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.


Feldenkrais

Date: Tuesday, 11/05/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Online workshop

Join this session to get a practical introduction and a gentle ‘try out’ in the Feldenkrais Method. The Feldenkrais Method is a form of movement education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to enhance your functioning. The foundation of this method, supported by research into neuroplasticity, is your ability to learn new actions throughout

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Gut microbiome

Date: Wednesday, 19/05/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Webinar

Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, living in your intestinal tract. These microorganisms are very important to your health and wellbeing. They help to digest food and absorb nutrients. As well as digestion they are also involved in many other body processes including your metabolism, body weight, immune

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Breast reconstruction

Date: Monday, 24/05/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Webinar

This session will cover: types of reconstruction, and pros and cons of each why some options are more suitable for some women than others factors to consider in deciding what type of reconstruction may be right for you new options and techniques on the horizon. Mr Dean Trotter is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon

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Mindful self-compassion

Date: Wednesday, 26/05/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Online workshop

Please note: This event is for women who have been affected by advanced/metastatic breast or gynaecological cancer only. Mindful self-compassion is a practice that teaches participants to respond to difficult moments in life with kindness, care and understanding. This skill can help to soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting, to forgive ourselves, admit our

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Meditation

Date: Monday, 07/06/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Online workshop

Learn how to relax the body and calm the mind. This introduction to meditation will help you learn and practise a variety of meditation techniques, as well as provide tips on how to squeeze meditation into a busy life. Matt Young from the Melbourne Meditation Centre has many years of experience teaching meditation for both

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Nipple tattooing

Date: Thursday, 17/06/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Webinar

After reconstruction surgery many women undergo nipple tattooing – a semi-permanent tattooed nipple and areola. This is like a finishing touch which makes the breast appear more complete and lifelike. Before the procedure women choose the colour and size that is right for them. Monique Baldacchino is a Breast Care Nurse at the Women’s Hospital

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Treatment options for metastatic breast cancer

Date: Tuesday, 22/06/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Webinar

Please note: This event is for women who have been affected by advanced/metastatic breast or gynaecological cancer only. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer aims to stop the cancer from growing or spreading, and to control pain, discomfort and other symptoms. Most women will be treated with some type of drug therapy, and new drugs and

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Restorative yoga

Date: Tuesday, 29/06/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Online workshop

This gentle class will offer slow flowing movement, breathing techniques and meditation. The class is designed to explore mindful movement, assist with anxiety, and quieten the mind. It is suitable for anyone at any stage of the cancer journey and can be done seated or standing. Our teacher, Loretta, used yoga to aid her own

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Sleep and cancer

Date: Thursday, 15/07/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Webinar

Many people with cancer have sleep problems, such as: difficulty falling asleep difficulty staying asleep waking very early sleep that doesn’t feel refreshing. Not sleeping well can lead to problems with fatigue, low mood, poor concentration, difficulty thinking clearly and generally feeling unwell. The good news is that there are many things we can do

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Belly dance

Date: Tuesday, 20/07/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Online workshop

Belly dance is a joyous dance style that celebrates the female form in all its shapes, curves and wobbles. Join a small group of women to learn some basic belly dance techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Our presenter, Charni, will pace the workshop to suit everyone’s needs. No particular level of fitness or

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Toxic chemicals in everyday products

Date: Wednesday, 28/07/2021
Time: 12.00pm–1.00pm

Location: Webinar

This session is about what we know about the toxic chemicals in our environment and how they may affect our bodies. Our presenters, Dr Sarah Lantz and Carolyn Russo, discuss the research available about chemicals in our domestic environment, as well as the things that we still do not know. We talk about the regulations

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

Date: Wednesday, 04/08/2021
Time: 11.30am–12.30pm

Location: Webinar

Learn about genetics and how they can influence cancer and help in determining treatment options. This session will cover: how changes to genes cause cancer what are familial cancers, and how are they treated and managed? what is tumour profiling? what do terms like oncogenes and gene expression mean? Dr Yoland Antill is a Medical

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Qi gong

Date: Thursday, 12/08/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Online workshop

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. Join us to learn a simple Qi gong routine that you can

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Managing metastatic cancer pain

Date: Tuesday, 17/08/2021
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Webinar

Please note: This event is for women who have been affected by advanced/metastatic breast or gynaecological cancer only. Pain is a common and much-feared symptom among people being treated for cancer. Cancer pain can be caused by the disease itself, its treatments, or a combination of the two. Controlling your pain is part of cancer

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Creative activity exploring resilience

Date: Monday, 23/08/2021
Time: 10.30am–11.30am

Location: Online workshop

Resilience is what helps you to cope and to get through difficult times. We all have resilience to some degree. It can be helpful to identify when and how we have been resilient in the past to give us confidence about managing difficulties in the present or future. Join this creative workshop to think about

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