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In honour of Macula Month, the Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) is introducing a free, evidence-based, nationwide service addressing the unmet needs of people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

With this service, MDFA provides the essential post-clinic support patients require during what can be a difficult time and keeps them on track with managing the challenges of daily living in between their clinic visits.

Why should optometrists refer to MDFA’s new support service?

The new support service is free to join for anyone living with existing or newly diagnosed AMD. In time, MDFA will expand the scope to include diabetic eye disease and other retinal eye conditions.

As part of the service, MDFA personalises information based on disease stage, individual mental wellbeing requirements, and severity of vision loss, with a commitment to maintain contact over an extended period.

CEO of Optometry Australia Skye Cappuccio said MDFA’s new support service is a significant development for individuals living with AMD.

‘As primary eye care providers, optometrists play a crucial role in the ongoing support of those living with this condition,’ she said. ‘By referring patients to this service, optometrists are ensuring their patients will continue to receive personalised care beyond that of the consulting room.’

Early results

MDFA’s trials of the new service have been running since November 2023 with positive results:

  • 195 active participants
  • 99% of patients who have been offered the service have joined and remain active
  • Active patients in all Australian states, except the NT

“MDFA’s new service helped me a lot as I didn’t know much about my macular disease, it guided me a lot with tips on what to do and implement, I’ve recommended it to a couple of other people. I love talking to MDFA staff, they feel like all my friends and the phone calls help me a lot emotionally.”


Active patient

How do I refer?

You can now refer your macular disease patients to MDFA via MDFA’s website, Oculo or request referral pads for your clinic at

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