Meet Myeloma Australia’s Ambassadors

Myeloma Australia is proud to be partnering with these prominent Australians who have all been touched by myeloma in some way. Through their profiles they all strive to build a deeper understanding of myeloma in our community and driven to support the pathway to cure.

Sandy Roberts

Sports commentator

“I am very proud to be a Myeloma Australia Ambassador – I agreed to this role to increase the awareness for the 22,000 fellow Australians suffering from this insidious disease and to hopefully raise desperately needed funds to find a cure.”

Sandy started his broadcasting career at 3CS Colac, Victoria as a radio announcer in 1970 before switching to BCV Bendigo television as a News Presenter.  In 1973 Sandy joined the Seven Network in Adelaide as a General Announcer and Presenter.  In 1980 he was asked to be a commentator for the 1980 Moscow Olympics – after which he moved to Victoria to continue with Seven Network Melbourne.

While with the Seven Network he called over 800 VFL/AFL football games; covered Australian Open Tennis and Davis Cup for many years; the Spring Racing carnival; and many major golf tournaments including the Australian Masters and Open, as well as US Opens and the Open Championship.  Sandy also hosted the Seven Network’s Bathurst coverage four times; he was host of Channel 7’s famous World of Sport for many years and also hosted shows  including Its Academic, Sporting Chance of a Lifetime; Grand Final week specials and proudly hosted many hours of the Good Friday Appeal.

Sandy re-joined the Seven news team in 2005 and presented sport for over 9 years.  In 2014 Sandy moved to Fox Footy to call AFL and Croc Media to host and commentate on radio for many AFL matches.

In 2019 Sandy retired and proudly now is an ambassador for Myeloma Australia.

Frankie J Holden - Myeloma Australia Ambassador

Frankie J. Holden OAM

Performer and actor

Frankie J Holden was born in 1952, the same year as the FJ Holden was first manufactured, and during the course of his diverse career he has become as much of an icon as his automotive namesake.
Frankie J. Holden began his showbusiness career with the legendary rock group “OL’ 55 and has gone on to be recognised as one of our most versatile and popular performers.

He has created some of Australian televisions most memorable characters through leading roles in long-running serials: POLICE RESCUE, ROUND THE TWIST, SOMETHING IN THE AIR, UNDERBELLY and A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

He is a multi-award winning actor, including a Silver Logie in 2019.

He is also a very experienced and successful television presenter. From 1993 to 1996 he was part of the team roaming the globe for the Channel Seven show THE GREAT OUTDOORS. For three years from 1996 he hosted the live variety programme IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT for the Nine Network.

Frankie J is a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award bestowed by the Rotary International movement.

Frankie J was awarded an Order Of Australia Medal in 2016 for services to the community and the arts.

Denis Napthine - Myeloma Australia Ambassador

The Hon Dr Denis Napthine AO


The Hon Dr Denis Napthine AO served as the 47th Premier of Victoria. He served in the Victorian Parliament for 27 years representing South West Victoria and was a Minister in three Governments.

In 2020, Dr Napthine was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the people and Parliament of Victoria, particularly as Premier, to veterinary science and to the community.

Dr Napthine is currently a Non-executive Director of GMHBA Ltd and the NDIA (NDIS).

Educational qualifications for Dr Napthine AO include a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), Masters of Veterinary Studies – Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine (MVS) as well as his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Dr Napthine grew up on a family farm in Winchelsea, Victoria and was one of 10 children. Dr Napthine and his wife have three adult children.

Dr Napthine is passionate about regional and rural development, services for people with disabilities, regional educational opportunities and health services.