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.