Information on this page is an alpha listing of both Government and Private Agencies, which provide services and benefits for blind and vision impaired people in Queensland.
Against each Agency is a basic and brief description of the services they provide. This page has been compiled by the Queensland Blind Association Inc. to assist blind and vision impaired people either in a professional or personal capacity.
Please click on the information boxes below to display the content.
This organisation provides hostel accommodation for Blind and Vision Impaired people.
Address: Wishart Village, 14 Glasford Street, Wishart Qld 4122
Telephone: 07 3347 8888
Admissions Enquiries: 07 3550 3747
Also provides respite accommodation for people who have a disability at “Our House” at Toogoolawah and “Fassifern” at Boonah.
Link Vision provides accommodation services including independent living units for blind and vision impaired.
Address: 9 / 10 Cameron Street, Fairfield Qld 4103
Postal: PO Box 6152, Fairfield Gardens, Qld 4103
Telephone: 07 3846 1258
Fax: 07 3846 2085
Queensland Government Homes & Housing
The Queensland Government provides information on affordable housing options and emergency accommodation.
Telephone: 13 74 68
Advocacy Agencies for Blind People
Advocacy Agencies for Blind People
Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) Inc
ADA is a not-for-profit service that provides information, education and support to enable people to understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities and to resolve their aged care and community care service issues. Advocacy services are free, confidential and client directed and operate state-wide in Queensland. ADA provides outreach services to rural and remote communities and has a free-call information line.
Address: 121 Copperfield Street, Geebung Qld 4034
Telephone: 07 3637 6000
Free Call: 1800 818 338
Australian Blindness Forum
The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation. It is funded by the contributions of its members which include major blindness agencies in the States and Territories and the consumer group Blind Citizens Australia.
They aim to operate as the peak body representing the blindness sector for the benefit of people who are blind or vision impaired.
Through a memorandum of understanding, the ABF works closely with National Disability Services, the national industry association for disability services (www.nds.org.au)
Blind Citizens Australia
Blind Citizens Australia provides the following services:
- Peer support, so that vision impaired people can talk to each other.
- Individual advocacy, giving advice on problems with social security, access to services, discrimination, etc.
- Representation to governments, blindness agencies and other organisations, to improve services and influence public opinion.
- Employment Policy Suite
- Regular National and State newsletters to members.
- Photo ID card – worth 25 points when opening bank accounts.
- Publication – Parent News, providing up to date information for parents and people who are blind or vision impaired.
Melbourne Head Office: 1800 033 660
Telephone: 07 4632 6019 Joyce
Linking Australia’s disability resources.
People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
PWDA is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Founded in 1981, PWDA is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation.
Telephone: 1800 422 015
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI)
QAI is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with a disability.
Address: 2nd Floor, South Central, 43 Peel Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Telephone: 07 3844 4200
Speaking Up For You Inc.
Speaking Up For You Inc is an independent individual social advocacy organisation for people with a disability over 16 years in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay area.
Address: The Precinct, Unit F2, 1st Floor, 12 Browning Street, West End Qld 4101
Telephone: 07 3255 1244
Age, Children, Carers & Disability Support in your own home & Respite Care
Age, Children, Carers & Disability Support in your own home & Respite Care
Angels in Aprons
Angels in Aprons is one of Brisbane’s most respected and flexible care and support services, providing in-home aged care, support for people dealing with chronic illness, in-home respite and palliative care and family support.
They have a reputation for providing complete continuity of care tailored to you and responsive to your needs.
Their services extend from hospital support and social support to help for regional and rural patients, in-home personal and respite care, transport, meal support, 24-hour care and help for new mothers and families.
Their warm and caring Angels, including qualified Registered Nurses and Cert III carers, will be there to provide immediate relief in time of crisis, transition care or long-term care offering comfort and with a focus on giving you maximum independence and confidence
Telephone: 0406 076 885
Anglicare help you and your loved ones maintain independence at home through a range of nursing, personal care and household assistance services.
Services include: Nursing care, Home care, Carer support, Independence and wellness, home maintenance and modification, home care packages and after hospital support.
Telephone: 1300 610 610
Baby Bridges is a unique early intervention program for children with a disability from newborn to 5 years and their parents and carers.
Programs are running across Queensland at 14 different locations.
Telephone: 1800 843 008
To assist you to remain home as independently as possible Blue Care can provide Domestic Assistance where trained staff can assist you at your home with:
Before your service commences a care plan will be developed based on your needs and will outline the time and agreed tasks.
Telephone: 1300 258 322
Carers Qld Inc.
Carers Queensland is the state-wide voice for family carers.
They provide carers in Queensland with support, information and services in their caring role.
Services include: Counselling, advice, advocacy, education and training.
Address: 15 Abbott Street, Camp Hill Qld 4152
Telephone: 07 3900 8100 / 1800 242 636
For more than 50 years, Centracare has been providing support services to the people of South East Queensland. Services include Aged Care, Disability Support, Relationship Services, Childcare and Pastoral Care.
