We help children with hearing loss

develop spoken language.

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:

Members
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 – October 2021

The October 2021 edition of ‘Our Voices’ focussing on the theme of Clinical Outcomes is here! This edition contains a summary of the impressive results from our latest report on Language Outcomes for First Voice Graduates 2020. First Voice member centres are committed...

‘Our Voices’ First Voice Newsletter – July 2021

We are pleased to present the July 2021 edition of the First Voice quarterly newsletter ‘Our Voices’. This edition focusses on Advocacy and includes a Lead Article on First Voice advocacy in key policy and funding areas over the past two decades as well some excellent...

‘Our Voices’ First Voice Newsletter – April 2021

Our first edition of Our Voices for 2021 focusses on the theme of Research and Education. First Voice member centres are committed to evidence-informed practice; to continuous program improvement; and to publishing our graduate’s outcomes based on...

First Voice Celebrates International Cochlear Implant Day

The 25th February 2021 is International Cochlear Implant Day, celebrating the life-changing impact of cochlear implants for thousands of recipients around the world with severe to profound hearing loss. Full and fluent speech and language have been attainable for...

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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.”