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Welcome to the September Deaf Herald.

Deaf Festival – Sally & Possum are coming!

We are excited to announce Sally & Possum from the hit ABC show are bringing their fun-filled adventures to the Deaf Festival. Join us for the performance and together with Sally & Possum we will explore, discover and learn about the world around us using Auslan.

Alongside Sally & Possum, we have a festival program filled with performances including poetry, storytelling, Auslan Children’ Choir, Sign Singing and much more. There really is something for everyone in the family.

The Festival will take place on Saturday, 20th October from 10am – 4pm on Parramatta River between Wilde Avenue and Elizabeth Street. The festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors Parramatta Leagues Club and Cochlear. We would also like to welcome our captioning sponsor Ai-Media.

Don’t forget to tell you family and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Deaf Festival - Fundraise for your community group

A community BBQ is a great opportunity to fundraise for your community organisation or event! We are inviting community organisations to host a community BBQ sausage sizzle at this year’s Deaf Festival!

What’s involved
The sausage sizzle must be operational between 10am – 4pm. Your organisation will need to organise and bring all supplies including;
• 500 sausages and bread rolls
• 20kg onions
• A variety of cases of drinks including water and soft drinks
• Gas
• Cleaning and serving utensils
• Garbage bags for waste

A more detailed list of exactly what to bring and instructions for the day will be provided to the successful applicant.

How to apply
If you are interested, please email You will need to provide:
• The name of your organisation
• What you want to fundraise for
• Confirmation that you are a not for profit or community organisation

Please email before 28th September 2018. Successful application will be notified by 9th October 2018. Good luck!

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Deaf Festival – Olwyne’s Story

The theme of the 2018 Deaf Festival is Deaf Future: Empowering our community for the future. We believe that with a strong, connected and supportive Deaf Community – we will have a future for many more generations of deaf people. The Deaf Festival is only one event that brings together the community to celebrate Auslan and deaf culture, but it can have a big impact on families of deaf children as it did on Olwyne’s family.

Olwynes story:
"I remember going to the deaf festival wehn I was 4 or 5. My parents had never met other deaf people before. It was great exposure for them. There was plenty of fun activities and lots of Auslan being used! I was grateful that my parents took me to the deaf festival as it meant we could network and find out information about different organisations and groups such as the Deaf School I went to, We wouldnt have known about it if it wasnt for Deaf Festival.
I think the Deaf Festival was great for my parents as they had no previous exposure to the Deaf community. It was a chance for them to see the strong Deaf culture and community that we had, and helped eliminate their worries about their son being Deaf.
I highly recommend Deaf Festival for any parents with deaf children as it is an invaluable experience."

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RIDBC - A team of experts in your corner

A team of experts in your corner
Talking, reading, singing, playing! These are all everyday activities in which your child is actively learning. Early childhood is a time of rapid (and exciting!) development for growing kids. Because of this, early learning – and early intervention – is incredibly important. Wherever you are in your journey to support your child with hearing impairment — we’re here for you!

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of early childhood early intervention, education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss. Beyond working with infants and young children with hearing impairment, we partner with your family and the professionals who support you.

To further support you, your child and your family, RIDBC’s early intervention support service have released an ‘Hearing Impairment Family Handbook’ ( We support children with a range of different types and degrees of hearing loss, from unilateral hearing loss (UHL), mild hearing loss to profound hearing loss. The ‘Hearing Impairment Family Handbook’ was developed to provide support and advice to families needing information about hearing loss, our early learning support and educational services.

RIDBC want you and your child to be able to share the fun and joy of communicating with each other. That may mean speaking English, speaking another language, using Australian Sign Language (Auslan) or supporting your child’s unique communication needs. Through our services, we work with you to ensure that your child is supported, has access to education and able to live an independent life.

VTech Careline products are specifically to assist and support people with vision and hearing loss, so that they can live connected and independent lives at home. VTech are proud partners of RIDBC via the Careline range and the Deaf Festival 2018.

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What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is your personal health information. It will be kept online.
Healthcare professionals can add:
• Information from your doctor about what medications you take.
• Hospital letters.
• Reports from scans and blood tests.
• Referral letters from doctors.

Medicare information can be added to your record. This can be taken off if you do not want it there.

You can add your:
• Emergency contact numbers.
• Medications you take.
• Allergy information.
• You can add your Advance Care Plan. This means planning early about what you want if you get very sick.

How will My Health Record help you?
My Health Record will let:
• You access your own health information.
• Healthcare professionals see your information in an emergency.
• Doctors know important things about your health like what tests you have had and what medications you take.

Your information will be kept safe
Someone you trust can look after your record if you cannot do it yourself. You can choose which doctors or healthcare professionals see your records. You can stop people from seeing some things like test results or medicines you take. Doctors will be able to see your information if there is an emergency.

What do you have to do?
A My Health Record will be set up for you by the end of 2018. If you do not want a My Health Record you must notify the Government by 15 November 2018. You can tell them by phoning the Help line on 1800 723 471 or going to the website at

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Workplace Gender Equality Report

The Deaf Society has over 100 employees, and that means we need to submit a report on gender equality in the workplace each year (this is under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012). We submitted our report for this year on 31 May.

A copy of our reports for this year and for last year can be found at

You can make comments on the report to us by contacting Susannah Macready
( or you can make comments to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The Agency has guidelines about how to do this at

Questions and comments are very welcome any time.

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Work with us

We are looking for a motivated and innovative people with strong initiative to join our team. We currenly have 2 positions available, Support Coordinator (Central Coast/Newcastle) and Support Services Team Leader. 

Support Coordinator - Central Coast/Newcastle
In this role you will provide case management, planning and support services relevant to the customer’s needs, to help them achieve their short and long term goals in a person-centred framework. You will also develop networks to the benefit of customers and the Deaf Society.

Support Services Team Leader - Parramatta
As a Support Services Team Leader you will maintain and optimise effective staffing arrangements of our support staff who provide a range of services to private and NDIS customers. In this unique position you will oversee the service delivery and development of current services including; workforce recruitment, development and supports, monitoring pricing and package delivery along with the fundamentals of compliance and quality

For more information about these roles and to apply, visit out website.

Accessible Arts Update

What has been happening at Accessible arts?
Scott O’Hara has resigned as the CEO of Accessible Arts and has relocated to the United Kingdom for family reasons. We thank Scott for his enthusiasm and his commitment to Accessible Arts during the short time he was with us. A new CEO is being sought. For more information visit

Riona Tindal, Deaf Arts Officer, is now Deaf Arts Coordinator where she will be focusing the Strategic Framework which has three aims. For information about the aims visit

Bundanon Artists-in-Residence
Accessible Arts had five artists at Bundanon Trust from 27 August to 3 September. Short interviews with each of them are linked from the home page of our website. We hope to be publishing more about the outcomes of their residencies. Watch the Accessible Arts website and social media channels i keep up to date. There were two Deaf artists, see the links below for their interviews;
Philip Debs -

Kate Matairavula

Auslan Events
Belvoir Theatre has captioned performances coming up in the second half of the year. Calamity Jane is on Saturday 22 September at 2:00 pm. Jane is all swagger, but when it comes to love, she’s calamity in more ways than one. For more infromation visit

The Art Gallery of NSW has an Auslan Tour on the 30th Sept with Sue Jo Wright! For more information visit

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