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Emily Jones MSpchLangTher (Hons), BAppSci (SpPath), MNZSTA

Senior Professional Clinician

Institute of Education

Emily has specialised in paediatric feeding and swallowing since 2001. She was Senior Specialist at Southwark Primary Care Trust,  coordinating the Paediatric Dysphagia service for that London Borough. Emily completed her advanced practitioner training in Paediatric Dysphagia at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. In 2006 after moving to Auckland, she became Clinical Service Leader for Paediatric Speech-Language Therapy at Waitemata District Health Board. This involved leading the speech-language therapy service in the Special Care Baby units at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals, Rangatira Unit (paediatric inpatients) at Waitakere Hospital, the Child Development Services in north and west Auckland the Rehabilitation Unit at the Wilson Home.

During her time at WDHB, Emily helped lead the Food for Flourishing Programme at Waitakere Hospital. This was an innovative 3-week programme that supported children and their families transition from their feeding tubes to being able to eat and drink by mouth. This programme continues and is now based at Starship Children's Hospital. As well as helping to transition children off their feeding tubes, Emily wrote guidelines for the Fun with Food Programme at WDHB. This was an outpatient transdisciplinary group programme to help children who have delayed feeding skills due to their medical condition and/or delayed introduction to solids.

Emily was appointed to the role of Clinical Educator at Massey University in 2012. The Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition Centre (PiFAN) at Massey University was created the same year, and the ACTIVEating Programme was developed. This programme is interdisciplinary in which Speech-language therapy and dietetic students assess and treat children with feeding difficulties. This clinic supports children as young as 6 months to 18 years and their families with limited dietary intake due to oral motor sensory difficulties, developmental difficulties or maybe typically developing but taking less than thirty foods in their diet and maybe refusing whole food groups or textures. The speech-language therapy and dietetic students also work together through  Massey University Adult Dysphagia Simulation Workshops using International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) implementation methods to produce textured foods and fluids for dysphagia patients.

Emily coordinates and teaches the Paediatric Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders Course to final year Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Honours) students in Semester One at the Auckland campus. In 2016 she completed her Master's thesis- Factors contributing to paediatric tube feeding dependency: The Speech-Language Therapist's perspective.  Emily was an invited member of the Clinical Network for Paediatric Tube Feeding coordinated by the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. This is a multidisciplinary group focused on the needs of tube dependent children and their families. She was invited to be the Expert Advisor for Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing for the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association (NZSTA) in 2017. She was recently invited to be on the Technical Advisory Group for the Ministry of Health, to review and help write their Infant, Toddler Feeding and Nutrition guidelines. and is a PhD candidate at Massey Univerisity, part of the Health Research Council-funded First Foods NZ project.

Emily has been a Speech -Language Therapist for over 20 years and has specialised in the area of infant and paediatic feeding and swallowing difficulties since 2001. In 2012 Emily joined Massey University as a Clinical Educator and lecturer for the Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Honours) Programme.  She coordinates the ACTIVEating clinic in conjunction with the Nutrition and Dietetics department  (College of Health). Emily completed her Masters of Speech-Language Therapy in 2016; her project focused on the factors contributing to paediatric tube feeding dependency in New Zealand, She is currently a PHD candidate through the College of Health.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext. 43532
    Location: 84
    Campus: Auckland


  • Master of Speech Language Therapy (Honours) - Massey University (2016)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) - University of Sydney (1997)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, New Zealand Speech-language therapist's Association (Full) (2004)

Research Expertise

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Medical And Health Sciences (110000)


Paediatric Dysphagia

Infant Feeding

Paediatric Feeding

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)


Feeding Difficulties

Feeding Disorders

Tube feeding

Picky/Fussy Eating

Research Outputs


Jones, E., Southwood, MH., Cook, C., & Nicholson, T. (2019, June). Factors contributing to paediatric tube feeding dependence: The Speech-language therapist perspective.. Presented at 2019 Joint Conference (SPA & NZSTA). Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jones, E.


Taylor, RW., Conlon, CA., Beck, KL., Von Hurst, PR., Te Morenga, LA., Daniels, L., . . . Heath, ALM. (2021). Nutritional implications of baby-led weaning and baby food pouches as novel methods of infant feeding: Protocol for an observational study. JMIR Research Protocols. 10(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Beck, K., Conlon, C., Jones, E., Te Morenga, L., Von Hurst, P.
Jones, E., Southwood, H., Cook, C., & Nicholson, T. (2020). Insights into paediatric tube feeding dependence: A Speech-language pathology perspective. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 22(3), 327-337 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Jones, E.


Jones, E. (2017). Factors contributing to paediatric tube feeding dependence in New Zealand: The Speech-language therapy perspective. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Jones, E.

Consultancy and Languages


  • April, 2017 - Present - New Zealand Speech Language Therapists
    Expert Adviser for Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing
  • January, 2019- - Ministry of Health
    Member of the Technical Advisory Group to review the Infant and Toddler Dietary Guidelines.
  • February 2012- Present - College of Health- Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition Centre (PiFAN)
    Speech -Language Therapist and coordinator of the ACTIVEating Programme
  • September 2015- Present - Ministry of Health-Paediatric Society of New Zealand
    Member of the Clinical Network for Paediatric Tube Feeding

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 271.487 Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders
  • 271.787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders

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