Gift a real star this Christmas

For that special person in your life. Their star will always shine brightly.

You can name a real star in honour of your loved one. A beautiful, customised gift pack will be rushed by elves directly to you or delivered to the person you love.

Your gift will also be supporting melanoma research, helping to make the future brighter for generations to come.

Other ways to donate this Christmas…

Welcome to the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation website. We are a not-for-profit charity organisation established in 2006 by a group of dedicated volunteers to provide funding for Research, Awareness and Early Detection programs.
AMRF also aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of melanoma, referred to as Australia’s national cancer, by conducting regular education and awareness programs and participating in community events. We have changed outcomes through free spot skin checks at these events. Scroll down for more information about our current fundraising activities, contact us with your melanoma story or become a part of our wonderful Melanoma Community.

Walk for Mela-No-More

National Skin Cancer Action Week

Sunday 21–Saturday 27 November 2021

Walk for Mela-No-More is a walking challenge during National Skin Cancer Action Week from Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 November 2021. Challenge yourself to walk the distance and fundraise for Mela-No-More!

Whether you aim for 5km a day, 1 hour a day, or 100km for the week, customise the challenge to fit your lifestyle and set yourself a realistic goal.

With one Australian dying from melanoma every 5 hours, your involvement in Walk for Mela-No-More will raise vital funds for Melanoma Research, Awareness and Early Detection. You really can make a difference.

Our new partners SParms are thrilled to be sponsoring with us for Walk For Mela-No-More 2021 and to launch the partnership they’ve created a fantastic offer for everyone participating. They’ll be offering 5% discount on all sales and donating part proceeds from the sale of all products for the month of November 2021! Their message is: Support Walk For Mela-No-More, but stay protected.

Sun protective clothing is perfect to wear during your Walk For Mela-No-More 2021 challenge and of course throughout the summer which is nearly upon us.

Check out SParms website at www.sparms.com.au and use the code MELANOMORE at the checkout.

We have another fantastic discount offer from ReverseMate during November. Grahame is not only supporting Walk For Mela-No-More but is offering 12.5% discount on purchases of his wonderfully innovative product, just in time for the holidays. Click here for all the details.

People's Choice Community Lottery

We are once again participating in the People’s Choice Community Lottery. Tickets are on sale now and with every ticket you purchase for $2, you go into the draw to win some fantastic prizes. 100% of the ticket sales goes to Melanoma Research.

The lottery will run until Thursday 24 February 2022, so please support us and be part of the life changing work we do.

Thank you for your support. Click here to see the full list of prizes to be won. And good luck!

People's Choice Community Lottery QR code

The AMRF Larapinta (Arrernte) Challenge 2022

We are thrilled to announce our 2022 date for the Challenge is 6–12 May

We can’t wait to take our wonderful participants on this trip of a lifetime!

If you would like to join them, we would love to welcome you aboard. Please email Kim at admin@melanomaresearch.com.au for further information.

For more information and to download the information pack, click here.

For more inspiration click here to see the video made by the ABC – The long walk in the desert.

Read the latest AMRF Melanoma Research Update

Did you know...

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Fast Facts

Did you know in Australia, 1 person dies from melanoma every 5 hours.

Melanoma is often referred to as ‘Australia’s National Cancer’. AMRF aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of melanoma in Australia.

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world
Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians
More than 90% of Melanoma cases can be successfully treated if detected early
Severe sunburn in childhood can double risk of melanoma
Each year in Australia, close to 15,000 new cases are diagnosed
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What is melanoma?

Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, which gives the skin its colour. Melanin also protects the deeper layers of the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. When people spend time in the sun, the melanocytes produce more melanin and cause the skin to tan. 

What to look for

It is very important to check your skin regularly in order to detect any changes in the SIZE, COLOUR or SHAPE of a mole or skin lesion. An easy way to detect potentially harmful moles or lesions is by using the ABCDE guidlines.

Am I at risk?

Yes. In fact, everyone is at risk, as we are all exposed to the sun. Due to variations in skin types, some people are more at risk than others. Check your risk level below:

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Prevention

Your exposure to ultra violet (UV) light from the sun is one of the major risk factors for melanoma that you can control. 

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How you can help

Here are some ways you can participate with us:

We support research

The AMRF supports research into melanoma, including prevention and treatment. We specifically support the next generation of melanoma researchers in Australia by providing grants to post-graduate students and early career researchers.

We have been helping to save Australian lives since 2006

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We have been helping to save Australian lives since 2006

SunSmart app

Our senses can’t detect the sun’s harmful UV rays, so it’s important to check the daily sun protection times for your location each day on the Cancer Council’s SunSmart app. The app lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.

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Privacy Policy

Australian Melanoma Research Foundation (AMRF) respects and is committed to protecting the privacy of the people whose personal information it collects. We collect personal information about individuals who are employed by us, our donors, our volunteers, other supporters, allied associations, consultants and service providers.

