Research activities and collaborations

First Voice’s research activities are conducted under the direction of its Research Advisory Committee. We also have an active Clinical Advisory Committee that works in collaboration across member centres.

The Research Advisory Committee is currently building a network of collaborations with established research organisations, such as universities and other research bodies, which have an interest in early childhood hearing loss.

Our activities are focused on developing and facilitating research and evidence based practice that benefits children who are deaf or hearing impaired, supports their families, and facilitates inclusive communities.

Collectively, First Voice member centres provide support to a large cohort of hearing-impaired children across Australia, New Zealand and across the globe. We therefore offer a large data set for high quality, end user driven research across the region.

We welcome approaches from research bodies and individuals with a special interest in this area. Please direct enquires about potential research topics or collaborations to the Research Advisory Committee or if you wish to complete a Research Application, please download and contact us prior to submission.


Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee comprises members with comprehensive research and sector-wide experience drawn from a cross section of First Voice’s six member and affiliated organisations.

Mark Fitzpatrick
Telethon Speech & Hearing
Chair, First Voice, Chair, Research Advisory Committee and Chief Executive Officer, Telethon Speech & Hearing

Dr Yuriko Kishida
PhD, MEd, MSpecEd, PGCerResMeth
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Research Coordinator, Telethon Speech & Hearing
Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University
Honorary Research Associate, Telethon Kids Institute

Aleisha Davis
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Chief Executive Officer, The Shepherd Centre

Professor Greg Leigh AO
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Director, NextSense Institute (Research and Professional Education). Professor of Education at Macquarie University

Claire Green
The Hearing House
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Director, First Voice
Chief Executive Officer, The Hearing House

Sarah Hogan
DPhil, CS (Audiology), PGDip Auditory Verbal Therapy, LSLS Cert. AVT®
Member, Research Advisory Committee
Senior Auditory Verbal Therapist and Research Coordinator

For all enquires about the Research Advisory Committee, please contact us.