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Speech Language Therapist

Speech Language Therapist


Salary - $70,842 - $100,466 + Kiwisaver


  • Multiple permanent opportunities available, ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week (0.5 to 1.0 FTE, respectively). 


Progress. It’s pretty rewarding, right? In your line of work, it would be fair to say it’s one of the best bits – helping patients on their journey towards improvement and outcomes. But, what about you – in terms of both your career and quality of life? Are you enjoying the level of progress you desire… and deserve? If you think it’s time for more – time for better – then you better read on, because what we’re offering could be right up your street. 


Mō te tūranga | About the role

As an SLT in Southland, you'll work across a wide and professionally rewarding range of areas, enhancing your expertise and knowledge every step of the way. It’s a chance to put your versatile skills to best use - assisting patients with swallowing, stroke recovery, neuro-degenerative conditions, Parkinson's, and Motor Neuron Disease (MND). Look forward to extending your scope beyond clinical expertise as you’ll collaborate closely with medical teams, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and allied health assistants to shape and deliver comprehensive treatment plans. We like to think that, for you, this will be much more than a ‘job’ – we see it as your chance to explore your passion. In a world where many healthcare professionals become highly specialised, Southland offers the opportunity to become a true generalist, developing skills across the board. And let's not forget the community outreach – you’ll travel to patients' homes and engage in the community. It’s just a taste of what makes this role truly special. 


Great opportunities; amazing team 

We pride ourselves on providing opportunity - nurturing talent and growth. You'll have a close working relationship with Dunedin Hospital and the wider team, which means access to professional development events and opportunities for co-working. We’re lucky to have a tight-knit team and a fantastic come and be part of it.  


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Mōu ake | About you

We’re not looking for new or recently qualified SLTs – this role calls for professionals with solid experience, ideally with private practice experience with a focus on dysphagia. Just as important will be your excellent interpersonal skills and ability to provide clear, concise, and accurate written communication. 


Join us 

Come and find your calling in Southland. Connection, community, and teamwork are at the heart of our approach. Southlanders are known for their warmth and friendliness, creating a supportive atmosphere. Plus, if you love the outdoors, you'll be in your element. Runners, cyclists, hikers, and nature enthusiasts thrive here. 


Mō mātou | About us

Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the PSA/DHBs Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($70,842 p.a) and Step 7 ($100,466 p.a pro rata) of the Degree-Based Allied, Public Health and Technical scale.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Friday 15th December 2023

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:


If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment

  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks

  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

  • Covid-19 Vaccination is expected for all Workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces.

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