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The work we do is life-changing. As a registered charity operating as a not-for-profit, we aim to keep our fees and costs to a minimum in an effort to make cochlear implant technology accessible to as many people as possible.

Because demand often exceeds Whaikaha (Ministry of Disabled People) funding, we look to fundraising and charitable donations to help those in real need.

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Autumn 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, our first for 2024, which is now available for viewing and download. We hope everyone finds something useful in this edition.  

Clinical Manager Position – Apply now!

A PDF version of this post can be downloaded here.   Clinical Manager – Southern Cochlear Implant Programme This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly motivated multi-disciplinary team dedicated to supporting people toward improved hearing and quality of life through cochlear implants. About Us: The Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) provides cochlear implant…

Christmas and New Year Hours 2023-24

A PDF copy of this announcement can be downloaded here. Christmas and New Year Hours 2023-24 SCIP offices in both Lower Hutt and Christchurch will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 21st December 2023. Both offices will re-open at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2024. Some restricted services are available week days during office closure, except…

Christmas 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the last Newsletter for 2023 which is now available for viewing and download. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at the SCIP!  

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Thank you to everyone who voted for us in NZ Post's Delivering For Good Programme. Unfortunately, we didn't win but a huge congratulations to Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand who won an additional year of free courier deliveries. We were one of 13 charities up for the People's Choice Award, and we want to say how much we appreciate everyone who voted, and shared the link amongst their friends and family 🫶💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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On today's episode of No Labels...Thomas Bryan talks to Neil Heslop, CE of the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme. Neil is an Audiologist by training and has previously worked clinically with both adults and children on the programme. His formative years were spent in Wellington but he now calls Canterbury home. In his spare time, he enjoys pointing a telescope at the night sky and taking photographs of the stars.Listen in today at 1pm!🎧Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM💻Stream via #ByForAndAbout #NoLabels #CommunityRadio #AccessMediaNZID: A head and shoulders photo of Neil Heslop. Neil has short grey hair and wears glasses. ... See MoreSee Less
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Now that the cold weather has arrived, it's important to make sure your smoke alarms are working, but if you live with hearing loss, you'll know there is a very real risk of not hearing ordinary smoke alarms!Specialised smoke alarms for people with hearing loss are available at Your Way l Kia Roha who provide free assessments.Conventional smoke alarms emit a high-pitched sound which is not always audible for deaf people, particularly at night when cochlear implants or hearing aids are removed.In comparison, specialised smoke alarms have features such as flashing strobe lights or vibration. Kia Roha can also tell you if you’re eligible for funding to install the alarm system. Please phone 0800 008 011 or email for further information and to arrange an assessment. ... See MoreSee Less
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