Support groups offer a safe and understanding environment for those with melanoma, their families and friends. To be able to share your concerns and experiences with others who truly understand can be very reassuring. MPA offers a number of peer to peer support groups including face to face, closed Facebook and telephone groups.
“It’s been challenging to get information about what to expect from my treatments and I’ve gained and learnt so much from everyone in the group” anonymous, closed Facebook group member
Face to Face Groups
MPA groups meet on a regular basis across Australia. They are unstructured, relaxed get-togethers open to those with melanoma, their carers, family and friends. The groups are facilitated by trained MPA volunteers, all of whom have been touched by melanoma in some way. They understand your distress as they have also experienced the devastating impact melanoma can have.
You can share as much or as little information as you want in a non-judgemental and accepting atmosphere. You can learn from others’ experiences and enjoy friendship and fun at an often lonely time.
MPA also has volunteer advocates who provide support by phone, face to face or email to those in their local area. Currently we have advocates in Tasmania and Gladstone and an Ocular Melanoma advocate. Please call 1300 88 44 50 to be put in touch with these people who will provide you with local support and information
If you plan on attending a Support Group for the first time please contact us on 1300 88 44 50 to confirm current details.
“Initially I wasn’t keen on attending a Support Group as I thought that was for people who couldn’t cope. I did go, with my friend, and have never looked back. Everyone was not only kind, they really got where I was coming from”
Rachael, Support Group Member
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra: Group meets 2nd Sunday of the month @ Southern Cross Club 92-96 Corrina Street Woden commencing 11:00am
Adelaide: Group meets the last Monday of the month @ The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Ave Unley commencing 10.30am.
Brisbane: Group meets first Tuesday of the month @ Cancer Council 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley commencing 7:00pm
Gladstone: Peer to peer support is available
Gold Coast: Group meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the month @ Cancer Council Qld, 1 Short Street Southport from 10am
Mackay: Group meets first Monday of the month @ Cancer Council 6-8 Discovery Lane North Mackay from 6.30pm
Sunshine Coast: Group meets the third Friday of the month at Maroochydore RSL Sub-Branch Rooms, commencing 10am. The address is 106 Memorial Avenue, Marrochydore.
Toowoomba: Group meets the 4th Friday of the month from 10:00am at the Olive McMahon Lodge. The address is 2 Scott Street, East Toowoomba.
Townsville: Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm at the Cancer Council Queensland. The address is 24 Warburton Street, North Ward.
New South Wales
Hunter Region: Group meets bi-monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 3:00pm @ Cancer Council 1st Floor, 215 Pacific Highway, Charlestown.
Melbourne: Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00pm @ the Bentleigh Bayside Community Health Centre. The address is 2A Gardeners Road, Bentleigh.
Tasmania: Peer to peer support is available.
Ocular Melanoma: Peer to peer support is available.
Closed Facebook Support Group
Unfortunately, due to Australia’s vastness, there may not be a face to face support group in your area. MPA has a closed Facebook support group that will provide you with a safe and supportive space easily accessed from any physical location, at any time of the day and not dependent on age or mobility. It is a peer to peer support group, moderated by MPA staff on a regular basis.
Go to the Facebook Page:- Melanoma Patients Australia Closed Support Group and ask to join. All those impacted by melanoma are welcome.
Telephone Support Groups
MPA is planning to expand its support options to include monthly telephone support groups that meet on a regular basis to provide mutual support. These will be facilitated by 2 health professionals and have a limited number of attendees in each group. This is another way to overcome the tyrannies of distance, health and mobility but provide a safe place to share feelings, experiences and gather ideas.