Dr Gentle received her AO for her distinguished service to people who are blind or have low vision

Dr Frances Gentle AO was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to those with vision loss in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Parents, students and teachers from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School have gathered to officially open the school’s new basketball court.

RIDBC consultant in a session with a family via videoconference.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) welcomes the announcement today from NBN Co that broadband speeds will be doubled in rural and regional Australia as early as June this year.


The launch of the RIDBC Cochlear Implantation Service ensures that children with hearing loss can now access a seamless, end-to-end audiological and support service through RIDBC from diagnosis and early intervention through to the end of school.


Several families of children who are blind or have vision loss from across Australia recently attended an intensive Braille Week at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).


In Australia, one in 1000 children is diagnosed with hearing loss at birth. For a further one in 1000 - a hearing loss is not detected until school age. RIDBC is reminding parents of kindergarten children to put a hearing test on their back-to-school list.