Address: Level 1, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
Telephone: 1300 236 822
Established to meet the needs of families caring for an adult with a disability in their own homes. Funded by the Department of Communities, and funding received through Community Care and Disability Services. CODA is continuing to evolve into a service that recognises the continuing changes in lifestyles, and therefore endeavours to provide a flexible service that meets clients, carers and communities’ needs.
Address: 34 Knightsbridge Cres, Rochedale South Qld 4123
Telephone: 07 3393 0766
Fax: 07 3393 1830
Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre
The Centre provides a single point of contact for carers seeking information and advice about the full range of services and other support available.
Care Resource Centres can give you up-to-date, relevant information about all the government programs that give support to carers.
Free Call: 1800 242 636
Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
CHSP provides entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently.
Free Call: 1300 653 227
Complete Aged Care Placement Solutions
Complete Aged Care Placement Solutions is a service for individuals and their carers, seeking personalized assistance through the aged care placement. The fee structure varies depending on the level of service provided.
Services include: Consultation, direction & search for Residential Aged Care based on YOUR needs & in the areas of YOUR choice. Assistance with completing & lodging Residential Aged Care application documents.
Telephone: 1300 188 698
Family Relationship Service for Carers
A free of charge family mediation and counselling service, that is available to help families who are considering future care arrangements for a disabled family member.
Issues such as the division of responsibility, for example the roles within the family for medical, financial, living or social issues of the disabled family member.
The service is able to assist families with these difficult issues by introducing a neutral mediator or trusted professional to help negotiate favourable outcomes best suited for each individual family unit.
Counselling, Mediation, Information and Referral to other organisations will be offered when necessary. All services will be offered in the local area of the family concerned where possible.
Telephone: 1800 337 552
Home Care Packages Programme
The Home Care Packages Programme provides older people who want to stay at home with access to a range of ongoing personal services, support services and clinical care that help the with their day to day activities.
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care provides a wide range of non-medical services, aimed at keeping senior care at home. Services are from a few hours a day, up to 24 hours, seven days a week including weekends and public holidays. A fee for this service applies.
- Personal Care (Basic everyday tasks, mobility, communication and companionship)
- Home Care (Meals, housekeeping and home maintenance)
- Medication reminders
- Transport for Appointments, Shopping, Errands, and Social Outings
- Respite and Convalescence Care
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care
Address: Level 10, Toowong Tower, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong Qld 4066
Telephone: 07 3720 8400
Inclusion Works (formally known as Noah’sArk) is a Queensland based not-for-profit charitable organisation which provides specialist services and support for children with disabilities and additional needs. They provide a lending library of education resources and toys.
Telephone: 1300 497 437
LifeTec Queensland is a leading provider of information, consultation, and education on assistive technology that can help individuals improve their quality of life. Assistive technology is a global term for assistive equipment, any device or system that provides people with practical solutions to everyday life activities.
LifeTec provides people with direct access to professional, unbiased advice to assist them in making an informed decision about the most appropriate assistive technology or other practical solutions for their greater independence in daily life, easier caring, and improved quality of life.
LifeTec Queensland does not sell, or hire out equipment and can therefore provide unbiased advice.
LifeTec provides talks, displays and practical demonstrations of assistive technology for community groups and exhibitions throughout Queensland. They also deliver practical and interactive professional development workshops.
Address: Level 1, Reading Newmarket, Corner Newmarket & Enoggera Roads, Newmarket Qld 4051
Telephone: 07 3552 9000
Toll Free: 1300 885 886
Address: Shop 3a, Domain, 103 Duckworth Street, Garbutt, Townsville Qld 4814
Telephone: 07 4759 5600
Open: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am to 2pm
MY Aged Care
My Aged Care is a website designed to help you find information about services you may need and what you need to do to receive them.
Telephone: 1800 200 422
Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm
Saturdays 10am – 2pm
MyTime groups provide local support for Mums, Dads, Aunties, Uncles, Grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.
Ozcare is a leading non-profit organisation that provides a wide range of Community and Health Services. These services are available to all members of the community. Consistent with Christian values, these services are delivered compassionately and professionally.
- Aged Care Living
- Assisted Living
- Time out for Carers
- Healthy Active Aging
- Facing a Difficult Time
- Staying Protected with immunisation
- Keeping Safe
Address: 66 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169
Telephone: 1800 692 273
Palliative Care Queensland
Palliative Care Queensland is the peak organisation in Queensland representing the interests and aspirations of all who share the ideal of quality care at the end of life for all.
Palliative Care Queensland is a membership based organisation. The membership includes palliative care service providers, clinicians, allied health professionals, academics, consumers and members of the general community.
Address: PO Box 1379, North Lakes Qld 4509
Telephone: 0475 882 511 / 1800 660 055
Queensland Community Care Services
If you need help to stay living at home and in your community, you may eligible for assistance from Community Care. They provide support to people with a disability who are under 65.
Telephone: 13 74 68
Queensland Stay on your Feet
Helping older Queenslanders stay healthy, active, independent and on their feet
Falls prevention is about eliminating or reducing the risk of physical and psychological harm associated with falls in older people. It is also providing older people with information about how to stay healthy, active, independent and on their feet.
