“It would be wonderful if all federal MPs, in every electorate in Australia, were meeting to have a cup of tea with those who can best tell the story of macular degeneration – those who have the disease, their family, carers, friends and supporters,” said Ms. Heraghty, Chief Executive Officer, Macular Disease Foundation Australia.
MDFA has sent its supporters an information leaflet, a macular degeneration fact sheet and two tea bags to take along to the meeting.
Ms. Heraghty said she hopes eye care professionals will get behind the campaign by encouraging patient participation and by going along to see their MP as well. She said the key issues to be discussed are: there should be no age discrimination in DisabilityCare Australia for over 65s (currently people who go blind after 65 years are excluded from the DisabilityCare Australia); the need for fair and equitable access to aids and technology for low vision; and the need for increased funding to support the MDFA’s work in macular degeneration.
For further information and to register support visit www.mdfoundation.com.au