Upcoming Sessions

Counterpart conducts free information sessions on a regular basis. Coming to an information session is a great way to access information and connect with others in a similar situation.

Information sessions are coordinated by Counterpart staff and involve medical, allied health and other specialists, including creative therapists.

Book your place by clicking on any of the upcoming sessions below.

Cancellations Policy

If we do not have enough people enrolled one week before a session is scheduled we will cancel the session and inform anyone who has booked. This also allows the speaker sufficient time to make other plans. We hope that cancelling a session is never necessary but also realise that having only a small number of people attending a session is no longer workable.


Sashiko

Date: Monday, 09/10/2017
Time: 11.00am–12.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Lea O’Sullivan, owner of Japanese fabric and textile business Kimono House, will teach us the basics of Sashiko (sar-shee-ko), a decorative form of Japanese embroidery. Come and learn this very relaxing technique of hand stitching and create a small piece to take home. All materials supplied and no sewing experience necessary.

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Tea, nurturing and mindfulness – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Date: Thursday, 12/10/2017
Time: 10.30am–11.45am

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Tea, nurturing and mindfulness Tea is a wonderful drink, but it is so much more. It is a way to nurture ourselves, practice mindfulness and bring calm into our day. In our hyper-connected modern lives, we can create room to breathe through the simplicity and mindfulness of the tea ritual. Sarah Cowell has spent time

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Mindful dance and movement

Date: Monday, 23/10/2017
Time: 11.00am–12.30pm

Location: Women's Health Victoria, Level 8, 255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

A gentle movement session focused on enjoying the interaction between the body and the 5 elements – earth, water, air, fire and wood.  We will explore experiences of grounding, communication, free movement, and hand gestures. No dance experience required. Please wear warm comfortable clothing. Bouthaina Mayall is a trained Dance Movement Therapist, experienced in facilitating

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A new treatment for vaginal dryness

Date: Thursday, 26/10/2017
Time: 1.30pm—3.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Many women experience vaginal atrophy and vaginal dryness post menopause or post cancer treatment. And it’s not just discomfort that arises. These conditions may also lead on to problems with painful intercourse, incontinence, and frequent infections.  A ground breaking new treatment, Fractional CO2 Laser treatment, is showing good results.  And, unlike oestrogen therapies, it can

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All is calm

Date: Thursday, 02/11/2017
Time: 11.00am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Celebrations can sometimes be as stressful as difficult times, particularly if we are already dealing with major health issues. As we approach the festive Christmas season, our presenter will outline some strategies and facilitate a discussion on practical ways to make this time as calm, meaningful and stress free as possible. Our presenter, Lynda Evans,

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Nurturing hope and optimism – for women living with advanced cancer

Date: Monday, 20/11/2017
Time: 1.00pm–2.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

This session will explore creating hope, optimism and the will to live. Knowing how to create a sense of hope in your life can help you face cancer survivorship with strength and confidence. Lack of hope is hopelessness and it can lead to anxiety and depression, even despair. A strong support network can provide both

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Scalp cooling

Date: Monday, 27/11/2017
Time: 11.00am–12.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Hair loss is a common side effect of certain types of chemotherapy. For some women this is distressing emotionally, as well as being a constant and public sign that they have cancer. In the past few years a new scalp cooling technology has started to be used to prevent or minimise hair loss.  A refrigeration

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Chemobrain

Date: Thursday, 30/11/2017
Time: 11.30am-1.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

Some women who receive chemotherapy for cancer complain that their ability to think clearly has been reduced since treatment began. Research into this topic is growing and there is now stronger evidence that subtle changes in thinking do occur in some women. However the reason for this is still not clear. Adrian Schembri, Director Clinical

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African drumming

Date: Thursday, 07/12/2017
Time: 11.30am–12.30pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

See out 2017 with something new, energising and fun. Join Djulz from African Drumming in St Kilda as she shares with us what lies at the heart of African drumming:  its spirit, traditions and wonderful energy.  This will be a fun and very interactive session giving participants a chance to experience the stress relief and

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Counterpart morning tea

Date: Wednesday, 13/12/2017
Time: 10.30am–12.00pm

Location: Counterpart Resource Centre

The coffee is brewing, the teapot is ready to go, and our Resource Centre doors are open ready to welcome you. Take some time out to celebrate the end of the year. You can connect with other women over a cuppa and enjoy some morning tea. All welcome.

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