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Support Options

Melanoma Patients Australia provides support across Australia to melanoma patients, their families, friends and carers.

MPA offers a range of support services for you to access – the choice is yours as it is important that you do what you are most comfortable with.

 

Counselling

MPA has a professional counsellor who is able to offer confidential emotional and practical support as well as therapeutic counselling. This support service is available free of charge.

The initial shock of a melanoma diagnosis or recurrence can be overwhelming. You may wish to speak freely with a person who understands your situation and is experienced in providing compassionate emotional support. You may feel confused, frightened or anxious. It is often far easier to express your rawest emotions honestly to someone who cares but who is not a close family member or friend. Talking about life and death, grief and loss concerns can be confronting, so having someone you can be open with may bring some peace.

As well as emotional support and counselling, specific melanoma information and referral to local services including MPA Support Groups will be offered as required. Informal linkage to others experiencing similar situations can also be arranged. The service is provided via telephone or email.

Contact and support can continue for as long as support is required. You will feel safe, supported and reassured as you face an extremely difficult life crisis.

To access this service you can call 1300 88 44 50 or click here for information or support.


 

Support Groups

Support groups offer a safe and understanding environment for melanoma patients, their families and friends to talk about their concerns and support each other along the way. They provide first hand insights, information and comfort to patients, family and friends.

Online groups and telephone groups provide similar support to the face to face support groups, but are more beneficial to those without access to the face-to-face groups. MPA groups meet on a regular basis and are unstructured, relaxed get-togethers open to melanoma patients and their carers, family members and friends. You can share as much or as little information as you want to with others who simply understand.

“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

If you are interested in attending a Support Group or becoming a Facilitator or Co-Facilitator in your local area, please contact us for further information on 1300 88 44 50.


 

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

It looks like there are no MPA groups that meet in your selected location. We offer telephone and peer to peer support Australia wide, please call 1300 884 450 for more information.


 

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

In collaboration with Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW) MPA has commenced Telephone Support Groups (TSG) as an expansion of our support services. The first TSG is for those with Metastatic Melanoma (on treatment). The groups are open to anyone in Australia and will be held monthly for one hour. Each group session is restricted to a membership of no more than 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. Please contact the MPA Support Line on 1300 88 44 50 if you would like to participate.


 

Peer to Peer Linkages

We realise how reassuring it is to be able to talk to someone who truly understands what you are going through– who’s been through ti themselves. MPA can link you to someone who has had a similar experience to yours so you can exchange ideas and share your story. It may be possible to link you with someone of a similar age or who lives in the same area.

“I so wanted to speak to someone my own age with melanoma. It was great as we had so much in common and we now keep in touch.”

Just ask, call us on 1300 88 44 50.

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