About Us

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Our Vision: A world without neuromuscular conditions by 2050

Purpose: Muscular Dystrophy Association of South Australia exists to provide supports and services to people living with a neuromuscular condition and their families and to support research to find a cure and improved clinical practice

Muscular Dystrophy is the name given to a group of neuromuscular conditions, which are for the most part genetic.  These conditions are found in the nerves, muscles or at the nerve muscle joint and all cause the muscles to waste away and become weaker.  It is estimated the neuromuscular conditions affect over 20,000 Australians.

There are over 600 different types of neuromuscular conditions, however despite the variety of conditions falling under the umbrella of muscular dystrophy they do have certain common features.  These Include;

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Muscles Weakness: Each condition causes a characteristic pattern of muscle weakness.

Progressive: All of the neuromuscular conditions get progressively worse.  Some progress very quickly whilst others progress more slowly.

Hereditary: While the majority of neuromuscular conditions are hereditary, they can and frequently occur without a previous family history.  This is due to spontaneous mutation at the time of conception.


There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy.

Muscular Dystrophy South Australia was formed in 1954 as a direct result of people with  neuromuscular conditions gathering together for mutual support.

Muscular Dystrophy South Australia is a not for profit incorporated association that offers a range of services to children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions.  All our services are free of charge. 

These services include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Speech Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Advocacy
  • Equipment Loan
  • Social Events
  • Camps and Retreats
  • Transport
  • Seminars and Information Sessions
  • Support Groups
  • Research

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