Australia’s leading melanoma clinical, research and support organisations are calling on Government to urgently provide increased action and funding to tackle the alarming incidence and impact of melanoma across the country.
The call follows today’s launch of State of the Nation – A Report into Melanoma, A National Health Priority – a landmark independent report by Insight Economics, which was jointly commissioned by the world’s leading melanoma research and treatment institute Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and national patient advocacy and support organisation Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA)
The Report involved widespread national input from melanoma patients, carers, clinicians, researchers and policy leaders over the last 18 months. It estimates that without critical action being taken, by 2030 a further 14,000 Australians will die from melanoma, 205,000 will be diagnosed with the disease, and the economic cost to the nation will be $8.7 billion.
The report also highlights that melanoma deaths in Australia exceed the road toll (1,384 vs 1,113 expected in 2020), yet road safety funding dramatically exceeds melanoma awareness and prevention funding
The Report outlines a five point strategy critical to achieving zero deaths from melanoma by 2030.
Included in the five point strategy are 25 separate recommendations, which MPA and MIA are seeking urgent Government support for. These include:
Melanoma survivor and MIA National Ambassador, Olympian Cate Campbell, delivered the keynote address at the launch of the State of the Nation Report at MIA’s research and treatment centre in Sydney. Federal Health Minister, The Hon Greg Hunt, officially launched the Report via video link, with the event streamed live to melanoma patients, carers and health professionals across Australia
‘The recommendations from this independent Report cover the gamut of melanoma awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, research and ongoing patient care, and all require a coordinated and national approach in order to make an impact,’ MPA’s Victoria Beedle said.
‘Government commitment to each of these recommendations is critical if we are to make inroads in reducing the burden of melanoma,’ MIA’s Professor Long added. ‘This Report provides the roadmap, it is crucial that we heed the advice given and put plans in place and take action now,’ said Professor Scolyer.
You can also watch the recording of the webinar launch below: