Patient Support Groups

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

Support Groups

In these unusual times of COVID19 and social distancing MIA is pleased to partner with Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) to support melanoma patients and their carers around Australia.

Although face-to-face support group meetings are not possible, user-friendly monthly online Zoom meetings allow us to stay connected. In addition, Support Leaders are keeping in contact with patients and carers individually.   

MPA Online Support Meetings are held monthly around Australia, including support meetings for Sydney and the NSW Central Coast. There is also patient support available in WA and Tasmania. 

Note: We update the meeting details at the start of each month. 

Please contact MPA by clicking on the button below to register your interest in joining one of the online Virtual Support Groups listed below. The team will respond to your request. Alternatively, you can call 1300 884 450.

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Virtual Support Meetings this month 

 LOCATION      DATE                    SUPPORT LEADER
 NSW - Sydney & Central   Coast 

 No January meeting 

 Jay Allen 

 NSW - Hunter Region  No January meeting  Lisa Hamilton
 NSW - Wollongong    Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Karen Ryan
 VIC - Melbourne  No January meeting  Alison Button-Sloan and Adrianna   Zadro 
 QLD - Brisbane   No January meeting  Pip Stewart and Ingrid Kivikoski
 QLD - Gold Coast   No January meeting  Lyn Batchelor and Penny Tovey
 QLD - Rockhampton / Central   Queensland  Monday 25th Jan 7pm  Aaron Kelly and Leeann Lovegrove
 QLD - Sunshine Coast  No January meeting  Christine Bleijie
 QLD - Mackay  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Nicole Johns
 QLD - Townsville  No January meeting  Russell and Linda Lewis 
 QLD - Toowoomba  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Bruce Cameron 
 SA - Adelaide  Sat 30 Jan 10.00am  Karen van Gorp and Dianne Fisher
 ACT - Canberra  No January meeting  Ann Marie Weber
 NT - Darwin  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call  Rose Baartz
 TAS - Tasmania  Thurs 28 Jan 7pm

 Nita Murray (National Support Co-   ordinator for MPA)


Further support in Tasmania

Contact Melanoma Tas by emailing for one-on-one and peer-to-peer  support. 


Support in WA 

Contact melanomaWA (part of MIA) by emailing Donna  Matthews or Andrew  Kamphaug for information on support groups. 


Metastatic Melanoma Telephone Support Group

MPA also run a support group in partnership with Cancer Council NSW twice a month for patients  with Metastatic Melanoma. For referral information please call MPA on 1300 884 450.