Latest News 29 January 2014: Dimity Dornan receives AO in Australia Day Honours

First Voice extends its proud congratulations to Dr Dimity Dornan AM, who was made an Officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours. Dr Dornan is the Chair of First Voice's Research Advisory Committee; she was also the Chair of First Voice from 2011-2012.

08 January 2014: Power of Speech The inaugural Power of Speech event generously sponsored by Cochlear will be held on the 6th March, 2014 at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra. 05 December 2013: First Voice Financial Report The First Voice Australia Limited Financial Report for the period ended 30 June 2013 is now available. Our more comprehensive annual report will be published and available in early 2014.
05 June 2013: New honour for Dr Dimity Dornan

The Board of First Voice would like to congratulate its former chair Dr Dimity Dornan on her most recent accolade as a ‘Queensland Great’.

The awards, announced by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman as part of Queensland Week celebrations, honour individuals and institutions whose long-term or lifetime achievements have played a significant role in the history and development of the State. Read the full announcement.


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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

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 collaboate on major projects with:


The Hearing House, New Zealand

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