MJD Foundation

Saltwater and Smiles

Saltwater & Smiles, Carers' Perspectives on MJD

Saltwater and Smiles







 View the DVD online here

Download the Education Notes here.


‘SALTWATER & SMILES, Carers' Perspectives on MJD' is an educational resource developed by the MJD Foundation. The DVD and accompanying Education Notes were launched at NT Parliament House on April 19th 2013. Introduced by Libby Massey, MJDF's Director of Research & Community Services, Senator Trish Crossin welcomed the gathering and gave a brief address acknowledging the important work the MJD Foundation does in its role of advocating and supporting people with MJD and their families in the NT. Represented at the launch were people with MJD, family members, careworkers, Federal government representatives, staff from services who are involved in service provision for people with MJD and representatives of training organisations and the Health Services Training Advisory Council.

View the DVD online here (45 mins)
Download the Education Notes here

MJDF's Education Manager Ros Kempton said "In addressing the care needs of people with MJD as the disease progresses, we feel it is important to learn from the various perspectives of caring: at home, in community and in residential care. This DVD was developed collaboratively with family carers and careworkers in community based and residential care services."

"It is anticipated that the insights and discussions with carers in these diverse contexts and environments will contribute to the education, training and support of people who care for people with MJD. It aims to be a valuable resource to trainers, services and care professionals as they consider the care needs of people with MJD, often in settings that are a long way from home. Interviews with family members on Groote Eylandt offer insights into what people miss when they move from their community to receive residential care in urban centres like Darwin."

Saltwater & Smiles is the first of a series of Educational DVDs produced by the MJD Foundation and funded by the Federal Government Department of Health and Ageing (Office of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health).

‘Saltwater & Smiles, Carers' Perspectives on MJD' runs for approximately 45mins and is divided into six segments to enhance its use in a learning environment. The DVD and Education Notes are available free of charge from the MJD Foundation.

Photos from the 19th April launch in Darwin