Mito Foundation works to drive improvements in services available for the mito community, encourage research into mitochondrial disease (mito) and ensure that treatments for mito are available. We do this in collaboration with mito community members who contribute their experiences to setting our advocacy priorities, informing our submissions and being involved in policy development that affects the mito community.

Key partnerships

Mito Foundation works with many other organisations to drive change, including:

 

  • The Childhood Dementia Initiative (CDI) aims to transform research, care and quality of life for children with dementia. This includes many children with mito who experience neurological symptoms that worsen over time. Mito Foundation is one of several partners working with CDI and our CEO, Sean Murray is on the board of CDI.

 

  • Rare Voices Australia (RVA) has driven the creation of Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases and continues to advocate for the implementation of this plan. This includes improvements to awareness, education, health, support and research for rare diseases. Mito Foundation has contributed to the development of the action plan and several RVA projects including the metabolic workforce study.

 

  • GUARD collaborative is a coalition of peak body organisations, Genetic Support Network Victoria, Genetic Alliance Australia (NSW) and Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN Australia). Mito Foundation is a member of the GUARD Consumer Advisory Group and the GUARD Mental Health Working Group.

Our advocacy priorities

Our current advocacy work covers several goals:

Preventing mito

Our current focus is our campaign to give Australian families access to mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique with the potential to prevent mitochondrial disease in the next generation.

Improving diagnosis of mito

We are working with mito specialists to secure Medicare funding for several other genetic technologies including whole genome sequencing for faster diagnosis of mito, pre-conception carrier screening for severe childhood forms of mito and pre-implantation genetic testing for some other forms of mito.

Improving life with mito

As we prepare for targeted treatments for mito to become available, Mito Foundation is working with other rare disease organisations to ensure that Australians can access new treatments through clinical trials, medicine approvals and reimbursements.

Improving health services for people with mito is a high priority. Mito Foundation has supported the development of the first Australian Patient Care Standards and will continue to work with mito specialist health professionals to improve access to high-quality care throughout Australia.

Mito Foundation also works with the mito community to improve disability, education, workplace and financial supports. We do this by contributing to reforms in these sectors to ensure that people impacted by mito have the support they need to live great lives.

 

Previous submissions and projects

Get In Touch

If you'd like to learn more about the foundation's policy and advocacy work or get in touch about a recent submission, please reach out to Clare Stuart, our Policy and Advocacy Manager.  You can call on 1300 977 180 or email clare.stuart@mito.org.au.

Clare Stuart

Clare Stuart

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Clare leads Mito Foundation's work to advocate for improvements to health, disability and social support for people living with mito. She has a Masters in Public Health, has worked in policy development with NSW Ministry of Health and has managed another Australian rare disease organisation.

Clare played a key role in the establishment of Rare Voices Australia and was a member of the steering committee for the first National Strategic Action Plan for Rare Diseases. Clare's passion for improving the lives of people with mito and other rare conditions is fuelled by her experience as a sister of Lizzie, who lived with a rare genetic condition.

Originally from Sydney, Clare now lives in Orange in the Central West region of NSW. When not working for The Mito Foundation, she can often be found on the ultimate frisbee field, on her stand up paddle board or volunteering as an ethics teacher at her childrens' school.