You are not alone

We get it. We know what it’s like living with the physical and emotional impacts of this disease. We are here to offer you support whether it be via telephone, email or face to face. Whilst we cannot offer medical advice, we can provide an understanding ear by people who have been through skin cancer and guide you with referrals should you need more assistance

Awareness

We are passionate about minimising the numbers of Tasmanians being affected by our most common cancer (note melanoma is our fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer but skin cancers as are whole are the most common)

We have two areas of focus:

    • raising awareness and preventative measures amongst 15-39 year olds where melanoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer
    • encouraging Tasmanians, especially males over 55, to get to know their skin and get a skin check annually

We also attend many events across the state to spread the word about skin cancer

Advocacy

Skin Cancer Tasmania is a strong voice for those affected by skin cancer. We are locals who understand the geographical challenges that living on our island state brings and the fact that we do not have the same access to large, specialised centres that the larger cities enjoy.

We are passionate about being a patient voice in ensuring Tasmania receives equitable funding, access to treatment and that our medical staff have access to the latest information.

Skin Cancer Tasmania is part of the Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance (AMCA) as well as the Global Coalition for Melanoma Advocacy.

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Skin Cancer Tasmania (incorporating Melanoma Tasmania) is a Tasmanian organisation formed by people who know what it’s like to have or look after someone with skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Tasmania is committed to:

  1. Providing support and counselling for Tasmanians and their families affected by skin cancer.
  2. Advocating for awareness, education and early intervention programmes within the community.
  3. Being a voice at a national level for Tasmanians who suffer from skin cancer. Skin Cancer Tasmania 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 consumers view and related input into research, advocacy, prevention and the general care of patients with Melanoma.

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2020 Melanoma Skin Cancer Report

For a second year, Euromelanoma and the Global Coalition for Melanoma Patient Advocacy are partnering to run a global melanoma awareness campaign. By combining our resources, we hope to reach hundreds of millions of people in over 50 participating countries. This report is at the heart of that campaign. Its purpose is to show that…
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Government strengthens support for melanoma patients with breakthrough treatment expanded on PBS

The start of autumn will bring with it a new sense of hope for over 2,000 Australians with advanced melanoma, with the Australian Government expanding subsidised access to breakthrough melanoma treatment options on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today. The start of autumn will bring with it a new sense of hope for over…
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Skin Cancer Tasmania 2019 Newsletter

What a year 2019 has been. Our team has again been behind the scenes (and in some cases at the forefront of) meetings, collaborations and events in order to raise awareness of melanoma and skin cancer in Tasmania. The year culminated in Melanoma Tasmania incorporating as Skin Cancer Tasmania in order to meet the needs…
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Immunotherapy treatment for Melanoma

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has produced 5 short videos for people about to start immunotherapy treatment for melanoma. The videos aim to assist people better understand immunotherapy, prepare for it and cope with its impact. They draw upon the professional experience of clinicians but also includes the perspectives of patients, families and carers who…
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Skin Cancer Tasmania is now one of the #beardseasonambassadors and invites the Tasmanian community to join our team and support the cause: my.beardseason.com/skincancertas

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Thank you to Melanoma Patients Australia for the inaugural online support group for Tasmanians. It was a great, safe forum for sharing. We are excited to announce that this will become a regular event occurring monthly. If you require more information, please contact us on info@skincancertasmania.org.au ... See MoreSee Less

Skin Cancer Tasmania, along with Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) will be hosting an online support meeting on JUNE 25th  @ 7 pm.The support meeting is by invitation only and will use Zoom - accessible by computer or phone.Most suitable for people affected by Stage 3 and Stage 4 melanoma.If you are interested in taking part, please contact us via info@skincancertas.org.au or leave a private message via our facebook group. We will need the best email address in order to send you the invite.For further queries, contact us on 0409 330 206Image attachmentImage attachment

Skin Cancer Tasmania, along with Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) will be hosting an online support meeting on JUNE 25th @ 7 pm.

The support meeting is by invitation only and will use Zoom - accessible by computer or phone.

Most suitable for people affected by Stage 3 and Stage 4 melanoma.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact us via info@skincancertas.org.au or leave a private message via our facebook group. We will need the best email address in order to send you the invite.

For further queries, contact us on 0409 330 206
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Skin Cancer Tasmania wishes to congratulate Professor Georgina Long on her Queens Birthday Award of an AO.Professor Long has long been an inspiration and we are grateful for all that she has done for people affected by melanoma in Tasmania and Australia.

Skin Cancer Tasmania wishes to congratulate Professor Georgina Long on her Queen's Birthday Award of an AO.

Professor Long has long been an inspiration and we are grateful for all that she has done for people affected by melanoma in Tasmania and Australia.Congratulations to Melanoma Institute Australia Co-Medical Director, Professor Georgina Long, who has been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today by the Governor-General.

Professor Long has been appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly, to melanoma clinical and translational research, and to professional medical societies.

‘This is well deserved recognition of Professor Long’s lifesaving work and ground-breaking research,’ said fellow MIA Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer.

‘She has changed the face of melanoma treatment around the world and many thousands of people are alive today thanks to her intellect, determination and passion.

‘It is due to her research and thought leadership globally that the world is now realistically looking towards a day with zero deaths from melanoma,’ he added.

Professor Long is one of the world’s most renowned melanoma clinicians and researchers with her clinical trials tripling life expectancy for some advanced melanoma patients and essentially curing others.

She leads the clinical trials team at MIA, with a focus on targeted therapy and immune-oncology in melanoma, and is Principal Investigator on Phase I, II and III trials in adjuvant and metastatic melanoma, including trials in patients with active brain metastases.

Professor Long is a fierce advocate that recent advances and breakthroughs in melanoma treatment stem from the collective effort of the dedicated multi-disciplinary team at MIA that she co-leads with her colleague and friend Professor Scolyer.

In a double world first, she is the first woman and the first Australian to be President of the prestigious US-based Society for Melanoma Research (SMR). She has authored over 300 publications in melanoma clinical and translational research, including in the world’s leading scientific high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet, and has presented at hundreds of international conferences.

Professor Long’s Queen’s Birthday Honour follows numerous awards including being named the 2018 Outstanding Researcher of the Year at the NSW Premiers Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research and receiving the prestigious Research Australia, GSK Research Excellence Award in 2018 and the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research in 2016.

‘Professor Long’s recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is a proud day for all of us here at Melanoma Institute Australia,’ said CEO Matthew Browne.

‘Not only is she saving lives and changing the future for melanoma patients around the world, but she is also an inspiring role model for all young Australians, particularly women, who may be working towards a career in science and medicine,’ he said.
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So well deserved. Thank you for your research and approach. Melanoma survivor😊

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