Information we collect

Whenever we collect personal information, we will identify ourselves as AMRF and ensure people are aware of why we are collecting information and how we plan to use it.

The type of personal information AMRF usually collects and holds includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, donation date, reason for donation, merchandise orders and other information such as health related information pertaining to AMRF research and program delivery. This information may be collected in person, via our website on the secure payment gateway, as well as other sources.

When people visit our website, or download information from it, the following information is recorded by Google Analytics:

  • Their network location and IP address
  • The date and time of their visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page
  • Referring site details (ie the site and page they came from to arrive at this site)
  • Type of web browser they used
  • Type of operating system they used
  • JavaScript support, screen resolution, and screen colour processing ability

This information is only used for statistical and website development purposes. We make limited use of cookies on our website. We use cookies to improve the functionality of our website, and to remember user preferences when people return.

In the event where an individual shares unsolicited personal information that AMRF would not have collected for the purposes outlined above that information will be destroyed or de-identified as soon as is practicable.

How we use and disclose personal information

We collect and use stakeholder’s personal information to carry out the functions and activities of AMRF and to comply with our legal obligations, to maintain and update our records and to help us manage and provide our services.

We may also use information to ask for support and to keep people informed about the ways in which our donors and supporters help us to make a difference to raise funds for research, awareness and early detection programs.  People have the right to opt out of any communications from AMRF.  This will not stop them receiving receipts and other transactional communications as required by law.

We may disclose personal information to third parties who assist us to perform functions on our behalf (such as commercial mail preparation services, this information is permanently deleted by the provider upon completion of the service and confirmed in writing of such).  These external service providers are under a duty to maintain the privacy and security of your information in line with this Privacy Policy and to use your personal information only for the purpose for which it is disclosed.

AMRF does not use any government related identifiers, such as Medicare numbers or tax file numbers, of an individual as our own identifier.

Marketing and communications

We may use people’s information within AMRF only in connection with marketing and fundraising campaigns. We may provide marketing communications to stakeholders on an ongoing basis by telephone, electronic messages (eg. email), online (including websites and mobile apps) and other means, unless they opt out or we are subject to legal restrictions. These may include communications relating to AMRF and our programs, campaign and promotional messages, event invitations, fundraising opportunities and newsletters.

AMRF also sends transactional communications which include but are not limited to: Donation & Tax Receipts, forgotten password e-mails, event sign up confirmation and confirmations from Web forms.

To opt-out of receiving AMRF marketing communications people can:

  • Select the “unsubscribe” option in one of the marketing communications that they receive from us.
  • Send an email to: admin@melanomaresearch.com.au
  • Call us on 0419 822 969
  • Send a written request to: PO Box 574, Kent Town DC SA 5071

Security of personal information

AMRF regards the security of personal information as a priority and takes a number of precautions to protect people’s personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Specific security precautions are in place for processing online payments through payment gateway providers Stripe and PayPal which include the use of encrypted links, dedicated private connections and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. However, the Internet is not a secure environment and although all care is taken, we cannot guarantee the security of information people provide to us via electronic means such as email.

If people become aware of any inaccuracy in the personal information, we hold about themselves, they are encouraged to contact AMRF so we can update any personal information we hold.

Anonymity

Where it is lawful and practicable, we will allow individuals to deal with us on an anonymous basis. For example, if we receive a telephone enquiry, we will not require that the enquirer gives us their name, although depending on the nature of the enquiry, we may not be able to answer it unless they do.

We can also accept gifts and other forms of support anonymously. However, provisions contained in taxation legislation require AMRF to collect the name of the donor if the donor requires a tax-deductible receipt.

Image copyright

AMRF’s reputation and goodwill is extremely important. Permission to use images featured on this website has only been given to AMRF and therefore should not be downloaded or used in any way by a third party without consent.

For information on obtaining permission for an image, please email admin@melanomaresearch.com.au.

Acceptance of terms

If AMRF updates or changes this Privacy Policy, the changes will be made on this page. Your continued use of AMRF’s website following the posting of changes will mean you accept those changes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about privacy-related issues OR you wish to lodge a complaint about a breach of this policy OR other privacy matter OR you do not wish to be contacted by us to ask for your support, please contact us by email at  admin@melanomaresearch.com.au. Alternatively our postal address is below:

AMRF
PO Box 574
Kent Town DC SA 5071

We take your privacy concerns seriously. Where you express any concerns that we have interfered with your privacy, we will respond to let you know who will be handling your matter and when you can expect a further response. We may request additional details from you regarding your concerns and may need to engage or consult with other parties in order to investigate and deal with your issue. We will keep records of your request and any resolution.

For information about privacy generally, or if your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au and on 1300 363 992.