Victorian Amputee Empowerment Project

The Victorian Amputee Empowerment project is working to reconnect people with limb loss to their local community. This project is an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program.
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Project objectives

Using lessons learned from the South Australian Limb Loss Capacity Building program, this Victorian initiative is:

  • developing metropolitan and regional locally based Peer Support Empowerment Groups;
  • training more amputees as Peer Support Volunteers;
  • upskilling and training amputees to become ‘group leaders;’
  • developing and delivering workshops and webinars for Empowerment Groups;
  • empowering amputees to build confidence, self-advocate and reconnect with their community;
  • creating new resources specifically for the Victorian amputee community; and,
  • providing a safe space for amputees to share and learn from others with lived experience.

We are engaging people with limb loss in the development of activities and materials using a co-design approach; making sure that our community has the opportunity to share knowledge and insight throughout project delivery.

Project roll-out

We are hosting information sessions throughout metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria. These locations include:

  • North, East, South and West Melbourne
  • Gippsland region
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Shepparton
  • Echuca
  • Geelong
  • Wodonga/Albury and Wangaratta

If you live in or near to one of the locations outlined above and would like to register to attend an information session, please email info@limbs4life.org.au.

Download the flyer by clicking here.

Information Sheets

As part of the Amputee Empowerment Project, Limbs 4 Life have created some information sheets to help to support the community. You can download the information sheets below or contact us and we will send you hard copies via mail.

Self Advocacy

Employment and Careers

Grief and loss

Your mental health

Phantom pain

Caring for your skin

Local Community Supports

Talking to your Prosthetist

Research

As part of the Amputee Empowerment Project we are conducting research with ethics approval from Monash University.

We are seeking your feedback. If you are a person with limb loss living in Victoria, we want to hear from you. Your feedback is important to us. An Explanatory Statement about the research can be found here.

For more information about this project please contact us today.

This initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.