RSL Care Services
RSL Care Services is available to all members of the community. Costs vary depending on eligibility for programs such as Home Care, Community Nursing and Community Care packages. Most programs require a minimal co-payment.
RSL Care Services include:
- Home Care
- Retirement Living
- Transitional Care
- Residential Aged Care
Telephone: 1300 775 227
Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a parenting resource for all stages from pregnancy to newborns to teens.
Suncare Community Services
Suncare provides care, support, information and referral services to members of the community including carers and the aged, all ages with disabilities and those in need of mental health support.
Suncare offices are at Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Brisbane North, Sunshine Coast and Gympie
Telephone: 1800 059 059
TADQ – Technical Aid for the Disabled Queensland Inc.
TADQ is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that provides technical support for people with disabilities and the frail aged to assist with their everyday life.
TADQ accepts requests from clients or by referrals through rehabilitation professionals. We deliver project services to the community through the skills of our Volunteers.
Our Project Team work with the TADQ Volunteers to design, modify and create unique pieces of equipment not commercially available.
Telephone: 1300 663 243
TransitCare Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation providing community transport for eligible clients in the Brisbane South and Logan areas. To discuss if you are eligible please contact the office on:
Telephone: 1300 463 593
Queensland Radio for the Print Handicapped 4RPH
A community radio station providing a news, information and reading service directed towards the needs of the vision impaired and those people who are print handicapped either through disability or inability to read the printed word. Broadcasted at 1296 on the AM Dial they can be heard throughout Brisbane and most parts of the near north and south Queensland coasts and further away at night-time. They are on the air 24 hours a day, 10.00pm to 6.00am though a live relay of BBC World Service.
Address: Suite 3, Level 1 , 17 Henry Street, Spring Hill Qld 4000
Telephone: 07 3831 1296
Fax: 07 3831 8099
Community Support & Relief Organisations
Community Support & Relief Organisations
Who to call for financial advice:
- Central Qld Financial Counselling Association 07 4922 5924
- Debt Helpline 1300 097 305
- Legal Aid Queensland 1300 651 188
- Mackay Regional Financial Counselling Service 07 4957 2626
- MoneySmart 1300 300 630
- National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007
- Qld Public Interest Law Clearing House 07 3846 6317
- Townsville Community Legal Service 07 4721 5511
Good Shepherd Microfinance
No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
A community based program providing no interest loans for families and individuals on a low income, enabling them to access fair and safe loans for the purchase of essential goods and services.
NILS is not for emergency relief, e.g. bond or rent money, living expenses or debt repayment.
Telephone: 13 64 57
StepUp Loan is a low interest loan between $800 and $3000 for individuals and families on a low income. Loans can be used to purchase household items, second hand cars, computers, medical and dental expenses and house repairs.
Hillsong Brisbane City Care
Offer financial assistance and support in the form of grocery hampers, food and prescription vouchers and utility bills in extreme emergencies. To meet the eligibility criteria you need to be assessed as being in financial crisis and live within the Mt Gravatt area. This service is available by appointment only. We also offer referral to other community services.
Telephone: 07 3422 8500
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
24 Hour Crisis Counselling Line 13 11 14
Red Cross Telechat
A free Red Cross service providing social telephone calls to people in the community looking for support, friendship and community connection.
TeleChat calls are provided Monday to Friday. Times may vary depending on location and volunteer availability.
For information on receiving or volunteering for this service
Telephone: 1300 885 698
Relationships Australia (Qld)
Relationships Australia (QLD) provides relationship support services to individuals, couples and families throughout Queensland. Our services aim to strengthen and build relationships, resolve relationship breakdown issues and support the best interests of children through family separation.
We also offer a number of specialist counselling services, courses and education programs.
Telephone: 1300 364 277
St Vincent De Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society offers a variety of services throughout Queensland to assist the disadvantaged.
These services include accommodation services, home visitation, home maintenance and modifications, referrals, family care and support, budgeting counselling and food distribution.
Telephone: 07 3010 1000
Fax: 07 3010 1099
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army offers a range of support options to help with social difficulties. They provide unlimited practical assistance for low-income families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.
They can help in every situation – unemployment, homelessness, poverty, abuse, self-help, aged & disabled care and much more.
Community Services Centre: May offer cash/cheque for: food vouchers or parcels; toys and food hampers for Christmas; clothing, furniture and other household items; accommodation; housing costs; electricity, gas, rates and other household bills; public transport fares; and medical and educational expenses.
Financial Budgeting: Moneycare is a free and confidential financial counselling service for people facing financial difficulties or wanting to avoid financial difficulties in the future.
Telephone: 13 72 58
Wesley Mission’s Emergency Relief Service responds to people from all walks of life who are disadvantaged through poverty, unemployment, ill-health, homelessness, relationship breakdowns, and times of sudden crisis.
Assistance includes food vouchers and grocery parcels, emergency financial assistance, advocacy and negotiation with creditors, emergency suburban rail vouchers, emergency pharmaceutical script vouchers and information about and referrals to other welfare services.
Appointment is essential.
Telephone: 1800 448 448
Link Vision has a Computer Club organised for tutoring Blind or Vision Impaired Children aged between 2 and a half and 5 years old.
