Our Story. Our Inspiration.

Eczema SUPPORT Australia was inspired by a family with twin boys who have severe allergies and eczema.  Thanks to the initiative and drive of a friend, this family finally received wonderful community support, which has made all the difference and inspired the creation of Eczema Support Australia.

Since then, the organization has gone from strength to strength, and has been built on the core belief that all families and individuals dealing with these chronic conditions deserve our community support.

We understand the challenges of dealing with chronic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. We also understand the challenges of living with other atopic or allergic conditions.

Eczema Support Australia was created to provide support to Australians who are significantly impacted by these conditions.

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Our Vision/Mission

Our Vision

Eczema Support Australia (ESA) will be Australia’s leading support organisation for health professionals, patients and carers dealing with chronic eczema.

Our Mission

We exist to:

  1. Connect Australians affected by eczema so that no one dealing with eczema feels isolated or alone.
  2. Inform and educate Australians affected by eczema so they are equipped to cope with the condition.
  3. Advocate for practical support to improve the lives of Australians affected by eczema.

Our Team

Management Team

Melanie Funk

Managing Director

Melanie put her Human Resource career on hold to care for her two children who have chronic allergies and eczema. She now focuses on raising her children whilst developing this support network.

Scott Campbell

Chairperson / CFO

Scott is a CPA and Company Director who has over 30 years experience in multi national service related businesses. Scott is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits on the Board for two investment companies.

Ruth Duggan

Project Coordinator

Ruth has many years experience as a teacher / education consulting specialist along with business management and high level administration skills. She brings outstanding project coordination skills to deliver the support to our community.

Anne Meehan

Medical Liaison

Anne a Registered Nurse with a professional development certificate in Allergy & Anaphylaxis. Along with a lifetime of nursing experience, Anne is a hands on grandparent of twin boys with extensive allergies and eczema.

Ingrid Singleton

Executive Assistant

Ingrid’s professional background includes supporting University researchers to deliver their projects by assisting with all types of administration.  She is currently fully employed looking after her 3 adorable daughters, but hopes to rejoin the workforce some day. In the meantime she is volunteering her skills to assist Eczema Support Australia deliver real and practical support, connection and understanding.

Consultation Committee

Our Consultation Committee is comprised of several members, medical advisors and other professionals who are dedicated to assisting Eczema Support Australia.

Brendan Geraghty

Director

Brendan brings 25+ years of international corporate experience to the team. He has worked in senior Sales and Marketing roles with some of the world’s leading companies.

Whilst helping Eczema Support Australia to develop, deliver and manage a focused strategic plan, Brendan also helps guide decision making on key activity priorities and marketing investments.

One of his younger sisters suffered from eczema most of her pre-teen life.  His greatest joy in life is his two young, but rapidly growing boys.

Our Policies & Statements

Privacy Policy

The Board of Eczema Support Australia is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information which the organisation collects, holds and administers. Personal information is information which directly or indirectly identifies a person.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

Eczema Support Australia would like to acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present.

Equality Policy

Eczema Support Australia strongly supports equality for all and aim to provide our support to all impacted by eczema. We are grateful for our diversity within Australia and encourage mutual support, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

 

Medical Advice

Eczema Support Australia is a support network. Information received from a facilitator or a guest of Eczema Support Australia, does not constitute medical advice. You should seek independent medical or professional advice.

 

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