Latest News 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 more. 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! 
01 March 2015: Language Skills of Deaf Children Eclipsing Normal Hearing Peers: Study Australia and New Zealand is leading the world in its ability to teach deaf children to listen and speak, according to a new study of almost 700 children released today on the eve of International Ear Care Day (March 3).
Read the media release and study, and follow us on Twitter #SoundOutcomes


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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, 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 collaborate 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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