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National Melanoma Awards

Each year MPA strives to achieve our vision by representing melanoma patients, raising awareness of the disease and providing information, support for those affected by melanoma.

But we are not alone. Countless other people and organisations undertake amazing initiatives which also move society towards realising our vision of reducing the impact of melanoma on all Australians.

MPA established the National Melanoma Awards (NMAs) in 2015 as a way of recognising those people and organisations who make the greatest contributions towards reducing the impact of melanoma on all Australians.  The NMAs are presented in 2017 in three categories:

  • Outstanding Medical Professional of the Year
  • Patient Advocate of the Year
  • Excellence as a Not-For-Profit


2017 Awards

MPA is proud to recognise the significant contributions made by the following recipients:

Outstanding Medical Professional

Prof. John Kelly founded the very successful Melanoma Clinic, conducted by the Victorian Melanoma Service.  This clinic has provided excellent, timely and accessible multi-disciplinary care to hundreds of patients since 1994.

Outstanding Patient Advocate

Paul White is well known for his commitment to the Melbourne Melanoma Project, AMCA and advocacy work with ANZMTG.

Excellence as a Not for Profit Organisation

Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) was commended on the commencement of the Sun Smart Program, the joint venture between CCV and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.  This program has seen Australians rethink and change their behaviours regarding sun exposure.


2017 Judging Panel

Professor Ian Frazer (Chair)

Professor Ian Frazer AC is an Australian scientist and founding CEO and Director of Research of the Translational Research Institute (Australia). Prof. Frazer and his colleagues developed and patented the basic technology behind the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer at The University of Queensland, the first vaccine designed to prevent a cancer. In 2012 Prof. Frazer was named a Companion of the Order of Australia and in 2006 was Australian of the Year.

Professor Mark Smithers

Prof. Smithers has a long association with the fight against skin cancer. He currently chairs the Queensland Melanoma Project and is the Senior Surgeon at the Melanoma Clinic of the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  Prof. Smithers has also led research into therapies to substantially reduce the recurrence of melanoma.  Prof. Smithers is a long standing Board Member of Melanoma Patients Australia.

Lynette Hunt

Lynette Hunt is the CEO of the Skin Cancer College Australasia, the peak body representing and supporting primary care skin cancer practitioners in Australasia.  She played a key role developing the “SCAN your skin” early detection public education program and is involved in a project to establish a new Australian skin cancer tissue bank.

Clinton Heal

Clinton Heal is the Co-founder and CEO of MelanomaWA.  Clinton was diagnosed with secondary melanoma in 2005 at the age of 22.  Clinton has been supporting people with melanoma since he established MelanomaWA’s first support group in 2008.  MelanomaWA has gone on to create awareness and education initiatives to improve melanoma prevention in the WA community.

Karen van Gorp

Karen van Gorp

Karen is a Stage IV melanoma survivor.  She was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2011 and received immunotherapy treatment as part of a clinical trial commencing in 2013.  Karen is now clear of tumours. She is an MPA support group facilitator in Adelaide and a committed patient advocate.


Previous Awards


  • Prof. Georgina Long – Outstanding Medical Professional of the Year
  • Mark Smoothy – Patient Advocate of the Year
  • Melbourne Melanoma Project – Excellence as a Not-For-Profit
  • Energex – Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Prof. Grant McArthur – Outstanding Medical Professional of the Year
  • Jay Allen – Patient Advocate of the Year
  • Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group – Excellence as a Not-For-Profit
  • BUPA – Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility

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