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 7 Apr 7pm

 Nita Murray (National Support   Coordinator) -Jay Allen on leave

 NSW - Hunter Region  Thurs 29 Apr 3pm  Lisa Hamilton
 NSW - Wollongong    Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Karen Ryan
 VIC - Melbourne  Thurs 1 Apr 7pm  Alison Button-Sloan and Adrianna   Zadro 
 QLD - Brisbane   Tues 6 Apr 7pm  Ingrid Kivikoski and Brian Bailey
 QLD - Gold Coast   Wed 21 Apr 10am  Lyn Batchelor 
 QLD - Rockhampton / Central   Queensland  Mon 26 Apr 7pm  Aaron Kelly and Leeann Lovegrove
 QLD - Sunshine Coast  Fri 16 Apr 10am  Christine Bleijie
 QLD - Mackay  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call     Nicole Johns
 QLD - Townsville  Mon 19 Apr 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 11 Apr 11am  Ann Marie Weber
 NT - Darwin  Phone 1300 88 44 50   to arrange individual   phone call  Rose Baartz
 TAS - Tasmania  Thurs 29 Apr 7pm

 Nita Murray (National Support   Coordinator for MPA)

 Ocular Melanoma Support   Group - NEW  Wed 31 Mar 7pm.   Phone 1300 88 44 50   for referral information,   or to arrange individual   phone call.   Susan Vine

 

Further support in Tasmania

Contact Melanoma Tas by emailing info@melanomatas.org.au for one-on-one and peer-to-peer  support. 

 

Support in WA 

Contact melanomaWA (part of MIA) by emailing Donna  Matthews  donna.matthews@melanoma.org.au or Andrew  Kamphaug  andrew.kamphaug@melanoma.org.au 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. Thurs 8 Apr and Thurs 22 Apr at 1.30pm (NSW time). For referral information please call MPA on 1300 884 450.