Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to providing people with a macular disease, their family and carers, with access to relevant support and support services. The Foundation also supports health care professionals with information and resources to help them support their patients.
Helpline 1800 111 709
The Foundation responds to an enormous number of calls every day, providing information, guidance, understanding and support to people living with macular disease, their carers and family, as well as health care professionals. The Helpline provides an opportunity for in depth conversations about macular disease and its potential impact on quality of life. The Foundation’s experienced and compassionate staff seek to ensure callers are fully informed about macular disease and also that they are referred to appropriate support services, including accessing low vision aids and technologies, social services and/or mental health services.
The Foundation has received over 140,000 calls to the Helpline since 2005.
The Foundation produces a wide range of publications to support understanding of macular disease including the risk factors, strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and living with vision loss. Publications are available in hard copy, audio CD and online.
The Foundation also produces information in other languages including Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Review the Foundations publications and information kits and place an order.
Eating for Eye Health Cookbook
In conjunction with our Patron Ita Buttrose and chef Vanessa Jones, the Foundation has published a popular cookbook Eating for Eye Health, which is filled with easy recipes that are loaded with ingredients that promote eye health. You can order Eating for Eye Health here.
You may also like to visit the Macula Menu, where you will find delicious recipes contributed by Ita Buttrose and our macular disease community. We invite you to submit your favourite recipe for eye health here as well.
The Foundation's quarterly newsletter focuses on issues relating to macular disease and the macular disease community. It provides updates on the Foundation's projects and advocacy campaigns as well as new research. The Foundation also produces a newsletter on diabetic eye disease three times a year. Review the latest newsletters and subscribe to further issues here.
Low Vision Advisory Service
Macular Disease Foundation Australia provides a free low vision advisory service, in conjunction with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, at our national office in the Sydney CBD. This free service involves an orthoptist working closely with the client to assess individual needs and determine which aids and technologies can help to best maintain independence and quality of life. Bookings are essential – call 1800 111 709.
The Foundation’s Sydney office has a display of
low vision equipment including magnifiers, daily living aids and assistive technology and clients are invited to trial the equipment on display and discuss their needs with Foundation staff.
The Helpline is also a valuable service for understanding the low vision products and services available across Australia. Being able to discuss individual needs – and likely frustrations – is a positive starting point for any low vision journey.
Low Vision Information Days
Macular Disease Foundation Australia regularly presents special low vision information days in conjunction with its education program around the country. These presentations enable people with low vision, their families and carers to find out about, view and trial the latest low vision aids and technology available that can help maintain independence and quality of life.
To find out about the next low vision day in your area visit the event calendar, contact the Foundation: 1800 111 709, or email: [email protected]