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    Macula Matters: November 2021

    The latest email newsletter for HCPs from MDFA.

    Macula Matters

    A macular disease update for eye health professionals

    Thanks for reading the latest edition of Macula Matters, MDFA’s e-newsletter for healthcare professionals.

    In this edition, you’ll find CPD webinars, updates on the latest macular disease research, and updates on MDFA’s work – including a survey to help us work together to support patients.

    CPD webinar

    MDFA would like to invite you to attend this panel discussion of diabetic eye disease case studies featuring ophthalmologists Dr Peter van Wijngaarden, Dr Amy Cohn and Dr David Fabinyi

    ‘Clinical pearls in diabetic retinopathy, from diagnosis to management: a case-based webinar’ is Optometry Australia Quality Assured for one hour of learning.

    Upon completion of this CPD activity, participants will understand:
    • Clinical risk factors and diabetic retinopathy severity grading
    • The role of imaging in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and in guiding management decisions
    • The management of diabetic retinopathy, including the role of risk factor control, laser, intravitreal injections and surgical treatment 

    Join this free CPD webinar on Monday 22 November at 6.30pm AEDT.

    • MDFA launching free CPD for orthoptists

      Orthoptists can soon take MDFA’s new CPD courses on age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Launching in December, these two Government-funded courses have been developed with Australia’s leading retinal specialists, including world-renowned ophthalmologist Professor Paul Mitchell AO. As well as these new courses for orthoptists, MDFA also offers free CPD for optometrists, available today through our website.


      Take the CPD

    • Check My Macula: 100,000 take the quiz

      One year after the launch of Check My Macula – an online tool to raise awareness of the risk factors for macular disease and drive people to their optometrist for an eye exam – more than 100,000 Australians have taken the quiz. Check My Macula has also led to 12,000 resource downloads and more than 2000 people searching for an optometrist near them to book an eye examination – including a check of the macula.


      Visit Check My Macula

    • Webinar catch-up: AMD classification, AREDS, management

      Presented by A/Prof Alex Hunyor, MDFA Board member and Medical Committee Chair, this CPD webinar examines AMD classification, results, AREDS studies, referral guidelines and implications for clinical practice.


      Watch the recording

    • Take our healthcare professional engagement survey

      MDFA is keen to understand how we can best support healthcare professionals, your patients, your practice and your continuing professional development. Fill out this short, two-minute survey and you automatically go into our prize draw.


      Take the survey

    • Macular disease treatment: Recent developments

      In recent months, a number of developments have taken place in the busy field of macular disease drug development.


      Watch the recording

    • Potential treatment for atrophic AMD on the horizon

      This September, Apellis announced results from two phase III trials that showed pegcetacoplan slowed GA progression.


      Watch the recording

    • Does MDFA offer peer support services?

      Living with macular disease can be isolating. MDFA’s peer support might be the answer. As well as the help and support you provide, your patients might also benefit from speaking to people who are going through the same thing they are.


      Watch the video

    • Why should you refer your patients to MDFA?

      You work hard to provide important clinical assessment, care and referral. Our job is to provide immediate and lifelong information and support to patients, their families and carers, on every step of their journey with macular disease.


      Watch the video

    Posted: 17 November 2021

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