Australia unites taking small steps to make a big difference for melanoma research
23 March 2016
Melanoma March events have been an outstanding success across the country, with more than 6,000 dedicated supporters turning out for marches across 23 locations over the last month. Well over $600,000 has been raised, with two weeks of the campaign still remaining.
The Melbourne event, held early in March, attracted around 1,500 supporters, while 800 turned out for the Brisbane march last weekend. Over 700 supporters, including NSW Premier Mike Baird and rugby legend John Eales, braved the ominous clouds at Manly, while the inaugural march in Penrith attracted 500 people.
A team of volunteers and MIA staff ensured the events ran smoothly, arriving on site well before dawn to help set up, managing registrations, selling merchandise and staying back to pack up after events. MIA’s clinicians also attended events sharing their clinical insights and experiences with local crowds.
MIA’s CEO Carole Renouf who walked at the Wollongong and Manly marches said: “It takes an incredible amount of work behind the scenes to ensure events go to plan. We couldn’t do it without our incredible volunteers including staff members who took time out of their weekends to help. It was a real team effort and it was fantastic to see so many staff involved.
“I’d also like to thank our patients who bravely shared their stories with media and spoke at events. I was moved and inspired to hear about their experiences. They are the reason we do what we do.”
The final Melanoma March will be in Darwin on Sunday 10 April.
Australia is the first country in the world to register anti-PD1 for the first line treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma in adults.
We have a winner!
Professor John Thompson, Executive Director at Melanoma Institute Australia, was one of 116 fellows appointed to the new Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences at a ceremony in Canberra on the 25th March.
Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, announced more than $14 million in funding for a research program to study the molecular determinants of risk, progression and treatment response in melanoma.
If you would like to download a bib for your Melanoma March, we have a selection for you to choose from, print and bring along with you on the day.
Manly Melanoma March has changed to a new location.
We did a short Q&A with two sisters who are raising funds for Melanoma March after sadly losing their mother in 2009. This is their second march and they have shared with us their fundraising tips.
We want to share with you what your valuable Melanoma March donation and fundraising goes towards and our Research Director, Graham Mann explains the national research project the funds will be going towards.
Evaluation of Groin Lymphadenectomy Extent for Metastatic Melanoma (EAGLE FM) clinical trial has recruited its first patient.
You are invited to provide comments for consideration by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). The PBAC will consider the registration of the anti-PD1 drug, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) at the next meeting in March.
Melanoma patient Joel Allsop was congratulated today on completing his participation in the international surgical clinical trial, known as MSLT-II. He was the first person in the world to complete the 10 years of follow-up for this trial.
Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) has officially launched the 2015 ‘Melanoma March’ initiative in Melbourne.
Help us march towards a cure for melanoma research. See where your local march is and how you can get involved.
Under the leadership of world-leading melanoma pathologist Prof Richard Scolyer and medical oncologist A/Prof Georgina Long, third year PhD student, Hojabr Kakavand, is at the forefront of melanoma research.
Melanoma Institute Australia has launched a new smartphone app called ClinTrial Refer Melanoma to help busy clinicians find clinical trials for their melanoma patients.
MIA's Associate Professor Georgina Long and stage 4 melanoma patient, Maria, were recently interviewed by ABC Weekend Breakfast about the latest in clincial trials and melanoma treatments.
Sunbed campaigner, Jay Allen, has been acknowledged on the honour roll of Australia’s most influential people in the non-profit sector.
Today we launch the website we’ve dreamed about!
Our new summer campaign has you and your mates' backs covered!