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DEAFNESS ORGANISATIONS

Deaf Australia
The national peak advocacy and information organisation in Australia for Deaf people who are bilingual – using both English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Deafness Forum of Australia  
The national representative of all Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them.

Australian Communication Exchange  
A national not-for-profit organisation and Australia’s leading service provider for the Deaf, hearing and speech impaired communities.

Conexu Foundation
Aims to use technology to bridge the communication divide between hard of hearing, Deaf or speech impaired Australians, and the broader community.

National Relay Service
An Australia-wide phone service for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. It is also available to anyone who wants to call a person with a hearing or speech impairment.

Able Australia
A long-standing non-profit organisation that provides services to people living with multiple disabilities including deafblindness.

Wimmera Hearing Society
A voluntary hearing support organisation providing information and support in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Based in Horsham.

Better Hearing Australia
Provides free hearing services across Victoria to people with hearing loss and their families.
Australian Hearing

Australian Hearing
Australia’s leading hearing specialist and largest provider of Government funded hearing services, with more than 400 permanent or visiting locations. Provides hearing services to clients eligible under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.

Better Health Channel
Provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. Better Hearing Channel does not have any advertising or sponsorship and is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia).

Bionics Institute
An independent medical research institute affiliated with the University of Melbourne.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and diagnostic services for people with hearing or vision loss situated in NSW.

Deaf Victoria
A non-profit organisation led and managed by deaf and hard of hearing people through provision of advocacy and information services to strengthen community participation and quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing Victorians.

Victorian Deaf Society
A non-profit organisation, it is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf adults in Victoria.

HEARnet
A not-for-profit website created by the HEARing CRC for health professionals, researchers and anyone interested in better hearing.

National Acoustic Laboratories
A world leader in research into hearing assessment, hearing loss prevention and hearing rehabilitation. The research division of Australian Hearing, a Statutory Authority under the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.

Hearing Services Program (Office of Hearing Services)
The Australian Government Hearing Services Program provides eligible people with access to a range of free and subsidised hearing services. Services include a comprehensive hearing assessment and access to a wide range of high quality hearing devices.

SOCIAL SUPPORT

Aussie Deaf Kids
A not-for-profit organisation providing support and resources for parents of hard of hearing and deaf children living in Australia.

John Pierce Centre
Inspired by the traditions of the Catholic Church, the John Pierce Centre seeks to empower all Deaf people and their families within Victoria to live their lives to the full.

Hear For You
An award-winning, not for profit organisation that runs a series of dynamic workshops for deaf and hard of hearing teens of high school age in Australia and New Zealand.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH)
Australia’s pre-eminent specialty eye and ear hospital, based in East Melbourne and with outpatient clinics around Victoria. A world leader in eye, ear, nose and throat services, the hospital is now at the cutting edge of research and teaching.

Cochlear Limited
Provides a wide range of information on cochlear implants. Products include hearing systems for cochlear, bone conduction and acoustic implants.

SCHOOL SERVICES

Victorian College for the Deaf
A unique educational centre for deaf and hard of hearing students from Prep to Year 12. A bilingual philosophy is supported by an innovative curriculum.

Aurora School
Provides optimal learning environments for Deaf and Deafblind children and their families across the State of Victoria.

Deaf Children Australia
Provides information, advocacy, support services and educational resources that respond to the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI)
Works in partnership with schools, universities, early childhood and deafness professionals to enable excellence in deaf education throughout Victoria and is committed to improving educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people from birth to adulthood.

EARLY INTERVENTION

Taralye
An internationally recognised early intervention centre that has provided inclusive oral language programs for children with hearing loss and their families in Victoria for almost fifty years.

Early Education Program
Provide services for children under school age who have a permanent hearing loss. Situated in East Brighton, Victoria.

NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING

Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program
The Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program (VIHSP) screens the hearing of all newborn babies in Victoria.

WA Government – Newborn Hearing Screening

Audiology Australia Inc
The peak body representing audiologists in Australia. The professional association for audiologists in Australia.

SHHH – Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (Australia) Inc
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH Australia Inc.) is a voluntary, non-profit educational organisation, dedicated to helping Australians with a hearing loss whose primary method of communication is through speech.

