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.


Sleeping soundly — watch recorded webinar in Geelong

Date: Thursday, 11/07/2019
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Wellness lounge, 70 Swanston Street, Geelong

People with cancer can face a range of significant physical and emotional stressors and may experience sleep problems at some point during their cancer experience. Our webinar presenter, Justine Diggens, is an experienced Clinical Psychologist. In this presentation she provides an understanding about sleep and outline some common sleep problems and what you can do

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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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Mindfulness: responding rather than reacting to life's challenges

Date: Monday, 29/07/2019
Time: 10.30am–11.30pm

Location: Webinar only

**PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE** 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

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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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