What is Diabetic Macular Oedema XPLAINED?
Medical jargon can be confusing, but, we take away that confusion through storytelling. Diabetic Macular Oedema Xplained takes us on Julia’s journey with Diabetic Macular Oedema in an engaging, informative and entertaining story. Be sure to download your copy today!
Based on Julia’s story with
Diabetic Macular Oedema.
WRITTEN BY Professionals
Written by doctors in the field for up to
date and correct information.
PEER REVIEWED BY EXPERTS
Reviewed by professors, specialists, nurses, & associated organisations to ensure accuracy.
INPUT FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Shared with a focus group of Diabetic Macular Oedema patients for first hand experience.
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My name is Julia Clarke I’m 50 years old. I’ve had diabetes for 30 years & about 2 ½ years ago my eyesight rapidly deteriorated, almost overnight. I was working in ICU as a nurse & I remember saying to myself that I couldn’t read the monitors on the wall. I went to my Optometrist who referred me to a specialist. I started having eye injections in September 2014. I had regular checkups in the past and never had a problem until then. Luckily my nursing background and a few good books helped me to start my journey.
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A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY EFFORT
A wide community contributed to Diabetic Macular Oedema Xplained. The starting point being the story of Julia. From this, we involved medical experts, relevant medical bodies & institutions. The story was then peer reviewed & shared with a focus group of people with Diabetic Macular Oedema to help evolve & optimise the content. Thank you to all involved!
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About Medicine X
MEDICINE X IS MEDICINE XPLAINED BY DOCTORS, FOR PATIENTS
Medicine X translates complicated ‘doctor speak’ into an entertaining and engaging story – so that every person regardless of age, gender, culture and condition, can have access to medical information they can understand and relate to. Working as a doctor, Medicine X’s founder realised that many patients were confused about their diagnoses, and didn’t have a proper understanding of their conditions or treatments. There was a disconnect between the language that doctors use, and what patients understand. Because of this, many people feel hopeless and anxious at a very difficult time in their lives.
This is why Medicine X was created. We believe there is a better way. We believe all patients should feel informed and empowered so they can become engaged in their personal and medical decisions.
Medicine X connects the stories of real people with artists and medical experts, to turn complex medical information into stories that people can understand and relate to.
For more info about Medicine X visit www.medicinex.com
Medicine X would like to thank their partners and sponsor Novartis for their collaboration on Diabetic Macular Oedema Xplained.
Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education and awareness programs, research, provision of support services and representing the best interests of the macular disease community.
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Established in October 2000, Vision 2020 Australia is part of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Vision 2020 Australia is the peak body for the eye health and vision care sector, representing around 50 member organisations involved in: local and global eye care; health promotion; low vision support; vision rehabilitation; eye research; professional assistance and community support.
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Optometry Australia is the influential voice for the optometry profession. It is a not-for-profit, national membership organisation representing about 85 per cent of Australian optometrists. The goal of Optometry Australia and its affiliated state-based organisations is to actively lead, engage and promote the profession of optometry and eye health, on behalf of all optometrists.
To find out more about Optometry Australia visit
Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 and is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk. Through leadership, prevention, management and research, Diabetes Australia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes.
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The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes is dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes. The Centre’s research focus is on improving the quality of life of all people with diabetes and their families. The Centre was established in 2010 as a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.
To find out more about The Australian Centre for Behavioural
Research in Diabetes. visit www.acbrd.org.au
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the medical college responsible for the training, examination and professional development of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. We seek to improve eye health across Australia and New Zealand, as well as further afield, by providing best quality education, training and continuing professional development; by promoting eye care and the work of ophthalmologists; and through collaboration with others involved in the delivery of eye health care.
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Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care and cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals.
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