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(a) Primary Members- any person who has a BEECH condition.
(b) Family Members- any person who is a member of the family of the person with the condition.
(c) Health Professional Members- included Doctors, Nurses, Educators, Psychologists, counsellors & researchers
(d) Friend of BEECHAC members- any person who is a friend of a primary member.
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The main benefit of joining: You will link with others who are involved with similar disabilities and who can share
concerns, needs, issues and care for
ourselves and our loved ones.
If you become a member of BEECH Australian Community you will be supporting the Australian Community of people involved in various ways with those who have Bladder Exstrophy, Epispadias, Cloacal Exstrophy or Hypospadias. We hope to be able to support each other during times of stress around operations and diagnosis, when we need answers to our queries about doctors and procedures and when we just need to talk to each other and find a time of companionship, compassion and hopefully some good times together.
other services received as a Member
- FACEBOOK - Up to date information about what is happening in each state and territory of Australia and overseas, particularly in the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Asia — Personal stories, news about conferences, seminars and new relevant resources
- Once you have become a member you will receive an invitation to join the Private Facebook site.
- chatroom and forum for members with rooms for different age groups, types of disability, and groups of members e,g. families, friends, or health professionals
- discounted registration for our conferences in various states and territories — support for travel/accommodation when possible for Australian & overseas conferences
- resource library of books, research articles, DVDs and posters to borrow or buy or information on how to purchase resources
- lobby group for public awareness of the disabilities and how to support people with these disabilities — Lobbying is particularly important in schools, tertiary learning institutions like TAFE and universities and work places as well as health care centres.
- support and information about medical, psychological or sexual concerns as well as support for emotional stress and anxiety that you and /or members of your family and friends may be experiencing — We intend to have a broad network of contacts in each state and territory for member referrals. We also intend to provide financial support, when possible, for members to travel for operations, tests and consultations.
- member support groups in each state and territory — We envisage support groups to blossom based on the number of people involved and their geographical situations. These groups can work with the national group to organise fundraisers e.g. dinners, trivia nights, auctions, and fun activities, camps and meetings where people can get together to talk about their issues, concerns, stories.
- research into improved operation procedures, psychological issues, causes — The association intends to apply for grants to undertake research at a number of levels. Only members interested in taking part would be involved in any research we undertake. The results of any research will be shared with all members.
Who can benefit form joining BEECHAC?
You should not feel alone. You can share feelings of anxiety and concern for your baby and BEECHAC will help you tackle the issues you need to address and help answer any questions you have about the various conditions.
You may want the opportunity to talk with others who have similar disabilities and share your experiences and knowledge. We hope to develop a mentor program especially for adolescents and young adults.
Parents will have many queries and concerns as sons or daughters are growing up and going through various operations and procedures. Siblings also want to know more about what is happening to their brothers or sisters and how to cope with the family situation where the parents may be away for some time with a sibling who needs medical attention.
Grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins often want to play a support role and need to know about the various conditions and how best to give support.