Foundation Events and Special Guest Speakers

2022 Events

2021 Zoom Events

Menopause and Breast Cancer with Assoc. Professor Amanda Vincent & Assoc. Professor Caroline Gurvich
(Nov 12, 2021)

Menopause can be a really challenging time in a woman’s life whether it occurs naturally or is medically induced due to treatment side effects. This session was presented by Assoc. Professor Amanda Vincent who explored menopause and breast cancer, the effects and reasons why this occurs. (Read more …)

Q&A Session with Dr David Speakman
(Nov 3, 2021 – Supporting Blokes Groups)

Dr David Speakman was invited to join the Supporting Blokes group for a Q&A session. Dr David Speakman is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), having held this position since 2013. (Read more …)

Medical Cannabis with Daniel Tan
(Oct 6, 2021 – Supporting Blokes Groups)

The use of Medical Cannabis in Victoria continues to raise a lot of questions in the cancer setting. We invited Daniel Tan to join the Supporting Blokes Group to help address some of these questions as well as provide some answers. (Read more …)

Sex and Cancer with Dr Amanda Hordern
(Oct 1, 2021)

Cancer can rob you of many things but the loss of intimacy, sexuality and confidence in yourself and your body are rarely talked about. This ground breaking book combines the latest neuroscience with simple, powerful and practical techniques to help you reclaim your sexual confidence, desire, and happiness from the inside out. (Read more …)

Medical Cannabis with Daniel Tan
(Aug 9, 2021 – Second Hope & HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

The use of Medical Cannabis in Victoria continues to raise a lot of questions in the cancer setting. We invited Daniel Tan to join the Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups to help address some of these questions as well as provide some answers. (Read more …)

Making Tough Choices with Samantha Rennie
(Sep 6, 2021 -Second Hope & HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Following up on this topic, Think Pink was joined by Samantha Rennie who explored this topic further and provide strategies to assist with the decision-making process in the cancer journey. (Read more …)

Nutrition and Breast Cancer with Caity Smith
(Jul 20, 2021)

Caity’s online class explored the unique nutrition needs of those going through breast cancer treatment, recovery and optimising diet for survivorship. (Read more …)

Carers Victoria with Helen Carr
(Jul 13, 2021 – Supporting Blokes Group)

Helen Carr explored the services that are available to carers – this session followed on from the wellness theme during 2021 for the Supporting Blokes Group. (Read more …)

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A Session with Dr Anita Muñoz
(Jul 9, 2021)

As we continue to navigate ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks around the country and the vaccine roll-out, it is important to try to keep everyone safe and informed. (Read more …)

Breast Care Fitting with Genevieve Gort
(Jul 13, 2021 – Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond)

After breast cancer surgery women need bras that are comfortable and gorgeous, and for some women, a breast form (prosthesis) or breast shapers to restore visual symmetry of breasts. (Read more …)

Mens Health with Dr Bernie Crimmins
(Jul 7, 2021 – Supporting Blokes Group)

Dr Bernie Crimmins was invited to talk with the Think Pink Supporting Blokes group for an educational and entertaining session about Men’s Health. (Read more …)

Making Hard Decisions with Dr Sophie Lewis
(Jun 30, 2021 – Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Dr Sophie Lewis shared her findings from her research exploring the experiences of women living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. (Read more …)

Essential Oils (Part 2) with Monique Poppelaars
(Jun 28, 2021)

Following on from her workshop in May, Monique took us through some of the most popular oils, their benefits and common uses. This session demonstrated practical and simple techniques (a combination of Reflexology on your hands and Aromatic Kinesiology™) to be used in our daily life with the oils that we may already have at home. (Read more …)

Essential Oils with Monique Poppelaars
(May 31, 2021)

This session will teach you about the power of nature whilst tapping into the world of plants and flowers. You will also be learning practical and simple techniques (a combination of Reflexology on your hands and Aromatic Kinesiology™) to be used in your daily life with the oils that you may already have at home. (Read more …)

