This session was recorded in Melbourne on 20 September 2022. Presenter Kathy Jerin discusses setting healthy boundaries, while protecting our energy, dignity, privacy and identity. This was an interactive session held during our September 2022 Online Wellbeing Day. Comments by participants have been edited out to protect their privacy. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
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.
Dr Ruwani Mendis
This Counterpart Making Connections webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 17 October 2022. Bone metastases also called ‘bone mets,’ occur when cancer cells break off from a primary tumour that is somewhere else in the body. These cells travel through the bloodstream or lymph system to a part of the bone and become metastatic cancer cells. Dr Ruwani Mendis, a consultant palliative care physician and medical oncologist, discusses treatments available to help reduce pain and other symptoms of bone metastases. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Dr Wendy Vanselow
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 14 September 2022. This presentation explains the support available to manage side effects and emotions after changes in your sexual function following a cancer diagnosis. Presenter Dr Wendy Vanselow is Head of Psychosexual Medicine at the Royal Women's Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Dr Jane Crowe
This Counterpart Making Connections webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 16 August 2022. General practitioner, Dr Jane Crowe, explains the benefits of having a GP involved in your care if you are living with advanced/metastatic cancer. These include Health Management Plans, coordination of care and management of symptoms. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. Links to care plan templates and guides:
- MyCarePlan for templates for early stage breast, early stage bowel, uterine (endometrial), early stage melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Survivorship Care Plan templates for cancers other than those listed above (you will need to scroll down for the short and long versions)
- ASCO Cancer treatment and survivorship care plans (US)
Remember that your doctor will be able to help you to create your own care plan, even if you can't find a template that exactly matches your particular situation.
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 19 July 2022. It is common and understandable to worry about whether cancer might come back. In this session, presenter Ella Sexton, a psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses factors that can heighten these worries, strategies to reduce them and how to get support. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 28 March 2022. Presenter Dr Amanda Horden discusses strategies to create all kinds of habits of healthy living, including exercise, to keep up motivation and manage any barriers you might experience. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Kate Rogers and Margaret (Counterpart Peer Support Volunteer)
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 9 March 2022. Kate Rogers is an experienced lymphoedema practitioner who explains self-care strategies to help you manage lymphoedema. Counterpart Peer Support Volunteer Margaret shares her experience of managing her lymphoedema over a number of years. She discusses practical issues including skin care, travel and compression garments.
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 7 March 2022. Presenter, Sophie Nightingale, is a surgeon with a special interest in all breast conditions. She explains lobular cancer, the second most common type of breast cancer, accounting for 10-15% of all invasive breast cancers. She describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 17 February 2022. Fiona Mitchell, an Ovarian Cancer Nurse Consultant at Ovarian Cancer Austaralia (OCA), outlines the support services offered by OCA. These include a helpline, information resources, support programs and support groups. This presentation was held during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2022. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Danielle Carpenter & Nicole Kinnane
This Counterpart webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 18 November 2021. Specialist gynaecological nurse consultants Danielle Carpenter and Nicole Kinnane explain endometrial cancer, how it is diagnosed and treated as well as the common issues women can encounter after treatment. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. Resources mentioned in the presentation:
Dr Shu Ng
This Counterpart webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 8 November 2021. Dr Shu Ng is a doctor whose current practice focuses on medicinal cannabis. Shu gives an introduction to medicinal cannabis and speaks about the range of conditions that she treats. These include chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, neurodegenerative and seizure disorders, autism, and relieving side effects from cancer treatment such as neuropathic pain or nausea. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
This session was recorded in Melbourne on 14 October 2021. This is a Making Connections session for women living with advanced/metastatic cancer. The stresses and strains of living with metastatic cancer are felt not only by the woman diagnosed but by her loved ones as well. It is difficult to see others affected by fear, anxiety and sadness because of your illness experience. And the impact extends beyond emotional worries. People may be affected psychologically, physically, financially, or because of family dynamics and role changes. Concern for loved ones, especially for children, and the desire to protect them often weighs heavily on women living with metastatic cancer. There are no easy answers here – each person and family will deal with these issues in their own way. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. (Note: The presentation by psychologist Belinda Astl was followed by a live online discussion, which is not published here, for privacy reasons.)
