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Recognise, reconnect, reimagine – This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week. We feel very fortunate to have held an in-person morning tea at Mr Tulk Café at the State Library on Tuesday 18 May to celebrate the work of our volunteers over the past year.   Recognise. We heard some inspiring words from Dianne Hill,

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Our previous post Five reasons to call a Peer Support Volunteer  highlighted the importance and benefits of talking to someone who understands your diagnosis but there are also a number of reasons to become a Peer Support Volunteer too! Places for our 2021 volunteer intake are open now.  Read below for insights into volunteering and

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It can be daunting to pick up the phone and talk to a stranger, but if you have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer, calling Counterpart can be rewarding.   1. Sometimes you need someone who understands Everyone’s experience is different but talking to someone else who has been through a cancer diagnosis can help.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year is Choose to Challenge. There are still many male dominated industries/places of work and science is no exception. As an organisation that supports women through their cancer experience, Counterpart would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to women in

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February ovarian cancer awareness month

What is ovarian cancer? Ovarian cancer is type of gynaecological cancer that develops when abnormal cells multiply forming malignant tumour/s in one or both ovaries. It is the eight most common cancer among Australian women. For an overview of what ovarian cancer is from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment visit this overview from Cancer Council.

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Our first What’s On and Making Connections programs for 2021 are now live.  The Making Connections program includes a special day of info sessions and workshops for women living with a metastatic/advanced breast or gynaecological cancer. Other sessions include a Dance flow workshop, Introduction to self-compassion session, Advance care planning info session and a Lymphoedema

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We have been running some of our information sessions as webinars since 2014, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our events are being moved online. Although many miss face to face connections, joining an online event can be a great way to stay connected or to try something new. Susan has attended a number

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Women's Health Victoria recognises we are in unprecedented times and now more than ever it is important that we continue our work supporting women and advocating for gender equality. Like everyone, we are watching the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) carefully. You can read the latest recommendations from the Victorian Department of Health and Human

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Counterpart is for women affected by any stage of breast or a gynaecological cancer. We understand if you are living with cancer that has spread to another part of the body, your experience will be different to women affected by early stage disease. Pam is one of Counterpart’s Peer Support volunteers. She has been living

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Many women affected by cancer say they don’t want to burden their loved ones with their thoughts or worries about their cancer. With so many people understandably concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact, you might be feeling even more pressure to put on a brave face. This can leave you feeling even

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