Photo in Memory of DGHA founding member, Judith Killen, with her dog guide Elton, showing the city of Perth, Western Australia in the background.

First Dog Guide Handlers Australia Conference

This year, on the weekend of 6th and 7th September, Dog Guide Handlers Australia will hold its first ever conference. To be held in Adelaide at the Grand Chifley, the conference will be an opportunity for Dog Guide Handlers from around Australia to come together, participate in a range of workshops and engage in networking and peer support activity.

Thanks to Guide Dogs Australia and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, DGHA has been able to assist a limited number of current Dog Guide Handlers on low incomes with conference registration and assistance towards cost of travel and accommodation.

The draft Draft Conference Program (Word doc) is now availible.

Download a copy of the DGHA 2014 Conference Registration (RTF doc) if you would like to attend

Dog Guide Handlers Australia would like to thank Guide Dogs Australia, Seeing Eye dogs Australia and the Royal Society for the Blind in SA for their support of the 2014 Dog Guide Handlers Australia conference.


Dog Guide Handlers Australia (DGHA) is a national association which provides a voice for Australians who are blind or vision impaired, and who are dog guide handlers.

DGHA is an independent association of dog guide handlers, and is not affiliated with any dog guide school.


DGHA strives to foster, represent, promote, enhance and protect the interests of Australians who are blind or vision impaired, and who are dog guide handlers.

DGHA draws on the experiences and varied knowledge of its members, to provide peer support, advocacy and information to dog guide users throughout Australia.


Dog Guide Handlers Australia was formed in August 2009 by four passionate people who were inspired by similar groups which exist in other countries.

DGHA was registered as an incorporated association in January 2011.

DGHA does not have a physical office, and we have no paid staff.
The DGHA Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who meet regularly via teleconference.

Some of the issues we are advocating for include:


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