News Archives


News Archives (updated April 2016)


Victorians were treated to an amazing evening at the HearingCRC on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD at the first Hear For You Public Speaking workshop.   The event saw two mentees take the podium, Caitlin and Ethan, along with first year mentor James.  All shared an insight into their world of technology today and their vision of tomorrow.    It capped off an amazing round of public speaking events around Australia that saw 13 deaf or hard of hearing teenagers showed confidence beyond their years to speak to a live audience with full communications access (Interpreters, Captions, Augementation Loop or FM system) and to over 200 combined audiences.

Thank you to the Conexu Foundation for their support of the workshops, as well as respective state donors and supporters.

2016, we are looking for a sponsor or an organisation for the role of Public Speaking Naming Rights for all four public speaking events throughout the year.   If interested, please contact the CEO David Brady on to discuss further.


TEAM #HFYVIC well done – great run – and its awesome to raise $1,800!

The Victorians have pulled in $1,800 and learned new lessons for the next year where they plan to do better than the NSW and QLD teams in this increasingly annual challenge between each state programs to see who can do better.

The Western Australians have just announced they will join the fray and show how it is done over on the Indian Ocean side of Australia.


WA and QLD Public Speaking workshops smash expectations

Hot on the heals of the NSW Public Speaking workshop, the second QLD and the first WA Public Speaking workshops exceeded expectations.  All of the mentee speakers were outstanding and performed beyond their years, so much that emotions ran high during both workshops as the deaf teenagers shared insights into the lives and the impact of technology.

The audience was treated to future imagination of a 4D hologram of an interpreter on demand, to automatic connectivity in their hearing devices everywhere they go (switch on by choice of course).  There was revelations to the audience about the FM and how it helped in the class room environment, plus some cheeky stories was shared about FM disasters at their schools.   QLD audience was treated to a violin performance by a mentee who shared her passion for music.    Soon it is Melbourne’s turn….


NSW Public Speaking Workshop off to a flyer!
On Thursday 5th November, Professor David Greely of the Hearing Hub opened the NSW Public Speaking workshop with a stirring motivational speech outlining the important skill of public speaking and the great opportunity to be grapsed by the Hear For You mentees – Metessa, Alex, and Grace.    Then the audience, including the founder Olivia Andersen and Director Kate Obermayer, was treated to three insightful speeches about Technology – today and tomorrow from the three mentees. The most common thread was the need for better water proof hearing aids so they can use for sailing and surfing lessons.

The evening was rounded off with the awarding of the inaugural NSW Hear For You Community Champion Award which was presented to Grace Troughton by the Hear For You Founder and Director  Olivia Andersen.

The speakers with Olivia Andersen and Professor GreelyNSW Community Champion Grace takes the stand

New Blog postings as part of the lead up to 2015 season for Hear For You

Check out the new Blog postings for your reading about Hear For You, one is from CEO David Brady’s parents, another some parent testimonials, and there are blogs about what Hear For You have been up to.  Take at look by clicking BLOG


dotEver want to support a real Television project that explains the world of a deaf person?

Film maker Pauline Findlay is currently doing a film project about a young deaf girl who on a day trip to the Blue Mountains with her boyfriend, got lost – then her batteries on her hearing device went flat – then she got separated in the mountains from her boyfriend……has this ever happened to you?   Anyway for more information on how to support a film – go to


dot Brand New!  NSW Universities undergraduate workshop

Hear For You will be hosting its first University students workshop to meet the growing demand by 1st and 2nd year deaf, hearing impaired/hard of hearing students requesting mentoring from some of Hear For You national award-winning mentors.  If you are a Uni student, based in Sydney or its surrounds, click on this link to find out more information.

If you are already interested and simply just want to register EOI – click Expression of Interest Form 2015 University Student


dotHear For You QLD Public Speaking Workshop a success

Thursday 20th November saw Hear For You QLD hold its first ever public speaking workshop at the Quest Breakfast Creek Conference room.  This workshop followed the success of the NSW workshop held in October 2014, but this time the Queenslander’s showcased both the Oral and Auslan mentee’s from the 2014 programs.