Sessions run for half an hour between 9.00am and 1.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are necessary.
Telephone: 07 3846 1258
Narbethong State Special School
The School provides for the educational needs of students from birth until the end of their semester allocation of schooling.
Educational programs are offered to students who are vision impaired and vision impaired with additional disabilities.
Vision Impairment services based at Narbethong State Special School include: Alternative format library and production service, Paediatric low vision clinic, Statewide braille music, Statewide vision impairment equipment and loans service
Address: 25 Salisbury Street, Buranda Qld 4102
Telephone: 07 3823 0777
Fax: 07 3823 0700
Stepping Into Internships
The Australia Network on Disability (AND)’s Stepping Into Internships make it easier for students with disability to transition from study to employment. You’ll gain relevant hands-on work experience in a prestigious private or public-sector organisation.
The internships run for a minimum 152 hours (four weeks, if working full time). They are paid and take place during summer and winter semester breaks.
Telelphone: 1300 363 645
Specialises in catering for the needs of people who are blind or Vision impaired.
Telephone: 1300 308 233
University of Qld
Free support, services and facilities for students with a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition at UQ.
Telephone: 07 3365 1704
VET Student Loans
VET Student Loans (Replaces VET FEE-HELP) give elligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.
Telephone: 1800 020 108
Emergency & Home Safety Services
Emergency & Home Safety Services
At Home & Not Alone
This programme is administered by Centacare “Sunnybank Aged Care Project” at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish Sunnybank. The purpose of the programme is to offer weekly phone calls and access to personal safety devices which allow older members of the Sunnybank and surrounding suburbs to live in there own home. Residents who live in the Sunnybank area and are over 65 years (50 years or older if indigenous) are eligible.
Telephone: 07 3216 9554
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) can provide you with on-the-spot advice regarding fire safety. Operation Safehome is one of QFRS’s premier community safety initiatives and enables you to obtain life-saving information in your home.
As part of the program, fire fighters will inspect your home and advise on the best location for smoke alarms, assist in the formulation of a home evacuation plan and address the specific needs of householders such as the correct and safe storage of chemicals.
Operation Safe Home is free to all Queensland households.
Telephone: 13 74 68
State Emergency Service
Queensland is no stranger to natural events and disasters and the State Emergency Service (SES) provides a vital emergency response to communities during storm and flood emergencies.
If you require help from your local SES during floods or storms there is only one number to call.
Telephone: 132 500
It is important to note Triple Zero (000) remains the number to call for life-threatening emergencies but for help from the SES you can call 132 500.
A booklet titled “Storm Preparation Booklet” is available from this office. Please contact us on 07 3848 8888 for a copy.
Australian Disability Enterprises
The Australian Disability Enterprises are businesses providing supported employment to people with disabilities.
The National Disability Coordination Officer and James Cook University Access Ability Services are working together to provide a free service to help graduates with a disability secure employment.
Telephone: NDCO Gary Travers 0488 794 483
Comepass Employment Services
An employment service for people with a disability. The Department of Family and Community Services fund the service.
Telephone: 07 3710 2030
Disability Employment Australia
Disability Employment Australia undertakes a range of functions designed to support our members to achieve best practice services provisions in their role to find employment outcomes for people with disability. They advise, advocate, train, inform as well as undertake events to promote the sector.
Disability Employment Services
This group provide specialised employment help for people with disabilities. Once assessed for eligibility for help, you are then provided with information on suitable services in your area. Contact Centrelink Employment Services for more information.
Telephone: 1800 805 260
EPIC Assist are a leading not-for-profit organisation assisting people with disability to prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment. Epic Assist also delivers education and training and provides services under NDIS.
Telephone: 13 3742
Help Enterprises help people with disability and other disadvantaged job seekers find sustainable and meaningful roles.
JobAccess is the national hub for all things disability employment. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
JobAccess helps people with disability find and keep jobs, upgrade or expand their workplace skills, and more.
Telephone: 1800 464 800
Job Centre Australia
Job Centre Australia Ltd is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that provides services to people with a disability through State and Federal Government funding.
Job Centre Australia have a range of training, support and employment opportunities to help people with a disability, illness or health condition.
Job Placement Ltd
Job Placement Ltd is a not-for-profit Disability Employment Service funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations assisting people with disabilities in the Logan, Browns Plains, Beaudesert, Beenleigh and South Brisbane areas achieve their long-term goal of employment.
Mylestones Employment is a non-profit that works with people who have a disability to find long term employment.
Telephone: 1300 635 627
National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO)
The program aims to help people with disability to move between school, Vocational Education and Training (VET), university and work. NDCOs can help with information and advice about post-school options and put you in touch with appropriate organisations to help you undertake further study and find suitable employment.
Telephone: 1300 566 046
Ostara Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation works with the Australian Government, member organisations, communities and employers to place people disadvantaged through age, health, disability or cultural background into sustainable employment.
The Australian Network on Disability’s PACE Mentoring helps to bridge the gap to employment for jobseekers and students with disability. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your personal development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment. Placements run for a 16-week period and you’ll meet with your mentor for a minimum of eight sessions during that time.
