Your MAA Board have kept busy despite the pre-Christmas distractions. It has been an unusual and challenging year in so many ways and embracing the joy and connection of the Christmas period feels more important than ever.
I would like to sincerely thank your committed MAA Board team for all their work this year and for the support they have provided to me as we have explored and embraced the opportunities to improve the lives of those across Australia affected by MG in all its forms.
In 2021, the MGAQ will celebrate 30 years supporting people with Myasthenia Gravis in Queensland as a volunteer Association.
As part of our celebrations, we are offering our younger people a competition to help raise awareness by telling a story about their journey with MG.
MY MG JOURNEY
The competition is open to three age categories
Closed SLACK Community open to MG Sufferers aged 18-35 only
• Specially created to meet the needs of this younger group who are thinking about careers, relationships, making a family, travelling etc.
• Discussion to be guided by the participants and supported by the Doctors.
• Find this group via the mgaq.org.au home page and look for the link under SOCIAL INTERACTION
(S.E. Queensland ONLY to respond)
Potential Clinical Trial - Might you be a suitable candidate?
TAKE THIS 1 MINUTE SURVEY TO FIND OUT!
Question 1. Do you have AChR+, mild to moderate Myasthenia Gravis and your regular treatments DO NOT include IVIg or PLEX.
What is the latest on the quest to have more equitable access to Rituximab by seeking inclusion of this medication on the PBS for people with Myasthenia?
s discussed regularly throughout newsletters during the past two years, we have approached the Federal Government and the supporting authorities in regard to making Rituximab available to people with Myasthenia via the PBS. Our respectful and well considered approaches have resonated with the Government and with the Rare Voices Australia (RVA) organisation.
“Greetings" to those whom have decided to try out the MGAQ’s new podcast service. We have been incredibly pleased that so many of our members have elected to join this new MGAQ membership offering.
Currently MGAQ Podcasts have nine podcasts available for Association members. A full list of these podcasts was included in the last newsletter. Two further podcasts will be published in October.
The following were elected to the Management Committee until the 2021 AGM:
President: Carol Buchanan
Vice-President: Susan White
Secretary: Ron Stephen
Treasurer: Denise Hannay
Committee Members: Donna Formosa, Rosalyn Holland, Ian Hollingworth, Anita Jackson, Kirstine Shrubsole and Karen Downes
Dr Stephen Reddel, of the MAA Medical Advisory Board, has flagged the need for anybody who has previously had or currently has a thymoma to take extra care protecting against exposure to COVID-19 as they may be more seriously affected. The following relevant article is technical but included here:
For further information please contact Susan on 1800 802 568.
Published & Upcoming MGAQ Podcasts
Current List of Published and Available MGAQ Podcasts:
Episode 1: MGAQ Podcast Series Overview - This provides an Overview of the planned MGAQ Podcast and Vodcast Series 1 through 5
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Closed slack community open to MG sufferers aged 18-35 only