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.


Counterpart makes it:

Creative sessions have been a part of our What's On program since our service began. As part of our 15th birthday celebrations in 2018, we will be displaying women's creative works at our end of year morning tea, and on our website. Please visit the Counterpart Makes It page for more information.


 


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Meditation

Date: Thursday, 27/09/2018
Time: 12.30pm–2.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

If you are interested in learning how to relax the body and calm the mind, this introduction to meditation may be what you are looking for. The benefits of meditation are well known: clearer thinking, reduced stress, better health, pain management and deep relaxation being some of them. Matthew Young from the Melbourne Meditation Centre

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Mrs P's adventures: chemo inspired comedy!

Date: Wednesday, 10/10/2018
Time: 1.00pm–1.45pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Join Mrs P, self-appointed life coach, Gemini & aspiring driving instructor as she shares her cancer story in stand up comedy. Discover how friends, family, inspiration and laughter guided her to a renewal of life after cancer.

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Living with metastatic cancer: meet the researcher

Date: Thursday, 11/10/2018
Time: 1.00pm–3.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Research session 1.00pm–2.30pm Dr Sophie Lewis from the University of NSW is currently undertaking qualitative research into the experiences of women living with metastatic breast cancer. Sophie has been conducting interviews and collecting diary notes from women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to learn what supportive care is most important to women as they live with this disease. She

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Writing workshop

Date: Monday, 15/10/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Ever wanted to write a journal, delve into prose or poetry or tell your story for posterity? This workshop will provide opportunities to try different creative writing exercises sure to help get your pen flowing across the page! It will be facilitated by Adele Hulse, former columnist with The Age under the pseudonym Sharon Gray. Come prepared to write

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Meaningful ageing

Date: Monday, 22/10/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

If we are lucky we will grow old. However ageing is not generally seen in a positive light in our society. We talk about the burden of the ageing population, and older people can experience a sense of invisibility, of being dismissed, unimportant, ignored and worse. Our presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson will discuss some more

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Creative exploration with clay

Date: Wednesday, 14/11/2018
Time: 11.00am–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Join us for a fun, exploratory workshop for anyone who’s curious to get a feel for modelling with clay. Throw out the ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’ and just be present with that squishy stuff between your fingers.  You may surprise yourself with what you find yourself making.  The focus is on discovery, playfulness and your own

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Meditation and yoga in the east

Date: Wednesday, 21/11/2018
Time: 1.00pm–4.00pm

Location: Yarra Ranges Health, 25 Market Street, Lilydale

In our busy worlds, it can be difficult for women to find time to look after themselves. Take some time to relax, replenish and learn some new skills from a very experienced yoga and meditation practitioner. We welcome all women with a gynaecological or breast cancer to come and meet each other, learn about the

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Yoga

Date: Thursday, 29/11/2018
Time: 12.30pm–2.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Come along to learn about the benefits of yoga for women affected by cancer. Try out some gentle sitting and standing postures, as well as techniques for deep relaxation, meditation and conscious breathing.  Sarasvati is a classical yoga teacher and Founder and past Principal of the Waverley Yoga Studio. Wear loose comfortable clothes. This session

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African drumming

Date: Wednesday, 05/12/2018
Time: 12.00pm–1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

See out the year with something new, energising and fun. This will be an interactive session giving participants a chance to drum together. Research shows that drumming may have many positive effects on your health, including promoting happy feelings, stress relief and boosting the immune system.   Be in quick, this session will fill quickly. Drums

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End of year morning tea

Date: Tuesday, 11/12/2018
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Victoria Room, Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Counterpart makes it: 15 years of supporting women's creativity Celebrate with us at a special end of year morning tea that will include a display of creative works (art, craft and writing) by women who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer. Find out how to display your own creation as part of Counterpart makes

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