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At Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), we employ staff in over 35 different allied health, scientific and technical professions. Some are larger professions, such as social work, physiotherapy, psychology, medical radiation technology and anaesthetic technicians, while others are smaller such as audiology, sonography, cardiac perfusion and new born hearing screening.

All our professions work to improve the health outcomes of the people we serve. The practitioners are integrated within the services across CCDHB, and typically work within multidisciplinary teams (within the hospital and community settings), to ensure that we use best practice to deliver our work.

On this page you can hear from some of our allied health, scientific and technical staff about what it’s like to work at Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB).

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Allied health professions at CCDHB

Download details of qualifications and training required for the allied health professions. (PDF)

Alcohol & Drug Clinicians

Skilled in the assessment and treatment of people experiencing difficulty with their own and/or others’ alcohol and drug use.

Allied Health Assistants

Work under the direction of a supervising allied health professional.

Art Therapists

Trained and skilled in both art and therapy. They use art in assessment, treatment and research. Art Therapists are trained to recognize the nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are communicated within the creative process, which might be difficult to express verbally or in other modalities.

Audiologists and audiometrists

Study, identify, measure and treat hearing disorders and loss. Provide aids and/or other listening devices to assist patients who have hearing loss. Audiometrists practice under the direction and delegation of an audiologist.


Help people to deal with their feelings and responses, and decide on actions they can take to solve problems and create change in their lives.


Advise patients, communities and groups about their dietary requirements for maintaining good health, managing food services and food and nutrition issues.

Hand Therapists

Registered physiotherapists and occupational therapists who, through continuing education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease and congenital deformity.

Health Promoters

Work with communities and groups to plan and develop ways to help people improve and manage their health. Also work with government and other agencies to improve environmental conditions that contribute to ill health.

Hospital Play Specialists

Provide therapeutic play and recreation programmes for infants, children and young people, both individually and in groups.

Music Therapists

Use music to assist with the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.

New Born Hearing Screeners

Conduct hearing assessments of infants as part of early detection and intervention.

Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists

Occupational therapists or physiotherapists who work with children who have or who are at risk of developmental difficulties. Includes assessment, therapy, education and support in the home and community in partnership with family/whanau/caregivers.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists primary goal is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. They do this by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do; or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.


Work to maintain and promote people’s health. They also help restore function and independence when people have a disability or problem caused by physical, neurological (related to the brain and nervous system) or other disorders.


Diagnose, treat and prevent foot and lower limb problems. Work includes routine foot care, the care of lower limbs for people with diseases such as diabetes, the diagnosis and treatment of sportsrelated injuries, nail and skin surgery, and biomechanical assessment.


Investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling for people’s behavioural, developmental and mental health issues.


Help individuals, couples or groups identify, understand, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.

Social Workers

Provide advice, advocacy and support to people with personal and social problems related to their health and/or mental health.

Speech language Therapists

Assess and treat people who have problems with communication or swallowing. May include difficulties with speech, language and cognition (thought processes), or physical processes.

Scientific and technical health professions at CCDHB

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Anaesthetic Technicians

Assist anaesthetists and are responsible for a wide range of technology used for anaesthetic procedures within operating theatres and clinics.

Cardiac Perfusionists

During heart surgery, blood is detoured outside the body though a machine in order to bypass the heart, allowing surgery to proceed. The Perfusionist is the person who monitors and controls the flow of blood through this machine.

Clinical Engineers and Technicians (also known as Biomedical Engineers and Technicians)

Maintain complex mechanical and electronic medical equipment in hospitals and other health sector institutes. May also make, modify or repair specialised clinical accessories, surgical instruments and surgical implants.

Clinical Physiologists

Physiologists use a variety of technical equipment to monitor, record, measure and analyse the way patients’ respiratory, neurological or cardiac systems are working to help doctors diagnose and treat patients.

Dental Therapists and Technicians

Dental technicians create and repair devices for the treatment, replacement and protection of damaged, badly positioned or missing teeth. Clinical Dental Technicians also fit complete removable dentures and fit some other types of removable dentures and oral and extra-oral appliances under specific conditions.

Dental Therapists provide children and adolescents with routine dental care. They may refer clients to dentists for more specialised dental treatment.

Exercise Physiologists

Specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programmes for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of chronic conditions and diseases, and injuries.

Genetic Counsellors

Work with individuals, couples and families to provide risk assessment, genetic information and support for families with, or at risk of, a genetic disorder.

Laboratory Scientists, Scientific Officers and Technicians

Medical laboratory scientists work in a team with pathologists and carry out laboratory tests on blood, tissues and other samples taken from patients. Medical laboratory technicians help scientists and pathologists take samples, run tests, and complete other duties involved in the operation of a diagnostic medical laboratory. Cytogenetic scientists work within the genetics laboratory.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Magnetic resonance Imaging technologists produce high quality diagnostic images using a powerful magnetic field. They are responsible for the outcome of the MRI examination.


Mammographers are medical radiation technologists who use a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts to aid in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases in women.

Medical Photographers

Medical photography is the production of images that truthfully record injuries and diseases, as well as documenting the progress of operations and medical procedures.

Medical Physicists

Look after the technical aspects of treating patients using radiation equipment, which includes overseeing the equipment used, performing quality assessments and monitoring radiation output, treatment planning and the development of new techniques.

Medical Radiation Technologists and Technicians

Medical radiation technologists use x-ray and other imaging equipment to take images of people’s injuries and possible diseases.

Mortuary Technicians

Assist with post-mortem examinations, including forensic post-mortems, under the direction of the pathologist. They are responsible for collecting and despatching samples for toxicology testing. They are also involved in general day to day duties of running a modern hospital mortuary such as receiving and storing bodies, and making sure bodies that arrive or leave the mortuary are properly identified. In some mortuaries, embalming is also part of the mortuary technician’s role.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.


Examine clients’ eyes to diagnose and provide solutions for vision problems, such as prescribing glasses or contact lenses. They also diagnose, monitor and manage eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.


Eye healthcare professionals who are trained in the assessment and treatment of patients with eye disorders.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Prepare, mix and dispense prescribed medicines. Provide information on medicines to other health professions. Also provide patients advice about their medication and medical conditions, and help ensure patients know how to take their medication properly. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists to prepare and give out medicines.


Collect blood and/or other body samples from patients for laboratory testing or for blood banks.

Radiation Therapists

Radiation therapists treat diseases (mostly cancers) by planning a patient’s radiation treatment using computer technology and clinical information, before carrying out the radiation therapy using treatment machines.


Medical radiation technologists who specialise in the use of ultrasound.

Sterile Supply Technicians

Clean, sterilise and package surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation unit.


Winners of the 2016 3DHB Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Team of the Year Award

Medical Physics and Radiation Therapists

Last updated 2 October 2019.