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    Who we are

    Working collaboratively to minimise the impact of macular disease.

    Patient-centric, independent and trusted

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is the national peak body representing the interests of the 8.5m Australians living with or at risk of macular disease and their families.

    Macular disease is the leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness in Australia. There are many conditions that can affect the macula – the part of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. The most common conditions are age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. 

    MDFA was established in 2001 by Dr Paul Beaumont AM MBBS FRACS FRANZCO. His vision was to develop a patient-centric, independent and trusted organisation for those living with or at risk of macular disease.  

    Our purpose is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease through leadership in prevention and early detection, disease management, advocacy, and research. We work collaboratively and in partnership with our community, health professionals, researchers, and government to minimise the impact of macular disease.

    We led the development of the National Strategic Action Plan for Macular Disease in partnership with the Australian Government and stakeholders from across the eco system of eye health in Australia. This is effectively a blueprint outlining a shared vision for reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease with evidence-based priority areas for action. It also aims to better coordinate resources across all levels of government and to focus these resources where they are much needed.

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) and we consistently meet ACNC’s governance standards.

    You can read the Constitution of Macular Disease Foundation Australia here.


    Macular Disease Foundation Australia Constitution As at December 2023

    We welcome your interest our organisation and invite you to support our work by making a donation, becoming a volunteer, or by investing in sight-saving research.

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