MPA and MIA collaboration
7 November 2019
In a boost for melanoma patients across the country, Melanoma Patients Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia have announced a new multi-year agreement to provide enhanced support services for patients nationally. The agreement was announced at a Melanoma Information Forum held in Sydney, jointly hosted by both organisations. The forum detailed updates on treatments, surgery and strategies for living well and included expert advice from MIA Co-Medical Directors Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer.
The new MPA/MIA agreement will focus on:
- Introduction of a Tele Health Nurse Pilot Program to provide better access of services for melanoma patients
- Increased capacity and expertise of MPA’s Peer to Peer volunteer facilitators and volunteer support staff
- Enhanced face to face support groups within NSW and integration of these into MPA’s national support network
- Joint involvement in events including patient information sessions and MIA’s national Melanoma March campaign.
‘Both organisations look forward to partnering more closely to deliver enhanced support services to melanoma patients nationally,’ said Matthew Browne, CEO of Melanoma Institute Australia.
‘We are very excited and proud to be working with the incredible team at Melanoma Institute Australia,’ said Victoria Beedle, CEO of Melanoma Patients Australia. ‘MIA’s goal is zero deaths from melanoma achieved through research into new and exciting treatments for patients. With survival rates continuing to improve, the need for this collaboration to strengthen the Support Services available to our patients and families, is, thankfully, even greater. With this partnership we will achieve national synergies and strength from our collective efforts to raise awareness of melanoma in the community.’
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
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