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.


Sing Like No One Is Listening …And Love It!

Date: Wednesday, 04/03/2015
Time: 12.30PM – 2.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

‘The best things in life are free’ and singing is no exception. 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 completely present in the here and now. Singing is also a wonderful way to connect with oneself and others. Learn how to sing sweet,

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Treatment Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

Date: Thursday, 05/03/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Dr Catherine Oakman will present and answer questions on the different medical treatments available for advanced (secondary or metastatic) breast cancer, options for symptom control, as well as new developments and approaches that may be possibilities in the future. Catherine is a Medical Oncologist working at The Royal Melbourne & Women’s Hospitals combined Breast Service and the Western Hospital Breast

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Harmony Week Morning Tea

Date: Wednesday, 18/03/2015
Time: 10.00AM – 11.30AM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

The message of Harmony Week is that everyone belongs. It is a week to celebrate Australia’s diversity and to encourage cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come here from many countries around the world. Celebrate Harmony Week with a delicious morning tea at BreaCan. Meet old friends

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Qigong

Date: Monday, 23/03/2015
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM

Location: Women's Health Victoria

Qigong is an ancient Chinese complementary health practice. It consists of simple, gentle techniques designed to improve the flow of energy and blood to restore balance to the body, and to calm the mind and the emotions. The Director of Open Sky Qigong, will guide us through a few of these powerful practices and answer questions about Qigong.

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The What, Where and How of Lymphoedema

Date: Thursday, 26/03/2015
Time: 12.30PM – 2.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Some women are at risk of lymphoedema after having surgery which removes lymph glands. Come along and hear about what lymphoedema is, early warning signs to look out for, how to minimise the risk of developing it and how to best manage it if it develops. Our presenter is an experienced physiotherapist who has worked with women for 25 years. She

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Poetry Workshop

Date: Thursday, 09/04/2015
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Poetry can be another way of exploring our experience, helping us say things that can’t be expressed in any other way. Poet and teacher, Cathy Altmann published Circumnavigation in 2014. Cathy will share some of her poems and talk about the role poetry played in her experience of breast cancer. There will also be the opportunity for participants to try some

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Coffee ‘n Cupcakes …and Reflexology too! For Women Living With Advanced Cancer

Date: Monday, 20/04/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

A special morning tea for women living with advanced cancer; brewed coffee, a range of teas, delicious cupcakes and to top it all off, some pampering with reflexology! Come along to BreaCan and chat with other women living with advanced cancer and our volunteers. We hope we will see you there. Please phone us if you are planning to

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What is Advance Care Planning?

Date: Wednesday, 22/04/2015
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Whatever our current state of health, any of us could become ill suddenly and be unable to tell doctors what type of medical care we do or don’t want. Whether it’s a sudden accident or the gradual worsening of an illness; it’s important for our family and friends to understand our perspective on the care we would want in the

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Bras, Boobs and Breast Forms

Date: Thursday, 30/04/2015
Time: 11.30AM – 1.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

An experienced Corsetry and Post-Mastectomy Bra Fitter will cover the finer points in finding that elusive, well-fitting bra. The session will cover traditional bras, bras for breast forms and bathers, as well as tips on looking after your bras and breast forms. A range of bras will be modelled by peer support volunteers, who have experienced breast cancer.

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Yoga

Date: Wednesday, 06/05/2015
Time: 10.30AM – 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Swami Karunananda is a classical yoga teacher from Doncaster Meditation and Yoga. In this session Swamiji will talk about the benefits of yoga in improving health and wellbeing. She will also lead practical exercises for deep relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and conscious breathing. Please this session will be conducted sitting in chairs or standing.

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Sex, Sensuality and Cancer

Date: Monday, 11/05/2015
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Many women experience changes to their sexual self after a cancer diagnosis. If you are looking for ideas and advice on how to manage and embrace these changes come along to this fun, frank and practical workshop run by a Sexual Health Educator. Victoria Cullen from the women friendly sensuality shop Passionfruit, will facilitate this session exploring the tools, mindset and

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Demystifying Chinese Medicine

Date: Thursday, 21/05/2015
Time: 12.30PM – 2.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

This session will be presented by an experienced Chinese Medicine Practitioner who specialises in working with people living with cancer. He will explain the principles of Chinese medicine and talk about the complementary role that both acupuncture and Chinese herbs can play in managing the side-effects of cancer and maintaining general wellbeing.

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