New Grant Now Available

The TASCA Small Grant in Honour Sotirios Katakouzinos & Maria Kastoras is now available and open for applications from TASCA members.

of The TASCA Small Grants program is intended to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of patients through a small grant to fund equipment or other non-perishables for treatment centres.

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • Haemoglobin disorder patient/parent/carer. 
  • Current financial TASCA members. 
  • A social worker on behalf of an individual patient/parent/carer. 
  • Applicant must reside in Australia 

What may be funded? 

  • Entertainment systems for treatment centres. 
  • Medical equipment unable to be funded by hospitals. 
  • Furnishings (small). 
  • Other non-consumable items that would improve the comfort and wellbeing of patients while receiving treatment. 

What will not be funded? 

  • Consumable items (such as food or drink). 
  • Personal use items (i.e. equipment that will only benefit one person during the lifespan of the product). 
  • Standard fees associated with receiving treatment (e.g. parking) 

What is the maximum value of the grant?  

TASCA will fund equipment to the value of $750.


Employment Rights living with Chronic Illness – Gabrielle Marchetti

Navigating work with chronic illness is tricky! Get to know your rights as Gabrielle Marchetti from Jobwatch walks us through the common questions chronic illness sufferers have on this issue. If you have any questions for Gabrielle, she would love to answer them! Send them through to [email protected]. This video was recorded as part of TASCA’s Mindfulness and Wellbeing Program.

TASCA Easter Basket Raffle

Win an Easter Basket!
Filled with all the chocolate goodies you need to enjoy easter including eggs, hot chocolate and smores!
Put your name in for the draw when you next visit Monash Medical Centre or Royal Melbourne Hospital for your treatment before 31/03 for a chance to win this fabulous basket.
Happy Easter everyone!

TASCA’s Elves at Work!

TASCA has been hard at work in Melbourne’s treatment centres to make them extra festive for the holidays!

Thank you to the team at Royal Melbourne Hospital (5 West Day Medical Centre) and Monash Health (Medical Infusion Unit) for letting our elves bring a little Christmas cheer to your space!

Be sure to take a photo when you are in for treatment and take a candy cane from the TASCA Christmas Tree!


TASCA Christmas Card Design Competition

Design a Christmas Card using the template below Submit your design for your chance to win prizes and maybe even have your card printed and used as the TASCA 2022 official Christmas Card!


You can submit your design in 3 ways:

1. Upload a clear image of your design below

2. Post your design to TASCA, P.O. Box 3076, Moorabbin East, VIC 3189

3. Give your design to the MIU staff or TASCA Committee

Submissions must be received by November 16, 2022. 


*Competition open to kids under the age of 18 residing in Australia only. TASCA retains the right to alter the terms and condition of the competition at any time.


Submit Your Design Here!

TASCA AGM 2020 Notice

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia

Dear Member     

You are invited to attend TASCA’s Annual General Meeting to be held on 11th November 2020, online via ZOOM. (See link details in the agenda) 

TASCA is formally calling for nominations to the Committee of Management for the period 2021-2022. The Committee consists of 9 positions, 8 of which are currently filled.   

The Committee of Management positions are as follows:  

Executive Committee 

  • Chair – Peter Verveniotis 
  • Deputy Chair – Robbin Vissakodeti 
  • Treasurer – Joanne Mucciaciaro 
  • Secretary – Pat Bollard 

General Committee 

  • Yannis Androulakis 
  • Ella Luong 
  • Karen Parr 
  • Dr John Malios 

Therefore, one General Member position will be open to nominations from current financial members. The term of the position will be two years as per the Rules of Association.      

The following documents are attached: 

Please read all documents carefully and note that if you wish to nominate either yourself or another person to Committee positions, current financial membership of TASCA is necessary. 

The Committee and I look forward to seeing you there. 

Please RSVP through Eventbrite using the link below

Kind regards 

Peter Verveniotis