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The carer support team

Build a support network

Caring for someone with vision loss requires a support team that’s centred around the person who requires care, in partnership with the primary carer.

A support team may consist of:

  • your general practitioner
  • eye health professionals (optometrist, ophthalmologist, orthoptist)
  • rehabilitation professionals (occupational therapists, orientation and mobility instructors)
  • low vision service providers
  • carers associations and support groups
  • community organisations and local councils
  • other family members
  • friends.

Carer Gateway

The Carer Gateway is website maintained by the Department of Social Services and is the one stop shop and primary resource for Australian carers.

The Carer Gateway provides a range of practical supports including confidential phone counselling, information about eligibility for carer payment, concessions or other financial assistance plus a range of valuable resources to help you in your caring role.

MDFA support

For specific information about caring for someone with low vision, MDFA’s National Helpline (1800 111 709) is a free service providing information, advice and wellbeing support for people with macular disease, their families and carers.

National Helpline

1800 111 709