Latest News 10 September 2014: Governor-General, honoured guest at the Power of Speech Awards

First Voice was delighted to have the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as an official at the Power of Speech Awards. Read More

26 August 2014: Quinten Buwalda and Claudia Worland named 2014 Power of Speech inspiration award winners Three small but powerful voices stunned the more than 150-strong crowd gathered at Parliament House Theatre this morning at the 2014 Power of Speech Awards, a public speaking event aimed at challenging common perceptions surrounding what deaf children can achieve. Read More 26 August 2014: 2014 Power of Speech Awards The Australian Power of Speech Awards will be held at Parliament House on Tuesday 26th August. More than 150 guests will attend the Power of Speech Awards, a public speaking event aimed at challenging the common perceptions surrounding what deaf children can achieve. Read More 23 May 2014: Early intervention triggers social success for children with hearing loss New research has revealed the social benefits of early intervention for children with hearing loss. Read More


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Welcome to First Voice

First Voice is the national voice for member organisations whose primary focus is the provision of listening and spoken language therapy services in Australia and New Zealand. First Voice champions the right of all deaf people to listen and speak.


First Voice was established in 2010 to play a leadership role in shaping public policy and funding decision making related to hearing impaired children. It evolved from the former Alliance for Deaf Children, which first established in 2003. First Voice now leads and advocates for world-class early intervention services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.


First Voice member organisations lead the world in listening and spoken language therapies for children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Our member organisations include:

Hear and Say Centre, Queensland

Taralye, Victoria

Telethon Speech and Hearing, Western Australia

The Cora Barclay Centre, South Australia

The Shepherd Centre, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory


We also collaboate on major projects with:


The Hearing House, New Zealand


If you are concerned about your child's hearing, please contact your local member organisation (above). 

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