Victorian Hearing Aid Bank
Donated hearing aids are reconditioned and reprogrammed so that they can be fitted to those people who would otherwise be unable to get hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Bank NSW
SHHH and Macquarie University have established a Hearing Aid Bank to help low income people live normal ‘hearing’ lives.

NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme
Supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

AUSLAN – AUSTRALIAN SIGN LANGUAGE

ASLIA Victoria
A professional body that represents the needs and interests of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) Interpreters.

Auslan Services
Auslan Services is a leading provider of Auslan Interpreters across Australia.

SLC VIC (Sign Language Communications Victoria)
Provides communication services for deaf and hard of hearing people through Auslan, Video Relay and Skype interpreting and notetaking. SLC VIC is part of Vicdeaf, a not for profit organisation serving deaf and hard of hearing Victorians for almost 130 years, and all funds generated by SLC VIC is returned to the community through Vicdeaf’s programs and initiatives. Also provide live captioning, notetaking and emergency after hours interpreting.

Echo Interpreting
Auslan interpreter booking agency.

Auslan Signbank
An interactive dictionary of Auslan.

The Auslan Company
Runs Auslan courses for the community through to business organisations.
Runs “Sing and Sign” classes for families.

Sign Planet
A place to find, learn, play and print sign language images and activities. It features a fully searchable dictionary and resource database.

Victorian Auslan Training Consortium
deafConnectEd is the lead agent for the Victorian Auslan Training Consortium (VATC). The Auslan training contract was awarded to the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (now Melbourne Polytechnic), commencing July 2013 – December 2016 and is managed by deafConnectEd and the VATC.

NABS (National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service)
Funded by the Australian Government to provide interpreters FREE of charge to people who use sign language to communicate and would like to book an interpreter for private health care appointments.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Sign For Work
A free employment service that is part of Deaf Children Australia. Help many people to find work including people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

SensWide Employment
Disability employment service that supports jobseekers with disability or injury into ongoing employment, funded by the Australian Government.

Job Access
An information and advice service funded by the Australian Government, offering help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers.

CAPTIONING

Media Access Australia
Australia’s only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with a disability.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
The independent statutory authority tasked with ensuring most elements of Australia’s media and communications legislation, related regulations, and numerous derived standards and codes of practice operate effectively and efficiently, and in the public interest. The ACMA is tasked with ensuring media and communications works for all Australians.

OTHER SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS

Deaf Sports Recreation Victoria
The peak state body in Victoria in sports and recreation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

CICADA Australia Inc
Provides support to hearing impaired Australians through information, education and social events.

deafaccess Victoria
Supports rural and regional communities to plan and develop strategies that enable deaf and hard of hearing people to become more included in their local community.

Meniere’s Australia
A national non-profit, non-government organisation that aims to promote and facilitate the development of Australia-wide services and support for those living with Meniere’s disease and other vestibular conditions.

Tinnitus Association of Victoria
A voluntary, non-profit organisation helping people with tinnitus through a range of support services.

RESOURCES

Bilby Publishing
A business selling special needs resources for early numeracy, literacy, autism and signed communication.

Word of Mouth Technology
A leading supplier of assistive devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Australia.

Telstra Disability Equipment Program
Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program is for customers who are deaf or blind or have a hearing, speech, vision, mobility or dexterity impairment. It offers a range of products to help customers who have difficulty accessing standard telephone services.

Printacall Communications Technology
Supply a range of products for use by Deaf, hearing impaired and speech impaired people.

INTERSTATE DEAF SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS

Tasmanian Deaf Society

Deaf Society of New South Wales

Deaf Can Do

Deaf Services Queensland

ACT Deafness Resource Centre
A community organisation providing information, referral and advocacy services for the hearing impaired, deaf and those with chronic disorders of the ear.

WA Deaf Society

DeafNT
Part of Deaf Children Australia, DeafNT is a not for profit, advocacy, information and referral service, which provides support to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of all ages in the Northern Territory.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

World Federation of the Deaf
An international non-governmental organisation representing approximately 70 million Deaf people worldwide.

 International Federation of Hard of Hearing People
Has charitable and benevolent aims and is a non-political and non-sectarian organisation which aims to help hard of hearing people of all ages and their families. Head Office is in Stockholm, Sweden.