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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The Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister, The Hon Robyn Lambley officially opened the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Darwin Centre in November which will provide local services for children with vision or hearing loss.

While RIDBC has been successfully delivering remote services into the Northern Territory via RIDBC Teleschool for many years, the RIDBC Darwin Centre will enhance the support available for families in the Top End.

RIDBC's Chris Rehn, Jan North, Melissa McCarthy with Senator Steven Conroy.

 RIDBC Director of Children’s Services, Jan North and RIDBC Director of Educational Services, Melissa McCarthy, have just published a guide called, RIDBC Teleschool: Guiding Principles for Telepractice, which will give organisations the tools they need to get started and deliver a high quality telepractice service.

 In an Australian first, the guide presents a model of telepractice aimed at delivering services to remotely-located families which are equal to those provided in metropolitan area.

Janet with Hugh and their RIDBC Teleschool Speech Pathologist, Neryl Horn

Janet and Degen’s son, Hugh, is four years old and has hearing loss. The family lives in Ballarat, Victoria, and accesses Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Teleschool which provides families in regional and remote Australia access to specialist support via high quality videoconferencing technology.

When Hugh was born with hearing loss it was a difficult time for the family.

“I lost those precious early weeks with my newborn to clinical appointments and a desperate search for information about hearing loss,” said Janet.