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
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.
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.
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.
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.