Published 21 October 2020
With all that has happened this year, the Counterpart 2019 – 2020 Year in Review has a strong focus on connection. Although we have a changed world due to the pandemic, we have successfully adapted many of our services so that we can still connect, support and inform women with breast or a gynaecological cancer. To maintain an uninterrupted service, our volunteers are providing valuable peer support to women over the phone, our events are now being provided on line and staff are continuing to work from home.
We thank those who have shared their stories of Counterpart: women who use our service, our volunteers and health professionals. As you read their stories, you will see how important the sense of connection has been this year.
Download: Year in Review 2019 – 2020 - PDF (7MB)
Published 29 January 2020
Creativity can bring many positive effects, from the simple pleasure of doing it through to evoking personal growth and transformation. At Counterpart, we have been providing creative sessions for over 15 years. These have included art therapy, sashiko, doll making, drumming, photography, music and creative writing.
To celebrate 15 years of our service, we invited women to share their creations at our end of year morning tea in 2018. We have compiled them into an e-publication, so we can share them with others.
Read Counterpart makes it online.
Download: Counterpart makes it – 15 years of supporting women's creativity - PDF (14MB)
Published 29 October 2019
The Counterpart Year in Review 2018–19 shares the achievements of the service over the past year. We have connected, supported and informed women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer over the phone, in our Resource Centre, at hospitals through our Bridge of Support programs and through health and wellbeing events. We expanded our reach through our Rural and Regional and Area-based projects, with support from the Victorian Government, and through new telehealth facilities, with the support of LUCRF Super Community Program.
We also include women's stories to show some of the ways women affected by cancer benefit from Counterpart's programs, highlight our partnerships with health professionals and share volunteer experiences.
Download: Year in Review 2018–19 - PDF (3MB)
Published 30 October 2018
In 2017–18, Counterpart expanded our reach to more women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer across Victoria. The Counterpart Year in Review 2017–18 celebrates our achievements over the last year. Highlights include stories from women who used our service, women who volunteer and health professionals. We have expanded this Year in Review to commemorate our 15th birthday, with photos and highlights from our history as BreaCan and then Counterpart.
Download: Year in Review 2017–18 - PDF (3MB)
Published 30 October 2017
The Counterpart Year in Review 2016–17 includes stories from some of the women who contribute to the service — volunteers, women who use the service and health professionals. It is a celebration of the essence of the service and the highlights from the last financial year, providing an overview of how people affected by a gynaecological or breast cancer are supported through the Resource Centre, Bridge of Support programs, and various projects.
Download: Year in Review 2016–17 - PDF (7MB)
Published 25 October 2016
The BreaCan Year in Review 2015-2016 celebrates the highlights and achievements of the last financial year. It includes information about services delivered to people affected by a gynaecological or breast cancer through the Resource Centre, Bridge of Support programs, and projects. It also features several stories from service users and a health professional.
Download: Year in Review 2015-16 - PDF (1.8MB)
Published 3 June 2016
In 2015, Counterpart partnered with the Integrated Cancer Services of Barwon South West and Grampians regions to undertake a project to improve understanding of the support and information needs of women affected by cancer in rural and regional Victoria. The Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer project was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Strategy Unit. The project report outlines the aims, methodology and findings of the project, and recommendations.
Download: The Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer Project Final Report - PDF (5 MB)
Published 3 December 2015
This plain English summary outlines the Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer project. The aim of this project was to improve understanding of the support and information needs of women affected by cancer in rural and regional Victoria. Counterpart undertook the project in partnership with Integrated Cancer Services of Barwon South West and Grampians.
Download: The Connecting and Supporting Rural and Regional Women with Cancer Project Summary - PDF (148kB)
Published 27 October 2015
The BreaCan Year in Review 2014-2015, documents the highlights and achievements of the service for the last financial year. It includes information about services delivered through the BreaCan Resource Centre, key service use data, major projects and strategic goals. It also features several stories from BreaCan service users.
Download: Year in Review 2014-2015 - PDF (1.2MB)
Published 5 November 2014
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2013 to 2014. Features articles on BreaCan's 10th birthday celebration, personal stories from our service users and key service use data.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2013-14 - PDF 3MB
Published 11 December 2013
A list of resources on breast and gynaecological cancers in Vietnamese and English. The PDF includes hyperlinks to these resources. This resource list was created as part of a project funded by Cancer Australia.
Download: Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Resources for Vietnamese women and their families - PDF (75KB)
Published 7 November 2013
This PowerPoint presentation was developed from a Cancer Australia document and was translated and interpreted into Vietnamese. It also includes a recording of a Vietnamese interpreter reading out the information in Vietnamese. It was created as part of a project funded by Cancer Australia.
Please note: to play this file you will need Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, or similar program, and a computer with speakers.
Download: Các câu hỏi để hỏi bác sĩ (Questions to ask your doctor) - Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (12MB)
Published 28 October 2013
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2012 to 2013, and also celebrates highlights from the first decade of operation from 2003 to 2013. Featured are articles on the history of the service, personal stories from our service users and volunteers and key service use data.
Download: BreaCan Decade in Review 2003-2013 - PDF (5MB)
Published 22 March 2013
This factsheet was produced as part of a collaborative project between BreaCan and Ovarian Cancer Australia that was funded by the Victorian Department of Health.
Download: Factsheet For Women Living In Victoria With A Gynaecological Cancer - PDF (828KB)
Published 18 October 2012
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2011 to 2012. This year’s publication reflects on what is the ‘fabric of BreaCan’ – the things that make the service special and unique, alongside the many achievements reached in the past financial year. Of note are the four personal stories of women who have used the service, their words describe the many elements which make up BreaCan’s fabric.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2011-2012 - PDF (1.2MB)
Published 17 October 2011
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2010 to 2011. Featured are articles on the National Volunteer Week Celebration, personal stories from our peer support volunteers and key service use data.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2010-2011 - PDF (1.5MB)
Published 16 November 2010
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2009 to 2010. Featured are articles on the innovative ‘Bridge of Support’ project being run in collaboration with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and key service use data.
Download: BreaCan Year In Review 2009-2010 - PDF (1.5MB)
Published 19 October 2009
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2008 to 2009. Featured are articles on consumer participation through evaluation and new partnership programs.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2008-2009 - PDF (1.8MB)
Published 4 May 2009
Provides a concise overview of the goals and objectives of the service, endorsed by the WHV Council.
Download: BreaCan Strategic Plan 2009-2012 - PDF (897kb)
Published 19 October 2008
Highlights the achievements and work of the service for the financial year 2007 to 2008. BreaCan's 2007 Victorian Public Healthcare Award for Innovation in Models of Care is featured.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2007-2008 - PDF (1.1MB)
Published 1 October 2007
Highlights the significant transition of the service to providing women affected by gynaecological cancer with support and information.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2006-2007 - PDF (1.2MB)
Published 2 October 2006
Focuses on the transition of the service from pilot project to recurrent funded service and the relocation of the service to the Queen Victoria Women's Centre.
Download: BreaCan Year in Review 2005-2006 - PDF (1.7MB)
Published 1 May 2006
A multimedia booklet and DVD which explores the issues affecting young women with breast cancer, as told by a group of young women, in their own words. The DVD and booklet is available for women living in Victoria and can be sent out by contacting the Resource Centre. You can also download the booklet and watch the DVD online at For Young Women.
Download: Young Women Talking - PDF (2.4MB)