2020 Crisis Appeal

During these uncertain times, kindness really matters.

The impact and risk of COVID-19 on the neurosmuscular community is high and we need your help to ensure that we can continue supporting those in our community who need it most. You can read more about how your donations will help people with MD and similar conditions below the donation form.

Are you able to extend your kindness to people with muscular dystrophy during this health epidemic today?

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You can also direct deposit your donation to our bank account:

BSB: 084-004  Account Number: 71 639 0235

Please use your Donor ID and ‘CRISIS2020’ as the reference. If you don’t know your Donor ID please use your first initial and surname and ‘CRISIS2020’ as the reference: «DONORNO»CRISIS20DM

If you would like to pay by Bpay please contact the office on 3243 9700 or email

How your donation will help.

The MDQ team anticipate that there will be four key areas of support for our clients which will see unprecedented demand during this pandemic:

1. Cough Assist Machines

This machine is critical for people with weak breathing muscles. A cough assist machine simulates a natural cough and assists a person to clear secretions – something that someone with muscle wastage to their breathing muscles is simply unable to do unaided. We offer machines on short term loan to assist people while they fight a respiratory infection.  It often takes a few months for people to recover to the point where they no longer require the machine daily.

Each machine costs $255 per month to loan. Last year your donations helped fund 50 monthly loans. This year we expect those numbers to double at least and we want to be prepared for the standard flu season on top of the Coronavirus epidemic.

2.  Calls to our Helpline

This fully charitably funded resource is an enormous source of comfort for our clients – they know that they can call us with any questions and we’ll be there on the other end of the phone doing our best to answer them.  Last year the Helpline was inundated with calls about the transfer to the NDIS. Already in the past two weeks we have seen a significant increase in calls from clients and their families who are concerned about the impact the Coronavirus will have on them. And we’ve extended the work by calling and checking in with our most vulnerable clients to ensure they’re OK. Having this service available creates peace of mind and provides our clients with a reliable and credible source of information, specific to their needs.

In its current capacity the Helpline Program costs MDQ $310 per day to ensure the helpline is manned by qualified staff, who have the capacity to respond to callers when needed.

3. Counselling services

For our clients who often have additional conditions such as anxiety and depression, cognitive impairment or autism spectrum disorders, the impact of the heightened level of media attention to the virus and the general social angst can quickly become overwhelming. Our clients are concerned that their care workers may not be able to get to them and that they may have no one to assist them.  Frustratingly, we have already seen a shortage of care workers. These very real issues cause heightened levels of anxiety which impacts on the health and well-being of our clients. Right now, having access to a counsellor to discuss concerns and develop coping strategies with is critical.

MDQ are offering free counselling sessions to our clients which would usually be charged at $156 per session.

4. Extended care

Our extended care program was created to support clients experiencing crisis – this maybe a result of an unforeseen progression in their condition, equipment breakdown or an unwelcome change in housing arrangements.

In the midst of this current crisis we have already seen an increase in the need for support for unexpected circumstances.