Telephone: 1300 363 645
Salubrious Productions is a Brisbane-based entertainment and production agency representing a diverse range of artists and acts, with a specialty in representing professional artists with a disability.
Telephone: 07 3855 3048
Mobile: 0414 385 530
Specialised Employment Group
Provides employment opportunities through recruitment training and job placement services for people with a disability. Offices are based at Palm Beach, Southport, Carina, Toowong and Caboolture.
The Spectrum Organisation
The Spectrum Organisation is making a difference assisting people who have varying degrees of disability to find and maintain open employment. Spectrum Employment is a free service and also offers counselling/psychology services and a Health and Recreation Centre.
Telephone: 07 3881 3310
Vision Australia Employment Service
Vision Australia provides advice and training to help people find and keep a job, make a career change, achieve a promotion or settle into a new role.
We assist people to work in a range of industries from manufacturing and building to finance, administration and hospitality.
Telephone: 1300 847 466
Volunteering Queensland Inc (VQ)
Whether you are an experienced volunteer or you are just starting out, this site provides information as well as the opportunity to link to thousands of volunteer opportunities throughout the State.
Telephone: 07 3002 7600
Eye Health Support Organisations
Eye Health Support Organisations
Glaucoma Australia Inc.
Glaucoma Australia is a non-profit registered charity, which aims to minimise visual disability by providing awareness and funding glaucoma research.
Glaucoma Australia offers counselling to sufferers, and produces an informative newsletter.
Address: Suite 302, Level 3, 621 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065
Postal: PO Box 420, Crows Nest, NSW, 1585
Free Call: 1800 500 880
Telephone: (02) 9906 6640
Guide Dogs Queensland
Guide Dogs Queensland provide the following state-wide services:
- Mobility training with a Guide Dog, plus long cane, identification cane, support cane, and electronic travel aids training.
- Guide Dogs breeding and training.
- Residential and domiciliary orientation and mobility and guide dog training programs provided free of charge to the client
- Counselling individuals and their families
- Volunteer Peer Support Program
- Regional services throughout the State
- Community workshops and professional in-service programs.
- Early Learning Mobility Program for children aged 2-5years
- Guide Dogs Student Camps
Administration & Breeding and Training Centre
Address: 1978 Gympie Road, Bald Hills Qld 4036
Postal: PO Box 5301, Brendale DC, Qld 4500
Telephone: 07 3500 9001
Free Call: 1800 810 122
Address: GDQ Shop, 15 McLean Street, Bundaberg
Telephone: 07 4331 5000
Address: Virginia House, Suite 10, 68 Abbott Street, Cairns
Telephone: 07 4037 2600
Address: 6 Lawson Street, Southport
Telephone: 07 5644 3900
Address: 20 Upper Dawson Road, Allentown
Telephone: 07 4838 9900
Address: Shop 4, 50 Areodome Road,Maroochydore
Telephone: 07 5352 7800
Address: 270 Margaret Street, Toowoomba
Telephone: 07 4571 4900
Address: 258 Ross River Road, Townsville
Telephone: 07 4421 7300
Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Macular Disease Foundation Australia is a charity with a mission to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia. The Foundation is committed to supporting the needs of those with macular disease, including their family and carers.
The Foundation provides free, expert, independent advice and guidance about all matters relating to living with macular disease including:
- About the various macular diseases
- Information in other languages, including interpreters for Helpline calls
- Understanding Medicare benefits and rebates
- Living well with vision loss
- Latest research
- To obtain a free information kit or further information please contact:
Address: Suite 902, Level 9, 447 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: 1800 111 709 / (02) 9261 8900
Queensland Eye Institute
The Queensland Eye Institute’s purpose is to SAVE SIGHT by providing innovation and excellence in research, education and clinical care to reduce eye disease, improve eye health and ultimately eliminate preventable blindness in the community.
With state of the art facilities in South Brisbane, including the QEI Clinic, South Bank Day Hospital, Queensland Electro-Diagnostic and Imaging Centre and dedicated Medical research and Microsurgical teaching laboratories, QEI’s Doctors are all Surgeons, providing medical and surgical management of routine and complex eye disorders with a full range of ophthalmic services including, Neuro ophthalmology, Oculoplastic, Retina, Glaucoma, Paediatrics, Cataract and Cornea and Anterior Segment.
All profits generated from the South Bank Day Hospital are invested back into the work of the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Address: Level 4, 140 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Telephone: 07 3239 5050
Services provided include:
- Information and advice about Retinitis Pigmentosa and associated Retinal diseases
- Advocacy and referral and Information Brochures
- Audio and Video cassettes
- Large Print and audio newsletter
- Social and recreational activities
- Research into retinal eye diseases
Free Call: 1800 999 870
Stargardt’s Australia is a volunteer organisation dedicated to increasing the awareness of this disease and investigating new methods of treatment, while providing support and information for those with the disease through online newsletters and forum.
The CHARGE Syndrome Association of Australasia Ltd
The Association is committed to improving the health and welfare of children and adults diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome by providing information through online newsletters and articles, and organised events for members.
