POD Support Network

Deaf Children Australia proudly supports POD, a support network for families and carers of children who have any degree or type of hearing loss. The POD Support Network aims to empower and connect families and carers through information sharing, social gatherings and other events.

Families and carers raising a child with a hearing loss understand that there are many rewards and challenges involved. Our POD families benefit from:

• Emotional support from someone who has travelled a similar path

• Empowerment through sharing of stories and experiences

• Making connections and friendships

Pre COVID-19, coffee morning and picnics were arranged in Queensland and Victoria. To maintain the engagement during current restrictions, POD has developed online activities for both parents and children. These events have drawn families from across Australia and their success will see them continue. Follow us on Facebook to know when the next online gathering will be.


DCA runs face to face POD Support Networks in Queensland and Victoria and online activities which are available to anyone in Australia. If you would like to start a POD in your area, or connect to one, get in touch.  

POD Meet-Ups

POD Support Network Contacts


POD Victoria
Contact: Bianca Oldham 

P: 0437 754 545

E: pod.vic@deafchildren.org.au

Bendigo Parent Support Group
c/o Kennington Primary School
Contact: Suzanne Pizzo
E: spizzo1@bigpond.com


Goulburn Valley Parent Group
c/o 5 Sutcliffe St Waaia Victoria (covering Shepparton and district)
Contact: Nikki Tuddenham
E: tuddenham2@bigpond.com

New Connections – Inner South East Region Parent Support Group
Contact: Sandra Rosenberger
P: 0425 718 527
E: new.connections.family@gmail.com

Hear Together Mornington Peninsula Parent Group
Contact: Sandi Walters
P: 0402 678 558 E: HearTogether@hotmail.com
Facebook: Hear Together Mornington Peninsula

New South Wales

Contact Parents of Deaf Children in NSW to get in touch with local Parent Support Groups:

POD Northern Sydney
Meets fourth Monday of the month at 7pm
Ku-ring-gai Library Meeting Room, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon

POD Macarthur
Meets third Wednesday of the month
Wattle Grove Community Centre, Village Way Wattlegrove

POD Mid North Coast
Meets regularly in the Taree area
Contact: Robyn Herps via SMS 0428 688 612 to register your interest

POD North West
Meets second Monday of every month at 7pm
Glenwood Neighbourhood Centre, 72 Glenwood Park Drive, Glenwood

POD Central Coast
Meets on a regular basis
Please contact Linda Brady on 4332 1803 or 0413298653 to register your interest


Tasmanian Families of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children
Contact: Shannon Fox
P: 0418 109 429  Email: shannonfox@bigpond.com


POD Queensland
Contact: Stacey Johnson
P: 0411 035 334
E: pod.qld@deafchildren.org.au

CHIPS (Children with Hearing Impairment Parent Support) Townsville
Contact: Julie Neilson
E: CHIPS@discussions.eq.edu.au or jniel40@eq.edu.au

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