His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC

On Tuesday 20 March, 2018, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), at North Rocks.

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Teleschool session via videoconference.

Through innovative tele-practice solutions, RIDBC is able to deliver services to families in rural and regional Australia which are equal to those provided in metropolitan areas.

RIDBC is leading the way in remote service delivery so that children with hearing or vision loss can receive the consistent, quality early intervention critical to achieving the best outcomes – wherever they live in Australia.

Amelia with her dad Nigel.

Nigel took up the challenge for charity, running for RIDBC in the Canberra Times Australian Running Festival. He wanted to support the organisation that is helping his daughter, Amelia, who has vision loss.

When Nigel and Jennifer moved to Australia from the UK with their 3 month old daughter, Amelia, it became clear she wasn’t developing at the same rate as other children.

“We live in Canberra and when Amelia was diagnosed with vision loss we were referred to RIDBC in Sydney as there were no similar services in the ACT,” said Nigel.

RIDBC Renwick Centre Auditorium on conference day

Dr Alice Eriks-Brophy from the University of Toronto is a renowned auditory-verbal therapist with extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities in Canada. Dr Eriks-Brophy was in Australia to deliver a series of lectures around the enhancement of family involvement for children with hearing loss.

Dr Eriks-Brophy presented on how supporting families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, including indigenous groups, often means that therapists must adapt to cultural differences in order to achieve the best outcomes.

Dr Breda Carty with her award.

Dr Breda Carty of RIDBC Renwick Centre has won the Des Power Memorial Award for Significant Contribution to the Education and Well Being of Deaf Children.

The winner of the award was announced at the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf in July. 

Dr Carty is a lecturer in the Master of Special Education Program at RIDBC Renwick Centre.


Mikaylah is receiving support for her hearing loss from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) during Hearing Awareness Week, 25 - 31 August, 2013