The MDA provides a number of Respite Programs to benefit families and primary carers.

National CampMDA

National Camp MDA is a week-long camp, held four times a year at various sites in Australia, for people affected by Muscular Dystrophy or related Neuromuscular Disorders.

MDA accepts registrations from campers of any age; often we have campers ranging from five to 65!  National CampMDA is conducted during school holidays; January, April, July and September and participants have travelled from all across Australia to attend National CampMDA. Participants have also attended from New Zealand.

An open invitation is also made to the International MD community, if you’re planning to be in Australia during the course of National CampMDA and would like to attend, please register to secure a place at CampMDA.

Click here to visit the official National CampMDA website.


OperationMD ShortBreak!

OperationMD ShortBreak! provides parents or primary carers of affected MD children with a much needed short break from the duties associated in caring for their loved one.  MDA provides planned respite through a dedicated program. Trained MDA staff collects children from a central location, usually early on a Saturday morning and return them back early Sunday evening.

Many different activities happen on a Short Break, including going to the movies, ten pin bowling, visiting shopping centres, going to the Zoo or just spending time with friends. It’s a program that delivers fun for the kids and respite for the family.

OperationMD SWAP!

OperationMD SWAP! – (Social Weekend Adult Program) provides an opportunity for the adult members of the MD community to get together in a friendly and social environment to provide respite for the primary carer. Trained MDA staff provides the support required to ensure the program participants have a memorable experience.

Wheelies’ Rest

Wheelies’ Rest Axe Creek and Wheelies’ Rest Phillip Island are MDA’s fully accessible houses.

Wheelies’ Rest can accommodate up to 12 persons in a fully accessible purpose built facility. Equipment is provided and includes; ceiling hoist, commode, excellent bathroom / toilet access, laundry facilities and many more features.

To see more, visit the Wheelies’ Rest website click here.


Entrance to Wheelies Rest Axe Creek 20 acre property (above) with house below.


These programs are available, however please note, they may not be available or accessible in all geographic locations. To find out more – contact the MDA on 03 9320 9555 or email