01 May 2013: First Voice releases 2012 annual report
It has been a busy and an enormously gratifying year for First Voice and the annual report
provides an informative update of our many projects and activities over the past year to improve the lives of young hearing impaired children throughout the region. Read the full announcement
16 October 2012: New First Voice Chair Appointed
First Voice is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Jim Hungerford as its new Board Chair. Mr Hungerford takes over from Associate Professor Dimity Dornan AM, who has held the position for the past 18 months. Mr Hungerford is the Chief Executive Officer of The Shepherd Centre, an early intervention centre based in Sydney which has outreach centres in metropolitan Sydney and Canberra. He brings more than 30 years' experience in health sciences and senior management to the position of First Voice Chair. Read the full announcement
17 May 2012: First Voice centres selected to deliver national rural and regional hearing program
First Voice centres and Vision Australia have been selected by the Australian Government to deliver remote hearing and vision services to children in rural and remote areas under a new $4.1M government telehealth program
. Specialist services will be delivered to hearing and/or vision impaired Australians aged 0 to 18 years via video conferencing using laptops and iPads.
31 January 2012: First Voice releases annual report
First Voice has released its annual report on its first year as the national voice for listening and spoken language member organisations. First Voice has exerted a high level of influence in its first year of operation, and continues to demonstrate thought, policy, research and clinical leadership on all matters related to early childhood deafness.
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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
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