Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA)

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Tessabella & Co supports the Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) 

Melanoma Patients Australia (“MPA”) is the only patient driven non profit organisation in Australia that offers a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers, and friends, about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.

The patient orientated services offered by MPA are provided at no cost and are freely accessible by melanoma patients, their carers, family and friends. It is vital that all melanoma patients are given the best available support and care and it is for this reason they rely on the support of financial sponsors, donors and contributors to ensure their continued operation.

Vision & Mission
To reduce the impact of melanoma on all Australians and to provide information, support, awareness and to advocate for people affected by melanoma. They aim to become the peak national body representing the interests of melanoma patients in Australia.

Overview of Programs and Projects

Support
MPA offers support to melanoma patients, their family, friends and carers through face to face peer support groups; an online forum; and personal telephone support. Currently MPA hosts monthly support meetings in the following locations:
– Adelaide
– Brisbane
– Gladstone
– Toowoomba
– Townsville
– Hunter Valley
– Canberra
– Gold Coast
– Sunshine Coast
– Tasmania
– Melbourne

MPA also offers telephone support through our Brisbane head office as well as providing patient to patient networks that enable patients to speak to a patient with a similar melanoma journey and/or in their local area.

Where necessary, MPA ensures that anyone seeking personal support services outside these geographical regions (eg Melbourne, Perth, Sydney) receive the necessary support and assistance through other professional support organisations in their region (eg Cancer Council, Melanoma Institute of Australia, MelanomaWA etc).

Information
MPA seeks to provide relevant, up to date information on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.  MPA has developed a number of platforms to deliver information, such as:

– Website  (www.melanomapatients.org.au) – which is being redeveloped in 2015
– MPA Patient Booklet  “A Guide to Understanding Melanoma” Patient Symposiums
– Metropolitan Information Sessions
– Rural and Regional Seminars
– GP Training
– MPA Guest speaker presentations to national conferences and community groups
Awareness

In recent years, the melanoma awareness programs of MPA have grown significantly through the introduction of the Danger Sun Overhead (DSO) education programs.  The DSO program is delivered to workers in outdoor industries, school children and the general community on the importance of vigilance in undergoing regular skin examinations to promote early detection and diagnosis giving melanoma patients a better chance of survival.  The DSO project has received industry feedback that the presentations have led to lives being saved and has received widespread community support and national awards. The DSO program is offered at a nominal cost to enable the provision of sun safety information and resources. To date the DSO education program has been delivered to over 12,500 delegates and has been instrumental in the detection of skin cancers including multiple melanoma cases.

Advocacy
MPA promotes the best interests of melanoma patients in Australia through actively advocating on both federal and state governments regarding issues directly affecting melanoma patients (such as access to treatment, affordability of melanoma treatment, expediency of the drug approval process by the PBAC, legislative change etc).  MPA also acts as a patient representative on a number of health industry panels, research projects, and national consumer advocacy programs.

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