VISION & HEARING TECHNICIAN

Can you tick all these boxes?

  • Do you want a rewarding health career that is all about early intervention and helping people to be the best they can possibly be?
  • Do you like working with children?
  • Are you patient?
  • Are you flexible and creative?
  • Are you good at building relationships with health professionals and the education sector?
  • Are you confident, assertive and astute?

If you can tick all these boxes then we have the opportunity for you.

Hearing and Vision testers visit pre-school, primary and intermediateschools on a regular basis to carry out screening tests on all Canterbury children. These tests are important to identify hearing problems and vision problems requiring further assessment and/or treatment. We are an important part of the B4 school checks programme.

You don’t have to be a health professional, but you do need to like childrenand be flexible and creative enough to give children the opportunity to be themselves, while providing a vital service.

It is a fairly autonomous role, where you take charge of your day, delivering the service across the schools you are working with. That can be a bit of challenge in Canterbury at the moment. We have to be extra flexible and creative, keeping up with the shifting school roles, the closures and the new providers springing up all over the place.

There is plenty of on the job support to complete the National Certificate in Community Support Services (Vision and Hearing Screening) (Level 3).

During the course you will learn skills and knowledge relating to hearing impairment; the visual system and visual impairments; undertaking audiometry, tympanometry, and vision screening tests; applying Maori values; recognising indicators of abuse; applying communication process theory; and infection control.

 

It is an exciting and dynamic area of the wider health service, and provides an excellent starting point into the fantastically diverse workplace that is health.

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