Patient Information and Support

A melanoma diagnosis can be a confusing and traumatic time for patients. That’s why we have a number of important services for patients and their families to support them on their melanoma journey. 

Your Guide to Early Melanoma

This information pack is designed for patients with stage 0 through to stage 2 melanoma. The pack will help you to:

* Answer questions you have when first diagnosed

* Understand melanoma diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care

* Know where to go for further information and resources

Information and support packs have been designed for Australians diagnosed with melanoma. 
 

To order your free pack, complete the form and allow roughly 2 weeks for delivery.

Health professional form

Patient or carer form

You can also read an online version of the Patient Support Pack.

Read online

 

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Clinical Nurse Consultant

Being given a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma is a difficult time for patients and their families. Having someone to provide ongoing advice, support and care on the journey is invaluable and helps bridge the gap between patient and doctor.

Anna Hoadley, one of our Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC), provides this link and walks the journey with patients from their first diagnosis. When not in the clinic Anna is on the phone to patients talking about treatment options, dealing with side-effects, co-ordinating tests and scans, speaking to family members, organising referrals, triaging new patient referrals, and much more!

“It’s important to take as much stress away from patients as you can given the traumatic situation they are dealing with. Having someone at the end of the phone to just ask whether something is normal or not is an amazing opportunity. Without it, there would be a lot more of an emotional and physical struggle for patients.”

Anna Hoadley, Clinical Nurse Consultant

The Clinical Nurse Consultant role is a service that MIA is proud to offer to our patients to help support them on their melanoma journey.

Support Groups

Sharing your melanoma journey with someone who has had a similar experience can be really helpful.

Support groups offer a safe environment for melanoma patients and their families to talk about their concerns and support each other along the way.

They're a great source of information and comfort to patients, their family and friends.

“Thank you so much for the group gathering last night. You do a lovely job Jay and your manner is kind, considerate and all inclusive.”

Testimonial from stage 4 melanoma patient, Yvonne.

MIA currently holds monthly support groups in:

All are welcome to attend. Tea, coffee and fruit will be provided.

Please note that the next North Sydney Support Group will be held in May 2017. More details to be provided. 


The Poche Centre, 40 Rocklands Road, North Sydney

Facilitator: Jay Allen (0430 933 012), stage 3 melanoma patient

4th Wednesday of each month, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Kemblawarra Business Park 241 Shellharbour Road Port Kembla in the Toll building on the right hand side

PORT KEMBLA NSW 2505

Facilitator: Jay Allen (0430 933 012), stage 3 melanoma patient

Central Coast Melanoma Support Meeting 

1st Wednesday of each month 6pm-730pm

Cancer Council Community Office The Hive Erina Fair Erina (facing Hoyts Cinema)

Facilitator Jay Allen (0430 933 012), stage 3 melanoma patient 

2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30–9:30pm
Carey Baptist Grammar School (Junior School Donvale), 9 Era Crt Donvale off Springvale Road

Facilitators:Jay Allen (0430 933 012)

Patient Information Brochures

These patient information brochures offer a detailed look at exercises following surgical procedures, common melanoma diagnostic tools and treatments, and our research resources that you may like to contribute to during your treatment. Click a link below to download a PDF.

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