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.
Clinicians and their patients now have access to three online risk calculators developed by researchers at Melanoma Institute Australia.
MIA's Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer has received The University of Sydney Alumni Award for International Achievement.
More than 120 MIA clinicians, researchers and staff came together online to share research highlights.
For the 2nd consecutive year, MIA's Co-Medical Director Professor Richard Scolyer has been selected in the top 100 best, brightest, and most powerful advocates of pathology by The Pathologist.
As of Monday 27th July all patients and carers/family members coming into The Poche Centre will be required to bring their own mask.
In a recent issue of Cancer Cell journal, Prof Georgina Long AO and Prof Richard Scolyer discuss the challenge of bringing together clinical work and scientific research to underpin successful cancer research.
Clinicians around the world now have access to a new online calculator that predicts the risk that a patient’s primary melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Professor Long has been appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly, to melanoma clinical and translational research, and to professional medical societies.
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
‘We are extremely proud of our ongoing contribution to the global effort to save lives from melanoma, with Dr Silva’s prestigious award proof that we continue to lead the way,'
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.