Some of our information sessions, presented by local experts, are also offered as webinars and videos. On this page you can watch videos of some of the previous information sessions. To view upcoming sessions that will be broadcast as webinars, please visit our events page and look for sessions that are flagged with this symbol:
Women talk about wearing a breast form
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne in April 2021.
Two Counterpart peer support volunteers talk about their decision-making process and their practical experience with wearing breast forms. This video was filmed to accompany our April 2021 Bras and breast forms webinar. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Pelvic floor after gynaecological cancer
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 25 February 2021.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Rebecca Liberatore explains the importance of the pelvic floor muscles after treatment for gynaecological cancer. she describes risk factors and treatments available for symptoms such as sexual issues, incontinence, pain and prolapse. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Sexual health and wellbeing after cancer
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 10 February 2021.
Presenter, Dr Vicki Windholz, a psychosexual medicine specialist, looks at practical strategies to communicate well about sexuality, to build sexual confidence and enhance intimate relationships. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
All is calm
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne, and published on 1 December 2020.
The festive season comes along with many social gatherings that can be enjoyable. However, they also take time and energy. Social worker Lynda Evans outlines strategies to look after ourselves and enjoy the festivities while remaining as calm and stress free as possible. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Early menopause and cancer
This Counterpart information session was recorded 16 November 2020.
Treatment for cancer can lead to menopause happening earlier in a woman’s life than would normally be expected. Early menopause may be associated with a complex mix of physical, emotional, psychological and social changes and challenges. An expert panel of speakers present on and discuss this topic. This session is presented in partnership with Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.
Visit the Early Menopause: Women’s Experiences digital resource at healthtalkaustralia.org. On this site you can read watch and listen to stories of 30 young women, including some who have experienced early menopause after medical treatment for cancer.
This Counterpart information session was recorded on 11 November 2020.
Exercise physiologist Natalie Craven explains the benefits of exercising during and after a cancer diagnosis. Includes a short exercise routine. This session was recorded as part of an online Wellbeing Day run by Counterpart in conjunction with Northern Health in November 2020. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Managing symptoms of metastatic cancer – Making Connections
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 14 October 2020.
Palliative Medicine Consultant, Dr Adrian Dabscheck, discusses common symptoms, importance of communication and relationships, palliative care services, and importance of family and friends in managing symptoms of metastatic cancer. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded in Melbourne on 27 October 2020.
Find more information on Prue Cormie, the exercise physiologist mentioned in this presentation.
Heart health: links to cancer treatment
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 14 October 2020.
Cancer treatments including some chemotherapy and radiotherapy regimes may have long-term impacts on heart health. Cardiologist, Professor Liza Thomas will outline the links and discuss what you can do to lower your risk of heart-related problems. This session was presented in partnership with Julie Anne Mitchell and The Heart Foundation. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded in Melbourne on 14 October.
Here are some resources mentioned during the presentation:
Scars, cording & swelling: recovery after breast cancer surgery
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 5 October 2020.
Three of the most common issues relate to scars, cording and breast swelling. Physiotherapist and lymphoedema practitioner, Sachini (Sach) Ganhewa will share information and practical tips for managing these issues. She will also outline where and when to seek expert advice. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. Recorded in Melbourne on 5 October 2020.
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 24 September 2020.
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 discusses practical strategies for managing cancer-related fatigue. Hosted by Mary Macheras-Magias. Recorded in Melbourne on Thursday 24 September 2020.
Bone metastases and breast cancer – Making Connections
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 9 September 2020.
In this presentation for women with advanced breast cancer (also known as metastatic breast cancer), Medical Oncologist Dr Bianca Devitt outlines common symptoms, how bone metastases are diagnosed, and what treatment options are available. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded on Wednesday 9 September 2020 in Melbourne.
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 31 August 2020.
Gynaecological Oncologist Dr Deborah Neesham explains the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, including emerging trends and developments. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded on Monday 31 August 2020 in Melbourne.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 8 July 2020.
Meron Pitcher FRACS, breast surgeon and Head of the Breast Clinic at Western Hospital, clearly explains how DCIS differs from breast cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and emerging evidence. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded on Wednesday 8 July in Melbourne.
The emotional load of living with metastatic cancer
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 22 June 2020.
Clinical Psychologist Dr Dani Bullen, from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, presents a webinar discussing ways of dealing with the emotional challenges of living with advanced (or metastatic) cancer. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. Recorded on Monday 22 June 2020.
