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    Awareness week 2010

    Minister launches awareness week with personal story of MD.

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    Do you know the symptoms?

    The honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Minister for Disability and Multicultural Affairs launched MD Awareness Week on 23 May with her very personal story of MD.

    The Sydney launch was attended by our wonderful and supportive Patron Ita Buttrose and our founding Director Dr Paul Beaumont, along with people from the MD community, sponsors, supporters and friends.

    As part of this year’s Awareness Week we commissioned a national Galaxy survey on symptom recognition. Results concluded that there is an alarming risk that people experiencing a symptom of MD will dismiss the symptom thinking they just need glasses or are experiencing computer related eye strain.

    The MD Foundation organised a number of special education events across Australia. Our leading Ophthalmologists, working on behalf of the MD foundation, spoke to hundreds of people across five states.

    Our sincere thanks go to Novartis, Blackmores, Optometry Association Australia, and Bluedesk for their ongoing support which enables the week to be held each year.

    Posted: 23 June 2010

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