New MDNZ practice membership

Macular Degeneration New Zealand’s (MDNZ’s) Professional Friends network profiles member optometrists and ophthalmologists on MDNZ’s website and gives them free access to essential resources, like Amsler grids and nutritional guidance for patients. It also helps cover the cost of MDNZ’s vital public helpline and support offered to those diagnosed.

Now, from 1 April 2019, individuals can not only register themselves, but their practices as well, providing the practice as a whole with a profile on MDNZ’s website and a listing in its quarterly newsletter.

Personal membership supports the work of more senior optometrists and ophthalmologists known for their role in macular degeneration (MD) diagnosis and care, while practice membership is perfect for the larger optometry practice with newly qualified professionals who may not yet be able to afford membership as individuals, explained Phillippa Pitcher, MDNZ general manager.

“The money we receive from Professional Friends helps to fund our daily activities. Membership also gives patients the confidence to visit practices and professionals affiliated with our organisation.

“As part of our Vision for 2020 campaign, we are aiming to raise $150,000 this year to improve public awareness as a record number of people are on the cusp of turning 65. Professional Friends practice membership will help us meet that goal and mean we can continue to support the life-changing work of optometrists and ophthalmologists across New Zealand.”

MD in NZ

  • In 2016, MD cost New Zealand $391m
  • 1.5m Kiwis are at risk. Around a fifth of those diagnosed will go blind
  • Only 67% of Kiwis have heard of MD, compared with 92% of Australians. MDNZ wants to raise the NZ figure to 80% by 2020
  • An investment of $2.8m for awareness campaigns could save the country $70m a year in healthcare

For more information about practice membership, please contact Phillippa Pitcher direct on 09 307 2103 or email

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