Upcoming Sessions

Counterpart conducts free information sessions on a regular basis. Coming to an information session is a great way to access information and connect with others in a similar situation.

Information sessions are coordinated by Counterpart staff and involve medical, allied health and other specialists, including creative therapists.

Book your place by clicking on any of the upcoming sessions below.

Cancellations Policy

If we do not have enough people enrolled one week before a session is scheduled we will cancel the session and inform anyone who has booked. This also allows the speaker sufficient time to make other plans. We hope that cancelling a session is never necessary but also realise that having only a small number of people attending a session is no longer workable.


When cancer impacts our sexual health and wellbeing

Date: Wednesday, 28/02/2018
Time: 10.00am–12.30pm

Location: Seminar Room, The Bays Healthcare Group, Vale Street, Mornington Vic 3931

This session will explore the impact that cancer and treatments can have on your sexual health and wellbeing and how this may effect acceptance of self, building secure connections and couple relationships. Our presenter Jo Gniel is a Councellor, Educator and founder of landscape of life. Felicity Carson, Breast Care Nurse, Meditation Teacher and member

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Bras, boobs and breast forms

Date: Thursday, 01/03/2018
Time: 11.30am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

An experienced Corsetry and Post-Mastectomy Bra Fitter will cover the finer points in finding that elusive, well-fitting bra. The session will cover traditional bras, bras for breast forms and bathers, as well as tips on looking after your bras and breast forms.

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Lymphoedema

Date: Wednesday, 07/03/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Mavis Mitchell Seminar Room, Ground floor, Footscray Hospital, Gordon Street, Footscray

After surgery and/or radiotherapy for the treatment of breast or  gynaecological cancer, the lymphatic system may be damaged and there is a risk of developing lymphoedema. Our presenter will detail what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risk of developing lymphoedema and what to do if it develops.  Our speaker Cheryl Prendergast

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Trials and treatment for metastatic breast cancer

Date: Thursday, 15/03/2018
Time: 10.00AM - 11.30AM

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Clinical trials are an important way to improve treatments for people with cancer. Trials may look at whether a treatment is safe, its side effects, or how well a treatment may control symptoms or improve quality of life. Dr Catherine Oakman, Medical Oncologist from Western Health, will guide us through this session, which explores trials

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Sleeping soundly

Date: Monday, 19/03/2018
Time: 10.30am–11.45am

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

People with cancer face a range of significant physical and emotional stressors and the large majority will experience sleep problems at some point during their cancer experience. Our facilitator, an experienced psychologist from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, will talk about what contributes to sleep problems, what happens when we are sleep deprived, cancer specific factors

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City street photography

Date: Wednesday, 11/04/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Awaken your senses this Autumn! Join passionate photographers Marion Vincent and Bob Clothier on a short walk to Flagstaff Gardens. Bring along any image recording device you may have, eg. camera, mobile phone or iPad. Come with us and capture the shapes, sights and skyline of the city in a way like never before. We

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The law and cancer

Date: Monday, 16/04/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

This session will look at how the law impacts on cancer care. Topics covered will include access to insurance (eg travel and health), workplace rights and anti-discrimination protections, consent laws and advance care planning. Deborah Lawson, Legal Policy Advisor and Sondra Davoren, McCabe senior legal policy advisor from the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

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Finding some inner calm with yoga (session for women living with advanced cancer)

Date: Wednesday, 18/04/2018
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Come and join a gentle yoga session tailored for women with advanced cancer. Yoga is a whole body/mind practice, involving breathing work, stretching exercises, postures and meditation. Regular yoga practice may help manage the stress, anxiety and fatigue often experienced by women with cancer. Many palliative care facilities now offer yoga programs, as it may

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Gynaecological cancers: new treatments and trials

Date: Thursday, 09/08/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

**Please Note: This session has been rescheduled for August due to unforeseen circumstances.** This session will explore and guide you through new developments in treatments and results from clinical trials for gynaecological cancers. Associate Professor Linda Mileshkin will present this session. Linda is a medical oncologist and a clinical researcher with a particular interest in the

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