Health and wellbeing

Helpful information and warm interaction for Gippsland amputees

Limbs 4 Life is bringing an information evening for amputees to Gippsland this week.

Manager of the Amputee Empowerment Project in Victoria, Mike Rolls, said those who attend will hear about accessing local community supports, self-advocacy tips, communicating with your prosthetist, and adapting and coping with limb loss.

“We’re really excited to present some information in some of the gaps we’ve identified,” Mike said.

“Anyone who is an amputee or is living with limb loss should come along with their carers or family members.”

The session at the Traralgon Bowls Club this Thursday night is one of a number across metro and regional Victoria, presented by Limbs 4 Life with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The government funded this because we do a great peer support program which is one-to-one mentoring at the early stages of amputation, but we found that there’s a big gap between where people leave rehab and that hospital setting, and when they try to get on with life without a real outlet or safety net for them to connect with other amputees.

“So what we do is all about getting numbers and creating something sustainable that people can connect with following that life-changing time in hospital,” said Mike, who is himself an amputee.

On Thursday night, Limbs 4 Life will explore the development of a locally-based support group where amputees and their families can connect and learn from one another.

The event between 6.30 and 8.30pm is FREE, and snacks and refreshments will be provided.

RSVPs are essential. To confirm your attendance, call 1300 782 231 or email info@limbs4life.org.au. Provide your name, email and telephone number, and whether your partner/carer will be attending with you.

More details: www.limbs4life.org.au/news-events/events/victorian-amputee-empowerment-project

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