Cochlear Implant Programme Cochlear Implant Rehabilitationist / Hearing Therapist

29 Sep



Full time, permanent position

About us

The Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) provides cochlear implant services under contract to the Ministry of Health for people living in the South Island and lower North Island. Our mission is to provide cochlear implants to those in need so they can fully engage with their whanau and communities. We have two clinics, based in Christchurch and in Lower Hutt.

We are looking for a Rehabilitationist to join our Christchurch team.

This is a rewarding role working within an enthusiastic and collaborative multidisciplinary team, providing aural rehabilitation and communication support services to adult cochlear implant candidates and recent cochlear implant recipients and whanau.  The position is primarily clinic based however some overnight travel is required.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to assessment and counselling of adults with significant hearing loss in pre-implant candidacy assessment
  • Provide individual Rehabilitation programmes that meet the aural rehabilitation and communication needs of adult cochlear implant recipients, and their whanau
  • Support cochlear implant recipients to manage their cochlear implant devices and other assistive listening technologies, including troubleshooting technology
  • Undertake appropriate assessments to monitor outcomes post implantation
  • Provide training and support to local and regional professionals working with cochlear implant recipients and to cochlear implant user groups

About you:

This role will suit a person with a New Zealand recognised tertiary qualification and experience in Hearing Therapy, Speech Language Therapy or community health, or communication fields

  • Experience working with adults with hearing loss
  • Some knowledge of cochlear implants and/or other hearing technology
  • Able and willing to undertake Hearing Therapist training
  • Able to communicate clearly with people who have a significant hearing loss
  • Able to design and lead an aural rehabilitation communication programme
  • Able to empathise and motivate others
  • Confident with technology
  • Able to work effectively with a diverse population, including people with a range of other needs in addition to hearing loss
  • Experience with cochlear implants is an advantage but not essential. Professional development opportunities and on-site training will be given. A commitment to learning and developing personal and professional skills is expected.

If you are interested in joining an organisation passionate about supporting people in their journey toward improved access to spoken communication we would love to hear from you.

For further information or a copy of the Job Description contact: Jill Mustard, Clinical Manager,

Applications close 5pm Thursday 14 October 2021

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.