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July 2017

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Counterpart manager Dianne Hill, Women’s Health Victoria executive director Rita Butera and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre CEO Dale Fisher.

Support service provides friends indeed to friends in need

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Chief Executive Officer Dale Fisher has unveiled Counterpart as the new name for cancer support service BreaCan.

Women’s Health Victoria welcomed more than 100 guests – volunteers, Women’s Health Victoria board members and staff, health professionals and other partners – to the Counterpart launch.

‘Counterpart provides a very special and unique service to women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer,’ said Ms Fisher.

‘I am honoured to launch the new brand and look forward to working with Counterpart at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to connect Victorian women with cancer to the support they need.’

With the support of the Victorian Government, BreaCan has provided quality support and information to women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer more than 25,000 times since opening in 2003.

‘We have chosen the name Counterpart to celebrate the essence of our service – the trust, warmth, care and positive energy created when women connect and support each other,’ said Counterpart manager Dianne Hill.

Counterpart recognises every woman’s experience of cancer is different but talking to another woman with a cancer diagnosis can help.

Highly-trained, professional peer support volunteers give other women with breast or a gynaecological cancer emotional support, understanding, hope and comfort.

‘We believe Counterpart – women supporting women with cancer – tells women who we are and what we do and puts peer support at the heart of the service,’ said Women’s Health Victoria executive director Rita Butera.

‘We know over time Counterpart will connect more Victorian women with cancer to high-quality support and information.’

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