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Here is a list of school education providers for deaf and hard of hearing children in South Australia.

Throughout Schooling

Guidance Officer: Hearing Impairment

Primary Schools


Secondary Schools


Mainstream School Support Services


Children with Additional Disabilities

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Guidance Officer: Hearing Impairment
6th floor, 31 Flinders Street
Adelaide 5000

Phone: 8226 9897
Fax: 8226 6611

The consultant Guidance Officer: Hearing Impairment is a registered psychologist and registered teacher. The Guidance Officer provides state-wide educational psychology and consultancy services and professional advice in collaboration with relevant support services and other providers and carers, to maximise educational outcomes for students with a hearing impairment. This includes liaison with the Newborn Hearing Screening Program (Children, Youth and Women's Health Service), Cochlear Implant Team, early intervention service providers and parent groups.


Primary Schools

Brighton Primary School Centre for Hearing Impaired

1 Highet Ave BRIGHTON South Australia 5048
Ph: 08) 8296 3614
Fax: 08) 8296 7180
TTY: 08) 8358 3189

Basic philosophy: The Centre provides appropriate language models for individual students according to the student's language mode preference and as negotiated with the parents. The development of language, communication, literacy and numeracy skills is supported within a caring environment that enables healthy social and emotional growth. Individual learning needs are carefully considered and supported. A natural communicative approach to language development within a conversationally based learning framework, in both English and Auslan, is achieved in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.

Integration with hearing students lays a vital role in the development of language, speech, socialisation and the essential learnings underpinning the curriculum.

Outline of services: We support a range of tailored classroom settings, which are designed to appropriately meet the language and communication needs of students. An appropriate acoustic environment is a key feature of service provision and includes the use of FM devices in classroom situations. Auditory Intervention and Speech Therapy programs are provided according to current Speech Pathology assessments of student skills.

Sign language instruction using sign bilingual strategies is provided for students using Auslan as a first language. Auslan interpretation is provided to deaf students to ensure curriculum access. Deaf students have a tailored bilingual program with a balanced emphasis on literacy in English.

Auslan is taught in the Centre as a language to provide a broad communication base for deaf students. All students of the Centre are encouraged to have bilingual awareness, but will be most proficient in their preferred mode.



Elizabeth Park Primary School Centre for Hearing Impaired Children

Elizabeth Park Primary School
Turner Road ELIZABETH PARK SA 5113
Phone (V): (08) 8255 5630
TTY: (08) 8255 2916
Fax: (08) 8287 0337

Basic philosophy: The Centre enables students to develop successful communication skills that will meet their social, emotional and educational needs. This is achieved through language-intensive learning experiences, devised and carefully monitored by trained teachers of the deaf and are based upon an individual’s needs.

We believe students with a hearing impairment attain greatest success when they are immersed in challenges within a supportive, caring and language-rich environment. The partnership between teachers and parents is crucial in ensuring that learning experiences are relevant and in accordance with the needs of each student.

Outline of service: The Centre’s reverse integration classes reflect our belief that regular interaction with hearing students facilitates language acquisition and the development of successful social relationships with hearing peers, and all members of the school community. The reverse integration program sees a small number of hearing students placed within the classes in the Centre. Classes have between 8 and 10 students, depending on the number of hearing impaired students at each year level. Individual speech and auditory training lessons and reading programs are provided.



Hillcrest Primary School Oral Aural Unit
Hillcrest Primary School
Condamine Street
Hillcrest 5086

Phone: (08) 8261 2845
Fax: (08) 8266 1861

Basic philosophy: The Oral Aural Unit is committed to providing a program that promotes oral language development and encourages confident, assertive and socially confident students. School structures and organisation ensure the learning outcomes of hearing impaired students are enhanced and maximised.

