Resources: Table of Contents


  • Mito Resources
  • Patient Resources
  • Mito Information Day Resources
  • Stay in Bed Day Resources

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Mito Resources


A Compelling Case for Mito Diagnosis

This fact sheet is aimed at clinicians and highlights the many compelling reasons to diagnose mitochondrial disease (mito). Please download the pdf and share it with your medical professional.

Download (PDF format, 147KB)



Making Health and Medical Decisions

Everyone should have the freedom to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

This fact sheet discusses advocacy services which support decision making and help resolve issues with health, disability and other services. It also provides information about advance care planning and appointing a Power of Attorney.

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Medical Identification and Alerts

This fact sheet provides information about medical identification jewelry and phone apps as well as personal emergency response services/personal alarm call systems.

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The Mitochondrial Disease Report

The Mitochondrial Disease Report: Progress Towards Overcoming Life’s Energy Crisis

The Mitochondrial Disease Report: Progress Towards Overcoming Life’s Energy Crisis report was compiled by the AMDF to provide an overview of the current state of play regarding mitochondrial disease. With contributions from Australia’s leading scientists and clinicians, patients and members of the AMDF, the report is intended to start conversations about mitochondrial disease.

Download (PDF format, 4MB)


AMDF Flyer

The AMDF general flyer which details the work the Foundation is involved in, as well as information on mitochondrial disease and its prevalence.

Download (PDF format, 1.79MB)





A Little Book About Mito

Written and illustrated by long-time AMDF supporter Martine Vanderspuy with the help of Dean Crawley, A Little Book About Mito is a delightfully simple story to explain mitochondrial disease (Mito). This book has proven one of the most sought after resources from the patient and carer community. While intended for children, many adults have found this booklet most useful in coming to terms with the complexity of mitochondrial disease through the use of simple, concise language.

Download (PDF format, 1.2MB)


Mitochondrial Disease Fact Sheet

Developed by the AMDF to help provide the facts about mitochondrial disease, the fact sheet is regularly updated as more information comes to hand. A must have resource to help understand mitochondrial disease.

Download (PDF format, 130KB)



Medical Information Booklet for General Practitioners

Written by Dr. Karen Crawley, this booklet provides more in-depth information about mitochondrial disease and is intended as a resource for Medical Practitioners who may not have dealt with mitochondrial disease before.

Download (PDF format, 1.8MB)



Australian Doctor – How to Treat Mitochondrial Disease

Targeted at General Practitioners and featured in the Australian Doctor publication, this in depth article covers the pathogenesis, clinical assessment and management of patients with mitochondrial disease. The article also includes case studies and a ‘How to Treat’ quiz to test your knowledge.

Download (PDF format, 350KB)


Living Well With Mitochondrial Disease: living-well-with-mito-thumbA Handbook for Patients, Parents and Families.

Written by Christy Balcells, Executive Director of MitoAction, Living Well With Mitochondrial Disease helps makes sense of mitochondrial disease (Mito). Writing as a parent of a child with Mito and a trained nurse, the author shows adult patients, parents, family members and carers how to achieve the best quality of life possible. Read more here.



The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris – a common forest snail. While an illness (mitochondrial disease) keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. She discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of the interconnections between species and her own human place in the natural world. Read more



Media Interview Tips

A useful resource of tips and key messages to use when being interviewed by the media.

Download (PDF format, 149KB)








If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis help is available. No one needs to face their problems alone.

PH: 13 11 14 (24 hours a day)


GriefLine is Australia’s only dedicated grief helpline service that provides counselling support services free of charge to individuals and families. These include: telephone support; online counselling; in-house one on one counselling; education and training and health support programs.

Callers to the GriefLine Helplines have the opportunity to share their stories anonymously and confidentially with someone who will listen.

PH: (03) 9935 7400 (Metro Melbourne) 1300 845 745 (Australia wide)


Genetic and Rare Diseases Network (GaRDN) The Advocate Issue 5 2015

This issue of the GaRDN newsletter contains important information on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

An overview of the support and services offered by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Download (PDF format,  347KB)

Australian Disability Parking Scheme

Information and contacts for obtaining a Mobility Parking Permit.

