiencing the disease. It's members include Jane Ludemann. founder of Ovarian Cancer NZ/Cure Our Ovarian Cancer; Tash Crosby of the Talk Peach Gynaecological Cancer Foundation; and a local gynaecologist.

International Groups

There are plenty of different support groups on Facebook led by people with ovarian cancer. Here are a few for people in specific circumstances:

Young women
Low-grade serous
Germ Cell


Ovarian Cancer resources

Practical Support

Support Crew a free online support platform that easily co-ordinates meals and support for family and friends in need.
Pinc and Steel is an amazing NZ program that gives access to funded physiotherapy and exercise classes to help women with cancer.
ExPinkT (Exercise Training Beyond Breast Cancer) is a free cancer gym in Dunedin run by the University of Otago. Despite the name, women with ovarian cancer are welcome. You can find more details on their Facebook page.

24 Hour Helplines

Healthline – 0800 611 116
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

International Ovarian Cancer Organisations