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Support Groups

Melanoma Patients Australia provides support across Australia to those with melanoma, their families, friends and carers, all at no charge.

We offer a range of services for you to access including emotional support and information, support groups and peer to peer connections – the choice is yours as it is important that you do what you are most comfortable with and what is easily accessible.

Face to Face Groups

Currently our Face to Face Support groups are now being held online via a virtual meeting. All patients and carers are welcome to join! Please click on this link to register your interest in joining one of the online Virtual Support Groups listed below. Our team will respond to your request.

MPA groups meet on a regular basis and are unstructured, relaxed get-togethers open to those with melanoma and their family members and friends. These groups offer a safe and understanding environment and provide first hand insights, information and comfort to those attending. All are facilitated by MPA’s trained volunteer Peer Supporters, all of whom have also been touched by melanoma in some way. They do really ‘get’ what you’re going through as they’ve been there themselves.

MPA also has Peer Supporters who provide support by phone, face to face or email to those in their local area. Currently we have volunteers in Tasmania and Mackay as well as an Ocular Melanoma Peer Supporter.

Check out the map below to find out if there is a group or supporter near you. If you plan on attending a Support Group for the first time please contact us on 1300 88 44 50 so current details can be confirmed.

“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

Virtual Support Groups

Currently our Face to Face Support groups are now being held online via a virtual meeting. All patients and carers are welcome to join! Please click on the button below to register your interest in joining one of the online Virtual Support Groups listed below. Our team will respond to your request.

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LocationDateSupport Leader
NSW - Sydney/Central CoastWednesday 4 May 7:00pmShahn Coburn
NSW - Hunter Region (Newcastle)
Thursday 28 April 3:00pmLisa Hamilton
NSW - WollongongPhone 1300 88 44 50 to arrange individual phone callKaren Ryan
VIC - MelbourneThursday 5 May 7:00pm

Audrey Colbert
QLD - Brisbane/Gold CoastTuesday 3 May 7:00pm
Ingrid Kivikoski and Brian Bailey

QLD - Rockhampton/TownsvilleMonday 30 May 7:00pmAaron Kelly and Lee-ann Lovegrove
QLD - Sunshine CoastFriday 20 May 10:00am
Christine Bleijie
QLD - MackayPhone 1300 88 44 50 to arrange individual phone callNicole Johns
SA - AdelaidePhone 1300 88 44 50 to arrange individual phone call
Karen van Gorp
ACT - CanberraMonday 8 May 11:00am

David Thiele
NT - DarwinPhone 1300 88 44 50 to arrange individual phone callRose Baartz
TAS - TasmaniaThursday 26 May 7:00pm TBA

Metastatic Melanoma Telephone Support Group

MPA run a support group in partnership with Cancer Council NSW twice a month for patients with Metastatic Melanoma on Thursday 12 May and Thursday 26 May at 1.30pm (AEDT). For referral information please call MPA on 1300 884 450.

Telephone Support Groups

In collaboration with Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) MPA provides Telephone Support Group (TSG) sessions for those with Metastatic Melanoma. The group meets twice a month for an hour each session. This TSG is open to anyone in Australia with metastatic melanoma. Each group session is restricted to a maximum of eight people. The aim of the TSG is to provide mutual peer to peer support from the comfort of your own home, the only thing necessary is a phone. The groups are facilitated by two health professionals, one from MPA and one from CCNSW. This service provides another option to overcome the tyrannies of distance, health and mobility whilst still providing a safe place to share feelings, experiences and gather ideas.

Registration is essential, please contact the MPA Support Line on 1300 88 44 50 for more information.

Closed Facebook Support Group

Unfortunately, due to Australia’s vastness, we are unable to provide a face to face support groups in every area. However MPA has a Facebook support group that will provide you with that safe, private and supportive space without you having to leave your home and is available 24/7. The barriers of distance, time, health and age can be overcome. This 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.

Looking for More Information or Support?

Please contact MPA for support information.
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