Macular Disease Foundation Australia presents submissions to government aimed at improving quality of life for people living with a macular disease, their families and carers. Read archived submissions here.
Low Vision Aids and Technologies
The Foundation advocated on behalf of its constituents for improved benefits for low vision aids and technology from private health funds. Through a consumer-focussed campaign, the Foundation also improved awareness of those private health funds that provide appropriate benefits.
Senate Select Committee on Health
The Foundation presented a comprehensive submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health that addressed numerous significant issues that affect consumers with low vision including:
- Access and availability of public hospital outpatient treatment
- Out-of-pocket treatment costs
- Health promotion, prevention and early intervention for macular disease
- Eye checks in residential aged care facilities
- The need for patients with diabetes to have two-yearly checks or annual checks if there is evidence of retinopathy.
- Gaps in the ophthalmology workforce
- Access to low vision aids and technologies expenditure.