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2018 saw important community projects and initiatives supported in the Mid North Coast region with funding totalling $243,000.

Helping rewrite the future with RIDBC

People on the Mid North Coast of NSW now have access to full end-to-end cochlear implant services, previously only available in Sydney and Newcastle. Chair of the Charitable Foundation, Phil Neat said the grant would greatly reduce the amount of travel that patients would need to make to get the medical care they required. 

 “One of the major barriers to receiving a cochlear implant for those living in northern NSW is the frequent travel,” he said. “We firmly believe that the quality of healthcare you receive should not be dictated by your postcode. We’re proud to have played a major role in bringing local access to full hearing assessments to the Port Macquarie and northern NSW regions.”

Port Macquarie’s newly refurbished Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) centre was funded through donations and grants. The Charitable Foundation grant of over $60,000 enabled RIDBC to purchase and install a dedicated audiometric sound room. The acoustic design of the room eliminates outside sounds and noise so accurate assessments can be conducted, enabling people with hearing loss have access to the latest technology and expert care. 

Find out more about RIDBC’s Cochlear Implant Program


Cochlear implant recipient
Cochlear implant recipient.

Grant recipients

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