World-leading support services for children with hearing loss to launch in Campbelltown

06 Nov 2018

Residents of Campbelltown area invited to a special launch event

For immediate release

Tuesday 30th October – Leading children’s charity, The Shepherd Centre, will launch their world-leading services for children with hearing loss in Western Sydney at a special public event on Wednesday 14th November at 10.00am at Ron Moore Community Centre in Minto. The Shepherd Centre offers ground-breaking programs and services to help children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak and supports over 500 children of all ages and their families each year.

The family-focused organisation has purchased a site in the Campbelltown area and is currently fundraising to complete the build of a brand-new purpose-built centre. In the interim, The Shepherd Centre will offer programs and services at a temporary location at the Ron Moore Community Centre in Minto to service the booming population in Western Sydney.

One in 1,000 babies is diagnosed with hearing loss each year making it the most common disability diagnosed at birth in Australia. This number increases by the time a child reaches school with 1 in 300 having hearing loss.

‘For every child we support,’ says The Shepherd Centre’s CEO Dr Jim Hungerford, ‘we know that there is currently another child with hearing loss out there that is not accessing critical specialised services. The sooner a child with hearing loss is supported, the better the outcomes.’

The Shepherd Centre offers a transdisciplinary program that is unique in that it provides audiology, speech therapy, child and family counselling and specialised group programs all under the one roof. This means that families can visit one centre and have a team of highly-trained specialists working together on tailored programs suited to their child’s specific needs.

Local Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Dr Simon Greenberg said, ‘There is such a high demand for this incredible service in our area. Currently families that require support have to drive across Sydney to different facilities. I believe The Shepherd Centre is the best organisation to deliver support to children through their world-leading early intervention program as well as their services for school aged children.’

Services will be offered at the temporary site in Minto every Monday from 8.00am – 4.00pm and include listening and spoken language therapy, audiological services, child and family counselling as well as important group educational and support programs. This is set to expand to additional days in 2019.

For further information visit www.shepherdcentre.org.au or call 1800 020 030.

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Media and the community are invited to attend the launch:

Date: Wednesday 14th November
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Ron Moore Community Centre – 120 Guernsey Ave, Minto
What: Launch of The Shepherd Centre’s services in Western Sydney including:

• Virtual reality experience showing what life is like for a child with hearing loss
• Plans for the purpose-built Campbelltown Centre will be displayed
• Meet current Shepherd Centre families and the organisation’s highly-trained clinical team to learn more about hearing loss and The Shepherd Centre’s services
• Cochlear implant demonstration table
• See inside the ear drum through video otoscopes

Available for media interview:

• Dr Jim Hungerford, CEO, The Shepherd Centre
• Mayor of Campbelltown, Mr George Brticevic
• Rosanna Afiouni (from Minto) – mother of two year old Tariq who comes to The Shepherd Centre
• Sonia Mooney (from Menangle Park) – mother of three year old Mikayla who has hearing loss
• Clinical staff from The Shepherd Centre (speech therapists, audiologists and child and family counsellors).

For more information, interviews or for media enquiries regarding contact:

Jo Wallace
The Shepherd Centre
[email protected]
0407 201 394

About The Shepherd Centre:

The Shepherd Centre is a NSW-based not-for-profit organisation specialising in early intervention to help children with hearing loss develop spoken language skills.
Since its foundation, The Shepherd Centre has opened up a world of sound for more than 2,000 deaf children. The organisation is recognised as a world leader in the field of early intervention Auditory-Verbal Therapy, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s spoken language, so they can reach their full potential.
The Shepherd Centre relies heavily upon fundraising and donations to support over 500 Australian families who turn to them for help each year. Funds raised by The Shepherd Centre help give deaf and hearing impaired children access to critical therapy support to help them learn to listen and speak, and to reach their full potential in the classroom – and in life.

More information: https://www.shepherdcentre.org.au/