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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.

2014 mEYE World Photographic Competition
Winner – Dr Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW

To register for updates on the 2015 mEYE World Photographic Competition click here.

Foundation Christmas closure

Macular Disease Foundation Australia will close 24 December and reopen 5 January 2015. Thank you to all those who supported the Foundation throughout the year, we wish you a safe and happy festive season.

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Snow leopard photograph wows judges in the 2014 mEYE World Photographic Competition

Macular Disease Foundation Australia Patron, Ita Buttrose, announced the winners of the 2014 mEYE World Photographic Competition today and said that she and her fellow judges agreed that the winning photograph had brilliantly captured the competition’s theme - ‘a sight worth saving’.

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Summer newsletter and annual research update available now

The summer newsletter covers Foundation advocacy, tips for living well and includes the annual research update, a summary of some of the interesting and promising research programs being undertaken into macular disease.

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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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Support the Foundation this #GivingTuesday

Tuesday 2 December is #GivingTuesday, a day when all Australians are encouraged to support a cause they care about.

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Take care of your sight this World Diabetes Day

To mark World Diabetes Day the Foundation has issued a joint media release with Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health. Australians affected by diabetes are being urged to take regular eye tests to reduce the risk of serious vision loss or blindness.

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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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Associate Professor Nitin Verma appointed to Foundation Board

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Nitin Verma AM, FRANZCO, MD, MMed, Dip NBE onto the Board of Directors.

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Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship Recipient Announced

On World Sight Day (9 October 2014) the Macular Disease Foundation Australia is pleased to announce Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath as the successful recipient of the third Blackmores Dr Paul Beaumont Research Fellowship.

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South Australians seeing a better future

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia welcomes SA Health’s decision to alleviate the capacity crisis at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (and Lyell McEwin and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals) public outpatient injection eye clinics.

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Government aged care reforms

As part of the aged care reforms, ‘My Aged Care’ has been established as a single contact point to access the aged care system. ‘My Aged Care’ will provide you, your family and carers with information on, and referrals to, aged care services. The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) is one of the key areas where people may be referred.

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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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