We provide support and we raise awareness
melanomaWA aims to minimise the impact of melanoma on West Australians by providing support services to people diagnosed with melanoma, and by organising awareness initiatives in the community. Our fantastic team of ambassadors, supporters and partners help us to achieve this goal.
Hayden has been a fantastic Ambassador for melanomaWA since 2010, volunteering his time at Melanoma March events, our Annual Ball and raising awareness of melanoma at the Fremantle Football Club and the community.
Ross has been a supporter of melanomaWA since 2012, but since joined our cause as an Ambassador last year. Ross is the first to put his hand up for volunteering at our events and its a privilege to have him on board to spread our skin and sun safety messages.
Dino Djulbic –
Dino has personally been touched with melanoma, with his father sadly passing away from the disease. Dino is passionate about spreading the awareness of melanoma and early detection amongst our community in honour of his father.
Our board of directors
Ross Taylor – Founding Support Meeting Co-facilitator
Ross Taylor is the author of several bestselling books including Living Simply With Cancer, which features a foreword by Olivia Newton-John, and Creating Health… Yourself, which has been acclaimed by many prominent people, including Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee.
Ross wrote these books during his own journey with metastatic melanoma which started more than 15 years ago. As a busy businessman with an international work schedule Ross found himself in a serious predicament. With the support of his family Ross changed his life, regained his health and has gone on to provide support and inspiration to many people with cancer through his books and personal mentoring.
Ross is currently Chairman of the Brady Cancer Support Foundation Inc. and the Cancer Wellness Centre. In 2013, Ross was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to the Australian community.
Julie Teraci – Founding Support Meeting Co-faciliator
Julie has held the position of Clinical Nurse Consultant / Coordinator for WAMAS at St John of God Hospital Subiaco since 2004. She graduated from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1982 and prior to her appointment at WAMAS primarily worked in the area of general medicine and oncology.
In 2007, in addition to her role with WAMAS, she commenced working as the Skin Cancer and Melanoma Cancer Nurse Coordinator for the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, linking services and working closely with other health professionals to facilitate a smoother pathway for patients to navigate the health care system in WA.
Martin Slabbert – President of the Board since 2010
Martin’s wife, Michelle, has had an ongoing journey with melanoma. In 2009, Michelle received successful surgery to remove brain tumours followed by radiation treatment. Martin’s research for more information about melanoma led him to melanomaWA.
Martin has helped grow melanomaWA from a small group of a few dedicated people to an organisation recognised both locally and nationally, and one which is making a difference to melanoma patients and their families and the Western Australian community.
Martin brings more than 25 years experience in marketing and general management to the Board, plus a fantastic ability to think critically about our initiatives and direction.
Martin’s vision is to see melanomaWA recognised as the support and awareness provider in an integrated West Australian melanoma treatment centre.
Chris Zielinski – Vice President since 2010
Melanoma has had a significant impact on the lives of Chris’ family and friends. So he believes that the services that melanomaWA provide to the WA community add real value and assistance to people that are diagnosed with melanoma, including their support networks, such as family and friends.
Chris is a practising lawyer, specialising in the fields of commercial law and corporate advisory.
He would like to see melanomaWA continue to increase community awareness as to the dangers of melanoma and to become known as the first port of call for families looking for support in respect of living with melanoma.
Donna Matthews – Treasurer since 2011
Donna’s husband is a long-term survivor of metastatic melanoma, and she feels the warmth and support within melanomaWA is truly sustaining. melanomaWA was their charity of choice for a number of years, and was enthusiastic about offering practical assistance.
Donna brings over 25 years experience in financial management across a broad range of business environments, initially as CFO in her own manufacturing company and more recently as a BAS Agent contractor.
Donna’s outlook for melanomaWA is that it achieves its goals of educating the public and diagnostic professionals, and supporting those affected by melanoma to live well.
Robyn Heal – Secretary since 2010
Robyn has been involved in melanomaWA since its creation.
Robyn has worked in Medical Practices for 20+ years and has a vast knowledge of the complex medical systems for both patients and support networks alike.
Robyn would like to see melanomaWA continue to grow and provide support to those touched by melanoma, as well as making sure as many people as possible know about the importance of getting their skin checked regularly from a young age.
Angela Whittington – Board Member since 2010
Angela has broad experience in many industries, including agricultural, health and real estate. Her executive managerial roles at Global Diagnostics and the Peel Health Campus have given her invaluable skills and expertise to bring to the Board of melanomaWA. Angela’s business achievements led her to receive the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2007, and the 40 under 40 Award in 2002 and 2008.
Angela’s experience with critical thinking and developing strategic direction have helped move melanomaWA to the next level as a medium size organisation.
Angela would like to see melanomaWA grow its support capabilities so that it becomes an organisation offering a complete suite of support services.
Julie Meek – Board Member since 2011
Julie’s dad was first diagnosed with melanoma around 5 years ago and has had several recurrences since. He is a retired builder who spent years in the sun and although he has been very careful with skin protection for at least 20 years, the damage was done. Julie first came across melanomaWA when writing her second book. Julie wanted to help make a difference in the community and she saw melanomaWA as a promising organisation that can really impact lives for the better.
Julie has 20+ years experience in the health industry and a good understanding of health promotion and health behaviour. She also runs her own successful business.
Julie would like to see melanomaWA continue to grow as a solid organisation that continues to assist those living with melanoma. And also be the premier organisation that creates awareness and provides much needed education about melanoma to West Australians.
Rhiannon Thomson – Board Member since 2013
When Rhiannon’s husband, Aaron, was diagnosed with melanoma, they both received great support from melanomaWA. Unfortunately Aaron lost his battle in September 2011 so when the opportunity arose for Rhiannon to join the Board, she saw it as her way to thank melanomaWA for support and be a part of the team that helped them reduce the impact of melanoma on the WA community.
Rhiannon brings her first hand experience as a carer of someone with advanced melanoma, as well as being a physiotherapist for melanoma patients.
Rhiannon hopes that melanomaWA will continue with its fantastic awareness work and expand its support services. She hopes that every person diagnosed with melanoma in WA knows of melanomaWA and has the opportunity to access its services.
Steve Choate – Board Member since 2013
Steve strongly believes in the role that melanomaWA provides the community in terms of support services and providing resources for those newly diagnosed with melanoma.
Steve has tertiary qualifications in Health Science and OHS, as well as experience in business development roles across both corporate health companies and mining companies. He also has some broad experience in the promotion of health awareness in the workplace and risk management.
Steve’s hopes are for melanomaWA to continue to have an impact on increasing the awareness of younger generations about the impact of skin cancer and ways to safely enjoy the WA outdoor lifestyle. He also hopes to see melanomaWA broaden and strengthen its support networks and the ability to serve those living with melanoma more effectively.
Andy Bell – Board Member since 2015
Andy became aware of melanomaWA’s important prevention work through Consolidated Minerals’ generous sponsorship. Andy is an important addition to the Board due to his extensive experience with Occupational Health & Safety and Human Resources. His invaluable input has helped guide melanomaWA into a new growth stage.
Andy’s personal hope for melanomaWA is that it can reduce the incidence of melanoma in WA through awareness and education on prevention, and expanding support services for patients. He wants to see every household in WA, either directly or indirectly positively impacted through melanomaWA activities. And that it becomes leader of best practice for non-profit organisations in WA.