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Newborn Hearing Screener - Population Health

Newborn Hearing Screener

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Permanent part time
  • Minimum 0.7FTE (28hours/week)


The Southern DHB completes over 3500 Newborn Hearing checks every year as part of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme (UNHSEIP). We now have a permanent part-time position for a Newborn Hearing Screener based at Southland Hospital, and at rural clinics throughout the Southern District.


About the Opportunity

This is a great opportunity for an agile person wanting to step into our diverse health industry. This role will suit you if you have a calm demeanor, a natural affinity for women and children and an understanding of the professional requirements of health. You will need excellent computer skills, and must be flexible to increase your hours to cover annual leave and sickness when required. You will also need to be comfortable traveling throughout the region to conduct hearing clinics and working independently. 


Each screening day will have a diverse range of duties from meeting new families, screening, administration, travel, and working with other health professionals. There is an expectation to also complete quality tasks within the team for example audits, data monitoring, and Oranga Pepi inputs.


As part of your newborn hearing screening training you will complete a two-week training programme through the National Screening Unit, so you must be willing to study, travel and be available fulltime during this period.  This position provides vocational training immediately and also assists you to obtaining the mandatory NZQA certification as a Newborn Hearing Screening, National Certificate, Community Support Services level 3, which must be completed within 12 months of commencing.  For further information about the training programme please go to



The salary scale for this role is between $39,908 and $54,044 pro rata per annum depending on suitable experience.


Why Southland?

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Southern DHB

The Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. Our customers – patients, staff and communities - are at the forefront of everything we do.


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Closing Date: Thursday. 15 April 2021

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


For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email: theonette.ramsden@southerndhb.govt.nz


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)



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