Oral program mentees Rosa and Tara, supported by their mentors Jillian and Aleks spoke about their challenges as a deaf or hearing impaired/hard of hearing person in their mainstream school, then shared with the audience some great stories about how Hear For You encouraged them to pursue their goals and vision for their personal future.  They were joined by 2013 Oral program mentee graduate Cameron who shared with the audience how his mentor Julian encouraged him to pursue an apprenticeship as a Chef…..during questions, members of the audience certainly found it hard not to ask about food.

Then these three presentations were followed by two Auslan program mentees Emily and Tiahna, who supported by their mentors Bradley and Rebecca, shared with the audience how Hear For You provided them with more ideas on how to be assertive, especially in relation to ensuring that they have access to their first language – Auslan at their school. Both Emily and Tiahna mentioned that Hear For You enabled them to build their friendship which ensured that they can support each other over the coming years.

All mentees amazed the 30 strong audience during a mini Question and Answer session which saw all five of them answer tough questions about their challenges, identity, and their personal vision for themselves.

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Photos: CEO David Brady presenting certificate to Quest / full accessible communications for the workshop / Q&A with the mentees

Supported by Quest Breakfast Creek and the Conexu Foundation Hear For You!

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For more information about the accommodation that supported the CEO, check out their website at

Also there is a special rate for all friends, mentees, mentors, their families, and supporters of Hear For You, please click on: Quest Breakfast Creek.Hear for You






dotAttention all NSW and Queensland Hear For You Supporters!

Great news! We’ve been nominated to participate in the Grill’d Local Matters donation program at Grill’d Macquarie Centre this month.  In a state of origin style twist – Grill’d Garden City nr Mount Gravatt in Brisbane are also doing a similar program to support Hear For You…..
Every month, Grill’d donates $500 to local groups and asks their customers to decide who the money goes to.
When customers buy a burger, they will receive a token to put into one of 3 jars representing different groups. Whoever has the most tokens at the end of the month receives $300. The other two groups receive $100 each.
To do your bit to help our cause, spread the word and head on down to Grill’d Macquarie Centre located at
Level 4, Macquarie Centre North Ryde NSW 2113

Or Grill’d Garden City located at
Garden City Shopping Centre, Level 2 Restaurant Precinct Mt Gravatt QLD 4122

Alternately, if you have a local Grilled close by and believe they too can join Macquarie Grilled in providing support please contact 



Hear For You is committed to providing as much communication access as possible.  Check out some of our new features on this website, including the fully captioned mentor introduction videos and on most pages where an Auslan video is located on the left column for translations of that page and its contents.

dot Hear For You QLD Auslan completes successful  third workshop

CEO David Brady popped in to witness a great Hear For You Auslan workshop at Griffith University in September when he was in Brisbane.   It was an awesome workshop that saw the mentees quiz two high level interpreters Marty and Jayde about using interpreters outside school and learn about the most effective way to work with them for situations such as job interviews, health visits, important meetings, and community use of interpreters.  After this, the mentees and mentors explored technology with Conexu’s Phil Harper, and among themselves.  Finally to cap off the day, they engaged in intense conversation about…….communications….especially within mainstream life as a Auslan communicating Australian.



If you want to find out more about the awesome QLD Auslan Hear For You go to


dotAwesome Display of Mentee Public Speaking Talent at the 2014 NSW Hear For You Public Speaking Workshop

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On Thursday 4th September, at the Australian Hearing Hub, at Macquarie University three brave (confident) mentees, Aarsi, Bettina, and Jackson, took the opportunity to perform a live public speaking workshop in front of an audience of 30.  The audience consisted of NSW Government Minister the Hon Victor Dominello MP, Professor Janet Greely, Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, HFY Founder Olivia Anderson, and department officials, teachers of the deaf, and friends of Hea

r For You.  All three mentees spoke about their lives as a deaf teenager in a mainstream school, shared some funny experiences about being the only deaf person in their class, and provided a glimpse of their aspirations over the coming years.   Their performances on the stage as public speakers, was beyond that expected of most teenagers of their age.  CEO David Brady explained the concept of the public speaking workshop “as being designed to provide a opportunity for the mentees to actually do a live public speaking experience, and all three have performed beyond expectations showing their recently gained confidence that can be attributted to the awesome work of our volunteer mentors during this year’s workshops”.  Hear For You like to thank the Hon Victor Dominello for making time to be part of the audience at this event, as well as to the Australian Hearing Hub, the Conexu Foundation, and the Commonwealth Bank for supporting the evening.


dot Hear For You 2015 Expressions of Interest now open!


