Latest News 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 29 April 2014: New First Voice Chair Appointed

First Voice is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Therese Kelly as its new Board Chair. Ms Kelly takes over from Mr Jim Hungerford, who has held the position for the last 18 months. Ms Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Taralye, an early intervention centre based in Melbourne. She brings more than 30 years' experience in health sciences and senior management to the position of First Voice Board Chair. Read More


20 April 2014: First Voice Congratulates all Power of Speech Participants

First Voice congratulates all Power of Speech entrants, who participated in this inaugural event held at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on March 6. What a wonderful event and celebration of the listening and spoken language therapy outcomes for children born deaf or hearing impaired. We were entertained and completely enthralled by these bright young speakers. Our thanks also to our generous event sponsor Cochlear, which enabled us to bring these talented children and their families together in Canberra.

29 January 2014: Dimity Dornan receives AO in Australia Day Honours

First Voice extends its proud congratulations to Dr Dimity Dornan AM, who was made an Officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours. Dr Dornan is the Chair of First Voice's Research Advisory Committee; she was also the Chair of First Voice from 2011-2012.


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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

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