The Northern Cochlear Implant Programme
The Northern Cochlear Implant Programme (NCIP) is funded by the Ministry of Health and administered by the Northern Cochlear Implant Trust (NCIT). The clients of the programme are profoundly deaf children and adults who reside north of Taupo in New Zealand.
Paediatric Programme Main Contact: Gurdeep Singh Surgeons: Colin Brown, Michel Neeff Audiologists: Leigh Martelli (Team Leader), Claire Spence, Laura Le Roux Habilitation: (KDEC) Jim Casey, Jayne Simpson, Eileen Raynel Habilitation: (The Hearing House) Alexandra Crosbie, Estelle Gerrett, Amy Waite, Rebecca Thomas, Esther Pakura Repairs and Parts: Donna Quinn Ph: (09) 579 2333 Audiology Assistant: Megan Levi
Adult Programme Main Contact: Silvia Rosioru Surgeons: Bill Baber, Michel Neeff, David Flint Team Leader and CI Rehabilitationist: Ellen Giles Audiologists: Caroline Selvaratnam, Tania Linford Hearing Therapist: Jacqui Taylor, Trish Carraher Repairs: Silvia Rosioru Appointments & Batteries: Customer Support Team
The Service Providers
The Hearing House
The Hearing House was established in 1998 after local Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists realised that children who had received cochlear implants were not learning to listen and speak as well as expected. Since then, The Hearing House has provided Auditory-Verbal Therapy to hundreds of deaf and hearing-impaired children.
Auditory-Verbal Therapy encourages a child to listen and then to speak using their hearing ability. There are a range of outcomes for children using a cochlear implant to listen; these will be discussed with your family by the implant team.
Your family will receive a programme designed to meet your child’s and family’s specific needs. Gaining the best outcomes from a cochlear implant requires significant work on the part of the child and their parents or caregivers using the listening strategies they receive from their Auditory-Verbal Therapist.
The Hearing House caters for children living north of Taupo, and offers therapy at its centre in Greenlane, Auckland, as well as outreach services through TeleCHAT services - which uses video conferencing and Skype to provide therapy to deaf children living outside Auckland, and families who have difficulties with transport where appropriate.
The Hearing House receives government funding for audiology services and a proportion of habilitation services, but relies heavily on fundraising to ensure services are delivered at the highest levels.
Kelston Deaf Education Centre
Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC) is a state funded Special Residential School. KDEC operates a network of provision for deaf students from age 5 to 19 years. The network includes the School for Deaf, a network of classes (satellite units) located across Auckland City, Totara Village (residential facilities for up to 23 students), a bi-lingual preschool, and responsibility for Resource Teachers of the Deaf who work with deaf students in regular schools. The boundaries for KDEC service provision are aligned with the boundaries of the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme.
Kelston Deaf Education Centre communication philosophy for students is based on the following principles:
- Full access to all communication in order to participate fully.
- Respect for the communication needs of every student.
- Acceptance of all modes of expression which result in improved understanding and learning. These include: New Zealand Sign Language, spoken English, English Literacy (reading and writing), and mixed mode communication where this facilitates improved understanding.
The Habilitationists employed by Kelston Deaf Education Centre have a programme focus on improved spoken English. They work with school-age cochlear implanted students in all parts of the KDEC network, both in the School for Deaf and in regular schools.
University of Auckland
The University of Auckland provides care for adults referred for a cochlear implant assessment and looks after those adults deemed as eligible for a publicly funded implant. Assessments are carried out at clinics at its Tamaki campus in Auckland.
Gillies Hospital is a private hospital in Epsom, Auckland, where cochlear implant surgery is carried out for both children and adults. It has four surgeons who work on cochlear implants. Colin Brown and Michel Neeff look after paediatric clients (CLICK on their names to learn more about them.)
Bill Baber, and Michel Neeff look after adults.
Northern Cochlear Implant Trust / Pindrop Foundation
The Northern Cochlear Implant Trust is the umbrella organisation which holds contracts with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education for the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme. It pays The Hearing House, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Gillies Hospital, and University of Auckland to provide assessments and diagnosis of deafness, audiological services, some therapy, surgery, and follow-up for patients eligible for a publicly funded cochlear implant.