Now it is the time of the year where Hear For You start planning 2015 workshops…..and start collecting expressions of interest from any mentee or their parent who want to experince being mentored.

Recent survey of our Mentors from this year’s program all stated “I wish Hear For You was around when I was a teenager!”….so if you are keen on being mentored and you are a deaf teenager….click EXPRESSION OF INTEREST 2015

Also the more EOI forms we recieve for a mentoring workshop…the more you help the Hear For You team can help raise funds to support you  – the mentee – by showing that we need funds to ensure that we can provide a Hear For You workshop.


dot The Snow Foundation funds $10,000 to Hear For You to secure part of the funds required for the Rural and Regional Program 2015 to 2017

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Hear For You CEO David Brady recieved a pleasant surprise early last week from the Snow Foundation who informed him that Hear For You were successful in their  funding application and  $1 0,000 per annum will be provided per year from 2014 to 2017 to support the Rural and Regional Australia progam in Canberrra.    The funds will  ensure that up to 4 to 5 mentees from the ACT and Southern NSW are able to access the Rural and Regional Australia program for the next three years, plus provide a  contribution to the resource expenses required to support the Mentors of the program.  Now Hear For You staff will focus on seeking funds to ensure that another 10 mentees  from around Rural and Regional Australia can have the same guarantee as those mentees based around ACT and Southern NSW….Thank You to The Snow Foundation!


dotThe fourth workshop of the NSW program concluded on Sunday 20th July saw a special guest speaker 17 year old Anna Rech provide a speech on being a bi-modal cochlear implant wearer at her school, within her family, and in her community in Houston, Texas.  She gave two speeches, one to the mentees then backed up to speak to the parents of the deaf teenagers.  There were many questions and shared insights into some familiarities and differences between Australia and Texas.  The Parent session also saw John Lui’s sister Megan give a speech about growing up with John, while Mentor’s Heather Hunt’s parents Meg and Alan Cook.  The mentees, joined by Anna, did confidence building drama workshop, followed by a deep discussion with their Mentors about being deaf/wearing devices in mainstream schools.   It all concluded with an emotional graduation ceremony that saw the NSW Mentors provide special message to each Mentee to take home.


dotHear For You recieved notice that they were unsuccessful for another 6 grant applications to help run the below programs but are still waiting to learn of  the outcome of 4 more grant applications put in by Hear For You staff to ensure that it can deliver:

  • NSW Auslan program 2015
  • QLD Oral and Auslan 2015
  • Victoria Oral and Auslan programs 2015
  • Rural and Regional Oral program 2015 (still need funding for another 10 mentees from outside ACT and Sth NSW region)

To date we have secured the funds for the NSW Oral program from the Commonwealth Bank Community Fund, a small amount but just enough to run the program to ensure at least 10 oral deaf or hard of hearing (hearing impaired) teenagers can experience the program.

However, due to high competition, Hear For You had their applications denied for 34 foundations and trusts.  Despite these setbacks, the staff and volunteer team at Hear For You have some more applications to complete and submit so we can provide the award winning mentoring services in NSW, QLD, Vic, and Rural/Regional Australia.  It costs a minimum $2,500 per mentee to ensure that quality support and services are provided for the mentors, enusre that workshop materials are provided, workshop food and amenties, venue hire for the workshops, and ensure a quality program which is provided by quality behind the scenes small staff team.

The team of staff and volunteers will do their best to ensure that they find ways to deliver the National Award winning mentoring programs in 2015 as the whole team believes that deaf/hard of hearing/hearing impaired Australian teenagers should have the opportunity to access mentoring.