Outline of services:

  • An oral/aural program with emphasis on an auditory verbal approach which maximises the use of residual hearing.
  • A junior, middle and upper primary class with small numbers of hearing impaired students.
  • An interesting and interactive curriculum with intensive language, literacy and numeracy during the morning program.
  • Individual speech, language and auditory programs prepared through ongoing assessment and linked to developmental stages.
  • Qualified teachers of the deaf who are involved in regular professional development regarding Cochlear Implants, hearing aids and best teaching practice for Deaf and Hearing Impaired students.
  • Age appropriate inclusive afternoon programs.
  • Assistance form school services officers experienced in working with hearing impaired students.
  • All classrooms in the school provide optimum acoustic conditions which meet national standards, and include soundfield amplification.
  • Unit facilities upgraded to include two speech rooms and a testing room for daily listening checks and equipment maintenance.
  • Participation in all school activities, excursions and camps.
  • Emphasis on information communication technology as an integral part of learning activities including Smart Board interactive, electronic whiteboards in all mainstream classes, the library and three unit classes.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively support their child's program, including daily communication between parents and teachers to ensure excellent information sharing between home and school.


Klemzig Primary School Centre for Hearing Impaired

2 Hay St KLEMZIG 5087
Ph: 08) 8261 1944
Fax: 08) 8266 2132
TTY: 08) 8261 5424

Communication mode: The aim of Klemzig Primary School, including the Centre for Hearing Impaired, is to help students develop age appropriate language to enable them to develop academically, socially and emotionally. This is achieved through oral and signed programs in a language rich environment. Skilled teachers of the deaf provide the support necessary to allow deaf and hearing impaired students to access the primary school curriculum in their preferred language – English or Auslan.

The program is carefully structured to encourage students using Auslan as their first language to develop fluency in English as their second language. All students – deaf, hearing impaired and hearing – learn Auslan as a LOTE (Language Other Than English). Auslan classes are provided for staff and parents to support excellent communication throughout the school community.

Outline of Services: To meet the diverse needs of students, Klemzig provides an extensive range of services, including the Auslan Early Learning Program for hearing impaired preschool children and children of Deaf parents, individualised speech and language programs, audiological support, social skills programs and transition programs.

Deaf and hearing impaired students are educated with their hearing peers in bilingual classes. These classes are staffed by a team including a mainstream teacher, a skilled teacher of the deaf and deaf adults acting as positive role models to build the self esteem of students. The school values small class sizes and structures to allow for individualised attention.

Staff welcome parents into the school and value the special knowledge they have about their child. They aim to develop a strong partnership between teachers and parents so that both share a common understanding of each child’s needs and how these needs can best be met.


Woodville Centre for Hearing Impaired

Evans Street WOODVILLE 5011
Ph: 08) 8445 2744
Fax: 08) 8445 7454
TTY: 08) 8345 5800
Woodville Centre for Hearing Impaired (CHI) is an integral part of Woodville Primary School and has been operating since 1953. The students (R-7) are fully integrated and well supported by Teachers of the Deaf, who have excellent teaching skills, experience and Auslan skills for those who need this form of communication.
All students are encouraged to use hearing aids and personal Radio Frequency Units. Some students have a cochlear implant. All students receive speech lessons. Classrooms have flashing lights installed and have been acoustically upgraded. CHI students meet together once a fortnight from various classes to socialise across age groups and participate in activities. They also link with other Deaf students through excursions to other CHI's and special events.
Parents who are considering school placement for their deaf or hearing impaired child are welcome to visit the school for observations and discussions. To do this, please contact the CHI manager



Secondary Schools

Adelaide High School Centre for Hearing Impaired

West Terrace ADELAIDE 5000

Ph: (08) 8231 9373
Fax: (08) 8212 7827
TTY:  (08) 8410 2356
Mainstream - integration unit. Hearing impaired and deaf students are supported in mainstream curriculum.

Basic philosophy: To enable participation and achievement by students with a hearing impairment in year level classes. Students are encouraged to develop a positive self concept and approach to their impairment, both as an individual and as a learner.

Outline of services: The Centre is an integrated school setting for deaf and hearing impaired students. The students are expected to fulfil curriculum and assessment expectations with moderations. A support line is offered and various support styles initiated, such as interpreting, note-taking, withdrawal one-to-one and small group, and total communication in the classroom.

