Fundraising

MRF Raffle NSW & QLD
First Prize: $15,000 Cash
Draw:  20th March 2020

MRF Raffle WA
First Prize: $15,000 Cash
Draw:  10th April 2020

The Melanoma Research Foundation aims to

Improve early diagnosis of melanoma and develop new treatments by funding leading Australian Research.

Raise awareness of the cause of melanoma among the general public and measures every Australian can take to protect themselves and their families.

Provide patient support services

the melanoma skin check

Watch out for the below signs and make an appointment with your Doctor immediately if you notice any of these changes.

  • • A change in skin colour - this could be a new spot, or a change in shape or size of a current spot
  • • A spot, sore or mole that doesn't heal, becomes painful or tender.
  • • A mole that becomes itchy or begins to bleed
  • • A spot, sore, mole or lump that looks shiny, waxy, smooth or pale
  • • A firm red lump that bleeds or appears crusty
  • • A flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly
  • • A black/dark spot or streak under a fingernail or toenail, that hasn't come from previous trauma to the nail

A good time to check your skin is after a bath or shower.  Use a mirror to help you see your moles - this will enable you to become more familiar with your skin and what your moles normally look like.

Checking for these signs is very important as melanoma can usually be cured if it is found at an early stage.

Most importantly, get a “base-line” check of your skin by a Doctor or specialist Dermatologist, so that future comparisons can be made and changes identified.

Melanoma can affect anyone, even those with dark skin complexion.

our work

MRF Melanoma Early Diagnosis Project

One of MRF’s primary goals is to assist in the development of new early detection technologies.  To do so MRF identifies emerging technologies and the scientific and medical laboratories in the Public Sector which are working on these.
The MRF Early Diagnosis Project provides funding for identification of suitable cohorts within the community for participation in testing new technologies and clinical trials.

MRF Medical Technology Funding

MRF Medical Technology Funding works in parallel with the Early Diagnosis Project to provide funding for laboratories to purchase scientific equipment and assist in the cost of employing researchers critical to the development of new diagnostic tests.

The immediate requirement is for additional equipment such as the Angle Parsortix and Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq.

MRF has also identified that sustained funding of scientific and medical research staff is a constant issue for melanoma research laboratories.

MRF Melanoma Patient Navigator Program

A diagnosis of melanoma can and often delivers both a life threatening and life changing challenge to the individual.  Assisting patients to “navigate” these challenges forms a complementary service provided by MRF.  The MRF Navigator Program is based on the work of Dr Harold P Freeman and the Harold P Freeman Patient Navigation Institute.
The Navigator Program is especially intended to assist those facing additional challenges such as financial difficulty, employment issues, need for child care assistance, absence of family support, and pre-existing disabilities.

MRF Melanoma Awareness Program

MRF Melanoma Awareness Program provides information about technological developments, melanoma skin checks and screening, and high-risk groups within the community.