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HomeminewsMDFA Research Receives International Recognition

MDFA Research Receives International Recognition

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia says the publication of its research in a prestigious international journal will provide important recognition of the “ripple effect” of caring for wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) on carers.

The article, ‘Predictors of psychological distress in caregivers of older persons with wet age-related macular degeneration’, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Aging and Mental Health.

The article outlines the Foundation’s research, conducted in 2013, which revealed that the burden of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) weighs heavily not only on people living with the disease, but
also on those who care for them.

Julie Heraghty, CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, said the Foundation was “proud and excited” by the publication of the research.

It was a significant and worthwhile project enabling the Foundation to further explore the role of the carer of someone with macular degeneration

“It was a significant and worthwhile project enabling the Foundation to further explore the role of the carer of someone with macular degeneration.

“From this study we were able to highlight the unexpected burden of wet AMD and understand the impact on both the person living with the disease and the person who cares for them. A highly successful media campaign directed people to support for depression, carer support entitlements and the need to ensure ‘care for the carer’,” Ms. Heraghty said.

She said the publication of the research in such a well regarded journal reinforces the importance of this study and will assist both the Foundation and the wider global community in understanding the ripple effect of vision loss, which ultimately means better outcomes for all involved.

The Foundation thanked Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath, Annette Kifley and Professor Paul Mitchell at the Westmead Millennium Institute for supporting the detailed analysis of the data and the writing of the paper.

The original research was funded by an unrestricted grant from Bayer.

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