Relocate to NZ - Speech Language Therapist

  • Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Waikato
  • Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 07 May, 2023
Permanent Children's centres

Job Description

Where you’ll be working: Child Development Centre, Waikato Hospital

The details: Full and part time options available


  • Relocation allowance may be available
  • Be part of the national transformation in Health
  • Work in a supportive team environment
  • Enjoy a diverse clinical role


Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

Waikato Hospital Speech Language Therapy department has an exciting opportunity for an experienced or new graduate Speech Language Therapist to join our team. The role will be predominately based in the Child Development Centre at Waikato Hospital which includes working in IDT clinics, in the community and with inpatients. Therefore, experience working with children with a wide range of communication difficulties and within a multidisciplinary context would be desirable but not essential. Experience working with children with complex feeding difficulties is also desirable but not essential. Within our current team we have the capacity to upskill and develop a clinician that has an interest in this area of Speech Language Therapy, including upskilling in areas such as working with children with cleft lip and palate and those in NICU.


You will work regularly with a highly skilled MDT team at the Waikato Child Development Centre to deliver a specialist diagnostic assessment and intervention service to children with disabilities from birth to 15 years of age. Your caseload will involve working with children with a variety of disabilities including prematurity, respiratory and/or cardiac diagnoses, chromosomal syndromes such as Trisomy 21, and neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy in the community. You will work within a close SLT team.


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Mōu | About you

Required skills & experience you will need to be considered for this role:

  • Registered member of New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA), or eligible for registration.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Speech Language Therapy from an NZSTA accredited programme; or have had your qualifications approved by the NZSTA
  • Have an openness to working within a multi-disciplinary team working towards patient focused goals
  • Have a current valid full New Zealand drivers licence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work within a team to achieve client focused goals
  • Ability to provide a culturally safe service with Te Tiriti in the forefront of your practice and a focus on evidence based practice


Ideally you will also have:

  • Experience working with children with a range of communication delays/difficulties
  • Experience working with children with swallowing/feeding difficulties
  • Experience performing and interpreting videofluoroscopy swallowing studies
  • Excellent knowledge of childhood development


Ko wai mātou | Our Organisation

 Te iwi Ngakaunui – People at Heart

  • Whakamana – Give and earn respect
  • Whakaronga – Listen to me; Talk to me
  • Mauri Pai – Fair play
  • Whakapakari – Growing the good
  • Kotahitanga – Stronger together


It is not very often something happens that is big; like, really big. Big to the point that it will touch the lives of every single person in the country. That is what we are talking about here. The provision of Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how its run is about to change in a big way.


Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority will together shape the delivery of Health services in Aotearoa New Zealand for generations to come, and will form the core of a modern and integrated service looking after the needs of all our Whānau.


We are dedicated to achieving health equity for Māori and other priority populations. We are a Crown entity and an active partner in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is committed to upholding the articles.


Here at Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato we have a team of 8,000 working across the Waikato where everyone plays a vital role in the care of our patients – directly or non-directly. Our vision is Healthy People. Excellent Care.


Te Whatu Ora, Waikato serves the largest Māori population and third largest Pacific population in Aotearoa New Zealand. Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.


We are a values-based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. Reflecting the population we serve is an important part of the care we deliver to the community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply. We proactively develop pathways that maximise opportunity for Māori and encourage Māori to apply.


He aha Waikato

Waikato is the fourth largest region in Aotearoa New Zealand and located just south of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Whāingaroa Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Kapanga Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glow worm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve.


Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.


For any queries about the role please contact


Closing date: Open until filled



A national Vaccination Policy which includes COVID19 is under development. In the interim, a Health and Safety Risk Assessment against the requirements of the role will apply to unvaccinated candidates and employees and appropriate risk mitigation (e.g. extra PPE, RAT testing) may be taken as a result. Please note that when a Vaccination Policy is introduced it will apply to this role and need to be supported.

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