Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

Newborn Hearing Screening

The aim of New Zealand’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme (UNHSEIP) is for ‘early identification of newborns with hearing loss so that they can access timely and appropriate interventions, inequalities are reduced and the outcomes for these children, their families and whanau, communities and society are improved’.


Screening takes place at Waikato Hospital, the 2 birth centres in Hamilton and in the rural areas of Te Kuiti, Otorohanga Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Putaruru, Te Awamutu, Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Thames and Waihi.

Employed are a Programme Manager and 6 part time screeners.

The Waikato DHB Newborn Hearing Screening Programme commenced in 2004 and has had success at the following awards:

  • Winners of the Quality Health NZ/Baxters Quality Improvement Awards 2005
  • Winners of the Waikato DHB Best of Health Awards 2006
  • Clinical Practice Improvement award
  • Grand Prize – Continuous Improvement
  • Finalist in the 2007 New Zealand Health Innovation Awards

For further information about the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention programme visit the National Screening Unit website: link)


Reception E Level 2
Meade Clinical Centre
Waikato Hospital
Pembroke street

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