Aids for the Sight Impaired in Queensland & New South Wales Australia

In 2004, nearly 480 300 Australians had low vision problems, including 50 600 with blindness. The numbers of people with low vision and blindness are projected to almost double by 2024.Vision loss in Australia becomes a big challenge. (MJA)

Until 10 years ago, there were almost no information and aids on the prevalence of vision loss in Australia. But now it has changed. There are many organizations and clinics we can find in this country. Here we introduce some of them which are located in Queensland and New South Wales Australia.

Queensland Blind Association Inc. (QBA)

The Association is an independent voluntary organization run by the blind for the blind. The objective of the Queensland Blind Association is to maximize the potential of a vision impaired person's physical, social and emotional environment so that each person may live comfortably within the general community.

Add: White Cane House, 26 Warwick Street, Annerley 4103, Brisbane Qld Australia

Tel: (07) 3848 8888

Free call: 1800 753 253

Queensland Vision Initiative Inc. (QVI)

QVI is an alliance of 24 vision related organizations working together with the aim of developing a comprehensive eye health program for the Queensland population. The aim of QVI is to reduce the incidence of avoidable vision impairment and blindness within the Queensland population.

Add: 373 Old Cleveland Road.

Tel: 07 3727 2279

Australian Blindness Forum (ABF)

The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation that has existed since 1992. In April 2007, it was registered as an Australian public company limited by guarantee. Blindness agencies aim to provide quality supports to people who are blind or vision impaired along a continuum of care in ways that are efficient and effective.

Add: 33 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600

Tel: 02 6283 3214

Macular Disease Foundation Australia

The Foundation is a national organization based in Sydney, meeting the needs of the macular disease community across Australia.

The Foundation's key charter is to work for those with macular diseases, specifically macular degeneration. It is a patient driven organization working with key stakeholders including people with macular diseases, their families; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, General Practitioners, Associations and Industry Groups and Government at all levels.

Add: Suite 902, Level 9, 447 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Help Line: 1800 111 709

Tel: 02 9261 8900

VisionCare NSW

VisionCare NSW is a not-for-profit company (supported by the University of NSW) which conducts the NSW Government Spectacle Program on behalf of the NSW Department of Community Services, which funds the Spectacle Program. The mission of VisionCare NSW is to provide responsive, efficient and cost effective delivery of quality-assured visual aids to those in need throughout the state of NSW.

Tel: (02) 9344 4122

Toll Free: 1800 806 851

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