Obtain your professional development with us

The Shepherd Centre is an internationally recognised leading provider of early intervention programs for children with hearing loss. Renowned for its outstanding results, the vast majority of children typically graduate from The Shepherd Centre to attend mainstream school with listening and spoken language skills on par with those of their hearing peers.


The Shepherd Centre is offering a series of live interactive online professional development opportunities. All courses are accredited by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI), and internationally with the Alexander Graham Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (AG Bell Academy). The Functional Listening Index – Paediatric (FLI-P­­­™) is additionally accredited for CPD points with Audiology Australia.



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We aim to equip teachers, educators, speech pathologists, paediatric audiologists, therapists, allied health professionals and parents with current research based knowledge and practical skills to support children with hearing loss to develop clear, age-appropriate speech, language, literacy and social skills through audition and listening, in a variety of educational and developmental settings.


The Shepherd Centre has a longstanding history of supporting children with hearing loss through our Online Telehealth System. Our interactive online professional development workshops will offer strategies for supporting children and students via our Online Telehealth System. For more information on our Online Telehealth System at The Shepherd Centre, please visit our page on What is the Online Telehealth System and Online Telehealth Outreach.


Who should attend?

Itinerant Support Teachers for children with hearing loss

K-12 Teachers

Speech Pathologists

Paediatric audiologists

Early Intervention Specialists

Preschool Educators

Childcare Educators


Some courses are suitable for parents with school-age children. Please refer to the individual course descriptions.


About the Course Facilitators


Hearing loss professional development

Dr Anne Fulcher, PhD LSLS Cert AVT ®, has been working with children with hearing loss for over 40 years. Anne was introduced into the field as a tutor to Dr Bruce Shepherd’s two children with profound hearing loss while completing BADipEd in Maths, Education and Psychology at Macquarie. Anne was awarded a Rotary Postgraduate scholarship to complete a Masters Degree in Speech and Hearing Loss at Smith College/Clarke School, Massachusetts. She completed her PhD: “Speaking for Themselves: Speech Outcomes of Auditory-Verbal Children with Early-Identified Severe/Profound Hearing Loss” in 2012. Anne has worked in various capacities including an ITHS unit manager for children with multiple disabilities and new support units for isolated children and families. Anne helped to pioneer and establish The Shepherd Centre’s First Sounds Cochlear Implant Program and Social Skills programs.


Ingrid Steyns, BBHSc, MSLP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT® is the Principal Manager of Clinical Learning and Development at The Shepherd Centre. Ingrid completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Health Sciences and a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology at The University of Sydney, Australia. Ingrid is a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS Cert. AVT®) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech Language Pathologist. Ingrid has worked in clinical settings providing cochlear implant evaluation, diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention services for individuals with hearing loss and their families. Ingrid has developed international training programs, mentored professionals in the field throughout the world and has presented at numerous international conferences and workshops in the field worldwide.


Depending on course content, additional Shepherd Centre team members will co-present.  Our transdisciplinary team includes specialist audiologists, child and family counsellors and speech pathologists.



Email: [email protected]

Tel: (02) 9370 4401


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The situation is rapidly evolving, and we thank you for your patience as we provide more information in due course. Please continue to refer to this page for online learning updates or contact us directly with any questions at [email protected]

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