A major priority for Women’s Health Victoria is to sustain and develop the key health focus area of Women with Cancer. This is evident in the wonderful service provided by Counterpart.


Women With Cancer


Counterpart is a service of Women’s Health Victoria that connects, supports, and informs women with cancer to live well.

About Counterpart

Counterpart is a community-based, supportive care service that complements the medical system and other cancer support services. Our highly-trained and professional Peer Support Volunteers have lived experiences of cancer and can provide unique understanding and support. We also help women find reliable, evidenced-based information that is tailored to their individual issues and needs to assist them in making informed decisions for themselves.  

Our services are confidential and provided at no cost to the service user.

How did Counterpart begin?

Following years of campaigning by women with breast cancer, a pilot project was funded by the Victorian Government in 2003 to create a breast cancer information and drop-in centre. Women’s Health Victoria, in partnership with consumer advocates and other women’s health services, was successful in securing the tender and what was then known as BreaCan was born. We are proudly celebrating 20 years of service in 2023.

The Counterpart Service Principles

Acknowledge Difference – We recognise that every person’s experience of cancer is different and must be seen in the broader context of their lives.

No Advice – We share experiences and give support. We do not give medical, legal or financial advice or counselling.

Welcoming Environment – We provide a welcoming, accessible and safe environment.

Encourage Participation – We actively encourage people to participate in the development and operation of the service.

Empower People – We are committed to enhancing people’s skills and capacity to make their own informed choices.

Respect Privacy – We respect the privacy of people using our service.

Non-Judgmental – We provide information and support in a non-judgmental way.

High Standards – We maintain high standards in all aspects of the service and regularly evaluate the service’s relevance to consumers, its sustainability, and effectiveness.

For information about peer support, wellbeing sessions and other resources for women with cancer

Visit Counterpart