Melanoma Patients Australia

MPA is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and representing those affected by melanoma. We provide many services to assist people on their journey with melanoma including: counselling, education, peer to peer connections and support groups both online, on the phone and face to face. Our vision is to reduce the impact of melanoma on all Australians.

Call or email us if you’d like to ask a question, get more information or receive support and counselling: 1300 88 44 50 or members@melanomapatients.org.au

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The Facts About Melanoma

  • Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer
  • More than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in Australia in 2016 and more than 1600 are expected to die from advanced melanoma.
  • One person every six hours will die from melanoma in Australia
  • Melanoma makes up 2% of all skin cancers, but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths
  • If detected early more than 90% of melanoma cases can be successfully treated with surgery
  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) but incidence for people over 60 is also high and increasing
  • 1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before the age of 85
  • Most melanomas are caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.
  • Melanoma rates doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006 and continue to rise
  • Melanoma is projected to become the third most common cancer in Australia by the year 2020, replacing lung cancer, bowel cancer, breast and prostate cancer (AIHW incidence projections)
  • Recent treatment developments provide genuine hope for those with melanoma

How we can help you

Melanoma Patients Australia is here to help you. We are committed to providing patient-focused services for all Australians affected by melanoma. We provide information, guidance, support and assistance for family, friends and carers of those affected by melanoma. The services we provide include:

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Professional counselling

Free professional counselling to those affected by melanoma.

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Information

Providing expert information over the phone, via written materials and at our information forums.

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Peer to peer support

Connections and support via our groups, social media and telephone link ups, enabling those affected by melanoma to share experiences and insights.

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Representing

MPA provides an independent voice for the more than 12,500 people diagnosed with melanoma each year contributing to national panels and advisory boards.

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Advocating

MPA is committed to working with government, clinicians and industry to improve the lives and outcomes of those affected by melanoma.

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Research

Supporting research and clinical trials that offer the best options for melanoma patients.

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Are you still planning to attend MPA's Cairns melanoma forum? Please note bookings close today. Any questions, call us 1300 88 44 50

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The 'booty' just keeps on growing for our MPA Gala Dinner on 9 June. Buy your tickets at mpagaladinner2017.eventbrite.com/ and on the night you could be taking home a Soleil Pool Bar Signature Garden Tea for 6 thanks to Rydges Hotels & Resorts, cinema space for 24 at Blue Room Cinebar, a Henry Coughlin Photography experience & print or 4 passes for 9 holes at Holey Moley Golf Club (pic below).

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This year's Palliative Care week theme is 'You matter, Your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference’.
So many of us confuse palliative care with end of life care, assuming that death is imminent if we are referred to palliative care. Palliative care embodies wholeness, peacefulness and enhanced quality of life-- pain and symptom management so that you can get on with living as well as you can until you can't. Whether this is for a day, a week or a year is irrelevant compared with the relief found when you can let go of fear and despair even for just 1 hour. Please call MPA 1300 88 44 50 in office hours for more information. #npcw
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Auctions, raffles, prizes galore...
There's no need to rob a bank to score a truckload of prizes at the MPA Gala Dinner on Friday 9 June! Bring your money bags for an ARRESTING night of fun and the chance to 'steal' some great items including a signed, framed Australian Sailing Team shirt & photo from the Rio Olympics, a case of BK WINES, tickets to the Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla Sharks game in August thanks to Suncorp Stadium & heaps more!

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Contact us

Head Office:
Level 8, East Wing
Wesley Research Institute
451 Coronation Dve, Auchenflower QLD 4066
PO Box 1771
Toowong BC QLD 4066

Phone: 1300 884 450
Mail: info@melanomapatients.org.au

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