Working or volunteering at RIDBC

RIDBC's ability to provide high quality services to children and adults with vision or hearing loss is directly dependent on the experience, knowledge and professionalism of our staff.

With more than 450 employees, RIDBC employs a diverse range of staff across our many programs, including: teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, orthoptists, psychologists, social workers, technology consultants, physiotherapists, ear nose and throat surgeons, paediatricians, academics and researchers. We also employ a range of people in business support functions including corporate services, library services, fundraising, marketing and communications and human resources. 

More than 1,500 volunteers also play a fundamental role at RIDBC. Individual volunteers, corporate groups, and students all form an integral part of our organisation and increase our ability to achieve our objectives. There are many ways you can join our team of more volunteers and help support RIDBC services across all of our sites.

Meet some of our staff and volunteers below, or learn more about our current opportunities here.

Find out more about working with RIDBC here or more about volunteering at RIDBC here.

“Guiding families and supporting them in helping their child to communicate using the best mode of communication, makes me consider my job as the most rewarding job in the world.”

Sheeba Philip - RIDBC Teacher


“Teaching students with differing abilities, specifically hearing and vision loss, makes me a better educator. We teach each other – my students are amazing people. Collaborating with them to ensure they develop the skills they need for the next stage of life is real privilege. It’s the best job ever!”

Ivy Carruth – RIDBC Alice Betteridge School Teacher


“Supporting children with complex communication needs is immediately challenging yet enduringly rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy thinking outside of the box for our children and working within a multi-disciplinary team allows me to meet their family's goals in holistic and creative ways.”

Sophia Arab – Speech Pathologist, Allied Health Services 

“I was keen to do some volunteer work and as I am an avid reader with a love of books this sounded like something I would enjoy. We have a fabulous team who work very hard every year to make this event possible, while also making friends for life and having lots of fun along the way.”

Philippa Manton – Head of RIDBC Book and Community Fair volunteer committee. Read Philippa's story here.

19 year old, Timothy, volunteers at RIDBC Alice Betteridge School which caters for school-age students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with a significant vision or hearing loss as well as a level of intellectual impairment.  

“I have always been fascinated by communication and I am currently studying speech and hearing sciences at Macquarie University," said Tim. “I chose to volunteer at RIDBC because I wanted to learn more about how people with vision and hearing loss communicate, and to provide assistance wherever possible.”

“One of my favourite things about volunteering at RIDBC is that when I go in, I’m always hoping to provide help to others but when I come out, I realise just how much the kids have helped me. It reminds me to stay humble and to appreciate the little aspects of life because there will always be others who have it harder."

Tim Lam – RIDBC Alice Betteridge School volunteer. Read Tim's story here.