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About Muscular Dystrophy

About muscular dystrophy  

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic neuromuscular conditions where muscles slowly degenerate and weaken. They affect more than 20,000 Australians and MDWA support around 800 families in WA, through a community service program that provides advocacy, education and information, counselling, research and social support.

Where muscle would normally rebuild and continue to grow, in neuromuscular conditions once the muscles are damaged they have limited ability to repair. Damage is primarily due to the lack of a protein called dystrophin. The condition leaves most in an electric wheelchair, reliant on others to care for them.

About Muscular Dystrophy WA

MDWA is a small organisation making a big impact. They are passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular conditions, working with hundreds of families to help them get the best support and services they need, at the same time as connecting them to others with similar conditions. All of this enables them to lead full lives and provides them with support for life.

To learn more about muscular dystrophy and how MDWA supports its community, visit www.mdwa.org.au