What's on at Counterpart VIC ex Breacan

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What's on at Counterpart VIC ex Breacan

Postby Janette » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:47 pm

All the latest news from Counterpart and upcoming events and activities for women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
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What's On at Counterpart
Upcoming Events | Special Events | Regular Activities | What's New
Dear Janette

Welcome to our February e-Update

This update includes reminders about upcoming sessions including Yoga and mindfulness in the south-east and our Cancer and Wellbeing days taking place in Altona and Ringwood east. Please note some locations have changed for our city based information sessions.

We also have a number of events and resources we wanted you to be aware of;
Applications are now being accepted for this years' Peer Support Volunteer training.
A call for participants to take part in the research study Chemobrain after breast cancer
February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month
Can you please pass this information on to any women with breast or a gynaecological cancer, in your care.

We hope you enjoy reading this update.

Fiona McRae
Assistant Manager Counterpart

What's On: Free events for women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer
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Peripheral neuropathy
Wednesday 20 February 12.00pm–1.00pm
Consultant Medical Oncologist Shirley Wong will talk about peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves in hands, feet and lower legs): why it happens, risk factors and what can be done to help.

WEBINAR ONLY. Register for the Peripheral neuropathy webinar.
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Older fitter stronger
Monday 25 February 11.00am–12.00pm
Location: Counterpart Resource Centre, Level 5/ 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Physiotherapist Libby Oldfield will outline the steps we can take, beginning right now, to improve our health and fitness into the future.
Read more or register online or RSVP by email

Register for the webinar

Immune therapies and cancer
Monday 25 March 1.30pm–3.00pm
Location: Seminar Rooms 5 A and 5 B, Level 5, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg
Professor Jonathan Cebon will talk about the links between the immune system and cancer, immunotherapy and the development of new treatments.
Read more or register online or RSVP by email

Trials, treatments and understanding options for metastatic breast cancer
Thursday 21 March 11.15am–1.00pm
Location: NewHope Community Centre, Events Room 5, 3-7 Springfield Road, Blackburn North
What are the emerging treatments and targeted therapies for metastatic breast cancer? Bianca Devitt, Medical Oncologist at Eastern Health, will present on current trials, availability of new drugs, emerging therapies and second and third line treatment options. We will have a short question time following the presentation.

Read more or register online or RSVP by email

This session is part of our Making Connections program for women living with advanced/metastatic cancer.

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Yoga and mindfulness in the south-east
Wednesday 6 March 10.00am–12.00pm
Location: Grenada Room, Level 1, St John of God Berwick, 75 Kangan Drive, Berwick
Take some time to relax, replenish and learn some new skills to take care of yourself.
Read more or register online or RSVP by email

Lymphoedema information session and morning tea
March is Lymphoedema Awareness Month
Thursday 7 March from 10.30am
Physiotherapist and an accredited lymphoedema practitioner Helen Eason will present on lymphoedema and its management after breast or gynaecological cancer treatment.
Attend in Melbourne, Ringwood East or online.
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Attend in Ringwood East 10.30am–1.00pm
Location: Maroondah Breast Clinic, 20 Grey Street, Ringwood East
Watch a live stream of the webinar, learn new skills and movements in a light exercise program to support lymphoedema management and stay for morning tea.
Read more or register online or RSVP by email
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Join the webinar 10.30am–11.30am
Location: Your own home
Watch the webinar (and ask questions) over the internet, using a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Register for the webinar

Attend in Melbourne 10.30am–12.30pm
Location: Counterpart Resource Centre, Level 5/ 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Come along to the session and stay for morning tea at 11.30am.
Read more or register online or RSVP by email

Cancer and Wellbeing Days
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Emerging evidence shows cancer patients may benefit from a range of mind-body therapies and lifestyle choices. Activities such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, exercise and massage can be helpful. They are used alongside standard medical treatment to reduce side effects and improve emotional health and wellbeing. Women are advised to always speak with their medical team about the therapies and activities they are using.

Women affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer are invited attend to one of our Cancer and Wellbeing Days to:

learn more about ways to improve their wellbeing
meet up with other women who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer
try activities like yoga, tai chi, meditation, feldenkrais and exercise with the help of experienced practitioners
enjoy a light vegetarian lunch.
Friday 29 March
Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre
5 Sargood Street
Read more
Thursday 4 April
Ringwood East Community Hall
Knaith Road
Read more
What's New: Links to support, information and opportunities from the cancer sector
Chemobrain after breast cancer — participate in a research study

Some women who have had chemotherapy experience what is commonly known as ‘chemobrain’, which can include forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating.
A student researcher (Lauren Smith), from Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne is conducting a research study, ‘Exploring the experience of cancer related cognitive decline in women with early stage breast cancer treated with chemotherapy.’ Lauren will use information from the study to develop an information resource that can be given to women about to start chemotherapy, to better prepare them for this side-effect of chemotherapy.
If you are interested in participating in this study and have had early breast cancer which was treated with chemotherapy, and are either:
About 6 months after treatment or
Between 3 and 5 years after treatment
You might be interested in discussing your experiences at an informal discussion group?

A group is being held:
Friday 22 February
Counterpart Resource Centre
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre from 9.45am to 11.30am
info@counterpart.org.au or ring 1300 781 500

*Please register your interest by Wednesday 20 February.

Do you know a woman who might be interested in joining our volunteer team?

We are currently recruiting Peer Support Volunteers to join our team. Our Peer Support Volunteers provide a listening ear and practical support to help women adjust to life following a cancer diagnosis. We will be training a new intake of Peer Support Volunteers in July. Applications are now open and close on Monday 27 May 2019. Apply online here: Counterpart - get involved - volunteer

Want to know more?
Come along to an information session and meet some of our volunteers:
Tuesday April 30 from 11am until 12pm
Wednesday May 1 from 2pm until 3pm
(Bookings essential)

Read more about becoming a Peer Support Volunteer.

We are also looking for women to assist in our library. Library volunteers work on Tuesdays – preferably a minimum of once a month. Tasks are varied, but include processing loans and returns, covering and labeling new resources, setting up displays and maintaining the pamphlet collection. Training and ongoing support will be provided.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kellie Holland on 8488 9834 or kellie.holland@counterpart.org.au to book into an information session or to find out more.

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Visit the Counterpart Facebook page to see how we are supporting this important month of raising awareness about ovarian cancer.

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