This Counterpart webinar was recorded on 5 October 2021 After a cancer diagnosis many women want to make sure they are eating well. However, it can be hard to sift through all the conflicting advice and fads to find good advice on this topic. Clinical Dietitian Bree Voegt outlines the guidelines for a healthy diet applicable to everyone. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Mei Krishnasamy and Catherine Devereux
This Counterpart webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 28 September 2021. Presenters Mei Krishnasamy and Catherine Devereux introduce us to the online resources WeCan and OlderCan. WeCan (wecan.org.au) is a supportive care website directing people to the information, resources and support services they may need following a diagnosis of cancer. OlderCan is part of the WeCan website targeted to older people. It provides guidance and support to help older people discuss their needs, values and preferences for cancer treatment and care. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
This Counterpart Making Connections webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 15 September 2021. Biotech companay Medlab Clinical are conducting a chronic pain observational study to understand the effectiveness, tolerability and safety of pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis. Preliminary findings showed that patients with bone metastases (cancer which has spread to their bones) were responding well to the therapy. This has led to a more targeted trial. Presented by Daniel Tan, Regional Team Leader at Medlab Clinical. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Dr Yoland Antill
This Counterpart webinar was recorded on 4 August 2021. Dr Yoland Antill, Medical Oncologist and Cancer Genetics specialist explains how genetics can influence cancer and determine treatment options. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
Dr Sarah Lantz and Carolyn Russo
This Counterpart webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 28 July 2021. What do we know about the toxic chemicals in our environment and how they may affect our bodies? How can we lower our toxic load by choosing healthier alternatives? Presented by Dr Sarah Lantz and Carolyn Russo. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
A/Prof Brian Le
This Counterpart Making Connections webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 16 July 2021. Cancer pain can be caused by the disease itself, its treatments, or a combination of the two. Controlling your pain is part of cancer treatment. It is important to seek support from clinicians who are experts in pain control to find the best way to manage your pain. Link to Palliative Care Advice Service mentioned in this webinar. Presenter, Associate Professor Brian Le is a specialist in both medical oncology and palliative medicine. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
Dr Oliver Holmes
This webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 15 July 2021. Many people with cancer have sleep problems. Dr Oliver Holmes from Peter MacCallum’s ‘Can-Sleep’ service explains what we can do to improve sleep. Hosted by Kellie Holland. Resources mentioned in this presentation:
Dr Belinda Yeo
This Counterpart Making Connections session was recorded in Melbourne on 22 June 2021. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer aims to stop the cancer from growing or spreading, and to control pain, discomfort and other symptoms. Most women will be treated with some type of drug therapy, and new drugs and combinations of drugs are continually coming into use. Learn about the current treatment options and new emerging treatments on the horizon. Medical Oncologist, Dr Belinda Yeo practises at the Austin Hospital, and at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute as a Clinician Scientist with a specific interest in breast cancer.
This Counterpart webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 17 June 2021. Breast Care Nurse Monique Baldacchino explains the process of nipple tattooing as part of the breast reconstruction process, following breast cancer surgery. Hosted by Kellie Holland.
This webinar was recorded in Melbourne on 19 May 2021. Naturopath Sandra Villella speaks about the gut microbiome, and the impact of this on our digestive and general health. She explains how to nourish and restore the gut microbiota. Hosted by Wendy Pullan.
This session was recorded on Tuesday 20 April 2021 in Melbourne. After breast surgery women need bras, and for some, a breast form(prosthesis), that are comfortable and promote confidence in their appearance. Learn about wire free and front fastening bras, breastforms and partial shapers, pocketed mastectomy bras, lymphoedema bras, lingerie, and swimwear from a specialist breast care/surgical garment fitter, Genevieve Gort. Hosted by Wendy Pullan. See also our video 'Women talk about wearing a breast form'. A recorded conversation between two women talking about their decision-making process and experience of wearing breast forms.
