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Why donate to MDFA?

How you are making a difference

When you donate to Macular Disease Foundation Australia, you can be assured that our primary goal is to use your gift in a way that makes a tangible difference to the lives of people at risk of, or living with, macular disease.

You can direct your donation to: 

  • support services for people living with a macular disease, their families and carers. 
  • our Research Grants Program, which invests in world-leading Australian researchers.
  • or you can keep your donation open and allow MDFA to direct your support to wherever funding is most needed. 

You can also donate in lieu of a gift or to celebrate a special occasion, or make a gift in memory of a loved one. We’ll send acknowledgement of your gift to the nominated person or family.

The impact of your donation

Our purpose is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia. We do this via prevention and early detection, supports and services, advocacy, and research and data. 

Prevention and early detection 

With 8.5m Australians at risk of, or living with, macular disease, your gift can help reach those at risk through education and campaigns. Early detection of macular disease is crucial to save sight.

Funds from our generous supporters have assisted us in developing Check My Macula, an online risk assessment quiz to raise awareness of macular disease among Australians over the age of 50.

Macula Month, an annual awareness program held each May, is also designed to raise the profile of the range of macular diseases, and spread awareness.

Supports and services

Living with macular disease can be very challenging. Your gift can help us continue to deliver individual support to thousands of Australians and reduce the risk of progressive vision loss. All our services are free of charge. Services include the National Helpline, which provides tele-health counselling, peer to peer support groups, and patient care plans. MDFA holds seminars and education webinars to further assist those living with macular disease. 

Voice of the community

MDFA works to ensure all Australians can access universal treatment and resources to help them live with macular disease.  Your gift can help us raise the united voice of the growing macular disease community to make lasting change for better and fairer access to government support and affordable treatment. In a typical year, MDFA may make as many as 200 policy submissions and representations to both government and non-government bodies on behalf of the community. 

Research and data

Through the generous support of Australians like you, MDFA has committed millions of dollars to research projects since 2011 through our Research Grants Program.

MDFA is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient. You can view the MDFA’s page on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission’s website.

Make a donation online below or telephone the MDFA’s National Helpline on 1800 111 709. We suggest if you are making a larger donation (over $1,000) that you call and provide details over the phone, to avoid fees by our service providers. Do not send financial details or personal information via email. 

National Helpline

1800 111 709

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