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.


Let’s talk about sexual health: when cancer impacts our sexual wellbeing

Date: Friday, 31/05/2019
Time: 10.30am–12.45pm

Location: Moorabbin Hospital, Tutorial Room 2, 823-865 Centre Road, Bentleigh East

Sexual health is an important aspect of life; however, cancer and its treatment may impact on sexual wellbeing. For some women it may be physical and for others it may have emotional effects such as acceptance of self. For some it may be a combination of both. These issues can put a strain on existing

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Sleeping soundly

Date: Tuesday, 04/06/2019
Time: 1.30pm–2.30pm

Location: Webinar only

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, Justine Diggens, is an experienced Clinical Psychologist from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She will give us an understanding about sleep, and outline some common sleep problems

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Sleeping soundly — watch the webinar in Ringwood East

Date: Tuesday, 04/06/2019
Time: 1.00pm–3.00pm

Location: Maroondah Breast and Cancer Centre, Grey Street, Ringwood East

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, Justine Diggens, is an experienced Clinical Psychologist from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She will give us an understanding about sleep, and outline some common sleep problems

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Fertility preservation

Date: Monday, 17/06/2019
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Webinar only

Some cancer treatments, e.g. chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy, can reduce a woman’s fertility and chance of having children in the future. Younger women diagnosed with cancer need to make decisions quickly about whether they would like to pursue fertility preservation measures. In this session we will hear about the issues that are important in

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Tai Chi

Date: Wednesday, 19/06/2019
Time: 6.00pm–7.30pm

Location: St John of God Berwick Hospital, Function Room, 75 Kangan Drive, Berwick

Join the Counterpart team for a gentle and replenishing introduction to the art of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese practice that exercises mind, body and spirit. Tai Chi is a slow series of gentle and tranquil movements which enable harmony in mind and body. We welcome you to stay and meet the Counterpart Peer Support

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Mindfulness: responding rather than reacting to life's challenges

Date: Thursday, 20/06/2019
Time: 10.30am–11.30pm

Location: Webinar only

Mindfulness is simply described as 'moment to moment awareness, with acceptance'. When we are being mindful, we are engaged with the present moment, and are able to weather the storms of life more easily. Mindfulness is an enriching approach to living, and a skill than can be developed and strengthened through specific meditation practices. Join

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Using music for energy, relaxation or creativity – for women living with advanced cancer

Date: Monday, 24/06/2019
Time: 12.30pm–2.00pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Music can be used to enhance mood, to manage stress, to energise or relax. By being mindfully aware of the effects of various types of music, we can influence our mind and emotions in positive ways. In this workshop you will be guided in what to listen for when choosing music for a specific purpose,

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Mornington Cancer and Wellbeing Day

Date: Thursday, 18/07/2019
Time: 9.30am–2.30pm

Location: Benton’s Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Road, Mornington

Changes that can come with cancer treatment can challenge our physical and mental wellbeing. These changes include body image and weight; stress, anxiety and depression; short- and long-term side effects like fatigue and lymphoedema. All of these and more can have a negative impact on our quality of life. Emerging evidence shows cancer patients may

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Counterpart connections for women with gynaecological cancer – Tai Chi

Date: Tuesday, 23/07/2019
Time: 12.00pm–3.00pm

Location: Box Hill Hospital, Level 4, Building A, Arnold Street, Box Hill

In partnership with Eastern Health, Counterpart is proud to hold a series of events for women with gynaecological cancer. The first event in this series include Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese practice that exercises mind, body and spirit. Join the Counterpart team to learn about our services, meet other women, enjoy a light lunch and

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Collage art session

Date: Wednesday, 24/07/2019
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Images can be a powerful and effective way to express ourselves and the collage technique is accessible to everyone. Collage allows us to make something original from arranging elements in ways that have personal meaning. Work with patterns and texture, glossy magazine images, old photos or text. Come and focus on your own needs through

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Thinking positive: burden or benefit? – for women living with advanced cancer

Date: Thursday, 25/07/2019
Time: 1.00pm–2.30pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

‘Stay positive’ is a familiar message delivered by others to people living with cancer. Hearing these words from family and friends can be challenging if we are feeling worried or upset, and can leave us feeling worse not better. The not so-subtle suggestion is that our suffering can be minimised and we just need to

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Creative journaling

Date: Thursday, 01/08/2019
Time: 10.30am–12.30pm

Location: Maroondah Breast and Cancer Centre, Grey Street, Ringwood East

Draw, write, scribble in this exploratory workshop through creativity and creative journaling. With the guidance of Sandy Buchanan an art therapist, focus on discovery, playfulness and your own unique journey. In this session of creative journaling, you will have the freedom to explore, express and make room to find meaning in a safe way. No

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Medical acupuncture

Date: Wednesday, 07/08/2019
Time: 12.00pm–1.00pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Medical acupuncture may be useful for a broad range of disorders including pain and the side effects of chemotherapy. Dr Becky Chapman, Staff Specialist in

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It’s in the genes: how genetics can influence cancer and its treatment

Date: Tuesday, 20/08/2019
Time: 1.30pm–3.30pm

Location: The Academic Centre, Room A & B, Frankston Hospital, Hastings Road, Frankston

What can our genes tell us in determining treatment options and management plans after a cancer diagnosis?  Learn how genetics can influence cancer and its treatment and how targeted therapies are changing the way cancer is treated. Presented by Dr Yoland Antill, Medical Oncologist. Presented in partnership with Peninsula Health, Frankston Hospital.

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Counterpart connections for women with gynaecological cancer – Yoga/meditation

Date: Tuesday, 27/08/2019
Time: 12.00pm–3.00pm

Location: Box Hill Hospital, Level 4, Building A, Arnold Street, Box Hill

In partnership with Eastern Health, Counterpart is proud to hold a series of events for women with gynaecological cancer. The second event in this series will include yoga and meditation. Join the Counterpart team to learn about our services, meet other women, enjoy a light lunch and participate in a wellbeing activity. We will be

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Qi Gong

Date: Thursday, 29/08/2019
Time: 11.00am–12.30pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Qi Gong is a gentle self-care exercise technique which originated in China and is widely practised for health promotion and prevention of disease. Qi Gong practice can help with balance, flexibility and strength. It also calms the mind, improves focus, and reduces stress. Come along and learn a simple Qi Gong routine that you can

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