Shrink your worries!
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 21 May 2020.
Presenter Lynda Evans is an experienced social worker, specialising the field of stress management. In this presentation, she provides practical strategies for managing our worries. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Recorded on 21 May 2020 in Melbourne. Did you watch this presentation? Tell us your thoughts.
Radiotherapy for gynaeocological cancers
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on 19 March 2020.
Presenter Sylvia Hanna, Senior Brachytherapist from Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, outlines the radiation techniques specific to gynaecological cancers, the benefits and side effects of different treatments and new developments in this field. Supported by Naina Dhana and hosted by Fiona McRae. Recorded at Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne on 19 March 2020.
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne, Australia, on 3 March 2020.
Physiotherapist Helen Eason discusses what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risks and what to do if it develops. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Here are some resources mentioned during this presentation:
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on 18 February 2020.
Kez Brown, a Radiation Therapist, and Naina Dhana, a Clinical Educator from Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, discuss techniques used to deliver radiotherapy, the benefits and side effects of this treatment, as well as current and emerging trends. Hosted by Fiona McRae.
Managing menopause: a naturopathic approach
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on 17 February 2020.
Experienced Naturopath Sandra Villella speaks about managing menopausal symptoms using diet, lifestyle changes, and natural therapies. Hosted by Fiona McRae.
Exercise and metastatic cancer: a practical approach
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on 12 February 2020.
In this webinar for women with metastatic (also known as advanced or secondary) cancer, Dr Amy Dennett, physiotherapist and Research Translation Fellow at Eastern Health, speaks about starting to exercise in a safe way, knowing your limits, getting good advice about what is appropriate for you to do, and importantly, what you shouldn't be doing. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Cognitive effects associated with cancer treatments
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 25 November 2019.
Some women diagnosed with cancer complain that their ability to think clearly has been reduced since treatment began. This presentation covers research into this topic, as well as symptoms that you might experience and ways you can monitor and manage them. Recorded at Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne, on 25 November 2019. Presented by Dr Adrian Schembri and hosted by Fiona McRae. The YouTube video Adrian refers to can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fhAMzdiaPk (opens in a new tab)
Cancer and bone health
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 29 October 2019.
How does cancer treatment impact on bone health and what treatment options, both medicinal and lifestyle, are available to prevent or reduce bone loss? Recorded at Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne, on 29 October 2019. Presented by Dr Ie-Wen Sim, Consultant Endocrinologist and Andrologist, Eastern Health, Monash Health, Western Health, Monash IVF. Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Fellow, University of Melbourne. Adjunct Senior Lecturer Monash Health. Hosted by Fiona McRae.
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on Wednesday 9 October 2019.
Medical acupuncture may be useful for a broad range of conditions including pain relief and the side effects of chemotherapy. In this presentation, Dr Becky Chapman, Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology at Bendigo Health, explains how it can be used, how it works and how it can be accessed. Hosted by Tammy Boatman.
Treatment options for metastatic breast cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 3 September 2019.
Dr Michelle white, Medical Oncologist at Monash & Cabrini presents on trials, new drugs, and second and third line treatment options for women with metastatic (advanced) breast cancer. This session was hosted by Wendy Pullan and presented by Dr Michelle White at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 3 September 2019.
Mindfulness: Responding rather than reacting to life's challenges
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 29 July 2019.
**We apologise for the quality of this recording. We made the decision to publish it, as we hope it will still be useful.**
Learn how mindfulness practise helps reduce the experience of stress, and participate in some introductory activities. Hosted by Kellie Holland and presented by Suzanne Peyton, from The Mindful Well. Recorded at Women's Health Victoria in Melbourne, on Monday 29 July 2019.
During the webinar, Suzanne refers to two audio files:
The Breathing Space [2MB]
Mindful Breathing [23MB]
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 17 June 2019.
Learn about the important issues in considering fertility preservation before cancer treatment, methods available and factors that impact on the available choices. Hosted by Fiona McRae and presented by Genia Rozen, Consultant Gynaecologist specialising in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and fertility preservation. This webinar was recorded in at Women's Health Victoria on 17 June 2019.
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria on 4 June 2019.
Many people with cancer experience sleep problems. Learn more about sleep and how to improve it. Hosted by Kellie Holland and presented by Justine Diggens, Clinical Psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, on Tuesday, 4 June 2019.
The resources mentioned in the webinar can be found online:
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 3 April 2019.
