Upcoming Sessions

BreaCan 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 BreaCan 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.


Tai Chi

Date: Monday, 14/09/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Mind, body and spirit are all exercised together in this ancient Chinese exercise. Join experienced instructor Margie Brett from the Celestial Tai Chi College for a gentle introduction to the art of Tai Chi. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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African Drumming

Date: Wednesday, 16/09/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Jeremy Prentice is a drumming teacher from African Drumming in St Kilda. Join Jeremy as he 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 meditative benefits that

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Early Phase Drug Trials and Molecular Profiling

Date: Thursday, 24/09/2015
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Ben Tran, Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is actively involved in clinical trials especially focused on drug development, molecular profiling and personalised medicine. Ben will speak about early phase drug trials and molecular profiling targeted for people with advanced/metastatic cancer (including breast cancer and gynaecological cancers). Part of this program is the

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When Cancer Challenges Your Budget

Date: Thursday, 01/10/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

A cancer diagnosis and treatment can come along with many extra costs, at the same time as a loss of income. The worry of dealing with financial challenges at this difficult time can impact on wellbeing and on relationships. Sara Bunnett manages the Practical Support Program at Cancer Council Victoria (CCV). Sara will talk about

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Meditation

Date: Monday, 12/10/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

If you are interested in learning how to relax the body and calm the mind, this introduction to meditation may be what you are looking for. The benefits of meditation are well known: clearer thinking, reduced stress, better health, pain management and deep relaxation being some of them. Matthew Young from the Melbourne Meditation Centre

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Coffee, Cupcakes and Reflexology too

Date: Wednesday, 14/10/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Join us to commemorate Advanced Breast Cancer Awareness Day A special morning tea for all women living with advanced cancer and their supporters. Advanced Breast Cancer Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of women living with advanced breast cancer. BreaCan is committed to supporting women living with advanced cancer and

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Life, Love and Relationships After Cancer

Date: Wednesday, 21/10/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Treatment may have finished but many women experience ongoing challenges. Let’s understand and talk about the challenges that may follow active treatment, develop some tools to manage, and feel supported and informed for whatever comes next. Jo Gniel is a counsellor and educator and the founder of Landscape of Life; dedicated to building human connection;

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Singing and Sharing in the West

Date: Wednesday, 28/10/2015
Time: 12:30PM - 2:30PM

Location: Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, 5 Sargood Street, Altona

Meet us in Altona to: learn about services that can support you, to talk to other women who understand your cancer experience because they’ve been there themselves, and to sing. Well known for its benefits to our physical, mental, psychological and spiritual health, singing releases endorphins, relieves pain and stress and allows us to be

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Living With Uncertainty and Fear of Recurrance: For Women Living With Gynaecological Cancers

Date: Thursday, 29/10/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Many women have told us that dealing with the anxiety about the possibility of their gynaecological cancer returning is a major stressor in their lives, and that this can affect wellbeing, relationships, and the ability to plan ahead, amongst other things. If you recognise this issue as something that impacts negatively on your life you

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All Is Calm

Date: Monday, 16/11/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan 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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Breast Reconstruction: What You Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, 18/11/2015
Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Dr Natalie Ngan has extensive experience as a plastic surgeon with particular expertise in the area of breast reconstruction. In this session, Natalie will cover a number of areas including what factors women need to consider in deciding what is right for them, the types of reconstructive surgery available, current issues and new developments in

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Radiotherapy

Date: Wednesday, 25/11/2015
Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Many people diagnosed with cancer will be treated with radiotherapy which uses high energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. Dr Mario Guerrieri is a Radiation Oncologist providing inpatient care at the Western Private, Ringwood Private, and Freemasons Hospitals. Mario will present on the different techniques used to deliver radiotherapy (external beam and

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End of Year Morning Tea

Date: Thursday, 03/12/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

BreaCan invites you to help us celebrate the festive season with friends, fun and some delicious food. This will be a very special morning tea as it will be the last in our current location at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. This will be the last opportunity to visit BreaCan before we relocate and will

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Celebrations and Tributes

Date: Monday, 07/12/2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

At different times we may be called upon to give a speech at a milestone birthday or wedding, write a eulogy for a loved one, or simply want to convey the special place someone has in your life.  Join Josie Scott – Celebrant, Counsellor and Creative Arts Therapist – to discover how you can draw

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