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.


Laughter and the Inner Child Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 15/07/2015
Time: 11.00AM - 12.15PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is an ancient saying. Let’s look at what modern research has to say about the health benefits of laughter and check out whether it really works. There will be plenty of opportunity during the workshop to have a good laugh as it comes naturally to the presenter to make a

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Clinical Trials for Advanced Breast Cancer

Date: Monday, 20/07/2015
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Clinical trials play an important part in developing improved treatments for cancer. For those living with advanced cancer the hope of new and more effective treatments becoming available is critical. This session will focus on current clinical trials open to women living with advanced (also called secondary or metastatic) breast cancer. Associate Professor Jacquie Chirgwin,

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Bellydance

Date: Thursday, 23/07/2015
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Bellydance is a joyous dance style that celebrates the female form in all its shapes, curves and wobbles.  Learn some basic bellydance techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Our presenter, Charni, will pace the workshop to suit everyone’s needs. No particular level of fitness or experience is necessary.

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Healthy Eating After Cancer

Date: Monday, 27/07/2015
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Springvale Community Meeting Room

Feeling more energised and maintaining a healthy weight are two goals many women with cancer want to achieve after a cancer diagnosis. Our experienced clinical and accredited practising dietitian will talk about how what we eat affects these goals and provide ideas about how to achieve them. This session is jointly organised by BreaCan and

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Your Immune System and Cancer

Date: Wednesday, 05/08/2015
Time: 2.30PM - 4.00PM

Location: Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre

Professor Jonathan Cebon, Director of Medical Oncology at the Austin Hospital and Head of the Cancer Immunobiology Program for the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, has been conducting research into ways in which the immune system may impact on cancer cells. In this session, Professor Cebon will talk about the link between the immune system

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Targeted Therapies

Date: Wednesday, 19/08/2015
Time: 11.00AM - 12.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Targeted therapies are currently the focus of much research and development in the cancer field. These therapies use drugs or other substances to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by interfering with specific molecules (molecular targets) that are required for tumour development and growth. There are many different types of targeted therapies. Two

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Caring For Your Personal Energy

Date: Thursday, 20/08/2015
Time: 1.00PM - 2.30PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Our energy is our greatest asset and resource. Our energy levels are important in determining how we cope with the ups and downs of life. Add to that the challenges involved in living with advanced cancer and we can quickly find ourselves depleted of energy. At the point at which we run out of energy,

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Naturopathy

Date: Monday, 24/08/2015
Time: 12.30PM - 2.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Naturopathy is a safe and holistic approach to wellness and encompasses a variety of treatment methods including: nutritional medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and massage or other body therapies. Many women find it useful to complement and enhance their medical treatment. Our presenter, Sandra Villella, is an experienced naturopath working at Jean Hailes

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Risk Factors For Endometrial Cancer

Date: Friday, 28/08/2015
Time: 10.30AM - 12.00PM

Location: Breacan Resource Centre

Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is the most common gynaecological cancer and its incidence is rising. There are a number of known risk factors, some of which we can control eg. obesity, and some which we cannot such as age and having gone through menopause. Professor Michael Quinn AM is a Gynaecological Oncologist

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Exercise During And After Cancer Treatment

Date: Monday, 31/08/2015
Time: 10.00AM – 12.00PM

Location: Education Centre (Ambulatory Care Entrance), Northern Hospital

Current research shows that exercise after cancer helps improve survivorship, quality of life and general wellbeing. This presentation aims to educate women on the benefits of exercise and to discuss what to do when starting an exercise program during or after cancer treatment. Our presenters are physiotherapists who have worked in cancer rehabilitation services and

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