Eyes for Life Canberra (EFLC) offers a qualified Outreach Officer, Community Engagement Officer and Occupational Therapist and who can provide a Future Development Program to assist people who are vision impaired or have eyesight problems blind to help regain lost functions, develop their abilities and social skills as well as promote and maintain independence in their everyday lives.
The Program includes:
- Information, advice, assessments, counselling, and referrals to other agencies to foster a quality life.
- Assessments and advice on home modifications, including advice on home appliances and other equipment best suited to the individual’s needs.
- Training in daily living skills in individuals’ homes providing them with the skills they need to maintain their independence.
- Advice on equipment and other strategies that break down the barriers for people pursuing education or employment options or other work such as volunteering, caring for others as well as participating in social and community activities.
A comprehensive development program has been identified as necessary to fill the gaps in current services and enable Eyes for Life Canberra to provide a more holistic approach to the needs of individuals in their future development.
Where are Services Provided?
Eyes for Life Canberra is based in The Griffin Centre in Civic and the Future Development Program can be provided in any setting, including the home, workplace, place of education, care facility or aged care facility.
Have you just been diagnosed?
If you have recently been diagnosed with an eyesight problem by your GP, Optometrist, eye doctor, eye surgeon, eye specialist, Orthoptist or Ophthalmologist, then you would more than likely have many concerns and questions that you need answered.
You may have only had a short period of time after being diagnosed to discuss all your options with any of the above medical professionals, therefore Eyes for Life Canberra is the next part in your journey to understanding your eyesight problem. Book an appointment online with our Outreach Officer or call us to make a booking.
How much will it cost?
Up to the first 3 consults with our Outreach Officer, Community Engagement Officer or Occupational Therapist services are at no cost to you. After the first triage service, our Outreach Officer will be able to advise on future costs.
If you are not able to attend our clinic due to COVID-19 lockdowns, or do not wish to travel on public transport, EFLC can offer telehealth services.
You can access either the Outreach Officer, Community Engagement Officer or Occupational Therapist via Telehealth services whilst being in the comfort of your own home. Telehealth is you connecting to our staff either via a phone call or via video conferencing.
Phone – Talk to our staff using your mobile or landline phone.
Video – You can use your iPad, computer, or even smart phone to connect whilst using Cliniko. You can book an appointment by phone or our online booking system and specify if you wish for a face-to-face appointment or telehealth. If you chose telehealth, you would then receive a link via email or SMS. No login or password is required – just one click and you’re in!
If you are worried about security and compliance, we want to reassure you that all video calls are secured with end-to-end encryption and meet the strict Australian privacy and security standards. Cliniko allows you to rest easy knowing that your consultation is kept between just you and our staff member.
The EFLC Outreach Officer can provide a range of services including:
- Initial Triage
- Emotional support
- Referrals to other agencies
- Suggested social, sport and recreational activities
- Accessing peer support programs
- Eligibility for NDIS, My Aged Care, Job Access or DVA and help with completing the application process.
- Information and advice on where to find additional information on your eyesight problem.
- Entitlements such as Pension Concession Card Disability Support Pension.
- Mobility Allowance
- The Pensioner Education Supplement
- Telephone Allowance
- Carer Allowance
- Pensioner Allowance
- Rates assistance ACT Revenue
- Utilities Rebate
- Electricity and Water and Sewer Rebate
- Natural Gas Rebate
- Australian Disability Parking Permits
- ACTION Busses
- ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme
- ACT Vehicle registration
- Free and discounted NSW Train Link travel
- Pensioner Travel Vouchers
- Private Health Insurance rebates
- Telstra Disability Equipment Program
- Work Ventures
- Optus Accessibility & Inclusion Program
The Community Engagement Officer can provide a range of services including:
- Counselling through a holistic lens with an individualised approach. Counselling can be provided in different ways. Face-to-Face and Telehealth, which can be online or over the phone.
- Identifying and addressing external issues that may be causing stress in your life.
- Assistance with informed and supported decision making.
- Advocacy assistance and referrals.
- Referrals to other agencies.
- Increase self-advocacy and independence skills which can assist with increased self-esteem, choice and control and decision making.
- Working on strategies to assist with confidence and identifying external engagement opportunities, in order to assist with increasing community engagement.
- Psychoeducation – Educating significant others, family and friends in your life to assist them with adapting to your changing needs.
- Assessments – This can range from risk assessments in relation to wellbeing, psychosocial assessments and intervention strategies.
- Teaching you how to advocate for both yourself and others.
The Occupational Therapist can provide a range of services including:
- Adjusting to your workplace to allow you to stay employed with some modiﬁcations to either your home or place of work.
- Conducting a risk assessment in the workplace or home to help minimise your risk of falling and injuring yourself. Some changes may involve removing hazards, adding different contrast colours to steps or landing or even clearing obstacles and walkways.
- Mobility training including moving about in your home, at work, and in the community safely.
- Help with accessibility and adaptive technology so you can still use your electronic devices.
- Help with daily living or self-care activities such as showering, selecting clothing, dressing, cooking, or eating.
- Addressing changes to other daily activities including household management from shopping, travelling, banking, home maintenance, cleaning, budgeting, gardening and paying bills.
- Working out the best leisure, sport and recreational activities that you can do whilst still having fun.
- Ensuring your social life and ability to attend live music, theatre, or the movies is not interrupted by your eyesight problem.
- Educating significant others in your life, so they can adapt to your changing needs.
- Orientation and mobility instruction to move confidently, safely and independently in the community and around the home / work.
- Reading, writing, using a computer. Many aids, equipment and technologies are available such as magnifiers, screen readers for computers, correct lighting.
- Tactile markers for household appliances, accessible mobile phones and ‘apps’ (software applications) that can help with everyday tasks.