Patient Information and Support

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

Patient Information Packs

Information and support packs have been designed by Melanoma Institute Australia for your patients who have been recently diagnosed with melanoma.

These packs will help you to:

  •  Answer questions you have when first diagnosed
  • Understand melanoma diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care
  • Know where to go for further information and resources

There are three different packs available to order based on stage of disease:

  • Early Melanoma (Stage 0-II)
  • Stage III Melanoma 
  • Stage IV Melanoma 

These packs are free for patients and/or carers. To receive your free pack, complete the form below and allow roughly 2 weeks for delivery.

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For health professionals and clinics, please refer to the Melanoma Institute Australia's education portal.

 

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Being given a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma is a difficult time for patients and their families. Having someone to provide ongoing advice, support and care on the journey is invaluable and helps bridge the gap between patient and doctor.

Anna Hoadley, one of our Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC), provides this link and walks the journey with patients from their first diagnosis. When not in the clinic Anna is on the phone to patients talking about treatment options, dealing with side-effects, co-ordinating tests and scans, speaking to family members, organising referrals, triaging new patient referrals, and much more!

“It’s important to take as much stress away from patients as you can given the traumatic situation they are dealing with. Having someone at the end of the phone to just ask whether something is normal or not is an amazing opportunity. Without it, there would be a lot more of an emotional and physical struggle for patients.”

Anna Hoadley, Clinical Nurse Consultant

The Clinical Nurse Consultant role is a service that MIA is proud to offer to our patients to help support them on their melanoma journey.

Support Groups

Sharing your melanoma journey with someone who has had a similar experience can be really helpful.

Support groups offer a safe environment for melanoma patients and their families to talk about their concerns and support each other along the way.

They're a great source of information and comfort to patients, their family and friends.

“Thank you so much for the group gathering last night. You do a lovely job Jay and your manner is kind, considerate and all inclusive.”

Testimonial from stage 4 melanoma patient, Yvonne.

Melanoma patient support groups are held monthly at the following locations: 

3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm–8:30pm

The Poche Centre, 40 Rocklands Road, North Sydney

This is facilitated by: Jay Allen (0430 933 012), Stage III melanoma patient

4th Wednesday of each month, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Kemblawarra Business Park 241 Shellharbour Road Port Kembla in the Toll building on the right hand side

PORT KEMBLA NSW 2505

This is facilitated by: Jay Allen (0430 933 012), Stage III melanoma patient
or Karen Ryan ( 0412287281)

Central Coast Melanoma Support Meeting 

1st Wednesday of each month 6pm-730pm

Cancer Council Community Office The Hive Erina Fair Erina (facing Hoyts Cinema)

This is facilitated by:

Jay Allen (0430 933 012), Stage III melanoma patient
or Vicki Burneikis (0415734785)

Patient Information Brochures

These patient information brochures offer a detailed look at exercises following surgical procedures, common melanoma diagnostic tools and treatments, and our research resources that you may like to contribute to during your treatment. Click a link below to download a PDF.

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