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.


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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Webinar: Treatment options for metastatic breast cancer

Date: Tuesday, 03/09/2019
Time: 11.30am —12.30pm

Location: Webinar only

What are the emerging treatments and therapies for metastatic breast cancer? Dr Michelle White, Medical Oncologist at Monash & Cabrini will present on trials, new drugs, and second and third line treatment options. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Sleeping soundly webinar screening – Foster

Date: Tuesday, 10/09/2019
Time: 1.00pm —3.00pm followed by afternoon tea

Location: South Gippsland Hospital

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. This session will include a recorded webinar with Justine Diggens, an experienced Clinical Psychologist from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, followed by a discussion with a breast care nurse

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Dietary changes and cancer treatment

Date: Thursday, 12/09/2019
Time: 11.00am —1.00pm

Location: Circle Health Building, Unit 6, 230 Blackshaws Rd, Altona North

During and after cancer treatment many people experience changes in taste, appetite and weight. Sometimes eating patterns change, or metabolism changes, and we can put on weight that's hard to shift. It can be hard to find sensible and accurate advice on healthy eating. Even knowing the changes to make, it's difficult to change long

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We hear you: connecting with Counterpart Peer Support Volunteers

Date: Monday, 16/09/2019
Time: 11.00am—12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Women with a lived experience of cancer are uniquely placed to help other women with a cancer diagnosis to live well. Counterpart's service is based on this simple but powerful idea. People might ask "what exactly do peer support volunteers do and why could it be useful to me?"  Join this session to get a

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WEBINAR – We hear you: connecting with Counterpart Peer Support Volunteers

Date: Monday, 16/09/2019
Time: 11.00am —12.00pm

Location: webinar

THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR WEBINAR – If you would like to attend in Melbourne visit this site:  We hear you – Resource Centre Women with a lived experience of cancer are uniquely placed to help other women with a cancer diagnosis to live well. Counterpart's service is based on this simple but powerful idea. People

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Restorative Yoga

Date: Monday, 07/10/2019
Time: 10.30am —11.30am

Location: Women’s Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke St Melbourne

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 is Loretta who used yoga to aid

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Sleeping Soundly webinar screening – Colac

Date: Tuesday, 08/10/2019
Time: 11.00am —12.45pm followed by a light lunch

Location: Colac Area Health

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. This session will include a recorded webinar with Justine Diggens, an experienced Clinical Psychologist from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, followed by a discussion with a breast care nurse

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WEBINAR – Medical acupuncture

Date: Wednesday, 09/10/2019
Time: 12.00pm–1.00pm

Location: Webinar only

THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE WEBINAR – If you would like to attend in Melbourne visit this site:  Medical acupuncture – Resource Centre 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

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Medical acupuncture

Date: Wednesday, 09/10/2019
Time: 12.00pm — 1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

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 conditions including pain relief and the side effects of chemotherapy. Dr Becky Chapman, Staff Specialist

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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Date: Thursday, 17/10/2019
Time: 9.45am—2.15pm

Location: Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg

This week we commemorate Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Join us for a day of information, discussion, sharing and connecting. You are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Presentations include: 10.00 am Belinda Yeo, Oncologist. New drug treatments for metastatic breast cancer.Learn about the latest treatments and new drugs becoming available

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Shrinking the worries

Date: Wednesday, 23/10/2019
Time: 11.00am — 12.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

We all worry about things occasionally. But sometimes, especially after a major event in our lives, such as a cancer diagnosis, we can find ourselves worrying more, about all manner of things.  This affects sleep, stress levels and general well-being. This session will look at a variety of ways to help you worry less, so

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WEBINAR – Cancer and bone health

Date: Tuesday, 29/10/2019
Time: 11.00am — 12.00pm

Location: Webinar only

**webinar only** Bone loss is associated with various cancer treatments, particularly hormonal therapy. Loss of bone mineral density increases the risk of fractures and can have a serious effect on quality of life. In this session we will look at how cancer treatment impacts on bone health, and what treatment options, both medicinal and lifestyle,

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Belly dancing

Date: Wednesday, 30/10/2019
Time: 6.00pm — 7.30pm

Location: St John oF God Berwick

Bellydance is a joyous dance style that celebrates the female form in all its shapes, curves and wobbles.  Join women from your area to learn some basic bellydance techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Our presenter will pace the workshop to suit everyone's needs. No particular level of fitness or experience is necessary.

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Feldenkrais

Date: Wednesday, 13/11/2019
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.

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Cancer and Wellbeing Day

Date: Wednesday, 13/11/2019
Time: 9.30am —2.30pm

Location: St Andrews Parish Hall Brighton

Cancer and Wellbeing Day Emerging evidence shows cancer patients may benefit from a range of mind-body therapies and lifestyle choices. Activities such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, exercise and massage can be helpful. They are used alongside standard medical treatment to reduce side effects and improve emotional health and wellbeing. It is always important to speak

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Meditation and yoga

Date: Wednesday, 20/11/2019
Time: 1.00pm —4.00pm

Location: Yarra Ranges Community Health Service, 25 Market Street, Lilydale

In our busy worlds, it can be difficult to find time to look after ourselves. Take some time to relax, replenish and learn some new skills to take care of yourself. We welcome all women with a gynaecological or breast cancer to join us.  

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City street photography

Date: Thursday, 21/11/2019
Time: 10.30am – 12pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Join Marion Vincent and other passionate photographers on a short walk to Flagstaff gardens to capture the sights, shapes and skyline of the city like never before. Bring along your camera, mobile phone or iPad. We will meet at Counterpart's Resource Centre to start.

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Cognitive effects associated with cancer treatments

Date: Monday, 25/11/2019
Time: 11.00am — 12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Some women diagnosed with cancer complain that their ability to think clearly has been reduced since treatment began. Research into this topic is growing and there is now stronger evidence that subtle changes in thinking do occur in some women.

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WEBINAR – Cognitive effects associated with cancer treatments

Date: Monday, 25/11/2019
Time: 11.00am — 12.00pm

Location: Webinar

THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR WEBINAR – If you would like to attend in Melbourne visit this site: Cognitive effects – Resource Centre Some women diagnosed with cancer complain that their ability to think clearly has been reduced since treatment began. Research into this topic is growing and there is now stronger evidence that subtle changes

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Meet the Researcher

Date: Wednesday, 27/11/2019
Time: 11.00am — 12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Dr Sophie Lewis from The University of NSW is doing qualitative research into the experiences of women living with metastatic breast cancer. She has been interviewing women to learn about what supportive care is most important to them as they live with this disease over time. Come along to meet Sophie and hear about the

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Styling headwear with confidence

Date: Wednesday, 04/12/2019
Time: 10.30 — 12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

With summer on the way lots of social events are happening. If you're going through cancer treatment or you've recently finished, you want to look and feel your best despite the bald head, the fuzz, the short short cut, or the new curls. Come along for a fun session with ideas and encouragement to style

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End of Year Morning Tea

Date: Tuesday, 10/12/2019
Time: 10.30am —12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Join us to celebrate the festive season and the end of another year with morning tea at Counterpart's Resource Centre. If you've never visited our 5th floor space with stunning city views this may be just the occasion. Come for the beautiful gifts we will raffle, delicious scones and cakes, and the very good company.

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