Our first program of events for 2019 included six sessions held in different locations around metropolitan Melbourne. These have been a huge success with events filling up quickly and getting lots of positive feedback from women who attend.
Many women tell us that distance is the biggest barrier to attending events. Thanks to additional funding from the Victorian Government, Counterpart has been running more events across Victoria.
Local access was very important esp. if unable to travel — I couldn't have attended otherwise.
— Participant, lymphoedema webinar screening with Eastern Health
In the last six months, Counterpart has held health and wellbeing sessions and events in Altona, Berwick, Blackburn North, Lilydale, Mornington and Ringwood East. These have included information sessions on clinical topics and creative or wellbeing activities such as yoga.
More women have taken part in our webinars, watching a presentation and having the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter over the internet. This is another way more women are connecting with our service from all over Victoria.
In partnership with local regional health services, Counterpart webinars have been screened in regional and outer-metro locations. Webinar screenings have taken place in Ballarat, Bendigo, Blackburn North, Geelong, Maroondah, Shepparton and Warrnambool.
These events allow women to participate in the webinar, but also connect with other women from their local area. For many attendees this was as valuable as hearing the presenter's talk.
In the future
In the May to August 2019 What's On program, Counterpart is organising even more outreach activities.
We are also encouraging health professionals to get in touch with us to find out how they can host a webinar screening in their area.
Melbourne South and East
Other metropolitan regions