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12 May 2016: 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. 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 our 2015 Annual Report and the accompanying Financial Report. 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 13 January 2015: The First Voice 2013/2014 Annual Report The First Voice 2013/2014 Annual Report is now available. We invite you to review the Annual Report for a comprehensive report of the organisation's activity throughout the year. Read More 10 September 2014: Governor-General, honoured guest at the Power of Speech Awards

First Voice was delighted to have the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as an official at the Power of Speech Awards. Read More

26 August 2014: Quinten Buwalda and Claudia Worland named 2014 Power of Speech inspiration award winners Three small but powerful voices stunned the more than 150-strong crowd gathered at Parliament House Theatre this morning at the 2014 Power of Speech Awards, a public speaking event aimed at challenging common perceptions surrounding what deaf children can achieve. Read More 26 August 2014: 2014 Power of Speech Awards The Australian Power of Speech Awards will be held at Parliament House on Tuesday 26th August. More than 150 guests will attend the Power of Speech Awards, a public speaking event aimed at challenging the common perceptions surrounding what deaf children can achieve. Read More 23 May 2014: Early intervention triggers social success for children with hearing loss New research has revealed the social benefits of early intervention for children with hearing loss. Read More 29 April 2014: New First Voice Chair Appointed

First Voice is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Therese Kelly as its new Board Chair. Ms Kelly takes over from Mr Jim Hungerford, who has held the position for the last 18 months. Ms Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of Taralye, an early intervention centre based in Melbourne. She brings more than 30 years' experience in health sciences and senior management to the position of First Voice Board Chair. Read More

 

20 April 2014: First Voice Congratulates all Power of Speech Participants

First Voice congratulates all Power of Speech entrants, who participated in this inaugural event held at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on March 6. What a wonderful event and celebration of the listening and spoken language therapy outcomes for children born deaf or hearing impaired. We were entertained and completely enthralled by these bright young speakers. Our thanks also to our generous event sponsor Cochlear, which enabled us to bring these talented children and their families together in Canberra.

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.

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 announcement17 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. 22 August 2011: Social and economic benefits of early intervention for economic benefits of early intervention for deaf children far outweigh investment cost, says new report

Every dollar invested in early intervention services for deaf children produces almost two dollars worth of social, educational, vocational and economic benefit, according to a new cost-benefit analysis launched in Canberra today. Full details.
Copy of Full Cost Benefit Analysis - click.

Copy of Summarised Cost Benefit Analysis - click.

12 August 2011: Childhood hearing service coalition welcomes Federal disability commitment First Voice has welcomed the commitment of the Federal Government to invest significant new resources in disability support. First Voice Chairperson Dr Dimity Dornan said that plans announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday show the Federal Government appreciates the benefits to the community that would be realised by investing additional resources in disability support and services. Click for full details. 30 June 2011: "Doing Time - Time for Doing" First Voice has welcomed the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Affairs “Doing Time – Time for Doing” hearing health recommendations but is calling on the Commonwealth Government to seriously consider how the recommendations can be implemented. Click for full details. 01 April 2011: First Voice active at 6th Annual Newborn Hearing Screening Conference in Perth First Voice presented major new data at the 6th Annual Newborn Screening Conference in Perth. The presentation raised a number of important questions about pathways to early intervention from screening and families dropping through these gaps. There was particular discussion of children with mild and moderate losses, those Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD), children who pass the initial screening but develop hearing loss before the age of five and those having difficulty accessing much needed Cochlear Implants. 01 February 2011: First Voice secures major Telstra research grant First Voice will use funds from a major new Telstra grant to commission a national research project into best practices for treating hearing impaired children.  First Voice was announced as a major recipient of funds from Telstra Foundation's Social Innovation Grant in September 2010.  The funding will be used to develop and deploy a new clinical database across First Voice's national network of member organisations to record and report on each child's developmental progress.  The project will expand on an existing platform of shared assessment instruments and protocols to create a national research database as the basis of a more collaborative approach toward the development of a best practice model for treating hearing impaired children.  The project will run for three years, from 2011 to 2013. 01 November 2010: We let our children do the talking! Ned and Ruby from First Voice’s Hear and Say Centre in Queensland send a personal message to The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, who was a guest speaker at the 2010 Hear and Say graduation ceremony. He was delighted with the message and crafted his speech around it!  01 November 2010: Working with government to develop and implement new federal funding First Voice is working with the Australian Government to assist in the development and implementation of the recently announced funding package, A Better Start for Children with Disability. 01 October 2010: First Voice is officially launched First Voice was officially launched by its Patron, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, at a ceremony at Admiralty House in Sydney on 7 October 2010. 01 October 2010: First Voice leads industry funding coalition First Voice leads a major industry coalition in the run up to the Federal Election campaign to put hearing impairment and disability issues on the political agenda with all major Australian political parties. 01 September 2010: Major submission to the Australian Government’s Funding for Schools Committee First Voice has submitted a paper which represents the needs of hearing impaired children to the Australian Government’s Funding for Schools Committee. 01 July 2010: First Voice welcomes funding commitment Significant commitment by Federal Labor to provide hearing impaired kids with a Great Start First Voice welcomes the announcement by the Federal Labor Party that it will provide funding of $6,000 per child per year for two years similar to the Autism Support package.
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