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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.


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National Eye Health Survey and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

A National Eye Health Survey[1] of 4,836 individuals from metropolitan, regional and remote communities has identified that the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment in Australia has declined, and that Australia is performing better than other comparable countries.

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Ita Buttrose asks Australians to celebrate sight

Ita Buttrose is asking Australians to help raise awareness of macular disease and celebrate sight by entering the sixth annual mEYE World Photographic Competition, now open.

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Paralympian Jess Gallagher writes herself into sporting history

Australian Paralympian Jess Gallagher has become the first Australian athlete - Paralympian or Olympian - to win a medal at both winter and summer games.

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Spring newsletter now available

This edition of the newsletter provides an update on the Foundation’s 2016 Federal Election campaign, it announces the release a new publication “Eye injection treatment costs and rebates” which can be ordered from the Foundation, it features Shirley’s story of embracing low vision aids, and announces the part-funding of a new research project, plus so much more.

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Your consumer rights: a guide for consumers with disability

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a consumer rights guide for people with disability.

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Foundation’s Research Grants Program supports new research

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is proud to be partnering with the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and Carers NSW in an important new research project which has attracted a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership grant.

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Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty has now reached 20 ratifications and will officially come into force on 30 September 2016, giving blind and partially sighted people in all twenty ratifying countries the same access to literature and information that non-print disabled already enjoy. At present, less than ten percent of published materials (often less than one percent in developing countries) are available in accessible formats for blind and partially sighted people.

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Thank you - Federal election support

Thank you to all those from our macular disease community who advocated the Foundation’s policy platform to their federal election candidates. The Foundation will continue to represent the macular disease community on these important issues with all newly elected and re-elected MPs and relevant Ministers once the Government and the Cabinet are announced.

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Increase in NSW Taxi subsidy

From 1 July 2016, the NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) maximum subsidy (for those with a disability) increased from $30 per trip to $60 per trip. Transport for NSW’s website states that the new $60 docket books have been mailed to existing TTSS customers.

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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