Patient Support

Melanoma Patients Australia

Melanoma Patients Australia was established in 2006 by two young men, Daniel Belcher and Brent Grace, whose personal journey with melanoma inspired them to create an organisation to provide melanoma patients with a source of information, support, advocacy and awareness.   

Melanoma Patients Australia continues to grow in strength and numbers and is one of the largest melanoma patient advocacy groups in Australia. Melanoma Patients Australia is the only patient driven non profit organisation that offers a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers, and friends, about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.

Melanoma Patients Australia proudly hosts free regional public melanoma forums;offers a community of friendship and support to melanoma patients and friends through face to face support groups and online resources; advocates on behalf of patients to all levels of government, as well as relevant service organisations, researchers and corporations; and, supports research and clinical trials seeking to offer the best options for melanoma patients.

Wherever you are on your melanoma journey, Melanoma Patients Australia can support you. A melanoma diagnosis can be an isolating, confusing and frightening experience. Melanoma Patients Australia has developed a comprehensive Melanoma Patient Guide for people affected by melanoma. To obtain your free copy contact MPA or visit their website.

Support Hotline: 1300 88 44 50        Web: www.melanomapatients.org.au

Mates In Construction

MATES in Construction is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.  We are unique in that we foster ownership and control of the program with the Australian building and construction industry.   The MATES in Construction program is based on the simple idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and that if the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and to reduce suicide then it cannot be left to the mental health professionals, but rather everyone in the industry must play their part.

We are independent of employers and unions and never work directly for a particular employer, but for the construction industry generally. Programs are delivered across the industry regardless of employer and / or union affiliation.

You can find us in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.  Our national body MATES in Construction Australia commenced in October 2013. We were established in response to a major report on suicide [the AISRAP Report] within the Queensland Commercial Building and Construction Industry. This report found that suicide rates in the industry were higher than the Australian average for men, and that youth suicide within the industry could be as much as 2.38 times common than amongst other young Australian men.

We provide suicide prevention through community development programs on sites and support workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line. Together with the Oz-Help Foundation, we also provide Life Skills Toolbox training to apprentices and young workers.

Helpline: 1300 MIC 111 ( 1300 642 111)       Web: www.matesinconstruction.org.au