RIDBC Audiologist Elise Coombs (left) with Port Macquarie resident and cochlear implant recipient Marianne Kilmurray.

In a first for the state of NSW, RIDBC have partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to provide end-to-end cochlear implant services at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the newly refurbished RIDBC Port Macquarie centre.

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Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Rockie Woofit Preschool held an early Father’s Day celebration on Tuesday 1 September 2015, with a morning tea for dads.

RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool was purpose built to cater for the needs of children with hearing loss. The morning was a great opportunity for fathers to meet and spend time with other parents and to see what the children have been working on in class.

“We put on a morning tea as a way of celebrating our dads and how special they are to us!” said RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool Director, Julie Kaney.

Amy and Murray pictured with their daughter Matilda, friends and family after completing the 2015 City2Surf in Bondi on Sunday 9 August!

Amy and Murray, had a very special reason to complete the 14k Sun-Herald City2Surf challenge on Sunday 9 August – they did it for their daughter Matilda, who was born deaf. 


Children with vision or hearing loss supported by Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Nepean Preschool celebrated National Tree Day today, Friday 24 July 2015.

National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day combine to make Australia's largest community tree planting event. Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergarten, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day, learning about the different seedlings they plant as part of the celebration and how to care for them as they grow.

Students from RIDBC enjoyed meeting the cast of Hi-5

Recently, Deaf students from RIDBC were treated to a special Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreted performance of Hi-5's House of Dreams tour.

The children attend RIDBC Thomas Pattison School and RIDBC Roberta Reid Preschool, both of which are designed to meet the needs of students who are Deaf. The schools provide bilingual programs where students access the curriculum through Auslan and English.

Children at RIDBC VisionEd Preschool experienced life as a snail during the Rangers on the Run visit!

Students at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) VisionEd Preschool recently enjoyed a wonderful introduction to wild animal homes, when Rangers on the Run paid a visit.