People awarded Life Membership
Mr John Bartlett
Mr Stan Batson
Dr Victor Bear AM
Dr Harry Blackmore AM
Mrs Cath Bonnes AM
Ms Ruth Fotheringham
Mrs Diana Hodgetts
Hon Peter Howson, C.M.G
Mr Alex Jones
Mr Peter Lindley
Dr Leo Murphy, O.B.E
Mr Harry Powell
Mr Robert Quail AM
Ms Margaret Robertson
Mr Brian Rope OAM
Dr Jenny Rosen AM
Mr Andrew Stewart
Mr Kenneth W Tribe
The names of individual members of Deafness Forum are not published.
Consumer Associations members
ACT Deafness Resource Centre
Aussie Deaf Kids
Australian DeafBlind Council
Australian Tinnitus Association (NSW)
Better Hearing Australia (Central Coast)
Better Hearing Australia (National Office)
Better Hearing Australia (Victoria)
Deaf Advocacy Sport & Recreation ACT
Deaf Children Australia
Deafness Council of NSW
Deafness Council Western Australia
Deafness Foundation (Victoria)
Deaf Society NSW
Let Us Hear
Parents of Hearing Impaired SA
Sensory Impairment Program - Catholic Education Office
St Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired Children
Quota International Campbelltown
Quota International Leisure Coast
Quota International of Moss Vale
Victorian Deaf Education Network
WA Foundation for Deaf Children
Service Provider Associations members
Australian Association of Audiologists in Private Practice
Australian Communication Exchange
Cora Barclay Centre
Guide Dogs Association of SA & NT
Hearing Care Industry Association
Media Access Australia
Methodist Ladies College
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Siemen's Hearing Instruments
St Albans East Deaf Facility
Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre
The Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing (Vic)
The Captioning Studio Pty Ltd
The Shepherd Centre
There are four classes of full membership:
- Consumer Associations
- Service Providers
- Service Provider Associations
And a class of Associate members
Consumer means an adult who is Deaf or has a hearing impairment or has a chronic ear disorder; or a parent of such a person.
- Chronic Ear Disorder refers to such disorders of the ear as tinnitus, Meniere’s Disease, Acoustic Neuroma, hyperacusis and recruitment. People with some such ear disorders may also have a hearing impairment.
- Deaf refers to people who see themselves as members of the Auslan-using Deaf community by virtue of its language (Auslan) and culture.
- Hearing Impairment refers to a hearing loss. People with a hearing impairment (or who are hard of hearing) may communicate orally (sometimes described as ‘oral deaf’) or may use a sign language or other communication methods
All Consumers are entitled to describe themselves using whatever terminologies they prefer, and are asked to do so at the time of joining and each time they renew their membership.
Consumer Association means an incorporated organisation of, or for, consumers (as defined above).
Service Provider means an adult who provides services that promote the well being of people who are consumers (as defined above). Examples are audiologists, audiometrists, teachers of the deaf, stenocaptioners, Auslan interpreters, and ENT specialists. Service Providers also include various other occupations that provide services to consumers who are Deaf, have a hearing impairment or have a chronic disorder of the ear.
Any Consumer who is also a Service Provider may only join as a Consumer.
Service Provider Association
Service Provider Association means an incorporated organisation, which has (as its principal purpose) the provision of services that promote the wellbeing of consumers (as defined above).
Any Consumer Association that is also a Service Provider Association may only join as a Consumer Association.
This class of membership is open to individuals who have an interest in the sector and who support the objects and rules of Deafness Forum. Associate Members will not be registered as “full” members. They will not be entitled to vote at an Annual General Meeting, ineligible to stand for nomination to the board of Deafness Forum Ltd., nor eligible for nomination for Life Membership.