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:
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 7 March 2019.
Learn about what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risk of developing lymphoedema and what to do if it develops. Physiotherapist Helen Eason presents this session, which was recorded at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 7 March 2019.
Older, fitter, stronger
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, begining 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.
Elizabeth Pearson discusses the most effective ways of managing cancer-related fatigue.
Gynaecological cancer treatments and trials
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.
In this presentation, Justine Diggins, Clinical Psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, discusses strategies to help you get a good night's sleep.
This Counterpart information session was held at Counterpart on Monday 30 November 2017
Adrian Schembri, Director, Clinical Science at Cogstate, discusses symptoms that you might experience, possible causes and ways you can monitor and manage your symtoms, as well as some of the recent findings on chemobrain. The YouTube video Adrian refers to can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fhAMzdiaPk (opens in a new tab).
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
Physiotherapist Helen Eason explains what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risk, and how to manage it if it develops. The video Helen refers to in the presentation can be found on YouTube at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwC0A3PWhM
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.
This Counterpart information session was held at Sunshine Hospital on Monday 25 August 2016
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Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong spoke about peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in hands, feet and lower legs), why it happens, risk factors and what can be done to help.
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.
Top: Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, discusses new research indicating that exercise can make cancer treatments both more tolerable and more effective. Above: Associate Professor Prue Cormie answers audience questions. Acknowledgements: TEDxPerth, Australia, March 2016.
Above: A research presentation on exercise for the management of cancer by Associate Professor Prue Cormie. Acknowledgements: Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. Melbourne, Australia, December 2015.
Health and healing for body and mind
This information session was held at Counterpart on Monday 25 July 2016
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Associate Professor Craig Hassed, GP, teacher and researcher at Monash University and leader in the field of mind-body medicine, presents on the importance of lifestyle, mindfulness and integrating mind and body in the management of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Breast cancer and bone metastases
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 9 March 2016.
Professor Michael Green discusses the close relationship between advanced cancer and bones.
Learn about lymphoedema
This information session and webinar was held on Thursday 3 March 2016.
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.
Naturopathy is a safe and holistic approach to wellness and encompasses a variety of treatment methods including: nutritional medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and massage or other body therapies. Many women find it useful to complement and enhance their medical treatment. Our presenter, Sandra Villella, is an experienced naturopath working at Jean Hailes and in private practice. She will talk about what naturopathy can offer in managing side effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress and menopausal symptoms.
Risk Factors for Endometrial Cancer
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.
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. In this webinar, our facilitator, an experienced psychologist from Peter Mac, talks about what contributes to sleep problems, what happens when we are sleep deprived, cancer specific factors that contribute to sleep loss and some strategies to get that good nights sleep!
Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment
This information session and webinar was held on Thursday, 26 February 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.)