As for the others we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will gain funds or generous donations to run all programs so we can meet the demand by deaf and hard of hearing teenagers in these states.  If you or your company can help, please e-mail



Team Hear For You QLD complete the run and raised  $3,500!  A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO MENTORS REBECCA and ALEKS, as well as MENTEE TARA AND HER MUM – JULIE

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“Team Hear For You” QLD consisting of Aleks, Rebecca, Tara and her mum Julie have raised over $3,500 after tackling the City2South challenge on Sunday 15th June.  The team and CEO David Brady want to pass on their thank you’s to all donors who are raising the funds to support future QLD Hear For You programs.  “It is also pleasing to see mentees and mentors undertake this initiative, while at the same time experience being a fundraiser for a great cause and more importantly build their personal development as active participants in their wider community” quoted CEO David Brady.

Team Hear For You NSW have responded to the challenge….NSW Mentors John Lui and Sam Cartledge have responded to the challenge set by the QLD’rs in true State of Origin style, by chosing the famous City2Surf run on 10th August 2014.  Their everyday hero supporter page where you can help John and Sam is via



The Victoria Oral program 2014 concluded on Sunday 15th June 2014 with one of the best drama worshops followed by a Mentee designed performance, witnessed by the parents of mentees and the CEO of Hear For You David Brady.  “The program’s success is testament to Alice, Sophie, and the mentors Patrick, Jessica, Zoe, and Alysia, who are all simply an inspiration to the deaf teenagers” said CEO David Brady, with a special mention to Alice, Sophie , and Rhiannon who was floating mentor supporting behind the scenes.   The graduation saw the Mentors presenting special certificates to each Mentee with a special individual message to each one of them.   Hear For You hopes that one of its key applications for funding from a foundation will come through in the next few weeks to ensure that it can run a Victoria Oral and Auslan workshops again soon.


dotHear For You is committed to providing as much communication access as possible.  Check out some of our new features on this website, including the fully captioned mentor introduction videos and on most pages where an Auslan video is located on the left column for translations of that page and its contents.


First Ever SUPER SUNDAY approaching for Hear For You

Sunday 4th May 2014 will see the first ever SUPER SUNDAY, where Hear For You will host three mentoring programs on the same day in three different capital cities.  On this day for the first time ever 55 mentees will be mentored by 23 fantastic volunteer deaf adult mentors.

Pics of Super Sunday will appear in May.

Click here to add your comment to tell all about your HFY SUPER SUNDAY on our Facebook post

New Victoria Oral Programs Co-ordinator…..ALICE BRENNAN

IMG_4826Hear For You are proud to announce the appointment of long serving Victoria mentor Alice Brennan to the team as the Victoria Oral Programs Co-ordinator.  Alice replaces Sophie Li who has left Hear For You to work with VicDeaf in their communciations and media department.

Click here to view Alice’s profile.

Welcome Alice!



2014 Program Registrations Are Now Open For Rural and Regional Australia Program

Hear For You CEO David Brady is pleased to announce that the 2014 Hear For You program registrations for the Rural and Regional Australia program are now open.  Thanks to our new website, we have designed a new registration method which should make it easier for all interested deaf and hard of hearing teenagers, and their parents to enrol or simply make an inquiry.

The first ever Rural and Regional Australia progam workshop will be in Canberra from 10th to 13th July 2014.  We are pleased to announce that the St George Foundation are providing a special accomodation and travel subsidy for all oral deaf teenagers and an adult member of their family to attend this workshop.  To qualify for this subsidy, you will need to:

– Live in rural or regional Australia – not the metropolitain areas of Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney.

– Live more than 200km from Canberra ACT to qualify for the subsidy.  ACT and surrounds resident do not have the additional travel expenses to enable them to attend the workshops.

For more information about the Rural and Regional Australia program and the subsidy – Click here to find your state and then press on “Rural & Regional”. We look forward to hearing from you!


The Awesome April Newsletter is here!

Enjoy the short read.


Hear For You WINS National Disability Award for Excellence in Improving Personal and Community Support 2013.


Founder and Chair Olivia Andersen received the 2013 National Disability Award, presented by Assistant Minister The Hon Senator Mitch Fifield.
(source: 2013 Photos of Winners – International Day of People with Disability)

Click here to read the press release from Federal Assistant Minister for Disability and Aging, The Hon Senator Mitch Fifield.