Kurt Byers, Lavender Bay, NSW
“I was struggling to speak and couldn’t tell hospital staff what was wrong with me – but I was able to show them my MedicAlert emblem and they immediately gave me the right treatment for my condition.”
MedicAlert Foundation is Australia's only not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing a 24/7 personal medical emergency information and identification service.
The genuine MedicAlert® emblem has been protecting Australians for 40 years and is instantly recognised and trusted by emergency services and healthcare professionals to relay critical - potentially lifesaving - information when needed.
The MedicAlert Foundation began in California in 1953 when the daughter of Dr Marion Collins, Linda, almost died due to an allergy that was unknown to her doctors. Collins’ daughter had a potentially fatal allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a tetanus antitoxin skin test. He and his wife subsequently designed a bracelet engraved with their daughter’s allergy, with the words ‘Medic’ and ‘Alert’ with the internationally recognised symbol for medicine (rod of Asclepius) to alert medical personnel to her allergy in case of future emergencies.
Today, the MedicAlert emblem is recognised worldwide. It now serves a membership community of more than four million people from around 40 different countries.
Introduced into Australia in 1971 by Rotary and St John Council, the not-for-profit Australia Medic Alert Foundation has provided protection and peace of mind to almost 300,000 Australians in the last 40 years. From our national office in Adelaide, South Australia, our friendly and professional team provide complete administrative support to our members nationally. We are also supported by a small team of dedicated volunteers.
We strive to deliver innovative, reliable and cost-effective products and services that meet or exceed our members’ expectations. To achieve this, we comply with the International MedicAlert Standards of Service and Operations.
Meeting members’ needs and maintaining high service standards remains our strong focus. We continue to work with leading professional bodies and other not-for-profit organisations to provide the benchmark in personal medical emergency information and ID systems in Australia.
We encourage our members to provide feedback on their experiences with our organisation.