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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.

New National TV and Radio Campaign - Macular Degeneration

Foundation welcomes PBAC recommendation of sight-saving treatment

Macular Disease Foundation Australia has welcomed the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) positive recommendation to list ranibizumab (Lucentis) for the treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO).The treatment is administered as a series of injections into the eye.

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PIN-only credit card - What to do

The Foundation has been strongly representing the interests of those with vision loss to major financial institutions and card schemes on PIN-only authorisation, due to begin on 1 August 2014.

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Foundation research published in Aging and Mental Health journal

An article outlining the Foundation’s ‘Ripple Effect of Vision Loss’ research has been published in peer reviewed journal, Aging and Mental Health. This research revealed that the unexpected burden of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) weighs heavily not only on the person living with the disease, but also on those who care for them.

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome - New fact sheet available

Up to 30% of people with significant vision loss will experience Charles Bonnet Syndrome which is characterised by seeing phantom images, or things which aren’t real.

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At-risk Australians in the dark about sight-saving measures

The recent state budget has left South Australians needing eye treatment in a public hospital in a precarious position, and the situation will only get worse, according to the Macular Disease Foundation Australia.

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Living well with low vision – using low vision aids and technology

Living Well with macular degeneration is about maintaining and increasing quality of life and independence. People with vision loss need to regain a sense of control, to continue to confidently and independently undertake as many regular activities in their daily life as possible.

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Eating for Eye Health cookbook relaunched

Macular Disease Foundation Australia Patron, Ita Buttrose wants Australians over 50 to eat for their eye health. With the relaunch of her popular Eating for Eye Health – The Macular Degeneration Cookbook, co-authored with chef Vanessa Jones, Ita is excited about the opportunity that Eating for Eye Health gives to raising awareness of macular degeneration.

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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