Featured library resources

This is where we highlight some of the fantastic resources we have in our Counterpart library collection.

Contact us at [email protected] or search the library catalogue for more. Let us know if there are particular topics you'd like us to feature in future.

Who can borrow? Women located in Victoria, who have been affected by a breast or gynaecological cancer.

If you prefer, we can post loans out to you and provide a Reply Paid sticker for you to return by mail, free of charge. If you’ve misplaced your sticker, just let us know and we’ll send you a replacement. Please note that we can only post items within Victoria, Australia.

6 books supporting carers

Those supporting a friend or loved one with cancer need to look after themselves too. Here are 6 books that provide practical suggestions for carers.

Cover images of 6 books for carers

Find out more or request a loan at the links below.

What can I do to help? by Deborah Hutton
The caregiving years by Cynthia L. Schultz and Noel C. Schultz
The etiquette of illness: what to say when you can't find the words by Susan P. Halpern
The courage to care: the impact of cancer on the family by Susanne Baxandall and Prasuna Reddy
Self-care for caregivers: a twelve step approach by Pat Samples, Diane Larsen and Marvin Larsen
There is no good card for this: what to say and do when life is scary, awful and unfair to people you love by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

Search our library catalogue for more resources on carers and relationships.

You can also browse our Navigator app for more information.

3 books on sex and intimacy

This week we're sharing three books with tips on reclaiming your sex life after a cancer diagnosis.

Covers of the books 'Woman cancer sex', 'Sexy after cancer' and 'Sex when you're sick'.

Find out more or request a loan at the links below.

Woman cancer sex by Anne Katz
Sexy after cancer by Barbara Musser
Sex when you're sick by Anne Katz

Search our library catalogue for more on sexuality and intimacy.

You can also browse our Navigator app for more information.

3 books on mindfulness

This week we’re sharing three books about using mindfulness to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

Cover images of 3 books: The Happiness Plan, Frazzled, and This Present Moment

Find out more or request a loan at the links below.

A mindfulness guide for the frazzled by Ruby Wax
The happiness plan by Dr Elise Bialylew
This present moment by Meg Welchman and Grace Cuell

Search our library catalogue for more on health and wellbeing.

Books for parents and kids

We have a large collection of books to help you talk with children about cancer. Our collection includes picture books for pre-school and primary school aged children, books for older children, and advice for parents.

Covers of 3 children's picture books

Our mom is getting better by Alex, Emily and Anna Rose Silver

When Mommy had a mastectomy by Nancy Reuben Greenfield and Ralph Butler

Nowhere hair by Sue Glader

Search our library catalogue for more books on talking to your children about cancer.

We recommend that you also check out Cancer Council Victoria for advice on talking to kids of all ages, and CanTeen if your children are aged between 12 and 25.


Tempting your tastebuds during treatment

Here are three books with nutrition information and recipes to help tempt you, or your loved one, to eat healthy food during cancer treatment.

Three cookbooks from our library collection

Healthy eating during chemotherapy by José van Mil and Christine Archer-Mackenzie

What to eat during cancer treatment by Jeanne Besser, Sheri Knecht and Michele Szafranski

The patient chef by Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Jane Aliker (ed.)

Search our library catalogue for more on food, nutrition, health and wellbeing during treatment.