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Southern DHB Newborn Hearing Screening

Public Service


Dunedin Hospital

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


All babies born in New Zealand are offered, in their first month of life, a newborn hearing screening free of charge, irrespective of whether they are born at hospital, rural birthing centre or home.

Babies born in hospital will be screened before going home in most cases. Alternatively an outpatient appointment will be arranged at clinics held regularly at Oamaru, Dunedin, Balclutha, Alexandra, Wanaka, Cromwell, Queenstown, Te Anau, Lumsden, Winton, Gore, and Invercargill.

This programme has been designed to identify and then offer intervention for babies with moderate to profound hearing loss.

This is a joint initiative between the Ministries of Health and Education.


Dunedin Hospital

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Newborn Hearing screening is free to every baby born in New Zealand.

Non-residents will be charged for specialist audiology services if required.

Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin - South Otago

Messages can be left 24/7 on our 0800885544 answerphone - or alternatively on our email. Please leave NHI for baby and cellphone contact number for the new parent/s. We will phone and arrange an appointment at a clinic closest to where the family lives.

2nd Floor, Main Hospital (Queen Mary Maternity)
201 Great King Street

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Street Address

2nd Floor, Main Hospital (Queen Mary Maternity)
201 Great King Street

Postal Address

C/- Rachel Simpson - Team Leader
Southland Hospital
PO Box 828, Invercargill 9840, New Zealand

This page was last updated at 3:04PM on February 13, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Newborn Hearing Screening.