12 May 2016: Early Intervention for Childhood Deafness Results in Near Normal Speech and Language Skills by Pre-School
Children with permanent hearing loss have every opportunity to listen and speak as well as other children by the time they reach pre-school, according to a report on 628 hearing-impaired children from across Australia and New Zealand.
Read the full report Sound Outcomes 2014
and the accompanying media release
19 January 2016: First Voice 2015 Annual Report
The 2015 First Voice Annual Report showcases the research and activities undertaken by First Voice and its member organisations over the 2014/15 financial year. Read our 2015 Annual Report
and the accompanying Financial Report
21 December 2015: Michael Forwood Elected as New First Voice Chair
Cora Barclay Centre Chief Executive Officer Michael Forwood has been appointed the new Chair of First Voice
. He takes over from Therese Kelly, The CEO of Taralye, who has held the role for the past 18 months. Scott Johnston, CEO of the Hearing House in New Zealand, continues in the role as Deputy Chair.
27 August 2015: Congratulations to all Power of Speech Participants
First Voice congratulates all of the children that participated in the 2015 Power of Speech Awards
held in Canberra on 19 August 2015.
Power of Speech is a demonstration of the listening and spoken language skills attained by children born deaf or hearing impaired who attend one of the First Voice member centres across Australia and New Zealand.
The event is a wonderful celebration of achievement - and every child and family that participates is a winner!
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The Future is Hear
First Voice is the regional voice for member and affiliated organisations that provide listening and spoken language early intervention services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our member and affiliated organisations include some of the largest, oldest and most respected centres providing services for childhood hearing loss in Australia and New Zealand. They lead the world in listening and spoken language therapies for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our member and affiliated organisations include:
Hear and Say, Queensland
Telethon Speech and Hearing, Western Australia
The Cora Barclay Centre, South Australia
The Shepherd Centre, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
The Hearing House, New Zealand
First Voice plays a leadership role within the early childhood hearing loss sector, advocating for world-class early intervention services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
We work with government and other organisations to influence public policy and clinical practice related to services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our members and affiliated organisations maintain an active research agenca and work with leading research instiutions to conduct hearing research relevant to young people with hearing loss.
First Voice is committed to providing evidence-based research to inform and influence public health policy in our region.
If you have a concern about hearing loss, please contact our member centre located closest to you.