Support groups

Support Groups for candidates and recipients

Mother, father and child smiling

Whether you are already a Cochlear recipient, or considering getting one of our hearing solutions, there is a Cochlear support network of health professionals and groups that you can speak with, wherever you are in the world. Browse the information below and click the appropriate links to find a support group near you. If you know of another support group and would like to see it listed here, please email us. 

Find support groups near you 

Adult support groups: 

National Relay Service 
A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. 
24 hr relay call numbers: 
TTY/Voice 133 677 
Speak & Listen (SSR) - 1300 555 727

CICADA (Cochlear Implant Club and Awareness Association) 
Provides support through fellowship for Australian cochlear implant recipients and their families and friends. 

PO Box 5028 - South Turramurra - NSW 2074 
Secretary Judy Cassell: 
For a list of the various CICADA groups in NSW, 

CICADA Queensland 
Shirley Edwards 
85 Crotona Road - Capalaba Qld 4157 
Phone 07 3824 5003 or SMS 0499 213 561 

Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Wishart 
Phone: 08 8264 8468 

18 Vernallan Way, Lesmurdie WA 6076
Phone: 08 9291 7787
Fax: 08 9291 0779

Josie Sidoti 
Phone/fax: 03 9885 2441 

Ursula Kajewski

Cochlear Implant Recipient Foru
Join the forum to discuss issues relating to having a cochlear implant. 

Parent / Child / Teenager support groups: 

Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group 
Founded by parents whose kids are implanted 

Cochlear Implant Recipient Forum 
Join the forum to discuss issues relating to having a cochlear implant including discussion of the impact on children.

WHISPA aims to enhance the personal development, social skills and self-esteem of (oral deaf) hearing-impaired children aged 10 to 18 through a variety of social activities and training workshops. 

WHISPA Co-ordinator 
Cora Barclay Centre 
185 Melbourne St 
North Adelaide SA 5006 
Phone: 8267 9200 
Mob: 0413 782 744 

Aussie Deaf Kids 
Online support and resources for parents of hard of hearing and deaf children living in Australia. 

Parent Council for Deaf Education 
Supporting parents of deaf children and providing families with independent and unbiased information and support. 
D Block Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children 
361-365 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks NSW 2151 
Phone: 02 9871 3049 
TTY: 02 9871 3193 
Fax: 02 9871 3193 
Contact: Community Project Worker 

PHISA (Parents of the Hearing Impaired of South Australia)

Hear For You
Hear For You provides a mentoring programme which gives guidance and support to hearing impaired teens

New Zealand

Pindrop Foundation
Pindrop support access to cochlear implant information and services.

Pindrop Facebook

NZ Cochlear Implant Group
This Facebook group is for New Zealand's cochlear implant community to gather and share information and to support each another.