Radiation Therapy and Metastatic Breast Cancer with Dr Janet Yeh
(May 7, 2021 – Second Hope & HOT Pink Sisters Support Groups)

This presentation looked at what is new in the management of metastatic breast cancer and an overview of the latest evidence and research to support this. Janet also answered some of the commonly asked questions about radiotherapy in general and questions from the groups were answered on the day.  (Read more …)

Managing Loss with Samantha Rennie
(May 5, 2021 – HOT Pink Sisters Support Group)

Sam Rennie, a nurse and grief facilitator will join us to help us to develop some healthy strategies that can support us through the sadness and fear that may arise with these losses and challenges. When we face our fears together and weave nets of support for the hard times, it is possible to grow stronger as a group and as individuals.
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Lubrication and Communication with Dr Amanda Hordern
(Apr 23, 2021)

Many people experience changes to intimate and sexual aspects of their lives after a diagnosis of cancer, yet it has been well documented that sexuality remains one of the greatest taboo topics in patient/ health professional communication. Dr Amanda Hordern, PhD, has spent decades exploring and researching the taboo topic, through educating, counselling and more recently providing sexual health and wellbeing  (Read more …)

Carers Grief with Samantha Rennie
(May 5, 2021 – Supporting Blokes Group)

This workshop was presented by Samantha Rennie who discussed the tools and skills needed to navigate the stormy waters of cancer, it’s treatments and the changes that it brings to carers and the ones they love.
(Read more …)

Cancer Related Fatigue with Dr Elizabeth Pearson
(May 11, 2021 – Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond & Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Fatigue is a common symptom after cancer treatment. Cancer related fatigue is different to normal tiredness because it doesn’t always go away with rest or sleep. Elizabeth discussed practical strategies for managing fatigue. (Read more …)

Sleep and Relaxation with Maree Chambers
(April 16, 2021 – Second Hope & Hot Pink Sisters Support Groups)

Maree Chambers teaches Yoga and Meditation and explored strategies to assist the group with sleep and relaxation. This was a practical and interactive presentation and the group was invited to share ideas which they have found to be helpful.
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Cancer Related Fatigue with Dr Elizabeth Pearson
(Mar 12, 2021 – Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Groups)

Fatigue is a common symptom after cancer treatment. Cancer related fatigue is different to normal tiredness because it doesn’t always go away with rest or sleep. Elizabeth discussed practical strategies for managing fatigue. (Read more …)

Lymphoedema with Kate Rogers
(April 13, 2021 – Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond)

Kate Rogers joined the Fabulous Over 50s Support Group and spoke about breast cancer, lymphoedema and physiotherapy.
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Hypnotherapy Presentation with Dr Amanda Hordern
(Mar 12, 2021)

Think Pink were delighted to be joined by Dr Amanda Hordern (PhD) an accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist who runs her own practice in Melbourne. Amanda explained how the latest findings from Clinical Hypnotherapy, neuroscience brain retraining techniques and mindfulness can assist  to break the cycle of fear and ‘negative thought viruses’ and reset your mind and body to a happier calmer place. (Read more …)

Nutrition and Breast Cancer with Naomi Lawrance
(Feb 19, 2021)

Naomi is highly experienced in supporting those touched by cancer and has spent many years working at Peter MacCallum Cancer centre as well as providing private oncology care. Naomi’s online class explored the unique nutrition needs of those going through breast cancer treatment, recovery and optimising diet for survivorship.
(Read more …)

2020 Zoom & Live Events

PAIN: Protectivity. Complexity. Sensitivity. Opportunity. with Professor Lorimer Moseley
(Nov 18, 2020 – Second Hope and HOT Pink Sisters Groups)

Prof Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. Lorimer joined NeuRA from The University of Oxford, UK, where he was Nuffield Medical Research Fellow in the Departments of Clinical Neurology and Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics.
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Emotional Challenges of Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer with Samantha Rennie
(Nov 25, 2020 – HOT Pink Sisters Support Group)

