Supporting children who are deaf to hear, listen and speak.

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, New Zealand and across the globe. They lead the world in listening and spoken language therapies for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

If you have a concern about hearing loss, please contact our member centre closest to you.

Our member and affiliated organisations include:

Hear and Say
Telethon Speech & Hearing
The Shepherd Centre
NextSense (formerly RIDBC/Taralye)
Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House

International Affiliates
The Hearing House, New Zealand
Auditory Verbal UK, United Kingdom
Carel du Toit Centre, South Africa

Latest News

‘Our Voices’ First Voice Newsletter – July 2022

Please enjoy reading our July edition of ‘Our Voices’ focussing on the theme of Mutual Support. In the wake of the recent Federal election, our new Chair, Dr Jim Hungerford acknowledges the extraordinary access we have in Australia to our members of parliament (of all...

‘Our Voices’ First Voice Newsletter – April 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR I am pleased to present the first edition of ‘Our Voices’ for 2022. The theme is Sustainability – but with a difference – in that it focusses on non-financial factors fundamental for sustainability such as caseload size; attracting and...


Thank you for your interest and ongoing support for First Voice and children with hearing loss and their families during the past year – and particularly to Cochlear Ltd for their support and leadership in this sector and to the many Ministers, Shadow Ministers,...

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“Through their leadership, advocacy, research and so much more, First Voice champions the right of all deaf people to listen and speak. The staff and supporters work hard to ensure that every hearing-impaired child and their family have access to what they need to achieve the spoken language of which they are capable. It is an ambitious and noble purpose and one that all Australians should admire and support. They have made a profound impact on the lives of so many Australians and I am delighted to become their Patron.”