Videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the deafblind information hub

The deafblind information hub has released a set of videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) they are available in two different formats. Auslan with captions matching the Auslan, and Auslan with audio, including audio description with the captions matching the spoken English.

You can access them here: videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is Deafblindness?

What is Deafblindness?

Deafblindness is a unique and isolating sensory disability resulting from the combination of both hearing and vision loss or impairment with significant impacts on communication, socialisation, mobility and daily living.

Causes of Deafblindness

There are over 70 known causes of deafblindness. Causes can be categorised into two groups: acquired (loss is acquired later in life) or congenital (child is born deafblind for example: prenatal infection, genetic/ chromosomal syndromes or birth trauma). When people hear the word “deafblind” they often think it means seeing and hearing nothing at all – but it doesn’t have to. Some deafblind people are totally blind and profoundly deaf, but most have some useful vision, hearing or both.

History of Deafblind West Australians

The Usher syndrome (a cause of deafblindness) Support Group was established by Senses Australia in 2007 to provide support for people who have Usher syndrome, their families, carers and friends. The group was renamed in 2015 to encompass the entire West Australians deafblind community.
The group meets regularly to provide information, education, advocacy, recreation opportunities and to establish fun, supportive social networks for people living with deafblindness.

To get involved and find out more

Visit our website:

Join the Deafblind West Australians Facebook Page:

DBWA Facebook

Send us an email:

Events and activities we’ve organised and participated in include:

  • Recreation activities e.g. water-skiing, canoeing, bushwalking, rock climbing, camps
  • Information sessions e.g. mini conference on deafblindness, assistive technology, guide dogs, genetic testing
  • Social networking e.g. Christmas picnic, dinners, pub catch ups, community events
  • Advocacy e.g. meeting with and writing to politicians, raising community awareness

Qantas Carer Concession Card

The Qantas Carer Concession Card is issued to people with disability and high level support needs who require the full-time assistance of a carer whilst they are on the aircraft. A person is eligible if they need to have one-on-one support when seated on the aircraft for assistance with meals/drinks, transferring to the bathroom, orientation, communicating with the flight staff etc. A person is not eligible if they only need assistance boarding the aircraft, or when they arrive at their destination.

Qantas Carer Concession cardholders and their nominated carer will receive the following discounts for Qantas domestic travel within Australia.

Economy Travel for Qantas Carer Concession Cardholders:

10% discount on Domestic Red e-Deal and Flex Economy Class fares

For Nominated Carers:

50% discount on Domestic Red e-Deal and Flex Economy Class fares

Business Class Travel For Qantas Carer Concession Cardholders:

50% off Full Cost Domestic Business Class Fares (subject to availability)

For Nominated Carers:

50% off Full Cost Domestic Business Class Fares (subject to availability)


All discounts are subject to booking class availability.

Bookings for the cardholder and their nominated carer must be made at the same time and both bookings must be made using the Card in order to obtain the discount. The Qantas Booking Fee is not payable on bookings made using the Qantas Carer Concession Card.

Fare conditions apply.

Discounts are not available:

  • on international travel (International flights are numbered QF1-399);
  • on flights operated by any of Qantas’ alliance partners; or
  • in conjunction with any other concessional airfare.

This card is a photo ID card which is valid for three years and has an administration fee of $49.50 including GST.

you can Download the application form here: Qantas Carer Concession Card Application Form (PDF 155kb)

Western Australian “Heroes” Deafblind Camp 2016 Report

Senses Australia was very proud to host the “Heroes” Deafblind Camp, November 18-20th, 2016, at the Woodman Point Recreation Camp, Coogee Western Australia.

The WA Deafblind Camp provided an opportunity for people who are deafblind to come together, to catch up with friends old and new, to share lived experiences and engage in recreational activities and outings in an environment that was safe, accessible and supportive.

For the full report please go here: “Heroes” Deafblind Camp Report (Word docx 1.92mb)

Tell Us What You Think – WA Museum Survey

We invite you to complete a short survey about your attitudes towards arts and culture and the Western Australian Museum.

Your answers will help us share the most relevant Museum information with you and create better experiences for you.

Plus, each respondent will go in the running to win a $100 gift voucher to the Western Australian Museum gift shop of their choosing.

The survey takes less than 2 minutes and there are no right or wrong answers.

Start Survey:

We just want to know what you think!

If you have any queries about the survey, please email

or call 1300 134 081.