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Welcome to GAMMA, the Gay and Married Mens' Association

Freecall 1800 804 617 for Phone Support.
See down the page for details.
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Our Next Meeting on Wednesday 3 December
Topic: The SPANC - Study of the Prevention of Anal Cancer - project and cancer research
Speaker: Professor Richard Hillman, leading sexual health researcher.
7:15 for a 7:30 start.
A note about getting into the building: The ACON building is closed after office hours, so if you get there early, haven't been to a meeting before, or you're simply not sure what to do, please be patient.
Kind souls on their way out will usually let you in,
and there'll be someone from the group along soon.
Next Social Event See down the page for news of our preChristmas dinner.

President Message

Steven Bloom

Thanks for joining us on the GAMMA website. The purpose of GAMMA is to provide safe and confidential opportunities for men to discuss and consider issues relating to their sexuality and the relationships in their lives.

We are a peer support group run by men who have been through their own journey and we meet twice a month to listen to each other, provide support, and often have a guest speaker on a relevant topic of interest.

Many men come to their first meeting feeling vulnerable, uncertain, perhaps confused, and concerned about what lies ahead. Some face problems demanding immediate attention whilst others are still coming to grips with their own internal feelings. Whatever the case we are here to help.

It can be a big step to make a call, read this website, or attend a meeting so I've prepared a video to give you a brief overview.

Steven Bloom Welcome to GAMMA

I look forward to welcoming you at our next GAMMA meeting.

Steven Bloom
GAMMA president.

Phone Support

As well as meetings, GAMMA operates a phone support line. If you ring us, you will not be talking to a call centre but to a competent trained GAMMA member who has been on similar journey to yourself. Anyone is welcome to call for support, information and referrals.

The service has a Freecall number and you can ring from anywhere in New South Wales for the price of a local call.

So, if you've got a problem you'd like to discuss, or are hesitant about coming to a meeting in person, or simply not able to get to Sydney easily, please give us a call.

The number is 1800 804 617.

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Our Next Social Event

PreChristmas Dinner

This year our 'cheap and cheerful' December dinner will be held at Eat Thai, 358 Victoria Street Darlinghurst, on Wednesday 17 December at 7:30pm.

Eat Thai Restaurant in Darlinghurst, is a local favourite. The menu is quite broad, with the usual salads, BBQ, curries and stir-fries.

Some of the chef specials include pork belly, spicy duck and deep-fried Barramundi.

At a GAMMA function, we usually order banquet-style, and at Eat Thai, there's plenty to go around.

In addition, the restaurant is opposite the famous Darlinghurst Massimo Ice Cream shop. What more could you ask?

For more, go to Eat Thai Darlinghurst.

So we can make sure of the seating, please RSVP Scott by Sunday 14 Decmber on scottmidd1@yahoo.com.au or call or text 0414 804 711.

Dinner before Meetings

On their way to GAMMA meetings, some of of our men gather at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street to enjoy a meal and a chat.

The Shakespeare is one of the old-time local pubs still around in inner Sydney: the bar can be quite rowdy, so we usually ahead upstairs where the former bedrooms have been converted to dining rooms of various sizes.

It's a pleasant thing to do and good value for money: all meals are $12.50, with quite a wide choice in the menu.

Even if you're not able to get along to the meeting, you still have to eat, and among friends is as good a way as any.

What's New

Necessary Conversations

The "day job" of Ross Ness, one of our friends from acon, is to act as a Team leader on acon's Substance Support Service.

However, for our meeting on 19 November, he agreed to give up his evening to talk to us on a different but vital topic - how to approach those awkward conversations we all have to have from time to time. And they may be more vital in the lives of GAMMA men than they are for most people. Ross's talk varied between the "why", "when" and the "how" very effectively, and he found an interested audience. You can see a summary of his PowerPoint presentation by clicking on the link below.

Ross Ness PowerPoint Presentation

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GAMMA volunteers are bound by our own GAMMA Code of Conduct
and by the Code of Conduct of NSW Health.
For more information, go to Codes and Complaints on our Contact page.
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