Students at the Centre have access to all curriculum offerings and are generally supported by a teacher of the deaf. Staff at the Centre use the most suitable form of communication as agreed upon in the Negotiated Education Plan (NEP). Staff liaise with mainstream teachers and provide 'in service' advice to them. Teachers of the deaf also help students manage and maintain hearing aids, radio frequency equipment and loops. Senior students at the centre have a range of independent and supported learning environments.


Windsor Gardens Vocational College Centre for Hearing Impaired

McKay Avenue
(08) 8266 1211 (Voice)
(08) 8266 1111 (TTY)
(08) 8266 1111 (Fax)

Secondary education centre for hearing impaired/deaf students from year 8 to year 13.

Basic philosophy: the Centre provides a broad and balanced education that prepares deaf and hearing impaired students for effective participation in society. The success of the students is supported by:

  • making expectations clear
  • enforcing student attendance and punctuality
  • developing pride in the school
  • requiring students to show respect for others
  • encouraging and supporting parent participation
  • providing a diverse curriculum
  • expecting students to accept challenges and commit themselves to study
  • attention to social justice issues

Outline of services: The Centre offers a range of educational settings. The level of support ranges from tutorial; classes and full-time in-class support, to withdrawal classes in the Centre, depending upon the needs of the individual student. Students choose subjects from a large range offered by the host school and from subjects offered specifically by the Centre. Supported introductory TAFE and WEA courses are also available as part of the senior school studies. Vocational Education modules are offered at Years 11 and 12.



Mainstream School Support Services

Hearing Services Coordinators
South Australia has 12 state government Regions. Each region has Hearing Services Coordinators who provide support to children and students with impaired hearing.

For students, this support is accessed by a referral from the school. For preschool children, the support is accessed through referral from the Guidance Officer: Hearing Impairment.

The role includes support to parents and children/students with a hearing impairment from age of diagnosis to tertiary education, support to staff in child care facilities, preschools and schools and working collaboratively with other service providers. The support can include advice on acoustic treatment, acoustic assessment of teaching spaces, speech perception assessment, training for preschool and school staff, management of hearing aids/FM units/cochlear implants and provision of classroom amplification.





Adelaide Hills

Murray Bridge

(08) 8532 0700



(08) 8256 8111

Eastern Adelaide   


(08) 8366 8800

Eyre and Western


Pt Lincoln


(08) 8682 3788

(08) 8645 6568

Far North and Aboriginal Lands          


Pt Augusta


Northgate and Ernabella

(08) 8641 6877

(08) 8645 6588

(08) 8359 4626

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island          


(08) 8207 3762

Limestone Coast                     


Mt Gambier


(08) 8724 5300

(08) 8762 3099

Murray and Mallee                  


Murray Bridge

(08) 8595 2323

(08) 8532 0700

Northern Adelaide         




(08) 8256 8111

(08) 8366 8800

Southern Adelaide         



Flinders Park

(08) 8207 3764

(08) 8416 7333

Western Adelaide  

Flinders Park

(08) 8416 7333

Yorke and Mid North                  


Pt Pirie



(08) 8638 1801

(08) 8842 6650

(08) 8821 2555




Children with Additional Disabilities


Kilparrin Teaching & Assessment School and Services
Unit 1 C
Duncan Avenue
Park Holme
South Australia 5043

Ph: 08 8277 5999
Fax: 08 8277 5800

Basic philosophy: Children learn through activity. Kilparrin provides both a support service and in-house schooling. Support extends to all deaf/blind children, and children with sensory or multiple disabilities. The curriculum is based on the belief that:

  • Every child is an individual with a unique personality, abilities and disabilities.
  • Every child is entitled to a means of communication and to be part of a learning environment.
  • Children require a stimulating and encouraging environment.
  • Each child’s intellect should be developed to his/her potential.

Outline of services: Kilparrin’s role is to assess and teach students whose potential, needs and future placement may be in doubt. Early intervention home visits are provided for children with sensory impairments and additional disabilities. Curriculum support is available in kindergarten and schools state wide for teachers of students with sensory impairment and additional disabilities. The amount of support varies according to the needs of the students.