Medical cannabis may be useful for some symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatment, such as nausea, pain, and loss of appetite. Associate Professor Brian Le, from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, explains the current evidence on this topic. This session was presented at the Counterpart Resource Centre in Melbourne on 3 April 2019.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 25 February 2019.
It's important to maintain good health, fitness and strong bones as we age. Physiotherapist Libby Oldfield outlines the steps we can take, beginning right now, to improve our health and fitness into the future. Recorded at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 25 February 2019.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 20 February 2019.
Peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in hands, feet and lower legs) is a side effect of some cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy treatment. Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong explains why it happens, risk factors and what can be done to help. Recorded at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 20 February 2019.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 22 October 2018.
In this session is a discussion of some realistic and positive possibilities for ageing, touching on spirituality and what it means to be human. It was was presented at Counterpart Resource Centre in Melbourne by Assoc. Prof. Rosalie Hudson.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 13 September 2018.
This session explores the practical aspects of managing unexpected long-term side effects, which may arise as a consequence of cancer treatment. These issues may include lymphoedema, peripheral neuropathy, bone and joint problems, fatigue and menopause symptoms. It was was presented at Counterpart Resource Centre in Melbourne by Dr Mary Dwyer and Natalie Goroncy.
Cancer fatigue: What does the evidence say?
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 30 August 2018.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 9 August 2018.
This presentation by Assoc. Prof. Linda Mileshkin explores developments in treatments and results from clinical trials for women with gynaecological cancer. Unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulties that resulted in loss of sound during the slide view scenes, for the first nine minutes. We sincerely apologise for the loss of audio, and would also like to thank Assoc. Prof. Linda Mileshkin for her patience as we sorted out the technical issues on the day.
Menopause after cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 19 July 2018.
Faith Rees, Nurse Coordinator of the Menopause Symptoms After Cancer Clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, discusses management of menopausal symptoms after cancer treatment.
An introduction to wellness practice: what's in it for me?
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 6 June 2018.
This presentation by Dr Leon Tan provides an introduction to wellness, what it means and how activities such as exercise and meditation practice can be beneficial for everyone. Dr Tan recommended a short meditation exercise by Jon Kabat-Zinn that you can find on YouTube.
The law and cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 16 April 2018.
This presentation by Sondra Davoren, Deborah Lawson and Tarishi Desai from the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, explains laws around informed consent, medicinal cannabis and alternative therapies, use of genetic information by insurers, advance care planning, travel insurance after cancer and workplace rights.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on 19 March 2018.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Monday 27 November 2017
Scalp cooling technology is used to prevent or minimise chemotherapy-induced hair loss. This session was presented by Vicki Durston, clinical nurse consultant at Cabrini Brighton, on Monday 27 November 2017.
Body Image, Self Esteem and Sexuality After Cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Wednesday 20 September 2017
Dr Wendy Vanselow discusses the effects of cancer treatment on body image, self esteem and sexuality after cancer, as well as support available. This presentation was held at Counterpart Resource Centre on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
Dietary Choices After Cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Monday 29 May 2017
Dr Maree Brinkman discusses the evidence relating to diet and cancer, the role of supplements, foods to avoid, dietary myths and misinformation, and how dietitians can help. Recorded at the Counterpart (formerly BreaCan) Resource Centre in Melbourne on 29 May 2017. Unfortunately, we experienced some technical difficulties during this webinar, which may have affected the recording.
Learn About Oncology Massage
This Counterpart information session was held at the Counterpart Resource Centre on Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Remedial and Oncology Massage Therapist, Kate Butler, describes how onlcology massage differs from typical remedial massage, the health issues oncology massage can best address, how and why this modality can assist in wellness, and where you can access well-trained therapists in the community. Please note: Due to technical difficulties on the day, this recording begins immediately following the introduction.
Vitamin D and Cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Women's Health Victoria, Melbourne, on Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Dr Allison Hodge from the Cancer Epidemiology Centre presented on the latest research about the links between Vitamin D and cancer.
Managing Chronic Illness
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Thursday, 20 April 2017
Mary Macheras-Magias from the Health Issues Centre talks about how cancer relates to chronic illness, the importance of being an active participant in your own health care and the skills that are needed in order to do this.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Thursday, 30 March 2017
This presentation has been superceded by Helen Eason's 2020 Lymphoedema presentation above.
Understanding your pathology report
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Thursday, 23 February 2017
Anatomical pathologist Dr Eric Sumithran demystifies the information in your pathology report, explains how it is used, and the role of the pathologist within the team.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Thursday, 24 November 2016
Plastic surgeon, Dr Kim Taylor, speaks about what women need to consider when deciding on breast reconstruction, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues, and new developments in the field.
