Our mission and 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 and 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
In August 2017 six young adults from across Australia and NZ travelled to Canberra to speak to Australia's federal politicians about the future for people with hearing loss. Visit the Shepher Centre website to read more:...
13/04/17: First Voice makes submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s 2017 Price Controls Review
First Voice has today provided a submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s 2017 Price Controls Review. The submission seeks to reinforce the urgency of finding solutions to key funding issues affecting children with hearing loss under the NDIS.
First Voice congratulates all participants in this year’s Power of Speech, which was held at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Fundamental problems currently exist in relation to the children’s hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These issues present real threats to deaf children’s outcomes and to the goal of optimising their lifelong social and economic independence.
03/03/17: Early intervention drives lifetime success for deaf children: New research launched on World Hearing Day
The results of an Australian and New Zealand study into the education, employment and social outcomes of hearing-impaired children who receive early intervention therapy have been revealed today – marking World Hearing Day.