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 

 Wed 1 Sept 7pm

 Nita Murray (National Support   Coordinator) 

 NSW - Hunter Region  Bi monthly    Lisa Hamilton
 NSW - Wollongong    Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Karen Ryan
 VIC - Melbourne  Thurs 2 Sept 7pm  Alison Button-Sloan 
 QLD - Brisbane / Gold Coast  Tues 7 Sept 7pm  Ingrid Kivikoski and Brian Bailey
 QLD - Rockhampton / Central   Queensland  Mon 27 Sept 7pm  Aaron Kelly and Leeann Lovegrove
 QLD - Sunshine Coast  Fri 17 Sept 10am  Christine Bleijie
 QLD - Mackay  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Nicole Johns
 QLD - Townsville  Mon 6 Sept 6.30pm  Russell and Linda Lewis 
 QLD - Toowoomba  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Nita Murray (National Support   Coordinator for MPA)  
 SA - Adelaide  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call  Karen van Gorp and Dianne Fisher
 ACT - Canberra  Sun 12 Sept 11am  Ann Marie Weber
 NT - Darwin  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call  Rose Baartz
 TAS - Tasmania  Thurs 30 Sept 7pm

 Nita Murray (National Support   Coordinator for MPA)

 

Support in WA 

Perth Melanoma Support Group

Face-to-face meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm at the Cottesloe Wellness Centre, 80 Railway Street, Cottesloe.

South West Melanoma Support Group

Face-to-face meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month in Bunbury.

Please contact Tanya or Kirren - email wa@melanoma.org.au or call 9322 1908 - for information on WA support groups. 

 

Additional support in Tasmania

Contact Skin Cancer Tasmania by emailing info@skincancertas.org.au for one-on-one and peer-to-peer support. 

 

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.Thurs 9 Sept and Thurs 23 Sept. For referral information please call MPA on 1300 884 450.