Speech Language Therapist / Auditory Verbal Therapist

12 Jun

Rewarding role within a collaborative team providing programmes to support the development of audition and spoken language for children with cochlear implants

 Speech Language Therapist / Auditory Verbal Therapist

Southern Cochlear Implant Programme

 Join our enthusiastic team of Cochlear Implant Speech Language Therapists / Habilitationists

  • Work within the Cochlear Implant Programme to support spoken language development in children with cochlear implants, aged from 0 – 19 years
  • Full-time position, based in the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme clinic in Lower Hutt
  • Some overnight travel required

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. We have two clinics, based in Christchurch and in Lower Hutt. We are looking for a Speech Language Therapist or Auditory-Verbal Therapist to join the team in our Lower Hutt clinic.

You will work within an interdisciplinary team with children aged 0 – 19 years to support the development of audition and spoken language. The role involves provision of support services to new candidates and existing cochlear implant recipients and families, including:

  • Develop and implement programmes that promote audition, speech and language. and monitor progress in audition, speech and language
  • Provide guidance and support to families and local providers pre and post implant
  • Monitor language progress through formal and informal speech and language assessments
  • Work closely with Audiologists within Audiology appointments
  • Provide In-service training and support of other professionals and agencies working with CI recipients such as Teachers-of-the-Deaf, Speech Language Therapists

This involves a mix of clinic based and home/facility-based work. Overnight travel is required periodically to provide support to cochlear implant users in their home regions.


  • NZ recognised qualifications in Speech Language Therapy or Auditory-Verbal Therapy
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population, including with a range of other needs in addition to hearing loss.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • 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.

Start date:  July 2022

Applications close: 5:00 pm Monday 27 June

A job description is available by contacting Jill Mustard, Clinical Manager, jill.mustard@scip.co.nz