This session provided an opportunity to explore feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The group had an opportunity to learn some strategies for coping with the roller coaster ride that many experience and tools for managing the day to day struggles of living with cancer.
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Q&A Session with Dr David Speakman
(Nov 4, 2020 – Supporting Blokes Group)

Dr David Speakman is a surgeon specialising in breast Disease and Melanoma. He has over 20 year’s sub-specialist experience in these areas. Dr David Speakman is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), having held this position since 2013.
(Read more …)

Cancer Related Fatigue with Dale Ischia
(Nov 10, 2020)

Cancer related fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment and also one of the most debilitating. Exercise is the best treatment against cancer related fatigue.
(Read more …)

Understanding Grief and the Cancer Journey with Samantha Rennie
(Oct 28, 2020 – Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group)

As we aim to stay positive through all the treatments, hospital stays and the changes in our bodies, hearts and minds, we may be missing some of the gifts that grief brings with it. Understanding grief helps us to feel positive about that part of the cancer journey too and not only helps the people with cancer but everyone who loves them.
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Genetics Related to Breast Cancer with Michael Bogwitz & Rebecca Purvis
(Nov 25, 2020 – Fabulous Over 50s and Beyond Support Group)

Rebecca Purvis and Michael Bogwitz focused on the current state of play for genetic testing for breast cancer, including advances in the genetic technologies, Medicare billing eligibility, availability of self-funded testing, and implications of results for family members.
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Medical Oncologist – Dr Belinda Yeo
(Oct 21, 2020 – Second Hope Support Group)

Belinda is a Medical Oncologist from Austin Health and ONJ Cancer Centre where she currently works as both a consultant and Clinician Scientist. Belinda will provide the group with an update on current treatments for Metastatic Breast Cancer and an insight in to current research and future treatment options.
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Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic with Kathy Swift
(Oct 15, 2020 – Pink Sisters Support Group)

Kathy discussed how the “Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic (SURC)” came to be – the new nurse led clinic is part of the BRHS Oncology Dept. in East Gippsland supporting people suffering the symptoms or side effects of their cancer treatment.
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Men’s Health with Dr Bernie Crimmins
(Oct 7, 2020 – Supporting Blokes Group)

The Supporting Blokes group was excited to welcome guest speaker Dr Bernie Crimmins to talk about Men’s Health. Bernie Crimmins is a general practitioner with a special interest in men’s health. Bernie has been a doctor for 30 years including Club Doctor for the AFL‘s Hawthorn Football Club where he is a life member.
(Read more …)

Understanding Grief and the Cancer Journey with Samantha Rennie
(Sep 17, 2020 – Pink Sisters Support Group)

The Pink Sisters Support group was delighted to welcome guest speaker Samantha Rennie of Grieving Well to talk about Understanding Grief and the Cancer Journey. Samantha is a nurse, educator and holistic grief and anxiety specialist.
(Read more …)

Toolkit for Tough with Samantha Rennie
(Sep 16, 2020 – Second Hope Support Group)

Over the course of our lives, and without thinking about it, we build for ourselves a tool shed and fill it with a tool for every challenge and opportunity that life brings. With the current pandemic, many of us find that in spite of what we’ve learned along the way, we are ill equipped to face the challenge of these.
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Exercising Remotely for women with Breast Cancer with Dale Ischia
(Sep 8, 2020)

This presentation detailed the importance of exercising throughout a cancer treatment and what needs to be considered when exercising in isolation. Dale founded ‘Moving Beyond Cancer‘, an exercise physiology program dedicated to improving the lives of people with a cancer diagnosis through appropriately prescribed exercise.
(Read more …)