Scroll down to view our November 2015 Breast reconstruction webinar, presented by Dr Natalie Ngan. (Webinars are listed by date.)
Decision-making for women with advanced cancer
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Dr Michelle White, a Medical Oncologist at Cabrini and Monash Medical Centre, facilitates a session about decision-making and patient participation in treatment planning, for women with advanced breast or gynaecological cancers.
Your pelvic floor: why is it so important?
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Libby Oldfield, Specialist Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapist explains why pelvic floor muscles are important, how to exercise them and where to get support and further information.
Support for young people when a parent has cancer
This information session was held at Counterpart on Monday 22 August 2016
Christina Strouzas, a social worker at CanTeen, speaks about supporting young people (aged 12-24) when a parent has cancer, and explains the range of programs and resources CanTeen can provide.
The science of exercise
This information session was held at Counterpart on Wednesday 17 August 2016
Dr Karen White, a Medical Oncologist, discusses the scientific evidence for the benefits of exercise after cancer. Dr White initiated strive2thrive, a specialised exercise and wellbeing program for people diagnosed with cancer in Geelong.
Obesity and breast cancer: what are the links?
This information session was held at Counterpart on Wednesday 2 July 2016
Kristy Brown, Head of the Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory at Hudson Institute of Medical Research, will speak on the evidence linking obesity and breast cancer, and its impact on the management of breast cancer.
The role of exercise in the management of advanced cancer
Apologies that the original webinar held on Monday 1 August 2016 is not available, however presenter Prue Cormie has provided links to presentations she has made on similar content.
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 25 November 2015.
Many people diagnosed with cancer will be treated with radiotherapy which uses high energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. Dr Mario Guerrieri is a Radiation Oncologist providing inpatient care at the Western Private, Ringwood Private, and Freemasons Hospitals. Dr Guerrieri discusses the different techniques used to deliver radiotherapy (external beam and internal radiotherapy or brachytherapy), the benefits and side effects, as well as the current and emerging trends for its application in the treatment of cancer.
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 18 November 2015.
Dr Natalie Ngan has extensive experience as a plastic surgeon with particular expertise in the area of breast reconstruction. In this session, Natalie covers a number of areas including what factors women need to consider in deciding what is right for them, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues and new developments in the field. Natalie works as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Western Health and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and is in private practice at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery with rooms in Richmond.
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday, 28 August 2015.
Targeted therapies are currently the focus of much research and development in the cancer field. These therapies use drugs or other substances to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by interfering with specific molecules (molecular targets) that are required for tumour development and growth. There are many different types of targeted therapies. Two examples of those most commonly used are hormone treatments and Herceptin. Shirley Wong, a Consultant Medical Oncologist working at the Western Hospital will talk about the targeted therapies currently available, how they work, their limitations and who they are useful for.
This information session and webinar was held on Monday, 24 August 2015.
This information session and webinar was held on Friday, 28 August 2015.
Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is the most common gynaecological cancer and its incidence is rising. There are a number of known risk factors, some of which we can control eg. obesity, and some which we cannot, such as age and having gone through menopause. Professor Michael Quinn AM is a Gynaecological Oncologist (Lead for Research) at The Women’s Hospital. He is a Past Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Trials Group, and of the Gynecological Cancer Inter-Group. Currently he is President Elect of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society. In this webinar Professor Quinn talks on the current knowledge about endometrial cancer and the known risk factors.
This information session and webinar was held on Monday, 29 June 2015.
Current research shows that exercise after cancer improves survivorship, quality of life and general wellbeing. This presentation aims to educate women on the benefits of exercise and to discuss what to do when starting an exercise program after a cancer diagnosis. Our presenters are physiotherapists who work in cancer rehabilitation services and research into women’s cancers and exercise.
Managing Cancer Pain – for women living with advanced cancer
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.
Pain, especially when it is persistent, can interfere with daily activities and severely diminish quality of life. It is also stressful and wearying on both body and mind. There are many myths and misconceptions about pain and the treatments for pain. Associate Professor Odette Spruyt will speak about the management of cancer pain including the different causes of pain, treatment options and how to access specialist advice. (Advanced cancer is also known as metastatic or secondary cancer.)
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After treatment the body and self are a bit battered and being in such a positive place (reflexology session) enhanced my feeling of self worth and esteem.
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