MJD Foundation

Womens DVD Launch

The Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce launches "MJD Family Business - Messages for Women".

MJD Family Business - Messages for Women

View the DVD online here

View the DVD online here

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View the DVD online here

View the DVD online here 

‘'MJD Family Business - Messages for Women" is an educational resource developed by the MJD Foundation. The DVD was launched on 16th August 2013 on Groote Eylandt by the Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce.

Introduced by Nadia Lindop, MJDF's Executive Officer, Her Excellency addressed the gathering and spoke of the devastating impact of Machado Joseph Disease in the region and the importance of producing education resources in the local languages.

Her Excellency said "To understand a genetic family disease, and to provide information that might help a family make informed decisions is a complex endeavour. This DVD uses simple, engaging animations and simple language to help explain Machado Joseph Disease.
By providing this information in multiple local Aboriginal languages and raising the levels of understanding of MJD in communities, the MJD Foundation also hopes to reduce the shame and blame so often felt by individuals and families living with the disease.
If I can quote from the great man Nelson Mandela "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Machado Joseph Disease is a genetic, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder with a high prevalence amongst Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory. The MJD Foundation has been working since 2008 to improve the quality of life for Indigenous Australians and their families living with MJD in Arnhem Land and beyond.

MJDF's Vice Chairperson Gayangwa Lalara said "The DVD that you will see today is something I am very proud of, because it tells the story in the right way, in our own languages. Because we can really understand how the disease works now, we can tell people and that will help us to be strong in the future."

"MJD Family Business - Messages for Women" is the second 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).

The MJDF team that developed the DVD comprises Associate Professor John MacMillan (Medical Geneticist), Libby Massey (MJDF Director, Research and Community Services), Gayangwa Lalara (MJDF Vice-Chairperson), Julie Gungunbuy Wunungmurra (MJDF Community Worker), Justin Brown (Browndog Productions) and Andrez Gomez Isaza (Animator).