UNHSEIP Virtual Hui – 11th May 2021

Ten years of newborn hearing screening celebrated, promoting equity, programme improvement and innovation for the future

Nau mai, haere mai, afio mai.

The National Screening Unit hosted the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme (UNHSEIP) online hui on 11th May 2021.

The virtual hui provided a valuable opportunity for our screening workforce to:

  • celebrate and acknowledge the positive impact the programme has had for many newborn tamariki and their family/whānau over the last 10 years
  • deepen their understanding of equity, and learn practical strategies that can reduce barriers to families participating in the screening pathway
  • learn from others who have improved local service delivery to improve outcomes, and
  • hear from screening experts about the new and emerging evidence that could support better professional practice for screening teams.

How the hui was held

This is the first time that a UNHSEIP hui has been held virtually. For 2021, due to COVID-19 it replaced the annual regional study days that were run by the DHB regions in previous years.

Holding the hui online ensured that as many people as possible could come together to build relationships, learn and connect.

The hui was held during New Zealand Sign Language week (10 to 16 May 2021). Opportunities were provided throughout the day for staff to increase their understanding of sign language.


Over 120 attendees including screeners, screening coordinators, audiologists and members of the Ministry's National Screening Unit attended the hui.

Hui programme

View the UNHSEIP hui agenda (Word, 138 KB), (PDF, 136 KB).

View the presentations from some of the speakers below.

A recording of the programme sessions will be available soon.

More information

For more information about the hui please email:
Rachael Bayliss
Senior Advisor
Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes Team
[email protected]

Page last updated: 08 July 2021