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Early intervention services - NSW

Depending on where you live and your child’s hearing loss, your child may be eligible for Australian Government funding through one of two programs:

  1. Better Start for Children with Disability
    From 1 July 2011, children with a four frequency hearing loss of 40dB or greater in the better ear are eligible to access Better Start funding. Parents of eligible children will be able to access up to $12,000 (with a maximum of $6,000 per financial year) to pay for certain early intervention services. Families do not require Better Start funding for services offered by a State or Territory Government.
     
  2. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
    The first stage of the NDIS began at a number of trial sites in July 2013. Roll-out of the full scheme will commence progressively from July 2016. Children who currently receive Better Start funding will transition across to the NDIS when it becomes available in their area.

If your child is not eligible for Better Start or NDIS funding, you are still able to access early intervention services at minimal or no cost to your family. Contact the services listed below and discuss what services they are able to provide your child.

The information provided in the table below lists the NSW government services and non-government organisations who provide early intervention services for children with hearing loss and their families.


NSW GOVERNMENT
Contact details

Department of Education and Communities
Phone: 02 9244 5587
Email: disability.programs@det.nsw.edu.au

Parents /carers can contact their local regional office
Hunter Central Coast Region
Phone: 02 4924 9940

Illawarra South East Region
Phone: 02 4222 2929

New England Region
Phone: 02 6755 5943

North Coast Region
Phone: 02 6652 0500

Northern Sydney Region
Phone: 02 9886 7016

Riverina Region
Phone: 02 6937 3871

South Western Sydney Region
Phone: 02 9796 5446

Sydney Region
Phone: 02 9217 4877

Western NSW Region
Phone: 02 6883 6362

Western Sydney Region
Phone: 02 9208 9359

Cost to family No
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CATHERINE SULLIVAN CENTRE (CSC)
Contact details 59 The Boulevarde
Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: 02 9746 6942
Website: http://www.catherinesullivancentre.org.au/
Better Start Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Home-based or centre-based
Individual weekly therapy sessions
Intensive language group
Weekly playgroup
Individual Education Plan
Parent support group
Communication options Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Cost to family No additional fees
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ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN (RIDBC)
Contact details Early Learning Program
361-365 North Rocks Road
North Rocks NSW 2151
Phone: 02 9871 1233
Website: http://www.ridbc.org.au
Better Start Provider Panel Yes
NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided Centre-based
Home visits throughout Sydney
Individual therapy sessions
Early learning groups
Preschool support
Parent education
Communication options Auditory-verbal
Auditory-oral
Auslan
Alternative communication
Cost to family No additional fees
Location of services

Central Coast
Ground Floor, Suite 3
40 Mann Street
Gosford NSW 2250
Phone: 02 9872 0347

Hunter
160 Floraville Rd
Floraville NSW 2280
Phone: 02 4942 8455

Lismore
Suite 10A, Conway Plaza
21 Conway St
Lismore NSW 2480 
Phone: 02 6622 5593

Liverpool
106 Moore St
Liverpool NSW 2170 
Phone: 1300 581 391

Nepean
Floribunda Ave
Glenmore Park NSW 2750
Phone: 02 4733 4239

North Rocks
361-365 North Rocks Rd
North Rocks NSW 2151
Phone: 02 9872 0347

North Ryde
RIDBC at the Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109
Phone: 02 9887 3622

Rouse Hill
RIDBC Hear the Children
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Library Building
Suite 201, 29 Main St
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Phone: 0421 085 299

Waverley
RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre
LE King Building, War Memorial Hospital
125 Birrell Street
Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: 02 9369 1423

Remote Early Learning Program (Australia-wide)
RIDBC Teleschool

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THE SHEPHERD CENTRE (TSC)
Contact details 146 Burren Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 1800 020 030
Website: http://www.shepherdcentre.org.au/
Better Start Provider Panel Yes
NDIS Provider Panel Yes
Services provided

Home-based or centre-based
Early intervention and school age services
Cochlear implant medical service – supporting children and young people before, during and after surgery
Integrated Preschools for children with hearing loss (alongside children with no hearing loss) available at Liverpool and Wollongong
Individual weekly, fortnightly or monthly therapy sessions
Speech, language and social skills development programs for young children, primary and secondary school students
Weekly children’s playgroup
Individual Family Plan or Individual Education Plan
Parent support group; parent education sessions
School readiness program
Listening, speech and language assessments
Individual family/sibling social support sessions

Communication options Auditory-Verbal Therapy
Cost to family No additional fees
Location of services

Newtown
The Shepherd Centre
146 Burren Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9370 4400

North Ryde
The Shepherd Centre at the Australian Hearing Hub
Ground Floor, 16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2019
Phone: 02 8297 4700  

Liverpool
The Annette Shepherd Centre and 
The Shepherd Centre Preschool
43 Graham Ave
Casula NSW 2170
Phone: 02 9370 4404

Wollongong
The Wollongong Shepherd Centre and 
The Shepherd Centre Preschool
48 Dempster Street
West Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone: 02 9370 4403

Additional comments N/A
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