CHARGE syndrome refers to individuals born with growth defects or with developmental delay of eyes (Coloboma), ears, and other body systems. Due to the hearing and vision anomalies, many of these individuals are diagnosed as deaf-blind.
Through fundraising, the Association is able to maintain free membership and provide small financial assistance to members in certain circumstances.
Telephone: 07 33571191
This organisation provides support and services to people who are blind and vision impaired throughout Queensland. Services include:
- Access advice
- Employment service
- Independent Living Services
- Resource and Training centre
- Education Bursaries
- Guide Dog Mobility
- Library Service
Address: 373 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. Qld 4151
Postal Address: PO Box 1637, Coorparoo DC, Qld 4151
Telephone: 1300 847 466
Telephone: 07 3727 2345
Fax: 1300 847 329
Cairns Suite 7, Level 2, Mainstreet Arcade, 82 Grafton Street, Cairns, Qld 4870
Ph: 4037 5600
Maroochydore 19 George Street, Maroochydore, Qld 4558
Ph: 5409 2200
Robina Suite 1, Level 1, Easy T Centre, 510-514 Christine Avenue, Robina, Qld 4226
Ph: 5503 6400
Food Distribution & Meal Preparation Outlets
Food Distribution & Meal Preparation Outlets
Annerley Church of Christ
Pantry Assist Programme which supplies low cost food to those who hold a Health Care Card and suitable ID
Address: Annerley Church of Christ, 459 Annerley Road, Annerley, QLD 4103
Telephone: 07 3892 2568
Loaves and Fishes Street Meet Care Service
At Loaves and Fishes, anyone can purchase pantry basics, meat, dairy, frozen foods, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Food Parcel is outstanding value: $250 for the cost $50 Administration Fee at Kingston, $55 Administration Fee at Toowoomba and $65 Administration Fee at Caboolture.
Address: 29 Mary Street, Kingston QLD 4114
Telephone: 07 3089 0794 / 07 3808 5713
Project Pantry Food Support Program
Project Pantry Food Support Program operates a Saturday market day for pensioners one a month. A $10 entry fee allows pensioners to choose from a range of fresh fruit and vegetables and staple foods.
Emergency food hampers area also available from the Community Support Office.
Telephone: 07 3624 2125
Qld Meals on Wheels Services Association Inc.
Meals on Wheels provides a flexible and nutritional meal service for the frail aged, younger people with a disability and their carers throughout Queensland.
Telephone: 1300 909 790
Trinity Pantry is located on the Church Street side of Trinity Hall Fortitude Valley. The Pantry is open Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 3pm. They provide a selection of non-perishable food and financial emergency relief on Thursdays.
Telephone: 07 3852 1635
Audible offers audiobooks for download (not CD’s). A membership fee of $14.95 per month entitles you to 1 audiobook per month. You can listen to audiobooks on you smart phone, tablet or MP3 player.
Telephone: 1800 736 910
Brisbane City Council Libraries
Postal Service for the Blind
Libraries will post audio books for free to their members who are legally blind. To apply for this service, you must be a Brisbane resident and you will need to complete and send an application form from any Brisbane City Council library.
Home Library Service
The Council libraries offer free home delivery for Brisbane residents who are confined to their homes due to ill health or physical disability. The delivery service is also available to people who are at home recovering from operations. Library staff will select items to suit your preferences and deliver them to you monthly.
To apply for this service you will need to complete and send an application form from any Brisbane City Council library.
Telephone: 07 3403 8888
Queensland Braille Writing Association
This organisation provides the following services on site or by correspondence.
- Tuition in Braille reading and writing
- Tuition in Moon reading (a simplified embossed form particularly useful for elderly people)
- Free lending library of both Braille and Moon books
- Brailing of materials on request
- Braille and Moon material are available for purchase
Address: 507 Ipswich Road Annerley Qld 4103
Open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Telephone: 07 3848 5257
Fax: 07 3848 8099
Queensland Narrating Service
Audio information services for people with print disabilities. Services provided:
- An ‘on demand’ service for individuals, community organisations, government departments etc who require any type of print material transcribed by human voice to audio format.
- QNS produces approximately 60 recreational audio books a year. These books can be borrowed from public libraries around the country. See the catalogue page on our website for a list of titles.
- All print material is transcribed into digital audio format in either CD, MP3 or DAISY format.
- Audio for Websites – MP3
- QNS can advocate on a consumers’ behalf to obtain audio format materials where required.
- QNS produces a radio program ‘From the Book Jacket’ which is broadcast on the second Monday of every month on Radio 4RPH. The radio program promotes new release audio book titles, which are available through the public library service, and provides contact details of current community information that is available in audio format.
- QNS holds a VIP Book Club, which is held twice a year at the Brisbane Square Library (BCC) featuring invited guest authors to speak about their books to the group.
