Accessing Guide Dog Services
To receive assistance from Guide Dogs Tasmania, we accept referrals from health professionals, family members or directly from individuals. The client’s consent is required before a referral is accepted.
A PDF version of the referral form (below) can be downloaded, completed, and returned to us.
Every so often, a dog comes through our training program that is simply not suitable to be a Guide Dog. At Guide Dogs Tasmania, we want to make sure that each and every one of our pups ends up in a role that ultimately changes the life of someone with a disability, whether it be as a Guide Dog, a Companion Dog, or a Therapy Dog. If you’re interested in applying for a Companion or Therapy Dog, download and fill out the PDF application form (below) and return to us.
Once you have been referred to us, information about your vision and general health will be requested from relevant health care providers. To enable this, we will ask you to sign and return an Information Release form. Before services commence, reports will be requested from your optometrist, ophthalmologist and general practitioner. These reports assist our staff to attend to your vision impairment needs within the context of your general physical and psychological health and well-being. We understand that other health conditions and disabilities may impact on your vision loss and that other health conditions can also impact on your ability to undertake some forms of training or to utilise some aids we may recommend for you.
Your vision impairment does not define you as a person; therefore we can help you to continue life without vision loss seeming like an insurmountable barrier. All personal information about our clients is kept strictly private and confidential. Please refer to our Privacy Statement if you require further information.
Access can be available through the NDIS.
Accessing Other Services
If you don’t think a Guide Dog is for you, we encourage you to make a referral to VisAbility. VisAbility operates Guide Dogs Tasmania and provides a range of disability services that enable you to live the life you choose.
The PDF referral forms (below) can be downloaded, completed and returned to VisAbility.