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Our 160-year history

2020

Our future

In 2021 we’ll unite under one brand. In 2023, we have exciting plans to move our North Rocks functions to Centres of Excellence in hearing and vision at Macquarie University.

2018

Reaching out

RIDBC officially expands its services to Victoria through merging with Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children (EEP) and Taralye – an early intervention, preschool and audiological service provider.

2017

Woman of the Year

RIDBC ENT surgeon, Professor Catherine Birman, wins the 2017 New South Wales Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year. She is one of the most experienced cochlear implant surgeons in the world, having performed over 1,000 cochlear implant surgeries.

2014

SCIC partnership

RIDBC partners with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC) to provide Australia’s largest and most comprehensive cochlear implant program for people of all ages.

2013

A record achievement

Assisting thousands of children each year, RIDBC is now Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and diagnostic services for children with hearing loss or vision impairment.

2012

A world leader

Professor Gibson becomes the first surgeon in the world to perform 2000 cochlear implant surgeries, making him one of the most prolific surgeons in his field and a world leader in cochlear implantation.

2010

150 years young

RIDBC celebrates its 150-year anniversary with a new tertiary facility for Renwick Centre opened by Her Excellency, Governor Marie Bashir. Chris Rehn is appointed as Chief Executive.

2007

Teleschool launches

A teacher providing service to children through video conferencing

Teleschool (Remote Services) launches, providing services and support to rural and regional Australian families with children who are hard of hearing or vision impaired.

2002

Record enrolments

Collage of children and families

RIDBC reaches a new record: over 600 children and families are enrolled in its services.

1997

Graduation time

Photo of graduates in 1997

The first 13 graduates of Renwick College receive their Masters, awarded by the University of Newcastle.

In 2021 we’ll unite under one brand.

In 2023, we have exciting plans to move our North Rocks functions to Centres of Excellence in hearing and vision at Macquarie University.

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