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Coronavirus Advice

Our services are continuing.

Our team is working hard to ensure our clients can continue to receive our support, including over the phone and via telepractice (online delivery of service).

We are ceasing all in-person services.

Updated 25 March 2020

As the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change, SCIC is committed to keeping you informed.

Our number one concern is the wellbeing and safety of our staff, clients and the broader community. We are aligning our decision making and approach with Government recommendations around social distancing.

So, following on from the latest social distancing measures announced by the Prime Minister, we are taking the following steps:

  1. SCIC will cease all other in-person service delivery to clients at our sites, except for a small number of clients who will be considered on a case by case basis. All clients with upcoming appointments will be contacted this week, to make alternative arrangements that meet your needs.
  2. We are exploring all avenues to ensure our clients can continue to receive our support, including over the phone and via telepractice. These arrangements will be in place until the Easter break (Tuesday 14 April 2020) and will be assessed to determine the way forward after Easter.

Please look after yourself and those closest to you.

Updated 20 March 2020

As the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia and around the world continues to rapidly evolve, SCIC is committed to keeping you informed.

The wellbeing and safety of our clients, staff and the broader community is our highest priority.

SCIC is implementing extra safeguards in place to minimise the spread of this virus.

We are here to support our clients to access our services but unfortunately COVID-19 is having an impact. At this moment, a small number of our services have been impacted, as the Government-recommended guidelines tighten.

What’s changed as a result of COVID-19?

For the safety of SCIC people, our clients and stakeholders:

  • A small number of SCIC’s services that are conducted outside of our centres have been suspended during this time, any client directly impacted will be contacted
  • We’ve significantly reduced the number of non-essential people visiting our sites and services.

While our sites remain open and operational, we’re exercising additional hygiene and screening measures to ensure everyone’s safety. We are doing all we can to make sure we contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Our focus remains to support our clients, the broader community and each other. Now and always. We are working hard to explore alternate methods of service delivery if things worsen and we are reviewing the situation daily.

Detailed information about COVID-19, who is at risk, travel restrictions and increased hygiene measures can be found on the Commonwealth Department of Health site.

We understand that these are uncertain times for many people. We will continue to monitor developments closely and communicate with you on a regular basis.


Newsletter: Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned keeps recipients, their families and industry professionals up to date with the latest SCIC Cochlear Implant Program services, provides important information regarding devices, celebrates client success stories and keeps readers advised of advances in cochlear implant technology and research.

It also contains information on professional development seminars and events, happenings, and upcoming fundraising activities.

Click here to view the latest copy of Stay Tuned

Latest News

Monday, 11th September 2017

Our wonderful recipient, Liz Zappia, featured on Channel 9’s hit TV show ‘This Time Next Year.’ See her amazing story below!

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Life-changing cochlear implants for more Territorians

Northern Territory Health Minister, Natasha Fyles, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) today to witness the moment when seven-month-old Charlie heard sound for the very first time, as his new cochlear implant was switched-on.

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Thursday, 2nd March 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce Associate Professor Catherine Birman has been awarded NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year!

Congratulations Cathy!!

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Tuesday, 28th February 2017 

Three in every four people over 70 are affected by hearing loss

With an ageing population, hearing loss is projected to increase to 1 in every 4 Australians by 2050. In the lead up to NSW Seniors Festival 2017, held Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March, RIDBC health professionals are calling for Australians to take action on hearing loss by adding a visit to an audiologist to their annual list of medical check-ups.

Click here to read Clare’s story