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MDFA calls for funding of aids and technologies for vision impaired older Australians

The Macular Disease Foundation of Australia (MDFA) today released a new report into the longterm funding requirements for aids and technologies to assist the 100,000 older Australians with vision loss or blindness.

The report, entitled Low Vision, Quality of Life and Independence: A Review of the Evidence on Aids and Technologies, outlines how funding responsibility for this cause has vacillated between federal and state governments. MDFA CEO Julie Heraghty says it is an initiative that has “slipped through the cracks”, leading to a reduction in quality of life for people with vision impairment.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Heraghty about the reports findings and recommendations, including an overview of the issues, an explanation with examples of what vision loss aids and technologies are, estimates of the financial boost required, and the identification of who should be footing the bill.

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