About Muscular Dystrophy Australia
Muscular Dystrophy Australia is a non-profit organization in Australia that was founded in the early 1970s by a group of people affected by muscular dystrophy (MD). Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic disorders characterized by progressive degeneration of muscle fibers, resulting in associated weakness, disability, and deformity. The different forms of muscular dystrophy may be categorized based upon age at onset, specific muscle groups affected, rate of disease progression, and mode of inheritance. Muscular Dystrophy Australia is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. To fulfill its mission and objectives, the association provides a variety of educational materials, conducts MDA camps for children and adults with neuromuscular disorders, and promotes and supports research. The association’s materials include information sheets on different forms of muscular dystrophy, parent’s guides, glossaries, and materials discussing the various aspects of these disorders. In 1985, the association established the Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation to help ensure sufficient funding to accelerate research and to provide funds required for treatment programs. MDA, in association with St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Melbourne University, is also affiliated with the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Centre, and sponsors scientific research seminars and conferences.