About Us

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education, cochlear implant and diagnostic services for people with hearing loss or vision impairment, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families each year. Services are provided at sites located across Australia and through our tele-practice service for clients living in regional areas.

RIDBC is a charity and relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with vision impairment or hearing loss.

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Anne alongside her Delta assessed therapy dog, Bella

Who we are

Since our foundation in 1860, we have continuously supported people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are blind or vision impaired through high-quality vision and hearing services. We also provide professional education and research programs for professionals working in the field of sensory disability.

RIDBC’s objectives focus on developing and delivering the world’s best sensory services for children, adults and their families.

As Australia’s largest and longest-serving provider in our specialised field, we receive international recognition for our first-rate education, allied health, therapy, research and clinical services.

RIDBC’s SCIC Cochlear Implant Program is the largest in Australia for children and adults of all ages.

We operate from a large network of sites across Australia. Our service brands include: 

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RIDBC Renwick Centre

SCIC, an RIDBC service
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Catherine Sullivan Centre, an RIDBC service

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Taralye, an RIDBC service

Our organisation

Originally recognised in law by the New South Wales State Parliament in 1905, today our charitable status is legislated under the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Act 1998 No 6.

See Governance & Strategy to find out more about our organisation.