Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children merger welcomed

Boost: Health Minister Jillian Skinner officially launched the merger between RIDBC and SCIC with staff and guests.

Boost: Health Minister Jillian Skinner officially launched the merger between RIDBC and SCIC with staff and guests.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) at North Rocks has merged with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC).

Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner launched the merger as part of Hearing Awareness Week on August 25.

The merger creates Australia's largest and most comprehensive cochlear implant program for people of all ages — the SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, an RIDBC service.

"The merger will ensure more services can be delivered to more Australians than ever before"

Institute chief executive Chris Rehn said the merger would deliver life-changing cochlear implant technology to children and adults with hearing loss across the country.

"The merger will ensure more services can be delivered to more Australians than ever before, giving us a greater ability to deliver the highest level of support at every stage of the cochlear implant journey," Mr Rehn said.

Adults and children with hearing loss get the best results when cochlear implant services are combined with early intervention, therapy and specialist education programs.

"Children and their families will be greatly supported by RIDBC's broad range of integrated education and therapy services, with adult recipients benefiting from an expanded suite of rehabilitation services," Mr Rehn said.

"With more centres in more locations, we look forward to an increasing number of clients being able to access this enhanced level of service."

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