IDFA supports Australians living with immunodeficiency through education, awareness and advocacy
Let’s face it, living with an immunodeficiency impacts on all aspects of your health and lifestyle. You spend countless hours at medical appointments and your life is one of acronyms.
Whether you live with a primary immunodeficiency (PID) or secondary immunodeficiency (SID) it’s challenging finding the extra information you need and the extra support along the way. At the Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia (IDFA) we strive to be that “extra” for you.
Who is IDFA?
IDFA is a national not-for-profit and leading peak body offering education, advocacy and awareness for Australians living with a PID or SID. PID’s are caused by defects in immune function and are mostly genetic in origin. SID’s are caused as a result of external factors such as chemotherapy, autoimmune disease or other treatments. People living with immunodeficiencies are more susceptible to infection.
In conjunction with our community-focussed model of care IDFA assists in achieving improved patient outcomes and quality of life. With the support of our medical advisory panel and through national and international relationships IDFA is a respected organisation within the medical and patient community.
What we do
Our vision is “A future where primary and secondary immunodeficiency are diagnosed and treated early, with affected people supported by clinicians, community and government to enable optimal quality of life.”
As a national membership-based organisation for Australians living with immunodeficiency, we support our members by providing:
- FREE resources
- Exclusive invitations to patient meetings and conferences
- Member specific education and mentoring programs
- Access to latest research
- Education via social media platforms
- Raising awareness with government and policy makers
- Community education
- Awareness campaigns
- Using social media platforms to raise awareness
- Influencing government policy
- Utilising national and international relationships to advocate for members on key issues
- Connect patients to healthcare professionals
- Advocate and campaign with social media platforms
The IDFA Story
IDFA was formed in 2005 with the support of the Immune Deficiencies Foundation New Zealand (IDFNZ) and the Kids Foundation to meet the education and support needs for Australians living with PID’s.
PID’s are rare disorders caused by defects in the immune system and are mostly genetic in origin. As a result, the immune system does not function as it should leaving the patient vulnerable to infections. Some people can live and manage their condition quite well while others live with multiple complex medical health issues. Some PID’s can even be fatal without early diagnosis.
Since 2005 IDFA has become a collective voice for those living with both PID’s and SID’s. We have become a respected national peak body which has been achieved through our collaboration with national and international organisations.
Our IDFA membership continues to grow and is a positive and supportive community of patients, carers and families.