Vision Hearing Technician – Population Health
About the opportunity
You’ll be responsible for identifying undetected vision and hearing problems among children/tamariki, and then referral to the specialist services for assessment and/or intervention.
This is a great opportunity for someone wanting an excellent starting point into our diverse health industry. This position provides vocational training immediately and also assists you to obtaining the mandatory NZQA certification as a Vision and Hearing Technician, National Certificate, Community Support Services level 3, which must be completed within 14 months of commencing.
The focus of the VHT service is 4 year olds within Early Childhood Education centres; screening as part of the Before School Check program and this includes Audiometry, Tympanometry and Distance vision checks. You will also undertake Year 7 Distance Vision check for 11 year old children. Currently we have technicians located in Invercargill, Queenstown, and Dunedin. Previous experience working with children is fundamental to this position.
It is imperative that you can establish rapport quickly with children and their parents/whanau both in early childhood and schools settings. Once trained this position requires you to take charge of your screening day, and requires detailed accurate documentation and immediate referrals to specialist services. Strong technical aptitude and proven experience working on remote IT hardware is an advantage.
You will be required to work in a variety of educational settings throughout the Southern DHB district so it is essential that you hold a current full NZ driver’s licence as there will be travel each day involved with this position. Your hours will be six workdays over the fortnight, Monday to Friday as rostered. The normal hours will be 0800 – 1630 but due to the nature of this role you will need to have some flexibility to increase the hours worked if required.
The initial VHT workplace training will held in Dunedin full-time for up-to three months. Transport, meals, and accommodation will be provided for by SDHB during this initial training period.
The salary scale for this role is between $39,908 and $54,044 pro rata per annum depending on suitable experience.
About the Southern DHB
Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.
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, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there is literally something for everyone. Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau
Closing date: Sunday, 14 February 2021.
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
Please note we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time. If you’re interested, don’t delay applying!
Children’s Act 2014
Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.
Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment
In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.
We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: www.southernhealth.nz