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Early intervention services – NSW

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Children who are deaf or hard of hearing can access specialist early intervention services provided by some state governments or NDIS provider organisations specialising in early intervention services for children with hearing loss and their families.

The Australian Government funds the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which offers support to children with hearing loss younger than 9 years old and their families.

At your first appointment with Hearing Australia, the audiologist will discuss the NDIS with you and inform you about the NDIS early childhood partner in your local area. Your NDIS early childhood partner will support you in applying for the NDIS on your child’s behalf. Your child with permanent hearing loss can access the supports they need earlier through the NDIS Pathway Hearing Stream. 

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

NSW GOVERNMENT
Contact detailsDisability, Learning and Support
Level 11, 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 02 7814 3879
Email Disability.Support@det.nsw.edu.au
NEXTSENSE
Contact detailsEarly Learning Program
361-365 North Rocks Road
North Rocks NSW 2151

Postal address: Private Bag 29
Parramatta NSW 2124
Phone: 1300 581 391
Website: Click here.
NDIS Provider PanelYes
Services providedCentre-based
Home visits throughout Sydney
Individual therapy sessions
Early learning groups
Preschool support
Parent education
Communication optionsAuditory-verbal
Auditory-oral
Auslan
Alternative communication
Cost to familyNo additional fees
Location of servicesCentral 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
NextSense 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: Click here.
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

Connected Services (Australia-wide)
Phone: 1300 581 391
Website: Click here.
THE SHEPHERD CENTRE (TSC)
Contact details146 Burren Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 1800 020 030
Website: Click here
NDIS Provider PanelYes
Services providedHome-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 optionsAuditory-verbal
Cost to familyNo
Location of servicesNewtown
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

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