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Support Groups

Elderly couple supporting each other, whilst purchasing some lavender pots

Vision Loss support groups arrange for individuals experiencing vision loss with a place to connect and share experiences, ideas and thoughts with like minded individuals, to consider solutions and share resources.

Vision loss can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life and each person will handle this life changing event differently.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty dealing with vision loss, or understanding how to handle vision related problems, a support group could be a priceless resource.

Services Provided

There are a large number of vision loss support groups throughout Australia.

Support groups help people adjust to vision loss and provide social interaction in a comforting atmosphere, where members can connect with others who may be experiencing similar situation to themselves.

Information is shared about vision loss, support and available services. Guest speakers also often present and give a true-life account of what it is like to live with a disability but still live an amazing and inspiring, independent life.

Location

Support groups are located throughout Australia. An up-to-date list of groups is available below.

Who can attend blindness and vision impairment support groups?

Support groups are available to anyone suffering from vision loss or with a general interest in vision impairment.

To begin your search for Low Vision Support Groups near you, contact one of our resources below:

NSW

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

The Blind and Vision Impaired Support Group (Far North Coast NSW incorporated)- please call Chris Johnstone 6679 1589 or Jenny Murray 6679 3490.

NSW Support Groups

SA

Guide Dogs SA/ NT

Gawler Low Vision Support Group SA

Portside Low Vision Support Group SA

Mount Barker Low Vision Support Group SA


VIC

Guide Dogs Victoria

Low vision online

VIC Support Groups 

QLD

Guide Dogs Queensland

Queensland Vision Initiative

QLD Support Groups 

TAS

Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania

Tasmanian Visually Impaired Childrens Support Group

Vision Information Line


WA

VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind of WA)

Glaucoma Support Group

The Mandurah Vision Impaired Persons Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact the WA Association for the Blind on (08) 9311 8202.

The Bunbury Short on Sight Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Margaret on (08) 9721 3421.

The Busselton Low Vision and Blind Support Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month. Contact Pam on (08) 9754 1293.

The Geraldton Low Vision Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Queen Elizabeth II Building. Contact the WA Association for the Blind on (08) 9311 8202.

The Albany Low Vision Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Senior Citizen’s Centre. Contact the WA Association for the Blind on (08) 9311 8202.

The Esperance Vision Impaired Persons Book Club meets weekly on Wednesday mornings. Contact Esperance Home Care on (08) 9083 1800.

The Kalgoorlie Vision Impaired Persons Group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Contact Debbie Van Luxemborg on 0439 410 629.

 

NT

Guide Dogs SA/ NT

Other useful links

National Support Groups

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Retina Australia

Glaucoma Australia

Diabetes Australia

Australian Deafblind Council