Food and Nutrition with Ryan Surace
(Jul 29, 2020 – Pink Sisters Support Group)

he Pink Sisters Support Group was joined by guest speaker Ryan Surace – an Oncology Dietitian at the Epworth Richmond. Ryan talked about Food and Nutrition during the Breast Cancer Journey.
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Covid-19 Q & A Session with Dr Katie Allen MP
(Aug 6, 2020)

There has never been a time more so than now to try to keep everyone safe and informed, with the ever changing challenges that we are faced with due to COVID-19. During this time, many clients have reengaged with Think Pink, with regional clients once again being able to participate and benefit from the comfort and safety of their own home, despite the physical distance from Think Pink.
(Read more …)

Medical Cannabis with Daniel Tan
(Jul 22, 2020 – Second Hope Support Group)

The use of Medical Cannabis in Victoria continues to raise a lot of questions in the cancer setting. We invited Daniel Tan to help address some of these questions as well as provide some answers.
(Read more …)

Hypnotherapy with Dr Amanda Hordern
(Jun 24, 2020 – Second Hope Support Group)

Amanda explained how the latest findings from Clinical Hypnotherapy, neuroscience brain retraining techniques and mindfulness can assist people to break the cycle of fear and ‘negative thought viruses’ and reset your mind and body to a happier calmer place.
(Read more …)

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM
(May 20, 2020 – Second Hope Support Group)

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos (AM) joined the Second Hope Support Group via Zoom to share some of her experience as an Integrated Medical Practitioner. Dr Dr Vicki has over 30 years of clinical experience and through her emphasis on lifestyle and preventative medicine.
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Think Pink Breast Cancer Sanctuary Opens in Docklands
(Feb 20, 2020)

The generosity and ten-year commitment of leading Australian property company Mirvac in supporting women with breast cancer through the work of the Think Pink Foundation has resulted in the opening of a new Think Pink Living Centre at Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge Community in Melbourne Docklands.
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Prior 2019

Barefoot Bowlers Support Breast Cancer Patients
(Nov 10, 2019)

The Greens of the Port Melbourne Bowls Club are set to become pink all over on Sunday 10th November at a special family friendly Barefoot Bowls fundraiser to provide breast cancer patients with free services at the Think Pink Foundation Living Centre in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
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Putt in for Pink
(Oct 30, 2019)

Join us at the prestigious Yarra Yarra Golf Club and help Think Pink to support breast cancer patients at the Living Centre. Test your golfing skills, have fun with friends, meet new ones, win prizes and enjoy first class hospitality culminating in dinner!
(Read more …)

MIRVAC Yarras Edge Progressive Marathon
(May 4 – May 18, 2019)

Get active and complete a marathon at your own pace! Cover 42.2 kilometres between 4 May and 18 May 2019 and help make a difference for Breast Cancer patients!
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MIRVAC Yarras Edge Progressive Marathon
(Apr 4 – May 4, 2019)

Whether you are a daily walker, a regular short distance runner or a marathon champion, the Yarra’s Edge Progressive Marathon is the perfect way to get active, fit and healthy this April and May while raising money for Think Pink.
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Putt in for Pink
(Oct 12, 2018)

Join us at the prestigious Yarra Yarra Golf Club and help Think Pink to support breast cancer patients at the Living Centre. Test your golfing skills, have fun with friends, meet new ones, win prizes and enjoy first class hospitality culminating in dinner!
(Read more …)

Progressive Marathon Gets Breast Cancer Help On The Run
(Apr 7 – Apr 21, 2018)

Whether you are a daily walker, a regular short distance runner or a marathon champion, the Yarra’s Edge Progressive Marathon is the perfect way to get active, fit and healthy this April (7-21st) while raising money for Think Pink.
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Pink Lids
(Oct, 2017)

Coffee loving Australians can help raise funds for the Think Pink Foundation by buying a ‘Pink Lid’ coffee during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
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Mother’s Day Pampering
(Oct, 2017)

The Think Pink Foundation is very excited to partner with Nutrimetics, Australia’s favourite beauty company for a very special pampering experience.
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