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Mathew Barker

“The continued chalenge at Bay Audiology IS what keeps me most excited.”

Matthew Barker
Charge Clinician, Hawkes Bay


BAY AUDIOLOGY – OUR PEOPLE

INTRODUCING MATHEW BAKER
I am West Texas born and raised and worked in a number of jobs from farming to waiting tables, laying floor tiles to salesman, before I chose to pursue my Doctorate in Audiology. I moved to New Zealand to ‘have an adventure’ and while here, my heart was ‘hornswaggled’ by a pretty blonde Kiwi lass - and now I am here to stay!

WHAT DO YOU DO AT BAY AUDIOLOGY?

I started work for Bay when I first moved to New Zealand five years ago, in addition to lecturing in communication disorders and audiology at Christchurch University. Since then, I have had a variety of roles within Bay as the company grows and develops as the leader of audiological service provision in Australasia.

The majority of my days are filled with patient contact. I perform all tests and rehabilitation procedures required for patients with hearing difficulties (primarily hearing tests, counselling, and fitting hearing aids if appropriate). I also assess and treat (if suitable) people with balance disorders or vertigo.

In addition to this role, I act as a clinical specialist for the company and receive phone calls/emails from clinicians throughout the country for patients or situations that seem out of the ordinary or they would like advice regarding that person. I work across the group to assess clinical training requirements for our staff to ensure that Bay continues to provide a top quality standard of clinical care to our customers. And I also provide support for new clinicians at Bay, working with those we recruit from overseas to acquire their qualification in New Zealand and mentoring new graduates.

Ideally I would like to continue to be involved in the development and maintenance of clinical standards for the company. I do have a long term goal of (part-time) pursuit of a PhD and hope to lead a team in research and development for clinical applications that we provide to our clients/patients.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I really enjoy being with a company that strives to be the benchmark by which others have to compare themselves, as well as being able to make real changes and improvements from my own suggestions and input. Lots of companies which I have been involved with in the past, are not as open to suggestions for improvement as Bay. Bay will open its ears (pun slightly intended) to feedback from all of its employees from the general manager to the most remote administrative staff member.