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Reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education and awareness programs, research, provision of support services and representing the best interests of the macular disease community.

“I have diabetes – I didn’t know it could cause vision loss.”
Susan’s story

To read about the impact of diabetes on Susan’s vision, click here.

Applications open for the Foundation’s Research Grants Program totalling $1.3M

Applications are now open for the third round of Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Research Grants Program. Grants are open to researchers based in eligible Australian institutions to pursue research into medical, low vision, and nutritional research of macular degeneration.

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Warning re Bright Eyes eye drops

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is advising consumers not to purchase Bright Eyes products being offered for sale on the internet.

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Autumn 2015 newsletter available now

In this newsletter CEO Julie Heraghty expresses her concern about the uncertainty around federal funding for the Foundation’s important education program. Also included is information on the Foundation’s advocacy work to improve access to low vision aids, new research, tips for living well with macular disease and much more.

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New Low Vision Advisory Service – Sydney

A new free low vision advisory service is now available at Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Sydney office.

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Colleen McCullough AO

Macular Disease Foundation Australia mourns the passing of Colleen McCullough AO, best-selling writer and internationally renowned Australian who was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, which sold 30 million copies worldwide.

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Private health funds – Low vision aid benefits

Macular Disease Foundation Australia has audited the six largest private health funds for information about their low vision aid benefits.

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Media reports on HIV treatment for macular degeneration

There have been recent media reports about a potential new treatment for dry macular degeneration using an old drug that was originally developed to treat HIV.

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Diabetic Eye Disease Booklet now available!

The Foundation has released its Diabetic Eye Disease Booklet which provides comprehensive information on the leading cause of blindness and serious vision loss in working aged Australians.

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mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 - Now Closed!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who entered the mEYE World Photographic Competition this year - we had an overwhelming response! It is now up to our fantastic judges who have the difficult task of choosing our winners... Stay tuned.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment – The Foundation’s Position

A number of Australia’s peak medical and patient advocacy groups are advising patients to be careful of alternate treatments that are advertised in newspapers or on the internet claiming dramatic success in the treatment of MD.

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Macular Degeneration One Decade Gala Fundraising Dinner 2011

At the launch of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2011, the Foundation celebrated one decade of service to the Macular Degeneration community with a gala fundraising dinner at the Sydney Hilton Hotel on Friday 20 May. It was a wonderful evening acknowledging so many supporters and expressing our heartfelt thanks for the enormous contribution of Dr Paul Beaumont, our founding director

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Winter Newsletter Now Available!

View our special One Decade edition which highlights the launch of MD Awareness Week 2011, the launch of the Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grants Program, our One Decade Gala Fundraising Dinner, the mEYE World Photographic Competition Winners and our new publication Low Vision Aids & Technology – A Guide.

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Now Available, Low Vision Aids and Technology – A Guide

Low Vision Aids and Technology – A Guide, the fourth in a series on guides produced by the Foundation, provides information on the different types of aids and technology available to assist those living with low vision.

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Eye Health Checklist

To find out more about how to reduce your risk including the need for eye tests and self-monitoring using an Amsler grid
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Facts & Figures

Statistical information on prevalence, risk factors and the cost of MD in Australia.
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Low Vision Aids &
Technology - A Guide

Answers key questions
and gives examples
of low vision aids
and technology.

Low Vision - A Guide
Coping strategies, low
vision tips for the
recently diagnosed
and a detailed service
directory of low vision

Family, Friend &
Carer - A Guide

provides information
for carers who
support people who
are blind or have low

Slips, Trips & Falls -
A Guide

Practical advice to
avoid slips, trips and