About Us
About The Macular Disease Foundation Australia


"To reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia"




Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education and awareness programs, research, provision of support services and representing the best interests of the macular disease community. 

The Foundation is a national charity providing information, guidance and support on prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation. The Foundation is the voice of the macular disease community, building healthy communities through the development of effective public policy, a sound knowledge base and strong relationships and partnerships. 

The Foundation’s work encompasses macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and a range of other macular diseases. 



The Macular Disease Foundation Australia's Board, Committees State Chairs, members, staff and volunteers have common shared values and commitments towards people with macular diseases and these commitments underpin the Foundation's Strategic Plan. These common values are:
  • Respect - respect for the dignity of the person.
  • Compassion - concern, support and understanding.
  • Integrity - trustworthiness, honesty, loyalty, reliability and the highest standard of ethical behaviour in an environment of total quality care.
  • Competency - focus on effective, appropriate, high-quality care in the advocacy for and administration of services for people with macular diseases, their families and carers.
Guiding Principles
The Foundation's work as a charity aims to meet the real needs of the people it represents and as such operates in the best interest of its client; the macular disease community. It engages and depends upon the active support of volunteers, individuals and organisations and is guided by the following principles:
  • Access and Equity - The Foundation is committed to equity of access to treatments, care and rehabilitation.
  • Knowledge - The Foundation values knowledge and continues to develop expertise, drawing on its own and others' experience.
  • Social Justice - The Foundation pursues social justice and works to empower the macular disease community and strives to oppose any disadvantage they may be experiencing.
  • Investment - The Foundation invests in the future by using resources and knowledge to improve the future of the macular disease community and in undertaking this task, is committed to strengthening the Foundation, the people and practices.
  • Change - The Foundation is persistent in pursuing change and works creatively to make a real difference for the macular disease community.
  • Consideration - The Foundation respects the client and all those with whom it relates in the meeting of its objectives. The Foundation treats others with respect at all times.
  • Participation - The Foundation encourages the active participation of families, friends and communities.
  • Acceptance - The Foundation values and celebrates diversity in the membership and in activities. It provides guidance and support for all people with macular diseases, their families and carers in a non-discriminatory, ethical manner.
  • Standards - The Foundation will uphold the highest ethical standards in its daily work and its relations with all related parties.
  • Appreciation - The Foundation appreciates the contribution of governments, volunteers, advocates, other non-government organisations, staff and others both within and outside the organisation who work for the common good of the macular disease community.
  • Partnerships - The Foundation will value, support and work with all partners including the medical profession, corporate and allied health care professionals in order to improve the quality of life of all people with macular diseases.


The key objectives of the Foundation are to represent the interests of the macular disease community by providing:
  • Education - provide accurate, specific, current and ongoing information
  • Awareness - increase awareness of macular diseases
  • Research - support and pursue research
  • Support Services - facilitate access to relevant support services
  • Representation - advocate for the best interests of the macular disease community
  • Fundraising - income from fundraising
  • Best practice in Management - ensure best practice in management