Address: 373 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, Qld 4151
Postal Address: PO Box 1383, Coorparoo DC, Qld 4151
Telephone: 07 3324 0004
VA Information Library Service
This service ensure that people who are blind, vision impaired or have a print disability can enjoy access to information and recreational reading. A DAISY player can be supplied for a fee.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6pm
Address: 454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong Vic 3144
Toll Free: 1300 654 656
Website: www.visionaustralia.org under the Library tab
Queensland members who receive the service through the Dept of Veteran Affairs telephone 1800 335 588
Low Vision Clinics & Eye Hospital
Low Vision Clinics & Eye Hospital
Paediatric Low Vision Clinic (PLVC)
PLVC is a government service for children with vision impairment from birth to school leaving age. They provide a range of specialised vision assessments, support and information to assist students with vision impairment, their families, school staff and specialist support staff.
Address: 17 Churchill Street, Buranda Qld 4102
Telephone: 07 3823 0747
Queensland Eye Hospital
The aim of the Queensland Eye Hospital is to provide a full range of ophthalmic services to all patients at a reasonable cost regardless of their choice of health cover.
The Hospital provides excellence in surgical eye care delivered in a personal, caring, cost effective and compassionate environment.
Address: Ground Floor, Leichhardt Court, 55 Little Edward Street, Spring Hill, Qld 4001
Telephone: 07 3236 9844
Open: Monday to Friday 6am – 6pm
QUT – Health Clinics – Optometry
The School of Optometry at the Queensland University of Technology operates a comprehensive Optometry Clinic which is available to the public.
Specialist Services and Clinics:
- Vision Rehabilitation Centre – provides services to meet the needs of people with low vision, includes optometry, social work, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility.
Open Hours: Wednesday & Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm
- Contact lenses
- General eye and vision examinations
- Spectacle sales
- Pediatric/ Binocular vision
- Comprehensive colour vision assessment
- Computerised perimetry
- Corneal topography
- Ocular photography
- Retinal and Anterior eye imaging and analysis
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Optometry services
Appointments can be made Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm.
Referrals to other community services can be arranged if necessary.
Address: QUT Health Clinics, Optometry, Level 1, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059
Telephone: 07 3138 9777
Vision Australia Clinics
Vision Australia hold Low Vision clinics at the following centres:
- Coorparoo – 3-4 days per week
- Nundah Community Centre – monthly
- Robina – 1-2 days per week
- Maroochydore – 1-2 days per week
- Cairns – 1 day per week
To make an appointment call 1300 847 466
OzCare Carelink Medical Alarms
Carelink Medical Alarms is a 24-hour monitoring system that connects you to help whenever you may need it.
Carelink Medical Alarms are designed to assist those who are disabled, elderly or infirm living independently in the community. It can also be used on a short-term basis for people recovering from illness, recuperating at home from surgery, or when elderly relatives visit.
Telephone: 1800 888 002
Recreation, Sport & Travel
Recreation, Sport & Travel
Arundel Park Riding for Disabled Inc.
Arundel Park offers horse riding lessons and recreational horse riding for people with disabilities. There are 20 acres and a roofed area for all weather. There are 25 horses and 100 people with disability riders. Also carriage driving to offer people who are unable to ride, the only restriction is weight and Doctor’s approval.
Address: 387 Brisbane Road, Coombabah, Qld 4216
Telephone: 07 5594 0305
Australia’s Cinemas, Museums and Galleries
Audio guides are available at Australian Museums and Galleries for visitors who are blind or vision impaired. There may be a small fee to hire an audio guide on top of the admittance fee.
Blind Sailing Australia
Blind Sports Australia
Blind Sports Australia is the national sporting organisation for Blind and Vision impaired.
Brisbane Swish Club
Swish is a modified version of table tennis for blind, vision impaired and sighted people.
Address: Girl Guides Hall, Villa Street, Yeronga Q 4103
Telephone: 0419 745 287 President Graham Guildford
Meets: Thursdays from 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Saturday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Children’s Audio Theatre
Theatre for all distributes the Children’s Audio Theatre. They have produced fully dramatised CD’s with music and sound effects for children and adults who are vision impaired.
Downs Blind Bowlers Club
Address: 22 Ore Street Toowoomba Qld 4350
Telephone: 07 4635 4231
Meets: Every Friday $5.00 for morning tea.
Bar and refreshments available.
Time: 9.00am – 12pm
Eye Play Sport
Provides funding opportunities, support and promotion for blind or vision impaired people to participate in the sport, recreation or community activity of their choice.
Telephone: (08) 8232 4644
Fax: (08) 8232 4622
Gold Coast VIP Bowls Club
Address: Robina Bowls Club, Ron Penhalagon Way, Robina Qld 4226
Telephone: 07 5535 6147
Gold Coast VIP Golf Club
Address: Carrara Golf Course
Telephone: 07 5528 0433 Lesleigh Ponti
Meets: 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
McIntyre Centre Pony Riding for the Disabled Association
The main aim is to provide riding lessons for people with a disability and encourage them to ride to the best of their ability.
Address: Moggill & Mt Crosby Roads, Pinjarra Hills Qld 4069
Telephone: 07 3202 6300
Fax: 07 3202 8059
(for other locations throughout Queensland view this site)
Nintendo Wii Game
Nintendo Wii have a game called “The Explorer” for the blind or vision impaired. The game is played using a Nintendo Balance Board.
