Our mission & vision:
We champion the right of all deaf people to listen and speak.
First Voice advocates for world-class early intervention services that give deaf children
the listening and spoken language skills necessary to achieve mainstream education,
employment of choice and social integration within the hearing world.
Who we are & what we do
First Voice is the regional voice for member organisations that provide listening and spoken language early intervention services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our members 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 & Hearing, Western Australia
Cora Barclay Centre, South Australia
The Shepherd Centre, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
The Hearing House, New Zealand (affiliated)
If you have a concern about hearing loss, please contact our member centre closest to you.
Where to find us
06/02/17: First Voice makes submission to Inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS
First Voice has today lodged its submission with the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS. The organisation has been a strong and vocal advocate for children’s hearing services as it transitions into the NDIS. It is now 3 ½ years since the commencement of the NDIS trials and there are many areas of deep concern.
First Voice has today distributed its 2016 Annual Report which showcases the remarkable achievements of its members in enabling children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak.
First Voice has today lodged a submission with the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into Hearing Health and Wellbeing in Australia. The submission raises concerns about funding and policies relating to childhood hearing services as it transitions into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
First Voice wishes all of its Australian member organisations and supporters a loud and colourful Loud Shirt Day on Friday, October 21. Loud Shirt Day is an annual appeal of First Voice and its member organisations to raise funds to support services that enable deaf kids to speak.
First Voice and its members pay tribute to Cora Barclay Centre in South Australia, which is this year celebrating its 70th year of service to children who are deaf or hearing impaired and their families.