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MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.



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Continence Foundation of Australia

The mission of the Continence Foundation of Australia is to represent the interests of Australians affected by, or at risk of, bladder and bowel control problems and act as an advocate for their interests.

Call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66

I-am-AbleI Am Able

I am able allows customers to choose from a range of services and develop a package to reflect your interests. Supports include daily personal activities, daily living and life skills development and community, social and civic participation. I am able are registered to provide supports for NDIS participants.


All About Sex

All About Sex is a series of fact sheets for people with intellectual disability and the people who support them. The fact sheets cover a range of topics including bodies, relationships, sex, pregnancy and reproduction, sexual health and sexual assault.




New South Wales


SW Sydney Service Directory for People with Disabilities

Facilities available for people living with disabilities in the Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool area.

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Community Care Access Point – Hunter Region

Access point for community services in the Hunter reigon

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South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health – Directory of Child, Youth and Family Services

Services available to children, youth, and families in the SESIAHS area

Download (PDF format, 3.64MB)

Assisted School Travel Program – NSW Public Schools

Fact Sheet for parents on the Assisted School Travel Program

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Pre-school Disability Support Program – NSW Schools

Support for the inclusion of children with disabilities into NSW community pre-schools.

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Younger Onset Dementia Program – Streeton Cottage, HammondCare

Overview of residential services available for younger people with dementia.

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Implementing the ‘Living Life My Way’ Framework

Information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme for patients.

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Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre

The Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre offer many services aimed at people with a disability such as the Blue Mountains home modification and maintenance service, Katoomba volunteer home visitors and the Community Visitors Scheme.


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Penrith Disabilities Resource Centre Inc is funded by the  Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services, to resource and support people with disabilities who live, work in, and/or utilise services based in the Penrith Local Government Area and/or surrounding areas. The service caters for the needs of people with all types of disabilities.



Hawkesbury Early  Childhood Intervention Service

Hawkesbury Early Childhood Intervention Service offers special education services including speech, language and educational assessments and suggestions for individualised programs. They also provide advice and support to parents and carers.


Ability-Links-logo_260e4Ability Links NSW

Ability Links NSW works with people with disability to help them plan for their future, build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities so they can do what they want with their lives – outside of the traditional disability service system.





Through the Maze

An overview of services and support for parents of children with a disability in Victoria.

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Please note: The slides provided were designed to compliment the presentations given on the day. Therefore, certain aspects may not always translate away from the oral presentation.

Brisbane Mito Information Day - 18 November 2016

Anita Inwood, metabolic nurse practitioner – Transition to Adult Care

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Louise Healy, MindU Services – Mindfulness Tools for Resilience

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Catherine Bonifant, Clinical Specialist Dietitian – Nutritional Interventions in Mitochondrial Disorders

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Perth Mito Information Day - 11 November 2016

Shannen Stanes, Therapy Focus – Mitochondrial Disease and Exercise

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National Disability Insurance Agency – The NDIS

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Brisbane Mito Information Day - 16 May 2015

Dr Karen Crawley – Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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Professor John Christodoulou – Western Sydney Genetics Program, Westmead Children’s Hospital

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Sean Murray – Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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Melbourne Mito Information Day - 15 November 2014

Professor David Thorburn – Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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Dr Matthew McKenzie – MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research

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Ms Keri Pereira – Genetic Support Network of Victoria

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Mr Sean Murray – Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

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Sydney Mito Information Day - 7 August 2014

Dr Natasha Gerbis – Kolling Institute of Medical Research

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Ms Monique Covey – NSW Health – Northern Sydney Local Health District

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Mr Sean Murray – Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

Download (PPT format, 6.44MB)




Stay in Bed Day 2015

mito-fact-sheet-thumbMitochondrial Disease Fact Sheet

Developed by the AMDF to help provide the facts about mitochondrial disease, the fact sheet is regularly updated as more information comes to hand. A must have resource to help understand mitochondrial disease.

Download (PDF format, 130KB)


Stay in Bed Day Season Media Release

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