Why refer a patient to Guide Dogs Victoria?
We welcome referrals from all health professionals and directly from families/carers or patients themselves. The intensive one-to-one empathy and experience that our Practitioners can offer over days, weeks or months provides support during the challenging point many of our clients are at when they arrive at Guide Dogs Victoria.
Mark is one of those clients. He suffered a stroke on the way to work one morning. On regaining consciousness Mark found his entire world had changed. In the initial stages of his recovery, Mark was unable to continue working, he lost his home, and so his children had to go and live with relatives. It was a long road to physical recovery. He didn’t know how he would cope when he left rehab, when his Physiotherapist made the referral that changed his life – suggesting that he be in contact with Guide Dogs Victoria for Orientation & Mobility services. Through this he learnt to navigate the environment safely, to use his residual vision as effectively as he could and to use a long cane. Mark was able to work with a Guide Dogs Victoria Occupational Therapist to manage basic life skills like shaving and cooking. That was in 2008 and now Mark has built his life back up and has moved from a long cane onto Guide Dog Lester as his primary mobility aid. He is employed and wants to share his experience with others.
All our services are free at the point of delivery to clients – we can claim TAC/Workcover or NDIS if the client has access to funding, but we will support unfunded clients equally. You can still easily refer using the new website - www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au - as follows:
- On a normal sized tablet or computer you will see a menu across the top. Click on ‘Request a service’ and this will take you directly to an ‘e-form’ that you can complete and submit on line.
- On a mobile – you will see ‘3 lines’ in a block on the top menu, touch here and the full drop down menu reveals. Click on Request a service to open the fillable form.