Yes it is painful, however there are Voice Hearers and their supporters across Australia that have been actively working on developing a formal network in Australia. Some are in this email conversation that Lyn sent out.
Since 2013 I have been using a WordPress blog to engage interested people about forming a national; network across Australia.
To check on progress with the network have a look at the site www.ozvoices.org
Dirk I will be in Boston for the World Congress, hope we can talk then
Hearing Voices Network NSW