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Southern DHB Newborn Vision and Hearing Screening

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All babies born in New Zealand are offered, in their first month of life, a newborn vision and 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.

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This page was last updated at 1:07PM on June 13, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Newborn Vision and Hearing Screening.