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Pharmac Funding Boost Announcement

Although yesterday’s announcement of a Pharmac funding boost is a significant and positive step for medicines access in New Zealand, uncertainty and concern remain for many melanoma patients in New Zealand.

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Melanoma New Zealand is one of 16 cancer organisations to sign today’s following open letter to Prime Minister Chistopher Luxon, Minister of Finance Nicola Willis, and the Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac) David Seymour:

Dear Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, Minister of Finance Nicola Willis, and Associate Minister of Health (Pharmac) David Seymour, In August last year a promise was made to fund 13 new cancer medicines via a $280 million ring-fenced fund to Pharmac.  According to the...

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A Legacy of Awareness

Wellingtonian businesswoman Julie Vaughan will be forever grateful to her late friend Polly who, after she was diagnosed with melanoma, insisted all her friends get their skin checked. Sadly, Polly passed away in 2020, but it was Polly's insistence that led to Julie's...

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Melanoma Mythbusting

As a young Māori woman, Briar Avatea never thought melanoma was something she had to worry about, especially because her mother always made her wear sunscreen as a child, and she recalled getting sunburnt only once or twice in her 20s. So, when the 33-year-old got a...

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March 2024 Newsletter – Spot News

In this issue of Spot News March 2024, discover inspiring stories from three melanoma patients advocating for regular skin checks and sun safety. Get updates from the Melanoma New Zealand team and learn about new organisations who have committed to supporting our cause.

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Summitting in Support

For the past six months, Hamilton electrician Mike Ridderhof has been regularly hiking up the picturesque Hakarimata Summit in Ngāruawāhia to prepare for a fundraising challenge held last month to honour the seventh anniversary of his nephew's passing from melanoma....

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