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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 the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The first stage of the NDIS began at a number of trial sites in July 2013. The NDIS is available in New South Wales. 

The National Disability insurance Agency (NDIA) has developed a pathway for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to access the National Disability insurance Scheme with minimal delay following the diagnosis of hearing loss in a child aged 0-6 years. (For more information: NDIS Pathway Hearing Stream 0-6 years

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

Under review

Cost to family No
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Nextsense (formerly RIDBC)
Contact details

Early Learning Program
361-365 North Rocks Road
North Rocks NSW 2151

Postal address: Private Bag 29
Parramatta NSW 2124
Phone: 1300 581 391
Email: hello@nextsense.org.au
Website: https://www.nextsense.org.au/

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/Gosford
Ground Floor, Suite 3
40 Mann Street
Gosford NSW 2250
Phone: 1300 581 391

Gladesville
Building 39, Old Gladesville Hospital Off Punt Road
Gladesville NSW 1675
Phone: 1300 581 391

Hunter/Broadmeadow
Konara, Suite 2, Level 3 
15 Lambton Road
Broadmeadow NSW 2292
Phone: 1300 581 391

Lismore
Suite 10A, Conway Plaza
21 Conway St
Lismore NSW 2480 
Phone: 1300 581 391

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

North Rocks
361-365 North Rocks Rd
North Rocks NSW 2151
Phone: 1300 581 391

North Ryde
RIDBC at the Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109
Phone: 1300 581 391

Penrith
Suite 5, 119 – 121 Lethbridge Street
Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: 1300 581 391

Port Macquarie
35 Hollingworth Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Phone: 1300 581 391

Rouse Hill
RIDBC Hear the Children
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Vinegar Hill Memorial Library & Community Centre
Suite 201, 29 Main St
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Phone: 1300 581 391

Strathfield
Catherine Sullivan Centre
59 The Boulevarde
Strathfield NSW 2135
Website: https://www.catherinesullivancentre.org.au/heartogether
Phone: 1300 581 391

Waverley
RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre
LE King Building, War Memorial Hospital
125 Birrell Street
Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: 1300 581 391

Wollongong
Community Hub Wollongong
26 Atchison Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone: 1300 581 391

Remote Services (Australia-wide)
Phone: 1300 581 391
Website: https://ridbc.org.au/hearing-services/remote-services/

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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/
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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16-Jun-2021 3:00 PM (AEST)