melanomaWA – we are here to help!
Having a melanoma diagnosis can make you feel very isolated because the people around you, no matter how loving and helpful they intend to be, may not have faced a similar situation themselves and may find it difficult to deeply understand what you are going through.
Whether you have just been diagnosed with melanoma, or you’re at a different stage of your treatment and recovery, it can be beneficial to talk to other people who have been through a similar experience and understand how you are feeling. Talking with your peers can have a positive impact on quality of life and emotional wellbeing. It can give you the confidence needed to overcome your emotions and take charge of your journey.
Everyone is different, so melanomaWA provides support in a number of different ways.
Our support groups are a positive and welcoming environment where people affected by melanoma can come together to chat about feelings and coping strategies, support one another, develop friendships, share ideas and thoughts and obtain information from expert guest speakers, and from each other.
Attending a support group can help you feel empowered, inspired and increase your ability to cope through increased knowledge and understanding of melanoma, research and treatments. We invite guest speakers to deliver up to date information about melanoma, research, treatments and lifestyle options that can help your wellbeing. Our News page has information about upcoming speakers.
Everyone is welcome at our support groups, including carers or family and friends. We recognise that being the carer of someone with melanoma can be stressful, confusing or throw you out of your comfort zone. Attending a support group with your loved one can help you understand more about how they are feeling and help ease the emotional load that you are carrying.
When you come to our support groups, you can expect confidentiality and respect without judgement.
Support group times and locations
Perth Night Meeting, 1st Thursday of each month*
6:30pm – 8:30pm at melanomaWA: Cancer Wellness Centre,
80 Railway Street, Cottesloe.
South West Meeting, 3rd Thursday of each month*
5:30pm – 7:30pm at Dot’s Place,
52 Forrest Ave Bunbury.
Peel Region and Ocular melanoma Support Group Meeting along with Perth Drop-in Morning (suspensed until further notice)
* Occasionally there may be a change to meeting start times, or we advertise upcoming guest speakers, so please check our website for updated information or call us before you come to your first meeting.
melanomaWA also provides one-on-one support. If you feel a group setting is not right for you, you can call us or come in and meet us at the Cancer Wellness Centre in Cottesloe for a cup of tea and a chat with one of our team about your specific issues in a quiet setting. Please call us on 08 9322 1908 to arrange a time.
Or, if you prefer, you can phone us for support any time. We can talk about how you are feeling and help you with any questions you might have. Ph: 08 9322 1908.
We also offer peer-to-peer support. We can put you in touch with another person who is living well with melanoma. Talking to someone who has been in your situation and understands what you are going through can be helpful and may improve your feeling of wellbeing.
melanomaWA has a small Financial Assistance Program. If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of your melanoma treatment, a health or other related professional can help you to apply for assistance. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.