Melanoma Tasmania Incorporated (or Melanoma Tas for short) is a new Tasmanian organisation formed by people who know what it’s like to have, or look after someone with melanoma.
Melanoma Tas is committed to:
- Providing support and counselling for Tasmanians and their families affected by melanoma.
- Advocating for awareness, education and early intervention programmes within the community.
- Raising funds for research into treatment and a cure for melanoma.
- Being a voice at a national level for Tasmanians who suffer from melanoma. Melanoma Tas has a representative on the Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance (AMCA) The AMCA is an alliance of individuals and organisations, all of which come from a consumer perspective wishing to help provide a consumers view and related input into research, advocacy, prevention and the general care of patients with Melanoma.
Recently Melanoma Tas hosted melanoma forums in Hobart and Launceston to help Tasmanians understand more about the disease. Here our Founder and Chair Di introduces the forums and recounts her personal story of how Melanoma Tas came about.
At the forums we were honoured to engage clinicians and patients from Tasmania and the mainland to share their knowledge. If you couldn't make it, catch up with these presentations:
Patron Peter Hodgman: melanoma in Tasmania
Professor David Whiteman: statistics and disease process
Dr Alex Chamberlain: early detection and management
Dr Andrew Haydon: new treatments
Nick and Charlise Muskett: patient perspective
Dr Jon Lane: psychological impact and coping
Speakers' panel: Q&A discussion