Our Theory of Change

The work we do and the way we do it is informed by years of research and experience in the field of paediatric hearing loss. The Shepherd Centre’s Theory of Change identifies the short and long-term returns to our economy and society made possible by early intervention programs; and the positive impact these programs have on the lives of Australians with hearing loss.

The problem

• Children with hearing loss have significant challenges in language and social skills
• Most children don’t receive the expert integrated support they need
• These children don’t achieve their potential
• The cost and impact of unaddressed hearing loss on society is immense

Our tools

• 83 dedicated and expert staff (including six preschool staff)
• 50 years of dedicated research and experience
• Leading IT systems enabling clinical and family focus
• Ongoing strong philanthropic support
• Outstanding connections to partner organisations

Our work

• Evidence based early intervention programs
• Enabling access to sound through devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants
• Expert parent education, support and mentoring
• Specialised Listening & Spoken Language Therapy
• Dedicated programs to support advocacy, literacy and social skills development

Our outcomes

• Parents are empowered to support their child’s full development
• Children enter mainstream school with spoken language matching that of children without hearing loss
• Children develop social skills matching those of children without hearing loss
• Children are able to advocate for themselves in their school and social environments

The impact

• Children complete high school and enter higher education at the same rate as the general population
• Young adults enter the workforce and become active economic contributors to society
• Adults engage with the community and form strong families supporting the growth of social capital

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