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Reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education and awareness programs, research, provision of support services and representing the best interests of the macular disease community.


Melvyn’s Story

Melvyn lives with macular degeneration in both eyes

The disability and community sector call for the Senate to block the Mobility Allowance Bill

Macular Disease Foundation Australia, along with 27 other leading representative organisations of people with disability, have come together to call on Federal Senators to block the Mobility Allowance Bill that is currently before the Senate.

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Macular Degeneration Autumn Newsletter 2017

The Autumn newsletter is now available and includes information on the launch of the Foundation’s Australian-first report highlighting evidence of the benefits of aids and technologies for people with vision loss and blindness. Also included is the opening of the fourth round of applications to the Macular Disease Foundation Research Grants Program, some wonderful fundraising stories to inspire, and an update on our $10 million investment in Australian Research over 10 years target, and more.

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Older Australians with vision loss and blindness - NEED HELP NOW

Today marks the official release of the report, ‘Low Vision, quality of life and independence: A review of the evidence on aids and technologies’ by Macular Disease Foundation Australia produced in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health.

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Diabetic Eye Disease Newsletter

As the leading cause of blindness among Australia’s working population, diabetic eye disease affects an enormous number of people from all age groups right across the country. Read the latest news on diabetic eye disease in our just released newsletter.

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New treatment option for people with branch retinal vein occlusions

People with macular edema due to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) now have another treatment option following the PBS listing of Eylea (aflibercept) for this indication on 1 December 2016. Eylea had previously been listed for central retinal vein occlusions (CRVO).

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A sight-saving win for rural and regional Australians

People living in rural and remote areas needing sight-saving treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and similar conditions will benefit from an important procedural change announced by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).

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Fovista fails to demonstrate any benefit for wet AMD

In order to improve the outcomes of people being treated with eye injections for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), several companies are developing treatments to be used in conjunction with the existing treatments such as Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Eylea (aflibercept). The most advanced of these investigational products is Fovista (pegpleranib).

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Annual General Meeting Celebrates 15 Years

The celebration of 15 years of serving the macular disease community was a reoccurring theme at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 6 December 2016, in Sydney.

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Do You See What I See?

This summer, the Macular Disease Foundation Australia is supporting local optometrists and Bayer Australia on an awareness initiative called “Do You See What I See?” to help improve the eye health of those at increased risk of developing some of the leading causes of vision loss including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

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mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 - Now Closed!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the people who entered the mEYE World Photographic Competition this year - we had an overwhelming response! It is now up to our fantastic judges who have the difficult task of choosing our winners... Stay tuned.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment – The Foundation’s Position

A number of Australia’s peak medical and patient advocacy groups are advising patients to be careful of alternate treatments that are advertised in newspapers or on the internet claiming dramatic success in the treatment of MD.

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Macular Degeneration One Decade Gala Fundraising Dinner 2011

At the launch of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2011, the Foundation celebrated one decade of service to the Macular Degeneration community with a gala fundraising dinner at the Sydney Hilton Hotel on Friday 20 May. It was a wonderful evening acknowledging so many supporters and expressing our heartfelt thanks for the enormous contribution of Dr Paul Beaumont, our founding director

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Winter Newsletter Now Available!

View our special One Decade edition which highlights the launch of MD Awareness Week 2011, the launch of the Macular Degeneration Foundation Research Grants Program, our One Decade Gala Fundraising Dinner, the mEYE World Photographic Competition Winners and our new publication Low Vision Aids & Technology – A Guide.

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Now Available, Low Vision Aids and Technology – A Guide

Low Vision Aids and Technology – A Guide, the fourth in a series on guides produced by the Foundation, provides information on the different types of aids and technology available to assist those living with low vision.

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Eye Health Checklist

To find out more about how to reduce your risk including the need for eye tests and self-monitoring using an Amsler grid
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Facts & Figures

Statistical information on prevalence, risk factors and the cost of MD in Australia.
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Low Vision Aids &
Technology - A Guide

Answers key questions
and gives examples
of low vision aids
and technology.

Low Vision - A Guide
Coping strategies, low
vision tips for the
recently diagnosed
and a detailed service
directory of low vision

Family, Friend &
Carer - A Guide

provides information
for carers who
support people who
are blind or have low

Slips, Trips & Falls -
A Guide

Practical advice to
avoid slips, trips and