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A Xmas message from the MDA Executive Director Boris M Struk

Only a few days now until Santa places presents under the trees, delicious meals are shared in abundance and we have a chance to relax and reflect on a year that was. This is definitely a special time of year with Christmas spirit in the air and an opportunity for many to catch up with those in their lives who, for the most part of the year, a busy life gets in the way of seeing. It is important to take stock at this time of year and give yourself a moment to contemplate all that has occurred over the last 12 months.

(22 December 2014)

Seeking volunteers from the MD community to trial robotic arm

Marita Cheng's robotics company, 2Mar, has developed new control interfaces for her robotic arm, Jeva and we are looking for your help in finding participants for usability testing. Jeva has been designed to assist persons with a disability in performing activities of daily living, and the testing will provide invaluable feedback about Jeva and its interfaces.

The participants we seek should have limited upper-limb mobility, and the testing will require each user to complete a series of small tasks with Jeva, using an iOS, Android, Emotiv (head movement control) and/or Google Glass interface (eye tracking control), which will be provided. Each trial will take approximately two hours, and will be conducted at an accessible venue at The University of Melbourne, in late February to early March. Currently, the period they are looking at is Monday to Friday, between the 9th and the 20th of February. The slots are 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm and 3-5pm.

If you are interested, or have any questions about the trial, please contact Ruwan Devasurendra at, or call him on 0433550243.

Click on the 'Read more' link for further information...

(30 January 2015)

Mornington Peninsula Leader: Students get a boost from camp

THE campers with Muscular Dystrophy Australia didn’t shy away from the slugs, bugs or beetles last week as they petted the spectrum of creepy crawlies during their stay at Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza.

More than 30 campers living with muscular dystrophy spent last week playing wheelchair sports, laser skirmish, karaoke and having party and casino nights.

For campers like Ashleigh Jamieson, 16, it was a great opportunity just to “see friends from all over that you never get to see”... [CONTINUES]

To download the article click on the 'Read more' link...

(29 January 2015)

Condolences to the family and friends of Hayden Butler

MDA would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Hayden Butler, a previous Melbourne Storm Under-20s player and supporter of MDA who died suddenly over the Australia Day long weekend.

“Hayden was a lovely young man who gave his time generously to support our Run for Strength Fun Run and he always took the time to have pictures with the little kids,” said MDA Executive Director, Boris M Struk.

“Our most sincere condolences for everyone at this difficult time which has come as such a shock to all.”

[PHOTO: Hayden Butler photographed at the 2013 MDA Run for Strength Fun Run.]

(28 January 2015)

Photos from January CampMDA available to view online now!

Check out some of the wonderful photos from CampMDA that was held last week at Camp Manyung, Mount Eliza VIC.

It was a fabulous week with many lifelong memories and friendships made.

Seeing all of the smiling and happy faces is a reminder of why our work at MDA to help the MD community is so important. Thank you to all who were involved.

To view the photos click on the 'Read more' link...

(27 January 2015)

Message from Boris

Social Commentary Piece: Appalling discrimination in the UK

Hearing about the incident just a few days ago in England where a man with Duchenne MD was asked to leave a cinema because his ventilator was “too loud” and reported as a “nuisance” by some movie-goers has made me question how some people can be so cruel and ignorant.

This man, Richard Bridger 31, was basically told that his assisted breathing machine - which was keeping him alive - was such an inconvenience to others that he was no longer welcome to partake in the movie-going experience.

Do these people realise that air is free and while most of us have the luxury of breathing unassisted, people with MD often need to rely on a ventilator to sustain their life?... [CONTINUES]

To downloand the full message click on the 'Read more' link...

(19 January 2015)

2015 MDA Run for Strength Registration Open Now

There is less than a month left until the annual MDA Run for Strength Fun Run being held at Albert Park on Sunday 15 February 2015.

You can register your participation by visiting the event website here.

We look forward to seeing you all on the day!

(19 January 2015)

Media Release

Camp for children with a disability brightens lives

“Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) has been holding camps for children with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) for over 20 years and we are so excited to be hosting our 93rd CampMDA”, said MDA Executive Director, Boris M Struk.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a term used for more than 60 neuromuscular disorders and it is defined as a progressive muscle destroying disorder which wastes all muscles away causing immobility, respiratory problems and cardiac complications. Many types of MD are considered life threatening and are known to drastically shorten life expectancy, which differs with each individual condition.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most severe form of MD and it affects young boys who are diagnosed between two and six years of age. CampMDA is a cornerstone service that MDA provides to those in the MD community and is one of the most important activities which MDA facilitates as it provides over 14,000 hours of respite per annum to families of affected children... [CONTINUES]

(19 January 2015)

Research News

Research Round-up 2014 – other muscular dystrophies and neuromuscular conditions

In the run up to Christmas we are publishing summaries of the progress made this year towards treatments for muscular dystrophies and related neuromuscular conditions. Muscular Dystrophy Australia supports people with any one of more than 60 neuromuscular conditions. We have already published updates for some of the more common conditions and this week we have the research highlights for the other conditions we cover.

(15 December 2014)

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