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.


Transformation through doll making

Date: Monday, 28/05/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

In this creative and fun workshop we will explore the theme of shedding the old and letting go through doll making and creative art processes. You will make your own personal doll that symbolizes your wisdom and learning, what you are leaving behind and who you are becoming. Lisa Fam is a transpersonal art therapist

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An introduction to Wellness practice – what’s in it for me?

Date: Wednesday, 06/06/2018
Time: 11.30am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

This presentation is a brief introduction to Wellness, what it means and how activities such as exercise and meditation practice can be beneficial for everyone – in illness and in health.  This session will also include a short mindfulness meditation exercise for participants to try. Our presenter, Dr. Leon Tan is Wellness and Medical practitioner

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Mingle and meet the Counterpart volunteers

Date: Thursday, 07/06/2018
Time: 2.00pm–4.00pm

Location: Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre, Grey Street, Ringwood East

Come and meet other women with breast or a gynaecological cancer at the brand new Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre. Hear about services that provide support and information, meet some peer support volunteers from Counterpart and relax with a simple meditation. All women with breast or a gynaecological cancer are welcome to attend. Bookings are

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Making good decisions – session for women living with advanced cancer

Date: Monday, 18/06/2018
Time: 1.00pm–2.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

We all make decisions all the time, but some are harder than others. Factor in living with a chronic, life-limiting condition and decision making can become even more complicated. In theory, our decisions should be based on a full understanding of the benefits, harms and uncertainties associated with alternative courses of action, but in reality this can be difficult to

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Advance Care Planning

Date: Wednesday, 27/06/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Advance care planning helps to ensure that your loved ones and your doctors know what your health care and personal preferences are, which can give peace of mind. Advance Care Planning Australia Volunteer Community Ambassadors will provide easy to understand information about what advance care planning is, how it may benefit you and how to

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Sashiko

Date: Monday, 09/07/2018
Time: 11.00am–12.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Leanne O’Sullivan, owner of Japanese fabric and textile business Kimono House, will teach us the basics of Sashiko (sar-shee-ko), a decorative form of Japanese embroidery. Come and learn this very relaxing technique of hand stitching and create a small piece to take home. All materials supplied and no sewing experience necessary.

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Menopause after cancer

Date: Thursday, 19/07/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

The onset of menopausal symptoms after treatment for breast or gynaecological cancer can have a long-lasting effect on quality of life, body image, sexual function, and self-esteem. Faith Rees is the Nurse Coordinator for the Menopause Symptoms After Cancer Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Faith will speak on the management of menopausal symptoms after

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Feldenkrais

Date: Thursday, 26/07/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

This session will provide an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method which involves very gentle but unusual movements, designed to discover more comfortable and efficient ways to move. These movement lessons tap into how the brain organises movement. All you need to bring is your curiosity and hopefully the session will be both surprising and fun!

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Coffee & cupcakes & reflexology too – session for women living with advanced cancer

Date: Wednesday, 01/08/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Chase away those winter blues with a cheery morning tea at Counterpart. Drop in for brewed coffee, a range of teas, homemade sweet treats and good company. And to top it off you can enjoy a gentle pampering reflexology treatment. This is a great opportunity to chat with other women living with advanced cancer and with

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Gynaecological cancer treatments and trials

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

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

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 treatment of gynaecological cancers, as well as the supportive care of people affected

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Art therapy session

Date: Wednesday, 22/08/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

This session will give participants the opportunity to explore creativity as a tool to enhance wellbeing. Come along for a playful, fun and inspiring experience with a small group of women. Emma Rose, an experienced facilitator and art therapist will run this session. No previous experience or skill is required and Emma welcomes women who

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Cancer fatigue – what does the evidence say?

Date: Thursday, 30/08/2018
Time: 11.30am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Tiredness can be alleviated by a quick cat nap or a good night's sleep. Fatigue, especially as a result of cancer treatment, isn't as easy to overcome. Elizabeth Pearson will discuss the evidence for managing cancer related fatigue. Elizabeth is an Occupational Therapist working on a project at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to put cancer

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