The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia (MDFA) recently received an NDIA grant for the development of an online, integrated and accessible resource to strengthen the capacity and skills of Australians living with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions, their families and carers.
The Neuromuscular Digital Resource will essentially be a ‘one stop shop’ for Australians living with a neuromuscular condition, their families and carers to access the latest in medical research, condition information and support services. The Resource will be reliable, comprehensive, and simple to use and understand.
The neuromuscular community will provide valuable input into the content development, structure, look and feel of the Resource to ensure it meets the diverse needs of our community.
The ultimate outcome is for our community to be more connected and informed to make decisions about their own personal needs, through integration with specialist and mainstream services and support networks in their local area.
To our knowledge, this is the first resource of its kind to be built in Australia.
MDF will commence community consultation in March 2019. Development of the Resource will commence in May 2019 and the official launch is set for March 2020.
With the development of The Resource, Australians living with neuromuscular conditions will be more connected and informed to make decisions and choices. They will:
- actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their own lives and wellbeing;
- have increased opportunities for active participation and feelings of belonging in the community; and
- be more integrated with specialist and mainstream services and support networks.
Their families, carers and those connected to them will be better equipped to support their needs. Service Providers and other stakeholder groups supporting the neuromuscular community will be better connected with opportunities for closer collaboration.