Queensland Blind Bowlers Association Inc.
Address: Enoggera Bowls Club, 76 Pickering Street, Enoggera Qld
Queensland Blind Cricket Association Inc.
The Association caters for people who have a love for cricket and like to be involved in sporting events. People with vision impairments have the opportunity to play cricket at the Club on Sundays and under 16 years are also welcome to join. People must be in receipt of a DSP Blind Pension.
Playing Field Address: Yeronga Park, 102 Villa Street, Annerley Qld 4103
Postal: PO Box 12419, George Street, Brisbane Qld 4003
Qld Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
QPAC have audio-described performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision.
Check website for a list of audio described performances.
A non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing sailing opportunities for everyone, regardless of age or disability. It caters for people with a wide range of disabilities and sailing experience. It has sailing venues at the Bayside, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Postal Address: PO Box 970, Wynnum Qld 4178
Downfall Creek’s Senses Trail
The Trail features wheelchair-accessible path, interpretive signage with Braille and raise text, cast objects and an interactive activity station. This trail engages all the senses and can be enjoyed by people of any age or ability.
Address: Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall Qld 4053
Telephone: 07 3407 2400
Roma Street Parklands Guided Walks
Roma Street Parklands has a guided Sensory walk designed to stimulate the senses, memory and mood.
The Sensory Walk is aimed to stimulate the senses, memory and mood. It is designed for individuals that have a vision impairment and individuals living with brain injuries. This walk is largely based around the quiet surrounds of the Spectacle Garden and The Forest. This walk was trialled with consultants from Vision Australia to ensure the walk meet visitor needs. The walk can also cater for individuals and groups looking for a different way to explore the Parkland surrounds.
Bookings are essential and are required at least 24 hours in advance.
For bookings or enquiries:
Telephone: 1300 137 468
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland Inc.
Encourages, facilitates and co-ordinates programmes and opportunities for people of all ages and level of ability that fall within the areas of Sport, Recreation and Fitness.
Including a whole range of sports for the vision impaired.
The Association is State wide and has Sport and Recreation staff.
Address: 60 Edmondstone Road, Bowen Hills Qld 4006
Telephone: 07 3253 3333
Fax: 07 3253 3322
The Blind Sport Podcast
The Blind Sport Podcast is an audio podcast issued approximately twice per month. Subscribe via iTunes or your favorite podcasting facility or play it directly from the website to listen to a wide selection of sports and physical recreational activity related topics.
Crossroads (Qld) mission is to share Christian fellowship with people with disabilities, their families and their carers.
They do this through a range of social, recreational, respite and holiday programs that provide life enriching experiences and relationships.
Other Uniting Care Qld service organisations include:
- Blue Care
- Lifeline Community Care Queensland
- Uniting HealthCare
- Wesley Mission Brisbane/Wesley Mission Ipswich
Address: 91 Maundrell Terrace, Chermside West Qld 4032
Telephone: 07 3350 8500
Fax: 07 3256 4734
All Abilities ePlayground
An online space offering fun and games for children of all abilities. The ePlayground is self-voicing, with a game mate to talk players through the ePlayground.
All in Play
Online games that blind / vision impaired and sighted people can play together as equals. Games include Crazy Eights and Poker. The games are designed to be accessible and to work with existing assistive technology. The products work seamlessly with screen readers.
A website devoted to games specifically designed for vision-impaired and blind players. All the games in the Blind gamers series are self-voicing, not requiring the use of your screen reader. They all use the Microsoft SAPI (Speech Applications Programming Interface) TTS (Text-To-Speech) engine for the speech component, and for the sound effects, they use Microsoft’s DirectX.
Broadband for Seniors
The kiosk services are delivered nationally through local community organisations or in suitable public places that service seniors.
To find kiosks in your area contact the Broadband for Seniors Hotline.
Telephone: 1300 795 897
Disability Forum Website
The purpose of this website is:
- To provide a user friendly, vibrant web site networking all people with a disability, interested parties, and people in remote areas state wide.
- To provide a resource and contact point for anyone interested in the field of disabilities including students, service providers and people doing research.
This site can be used to access and exchange information that people with a myriad of disabilities would like to know.
E-access Bulletin (UK origin)
Welcome to the home page of E-access Bulletin, a free, independent monthly e-mail newsletter on information technology issues for people with visual impairment and blindness.
The Bulletin covers everything from consumer electronics to the internet, examining design and access issues and technical developments.
Fantastic Games and Where to Find Them
This website lists games to download and can use Speech or Sounds. Some games are free while other you have to pay for. The list is updated regularly.
Large Print Puzzles
This website has a large range of fun puzzles that are easy to read. Puzzles include Sudoku, Word Search and Crosswords. All puzzles and in PDF format. You are able to save them to your computer or print them off the website.
Queensland Blind Association Inc. has attempted to ensure the information on this page is accurate. However, we do not warrant that the information is accurate or complete nor will we be liable for any loss suffered by any person because they rely in any way on it. We do not endorse and are not responsible for the views, products or services offered or provided on this page.