Other WA organisations that support the Deaf Community
Better Hearing Australia WA (BHAWA) is a non-government organisation which aims to improve the lives of adults with hearing loss, as well as their families, friends and employers throughout the State. BHAWA assist people with almost every kind of hearing loss and provide Aural Rehabilitation, Lip Reading and Auslan Conversation classes. BHAWA support West Australian Deaf Arts and provide social interaction opportunities for every West Australian with a hearing loss.
Deafness Forum of Australia is the peak, national not for profit organisation that represents the one in six Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them. Deafness Forum’s objective is to provide timely and realistic advice to government on strategic public policy development and practice reform.
Ear Science Institute Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of people with ear and hearing disorders. We achieve this vision by supporting people with ear and hearing disorders through our four pillars of clinical services, research, education and treatment. We provide internationally recognised clinical services to over 40 000 Western Australians through our Lions Hearing Clinics and Ear Science Clinic, which is the largest cochlear implant centre in Western Australia. All of our clinical services incorporate the latest scientific discoveries from our Ear Science Research Team and we share our research findings through our Ear Science education program, which trains every medical student in Western Australia.
Earbus Foundation of WA (EFWA) is a multi-award winning, Perth-based Children's charity that is helping to reduce the incidence and impact of middle ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in our state. Since its establishment in April 2013 Earbus has worked in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services to reduce the incidence of middle ear disease in Aboriginal children below the World Health Organization benchmark of 4%. EFWA is an ethical, low fixed-operating cost organisation that focuses on getting programs and services to children who need them, not on infrastructure. A team of consultant Clinicians (Doctors, ENT Specialists, Audiologists and Nurses) supports over 60 annual Outreach visits to regional and remote communities across WA. Earbus Foundation also runs the newborn hearing screening program in private maternity hospitals across WA, provides audiology services to regional WA in partnership with WACHS and offers a diagnostic hearing assessments for children at its Northbridge clinic.
Cicada is a support group that meet every third Wednesday of each month at Royal Perth Hospital in the ENT/Audiology rooms. Cicada give support for their members and their families who have had hearing implants of various types. Cicada also provide social outings, auditory and listening exercises, and rehabilitation and communication training, and provide up to date information to help the individual to be better informed of various updates on hearing implements that could help them to communicate in the hearing community and with their families. Cicada do not have a website but can be contacted through Deafness Council WA.
For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has been helping Australians rediscover the joy of sound. Its mission? To keep you connected to the people and life you love. With its dedicated team, Hearing Australia is the nation’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to 26, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans. And with over 600 locations across the country, they will work with you to deliver on their promise to offer world-leading hearing solutions anyone can access – to make a difference to you, your family as well as the communities Hearing Australia serves.
The WA Foundation for Deaf Children (WAFDC) aims to make a difference to the lives of deaf children and their families, from cradle to career by providing credible information, practical knowledge and training; connecting people and encouraging friendships; supporting the development of life skills and career prospects for children and advocating for the deaf sector. WAFDC strive to be the change agent and central support hub that gives every deaf child and family the knowledge, networks and confidence they need for a happy childhood along with the life skills and resilience they can carry through to the next stage of their lives.
West Australian Deaf Arts (WADA) was founded in 2010 and is auspiced by Better Hearing Australia WA (BHAWA). WADA shares an understanding of Deaf culture with the Hearing world and is open to people with no Arts background or experience, and those that have experience in the Arts and would like to share and grow their passion and be a part of an exciting initiative. WADA offers an opportunity for people with differing and multiple disabilities, to explore their creativity and imagination in a supportive environment.
Telethon Speech & Hearing is WA’s premier centre for children and families affected by hearing, speech and/or language difficulties. As experts in our field we excel in bringing together services to support children and families to speak, hear, connect and learn in ways that empower them to live fulfilling lives.
Involving families at every stage, we provide a comprehensive range of educational and therapeutic services including audiology tests, screenings and monitoring; speech pathology; occupational therapy; psychology assistance; plus specialised family and school programs for children with hearing loss.
Telethon Speech & Hearing is a registered NDIS provider, charity and not-for-profit organisation that provides transparent, unbiased NDIS advice to eligible families. Contact us today for a friendly discussion – no referrals needed.
The largest professional body for audiologists in Australia. Audiology Australia provides professional development, sets ethical standards of practice and provides advocacy for professionals and consumers of the hearing healthcare industry. Audiology Australia provides registration through the NASRHP for Accredited Audiologists” and is a founding member of the Hearing Health Sector Alliance. They also support the Ethics Review Committee in conjunction with the Australian College of Audiology which acts as an independent complaints review board to help enforce the highest standard of clinical care and ethical practice.
The Australian Association of Teachers of the Deaf – Western Australia (AATDWA) has been a professional organisation for Teachers of the Deaf in this state since 1935. Members of AATDWA seek to enhance their role as they work and support children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. The Association regularly organises professional learning programs and participate in conferences with their Australian and New Zealand colleagues.
The School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory (SSEN: S) provides educational support for children with hearing loss and or/vision impairment. This support is available from diagnosis through all years of schooling. We strive to meet individual needs by providing educational support for children and also supporting schools to provide fully accessible learning environments, curriculum and school communities.
As our service is government funded, it is provided at no cost to the school, parents or guardians of eligible students with hearing loss and/or vision impairment.
Our specialist teachers are committed to supporting children in both public and non-government schools throughout Western Australia. Joining our teachers, are other specialist staff such as educational audiologists, school psychologists, braille transcribers, captioning officers, deaf education officers and educational interpreters.
At the School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory, it is our mission to ensure every child with hearing loss is supported to meet their full potential.