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.
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:
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.