YOUR VIEW

In your hands

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT recently launched our new In Your Hands campaign, aiming to make the community aware that the safety of Guide Dogs is in the hands of pet owners. Working Guide Dogs experience high levels of every day distractions from pet dogs, including attacks – overwhelmingly from off-lead dogs. These distractions can cause Guide Dog handlers, who are blind or vision impaired to experience anxiety, a loss of confidence, and have their safety and independence compromised.

We’re encouraging pet owners to keep their dogs on-lead when out in public and follow simple Guide Dog etiquette, to reduce these distractions.

You can help by following these simple steps:

  •  If you see a loose dog, please alert your local council
  •  If you see a working Guide Dog in harness, please give it and its handler space.
  •  Don't pat, feed or otherwise distract a working Guide Dog. 
  • When approaching a Guide Dog team with your dog, please clearly introduce yourself to the person and say you have a dog with you.

Dale Cleaver

Chief Executive, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

More needed

The Stroke Foundation has welcomed the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget record investment in health and called for a targeted focus on support for Australians to avoid and recover from stroke.

The Government’s commitment to essential services provided reassurance, but for the Australians who will suffer more than 56,000 strokes this year and their families, more is needed.

It was encouraging to see the Government’s continued commitment to improving the health of Australians through funding to our hospitals, Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits systems.

But currently, there is no guarantee all Australians will have access to the best practice stroke care we know saves lives and reduces disability. In fact we know many will not

Sharon McGowan

Chief Executive, Stroke Foundation

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