There is a new Aussie initiative officially launched on the 10th November 2011 called "Stem Cells Australia". It is led by Professor Martin Pera in collaboration with various Australian Universities and Research Institutes and supported by the Australian Government. One aspect of their research is in human embryonic stem cells and their ability to become any bodily cells, which as we know is being trialled as a potential treatment for Stargardt's. They also aim to tackle ethical issues surrounding stem cells, which is sure to be an interesting debate!
As yet, there is no specific mention to Stargardt's or any ocular conditions, but it is a step in the right direction for Australia and for the possibility of treatments being made available here.
The website has a whole heap of information so check it out.
I am particularly looking forward to the ethical debates, since it is a potential treatment for Stargardt's and I know there are many groups opposing the use of embryonic stem cells.
Will keep all updated!
Stem Cells Australia