Sue and Catherine from Advance Care Planning Australia
This Counterpart session was recorded in Melbourne on 25 March 2021. Advance care planning helps to ensure that your loved ones and your doctors know your preferences for future health care. Doing this can provide peace of mind that your wishes will be respected if you become unwell and not able to communicate them. In this session Volunteer Community Ambassadors, Sue and Catherine, from Advance Care Planning Australia explain what advance care planning is, how it may benefit you and how to do it.
Dr. Shirley Wong
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 16 March 2021. Hear from Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong about some of the issues to take into consideration when deciding whether to participate in a trial. These include eligibility criteria, potential risks, consequences for later treatment options, different phases of trials, time and frequency of regular testing.
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 16 March 2021. Learn about what support is available from the Cancer Council Victoria on issues including: preparing wills and power of attorney documents; early access to superannuation; insurance claims and disputes; credit and debt issues; managing workplace issues and handling disruption to your small business.
This Counterpart information session was recorded in Melbourne on 2 March 2021. After surgery and/or radiotherapy for the treatment of breast or gynaecological cancer, the lymphatic system may be damaged and there is a risk of developing lymphoedema. Learn about what lymphoedema is, early warning signs, how to minimise the risk of developing lymphoedema and what to do if it develops. The impact of exercise and massage, as well as where to find assistance will also be covered. Our presenter Helen Eason, is a Physiotherapist and an accredited lymphoedema practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in this field.
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.
Dr. Vicki Windholz
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.
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.
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.
Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation
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.
Dr. Adrian Dabscheck
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 our website on Prue Cormie, the exercise physiologist mentioned in this presentation, by searching her name on our website.
Professor Liza Thomas
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:[email protected] or phone 13 11 12
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. Further reading: Cancer-related fatigue Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Exercise and cancer Cancer Council Victoria
Dr. Bianca Devitt
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.
Dr. Deborah Neesham
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.
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.
Dr. Dani Bullen
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.
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.
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.
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. Here are some links to resources Sandra mentions in her presentation: • Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists • Search for therapies (Go to Practitioners in the main menu to search by therapies.) • Find a practitioner • Menopause and herbs • Breakfast jar
Dr. Amy Dennett
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. Links to organisations and resources Amy mentions in her presentation:
Dr. Adrian Schembri
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).
Dr. Ie-Wen Sim
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.
Dr. Becky Chapman
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.
Dr. Michelle White
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.
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. Here are two audio files that accompany the webinar. The first is The Breathing Space (5:12) and the second is Mindful Breathing (14:15).
Dr. Genia Rozen
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:
Associate Professor Brian Le
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.
Dr. Shirley Wong
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.
Professor Rosalie Hudson
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.
Dr. Mary Dwyer and Natalie Goroncy
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.
Associate Professor Linda Mileshkin
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.
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.
Dr. Leon Tan
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.
Sondra Davoren, Deborah Lawson, and Tarishi Desai
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 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.
Dr. Wendy Vanselow
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.
Dr. Maree Brinkman
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.
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.
Dr. Allison Hodge
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.
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.
Dr. Eric Sumithran
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.
Dr. Kim Taylor
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.
Dr. Michelle White
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.
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 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.
Dr. Karen White
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.
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.
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. Exercise for the management of cancer – A/Prof Prue Cormie YouTube. 15 December 2015 Exercise and cancer Catalyst, ABC TV. 10 May 2016 A new contender in the fight against cancer Prue Cormie, TEDx, YouTube. 18 March 2016 TEDxPerth, Question & answer session – Prue Cormie YouTube. 22 March 2016
Professor Michael Green
This information session and webinar was held on Wednesday 9 March 2016. Professor Michael Green discusses the close relationship between advanced cancer and bones.
Dr. Mario Guerrieri
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.
Dr. Natalie Ngan
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.
Dr. Shirley Wong
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.
Professor Michael Quinn AM
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.
Associate Professor Odette Spruyt
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.)