Recently Melanoma Tas hosted melanoma forums in Hobart and Launceston to help Tasmanians understand more about the disease. We heard clinical experts discuss the latest in statistics, early detection, new treatments, advanced disease management and psychological impacts, and enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and to mingle.
We were honoured to engage melanoma clinicians from Tasmania and the mainland who shared their expertise, including:
- Professor David Whiteman, epidemiologist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, who outlined statistics and described the pathophysiology (the disease process) of melanoma
- Dr Alex Chamberlain, dermatologist, The Alfred Hospital, Victorian Melanoma Service, who discussed early detection and management
- Dr Andrew Haydon, medical oncologist, The Alfred Hospital, outlining new treatments
- Dr Jon Lane, psychiatrist, The Hobart Clinic, explaining the disease's psychological impact
- Dr Donna Milne, advanced practice nurse, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, also discussing psychological impact.
For those who could not attend, we recorded some sessions. Before you watch them, please refer to our Disclaimer.
Di Mason –Melanoma Tas Forum Opening
Peter Hodgman - Patron
David Whiteman – Statistics and Prevention
Alex Chamberlain – Early Detection and Biopsies
Andrew Haydon – New Treatments
Nick and Charise – A Patient Perspective
Jon Lane – Coping
Let's Go Quackers!
Our annual Go Quackers! fundraiser was held at Mt Nelson School Hall on 30 October 2016 to support our important work. Ducks were scooped from the pool, with each duck corresponding to a prize, and there was a terrific sausage sizzle. We had huge support from the community, with more than 500 ducks purchased, raising over $5000.
Keep an eye out for our 2017 event later in the year.
In September 2014, our founder Di Mason met with one of Australia’s most experienced oncologists and researchers into melanoma, Professor Grant McArthur, when he visited Launceston. Dr McArthur is Consultant Medical Oncologist, Head of the Translational Research Group and Head of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. He has worked on the new targeted therapies in the treatment of advanced melanoma and is instrumental in the Melbourne Melanoma Project, which is committed to improving the diagnosis and early detection of melanoma and to offer focused treatments based on the latest research.
Go Quackers for Cancer is an annual fundraising event, where participants pre-purchase a yellow rubber duck which has been randomly assigned a prize. On the day, ducks were scooped from the pool and the purchaser received the prize.
A BBQ was held at Pioneers Park in Sorell on Saturday 25th October in order to celebrate the 1 year anniversaries of Ken Harriss’ Kung Fu schools.
The day was a fundraiser for Melanoma Tas and to raise awareness of melanoma in the community.
The day was successful and we thank those who attended and raised an amazing $847.50 towards Melanoma Tas.
Di Mason Founder of Melanoma Tas and Si Hing Ken Harriss (3)
Di Mason Founder of Melanoma Tasmania