• 2015 Australian Father of the Year – Dr. Jamal Rifi 01 Sep 2015

    By Siobhan McAlary
    The prestigious 2015 Australian Father of the Year Award has been awarded to Dr Jamal Rifi in honour of his devotion to his family, his commitment to his profession and his strong personal efforts to build understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
    The Belmore-based GP and father of five – Faisal, 28, Nemat,

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  • Power of Speech 2015 31 Aug 2015

    Earlier this month twelve excited children had their first taste of public speaking at the annual First Voice Power of Speech event.
    Power of Speech celebrates the extraordinary achievements made possible by cochlear implant technology, celebrates the gift of speech and hearing and challenges conventional opinion on what hearing impaired children can achieve.


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  • City2Surf 2015 13 Aug 2015

    On Sunday 9th August 2015 some 80,000 people took up their joggers to compete in Sydney’s annual fun run City2Surf.
    Amongst the throng, 21 runners – Team Shepherd – ran in support of The Shepherd Centre to raise funds and awareness about its extraordinary work helping children who are deaf or hearing impaired learn to listen and

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  • Dr Diamond runs 100km 07 Aug 2015

    By Siobhan McAlary
    The Shepherd Centre would like to send a big thank you to Dr Terry Diamond who recently competed in Australia’s longest trail run, the North Face 100, to raise funds and awareness of the centre’s work helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak.

    The North Face 100 is a

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  • Book of the Month for August – Books that have Pictures, but No Words! 04 Aug 2015

    Last month we featured a book with NO PICTURES, but this month we’re turning things upside down and looking at books with LOTS of pictures but NO WORDS!

    Did you know that oral story telling skills are really important for development of literacy skills and for building complex language skills that contribute to the

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