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MDFA Expands Support Services

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has appointed two new educators based in Queensland and Victoria to extend its information and support services to the macular disease community in those states.

The new MDFA recruits are Sabine Ostrowski, a practising optometrist from Melbourne, and Brisbane-based Samantha Crooke, who has also had an extensive history working in eye health.

MDFA regularly hosts free macular disease and low vision education sessions across Australia to enhance health literacy for those living with or at risk of macular disease. Last year, MDFA delivered almost 140 educational sessions to 9,000 attendees.

MDFA CEO Dee Hopkins said the appointment of the two part-time educators aims to create stronger local connections and enhance/extend the current national education program.

“With AMD prevalence rates affecting approximately 271,000 in Victoria and 205,000 in Queensland, it is vital that we extend our support in those high prevalence states.

“Sabine and Sam have hit the ground running, with a number of education sessions already planned. They will also be engaging with eye care professionals with a view to exploring opportunities for better collaboration, to support macular disease patients, their families and carers,” Ms Hopkins said.

“MDFA operates a range of information and wellbeing support services for the macular disease community through our National Helpline (1800 111 709).

“We continue to urge healthcare professionals to refer their macular disease patients – including those in early stages of macular disease – to MDFA for immediate and lifelong information and support,” she said.

For eye health professionals interested in co-hosting seminars with MDFA, Sam Crooke can be contacted on queensland@ mdfoundation.com.au while Sabine Ostrowski is available on victoria@ mdfoundation.com.au.