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Government funds national macular disease plan

23/05/2018By Matthew Woodley
The Federal Government has announced funding to help with the establishment of a Strategic National Action Plan for Macular Disease.

The $150,000 in funding will go towards developing a strategic approach to the management, prevention and treatment of macular disease, with a view to incorporating it into government policies and budgets. According to a media release, the MDFA will lead the development of the plan, and provide a blueprint for key priorities and actions to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease.


“The action plan will provide a streamlined approach to the treatment and management of the disease across Australia. Importantly, it will be a roadmap to deliver better outcomes for patients.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt

MDFA CEO Ms Dee Hopkins said the development of the plan showed progress was being made in addressing issues associated with the disease.

“Minister Hunt has shown great foresight in acknowledging the growing incidence of macular disease and the impact it is having as a chronic disease in Australia,” Hopkins said.

“The incidence and impact of macular disease will only increase and put additional strain on our healthcare system. The National Strategic Action Plan will help us prepare, prioritise and invest wisely to support the macular disease community.”

The announcement was made at the launch of MDFA’s most recent report, ‘The Journey to See: A Model for Success’, which took place at Parliament House. Minister Hunt was in attendance, and said Australia was a leader in the fight against the disease.

“The action plan will provide a streamlined approach to the treatment and management of the disease across Australia. Importantly, it will be a roadmap to deliver better outcomes for patients,” Hunt said.

The Journey to See: A Model for Success, highlights the ground-breaking work Australia has delivered over the last 10 years in the treatment and management of age-related macular disease.”

Achievements highlighted in the report include; the creation of a national voice and dedicated patient advocate to speak on behalf of those at risk or diagnosed with macular disease; an increase in national awareness and education across all age groups of the need for regular eye tests; and the development of, and increased access to anti-VEGF treatments.

More reading: the report summary



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