National Melanoma Nurse Network

  • Labor will deliver 35 extra melanoma nurses across every State and Territory.

  • Over 16,000 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every year. And one person dies every six hours.

  • Melanoma nurses have the specialist knowledge, training and experience to make sure people have continuity of care – and someone to talk to who knows exactly what’s going on.

Why do we need this?

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world, adjusted for age.

Over 16,000 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every year. And one person dies every 6 hours.

Dealing with melanoma diagnosis and treatment is stressful – and the health system can be difficult to navigate.

Advice from a melanoma nurse at the right time will mean more people have better continuity of care.

The details

Melanoma nurses provide a personalised support service which helps patients navigate the health system, access available services and make decisions regarding their health. This includes:

  • Helping coordinate doctors, clinical trials and other health professionals.

  • Connecting people to health services such as dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and more.

  • Linking people with patient support organisations.

  • Helping patients proactively manage their melanoma including practical tips to manage symptoms and side effects.

  • Providing information on the best way to talk to families and friends, as well the right questions to ask doctors.

The Melanoma Institute of Australia has successful melanoma nurse programs in Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Perth and Hobart. Under Labor, this service will be expanded nationwide, scaling up to 35 more melanoma nurses by early 2025.

Importantly, telehealth support will also be available, to make sure no one misses out based on where they live.

This $14.8 million investment over the forward estimates will mean more melanoma nurses in every State and Territory.