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Vision for Silver City

Friday, 5th May, 2017

By Kara de Groot

A new service is set to make the lives of blind or vision impaired locals a little easier.

Vision Australia staff will visit the Silver City every three months to provide a range of services to help blind and vision impaired people live more independently.

Orientation and mobility assistance, orthoptics and occupational therapy and adaptive technology are among the range of services Vision Australia hopes to provide to the more than 500 people in Broken Hill with sight problems.

“There is a real need for allied health and specialised vision services in the region,” Vision Australia regional manager Paul Warwick said.

“Vision Australia has visited periodically in the past when we’ve had referrals from health professionals, but now we can offer the community a regular, structured service and better help them live the life they choose.”

Funding for the program was provided via the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which Mr Warwick said would allow Vision Australia to better focus on the community.

Vision Australia’s first regular visit was in February and it will return to Broken Hill in just under a fortnight’s time, setting up at the Broken Hill and District Hearing Resource Centre on Argent Street on May 17 and 18.

To make an appointment or get more information contact the Vision Australia Mildura office on 03 5023 9500.

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