In the lead up to the 2012 federal election, the Foundation mapped the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration across Australia for 2012 and projected into 2030. This data was produced for each federal and state electorate and Medicare Locals.
The Foundation commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake this mapping project and used established age-adjusted prevalence data from Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s publication Eyes on the Future, along with ABS population data by age for the respective electorates.
Why map the prevalence of macular degeneration?
- Identify areas with high prevalence of macular degeneration
- Provide elected representatives and policy makers with accurate data for decision making
- Support the Foundation’s work in advocating for provision of support and services for those with macular degeneration across Australia
The prevalence mapping also formed a key component of the Foundation’s “Sight for Seniors” campaign, supported by a dedicated Sight for Seniors website, which advocated for equity of support for older Australians cut out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, by virtue of their age.