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Redefine what’s possible with NextSense.
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We believe that everyone should have the power to reach their potential. That’s why we’ve been supporting people with hearing or vision loss for over 160 years.

NextSense is a not-for-profit and registered NDIS provider that provides dedicated, innovative, and customised services aimed at breaking down barriers for children, adults and families of people with hearing or vision loss.

With the support of generous donations, NextSense provides vital support for children and adults, more cochlear implants than any other service in Australia, and is a world leader for research, technology and professional education in our field.

Who we are

NextSense has been breaking boundaries since 1860, when Thomas Pattison opened the very first school for deaf children in Sydney. And we’ve been expanding our services ever since.

Today, we deliver world-class education, cochlear implant, allied health, therapy, research and clinical services to children, adults and their families across the country.

We’re committed to research and innovation; harnessing the latest technologies and new ways of thinking and educating the next generation to lead the way in hearing and vision services.

And while a lot of things change over 160 years, there’s one thing that has always remained the same: our commitment to delivering the world's best services for people of all ages - not just today, but for generations to come.

Keira - cochlear implant

Our organisation

Originally recognised in law by the New South Wales State Parliament in 1905, today our charitable status is legislated under the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Act 1998 No 6.

See our Governance page to find out more about our organisation.

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