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Emily Jones MSpchLangTher (Hons), MNZSTA

Senior Professional Clinician

Institute of Education

Emily has specialised in the area of 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 Therapy service in the Special Care Baby units at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals; Rangitira Unit (paediatric inpatients) at Waitakere Hospital, the Child Development Services in north and west Auckand and 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 have Avoidant Restictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

Emily was appointed to the role of Clinical Educator at Massey University in 2012. The same year the Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition Centre (PiFAN) at Massey University was created.  Together with Dr. Cath Conlon from the College of Health and colleagues Lindy Thomas and Kate Skinner (Private consultants) the ACTIVEating Programme was developed. This programme is now in its sixth year and has had over 60 children attend from the Auckland and Northland regions. This is an interdisciplinary clinic in which Speech-language therapy and dietetic students are able to assess and treat children with feeding difficulties. This clinic supports children as young as 6 months to 16 years and their families who have limited dietary intake due to oral motor sensory difficulties. Children who attend may have a diagnosis of ARFID, developmental difficulties or maybe typically developing but taking less than thirty foods in their diet and maybe refusing whole food groups or textures.

In 2015 Emily became a member of the Clinical Network for Paediatric Tube Feeding coordinated by the Paediatric Society of New Zealand for the Ministry of Health. She is also the Expert Advisor for Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing for the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association (NZSTA). 

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 is the Expert Adviser for Paediatric Feeding & Swallowing for the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapist's Association


Emily has been a Speech -Language Therapist for almost 20 years and has specialised in the area of infant and paediatic feeding and swallowing difficulties for the last 16 years. In 2012 Emily joined Massey University as a Clinical Educator for the Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy (Honours) Programme.  She coordinates the ACTIVEating clinic in conjunction with the Nutrition and Dietetics department in The 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. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext. 43532
    Location: 90
    Campus: Auckland


  • Master of Speech Language Therapy (Honours) - Massey University (2016)

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.


Jones, EA., Southwood, MH., Cook, C., & Nicholson, T. (2020). Insights into paediatric tube feeding dependence: A Speech-language pathology perspective. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
[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


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

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

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

Media and Links

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