In May, we held an event to celebrate 20 years of Counterpart supporting women with cancer, with over 80 people attending, including current and former staff and volunteers, funders and supporters, health professionals and women who have used our service.
With the support of the Victorian Government, we also return to the regions, with 4 wellbeing days in Bendigo, Inverloch, Warrnambool, Nicholson (East Gippsland) and Shepparton.
We reach more women across the state thanks to 2 projects funded by the Victorian Government. The Rural and Regional Project, and the Area-based Project (working in southern and eastern Melbourne) helped us to work closely with health professionals, increase awareness of Counterpart, and run more events.
Bridge of Support expands to see women with gynaecological cancers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
The Telehealth Project was funded by LUCRF Super Community Program and expanded our capacity to support women across Victoria.
We partnered with regional health professionals to run hosted webinar screenings.
Women's Health Victoria celebrates its 25th anniversary by honoring 25 Champions for Women, including 4 women who played a huge part in our service: Rhonda Cole, Judy Sammut OAM, Belinda Astl and Di Missen.
At a celebratory event in April, we celebrate 15 years of our service, and Hon Gabrielle Williams MP, then Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, launches the Counterpart Navigator app, featuring 6 new gynaecological cancer Navigators.
We reach 30,000 contacts with women affected by cancer.
Heather Beanland, former volunteer and BreaCan founder, receives a Counterpart Champion Award.
We run six Stepping into Wellness programs in outer metropolitan Melbourne, with the support of Pink Affair.
Our new name Counterpart – women supporting women with cancer is launched by Dale Fisher, CEO of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in May.
Thanks to Pink Affair we help women get back into exercise with six Stepping into Wellness programs; in Cranbourne, Fawkner, Heidelberg, Noble Park, Sunshine and Sydenham.
We run our first outreach Making Connections session, with Eastern Health, in Croydon.
We have poster presentations on Bridge of Support at Western Health at the 3rd Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Survivorship Conference in Adelaide, and the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services Conference in Melbourne.
The Besen Family Foundation donate funds to support outreach and increasing access for women from diverse backgrounds.
Premier Hon Denis Napthine launches our Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer project in Geelong, funded by the Victorian Government. Our project partners are Barwon South West Regional and Grampians Integrated Cancer Services.
We hold our first webinar, a Making Connections session on managing cancer pain. Webinars allow women who can’t make it into the city to participate online.
We offer more outreach sessions in response to feedback from women who want to be able to attend events in their local area.
We organise education and wellbeing sessions as part of Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Pink Moves programs in Ascot Vale and Northcote.
Almost 100 women who have had breast or a gynaecological cancer connect with each other at our regional forums in Sale and Geelong.
BreaCan partners with the Breast Service of the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals, Western Health and the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local to develop a survivorship program for women completing treatment for early breast cancer. This project is funded through the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program phase II.
Our volunteer team grows to over 50 women.
Cancer Australia funds a second project to improve support for CALD women, building on the findings of the 2010 project.
The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services joins our morning tea celebrating National Volunteer Week and the 10th anniversary of International Year of the Volunteer.
Our partnership with Ovarian Cancer Australia improves access to support and information for women diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer.
We present a poster on Bridge of Support at the 13th National Breast Care Nurse Conference.
We hold two information days in the western suburbs of Melbourne for women from diverse backgrounds who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer.
We partner with the Mercy Hospital to run a forum for women with a gynaecological cancer in Heidelberg.
Bridge of Support at the Breast Service of Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals brings peer support to women during their cancer treatment. Our new program is launched by the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Minister for Health.
Stepping into Exercise: the experiences of women living with cancer is presented to the 8th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference.
Cancer Australia fund a two-year project to understand and improve support and information for women from a CALD background, in partnership with Western Health.
We collaborate with The Women’s to deliver a seven-week program for women experiencing early menopause after cancer.
Steps for Fun and Fitness, a five-week exercise program for women post-cancer treatment is delivered at Bulleen, Mitcham and Epping. This is part of a Cancer Australia-funded project we undertook with the North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS).
Our Recipes for Living forums connect women in Craigieburn and Frankston.
We hold a Young Women Talking forum, for women under 45, funded by the The Young Ones, a breast cancer support group.
We present papers on peer support and the BreaCan model at the 15th International Reach to Recovery Conference in Brisbane and the 11th National Breast Care Nurses Conference in Melbourne.
BreaCan partners with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital and Western Health to run a music therapy program. Women meet over 5 weeks to sing together, and write and record a CD called Our Voices Our Songs.
The first Peer Support Volunteers with a gynaecological cancer diagnosis are recruited and trained.
We begin a two-year project 'Reaching out to women with gynaecological cancers: Innovations in supportive care', in partnership with North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, funded by Cancer Australia.
An Advisory Group of health professionals, volunteers and women who have experienced cancer forms to inform the development of the service.