Support and hearing information services for parents

There are a significant number of national and state-based organisations and websites that offer support services and information for parents, teachers and students.

National

Australian Hearing

Australian Hearing caters for people of all ages through a national network of hearing centres; including more than 110 permanently staffed centres, with 330 other locations in urban, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Cochlear Australia   

Cochlear Australia is focused on the use of Cochlear assistive hearing devices. Their website contains a range of specific information about these products, as well as general information about hearing loss in both children and adults. There are also suggested places to access support, including the Cochlear Awareness Network. 

Aussie Deaf Kids

A site developed specifically for parents, Aussie Deaf Kids includes provides information about deafness and hearing loss from diagnosis through to high school and beyond, with a wealth of information designed to assist parents make informed choices. The site provides links to forums for parents.

Deaf Australia

Deaf Australia is specifically concerned with advocating for Deaf people who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan.) It is an organisation run for and by people who are Deaf and has branches in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Deaf Australia also hosts an annual National Week of Deaf People, and a writing competition for young people who are Deaf.

Deaf Children Australia

Deaf Children Australia is an organisation which offers a variety of services for children who are Deaf or hearing impaired and their parents. Their services include direct service delivery, advocacy, and partnerships across the deaf sector, supporting research and piloting new initiatives.

State Specific

New South Wales
Queensland
Victoria
Tasmania
Australian Capital Territory
Western Australia
South Australia 
Northern Territory

New South Wales

Parent Council for Deaf Education

Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE)  is a non-profit organisation based in NSW which supports parents of children who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. It collaborates with parents, professionals, other organisations and government departments to promote equity of access to services and opportunities. PCDE run support groups known as a ‘POD’ throughout the year in Sydney.

Deaf Society of NSW

The Deaf Society of NSW  is a support service organisation for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment and offers a comprehensive range of services. They also provide a list of deaf-related service organisations.

The Shepherd Centre

The Shepherd Centre is primarily active in NSW and the ACT. It is concerned with the language development of children who are Deaf or hearing impaired. They offer a suite of programs and services including the Early Intervention ProgramFirst SoundsCochlear Implant Program), and the Rural and Remote Program.

Hear for You

An organisation with its focus fully on young people and teenagers, providing role models and mentors and opportunities for young people to spend time together, share their experiences; whilst offering encouragement to parents

Queensland

Hear and Say Centre

The Hear and Say Centre is a charity and paediatric Auditory-Verbal and Implantable Technologies (including cochlear implants) organisation; that also focusses on teaching children who are deaf to hear, listen and speak. Hear and Say offers a comprehensive range of services and programs.

Deaf Services Queensland

Deaf Services Queensland

Deaf Services Queensland is a not for profit organisation that works closely with the community, providing a variety of services for families, including interpreting and translations, community services, lifestyle style and employment support

Victoria

Victorian Council of Deaf People

The Victorian Council of Deaf People (VCOD) is a not for profit organisation and government-funded organisation primarily focused on the advocacy needs of Deaf people in Victoria. VCOD also provide Deaf Deaf World workshops, which are designed to provide groups of people with an insight into life for a Deaf person and the use of Auslan.

Tasmania

Tasmanian Deaf Society Inc.

Tasmanian Deaf Society Inc. aims to empower people who are Deaf or hearing impaired through advocacy and education.

Australian Capital Territory

The Shepherd Centre

The Shepherd Centre is primarily active in NSW and the ACT. It is concerned with the language development of children who are Deaf or hearing impaired. They offer a suite of programs and services including the Early Intervention ProgramFirst SoundsCochlear Implant Program), and the Rural and Remote Program.

Western Australia

Western Australian Deaf Society

Western Australian Deaf Society aims to empower people who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Services offered include Sign Language Communications (Interpreting Service), Deafinite Employment Service and Community Services including the Language Early Access Program

West Australian Foundation for Deaf Children

The West Australian Foundation for Deaf Children is focused on the advocacy and information needs of children who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment and their parents. They have produced an online resource for parents that is very comprehensive

South Australia

Deaf Can:Do (Royal South Australian Deaf Society)

Deaf Can:Do,  has part of its focus on the teaching of Auslan. Additionally the organisation provides information and advocacy services.

Can: Do4Kids

Can: Do4Kids is a family centred service providing specialist programs for children and young people with a sensory impairment in South Australia.

Parents of the Hearing Impaired of South Australia

Parents of the Hearing Impaired of South Australia is a voluntary parent support group which believes in the advancement of the education and welfare of hearing impaired people and their families.

Northern Territory

Deaf NT is a not for profit information and referral service, which provides support to people of all ages, who are Deaf and hearing impaired, in the Northern Territory; and is part of Deaf Children Australia.


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