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Reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia is a national charity that provides information, guidance and support for those living with macular disease, primarily macular degeneration which is responsible for 50% of all vision loss and blindness in Australia. The Foundation is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education, awareness, research, support services and representation.

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2015 Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship - Applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2015 Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship. This fellowship is open to researchers based in eligible Australian institutions to pursue research into nutritional and/or lifestyle aspects of macular degeneration, consistent with the mission of the Foundation to reduce the incidence and impact of macular degeneration.

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Support the Foundation’s funding submission to federal government

The Foundation has submitted a request for funding of $6 million over 3 years as an allocation in the 2014-2015 Federal Budget. This funding will provide for Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s national Helpline.

Help support this request by signing the campaign letter and returning it to the Foundation by April 1.

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Foundation Fights South Australia’s Blinding Issue

There is currently a capacity crisis within the South Australian public hospital system for people needing urgent diagnosis and treatment of potentially blinding diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. There is a simple and cost effective solution to this critical issue.

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Autumn 2014 newsletter available now!

Chief Executive Officer Julie Heraghty requests your support for the Foundation’s submission to government to provide for Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s national Helpline. Also covered in this edition, a wrap up of the ‘Have a cup of tea with your new MP’ campaign, Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, tips for staying safe and healthy and more.

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Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2014

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2014 will be held from Sunday 25 May to Saturday 31 May 2014. Get involved and help raise awareness of this chronic disease.

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Ophthalmologist contact lists now available!

The “Find an Ophthalmologist” feature is now available. This is a useful tool listing the contact details of many Ophthalmologists across Australia.

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Human rights committee concerned about NDIS exclusion of older Australians

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia has welcomed a report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights which expressed concern about the inequitable treatment of older Australians who acquire a disability over the age of 65, as a result of being excluded from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Val has a cup of tea with her MP!

Hindmarsh Resident Val Sellars shares her experience of vision loss with Matt Williams MP.

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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
organisations

Family, Friend &
Carer - A Guide

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

Slips, Trips & Falls -
A Guide

Practical advice to
avoid slips, trips and
falls





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