About NZSTA

General Information

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association is the national professional body of Speech-language Therapists in New Zealand.

We are the association for our members. We are over 900 Speech-language Therapists. We are committed to giving all New Zealanders their life essentials – effective communication and safe swallowing. With these life essentials comes well-being.

The NZSTA regulates speech-language therapists in New Zealand in the following way:

Accountability Method

The NZSTA provides a clear statement of the scope of practice of a profession including what is not within scope for a profession.

 

  • Scope of Practice Policy
  • Policy documents in specialist areas of practice

The NZSTA provides quality assurance of the tertiary courses of New Zealand.

 

  • Programme Accreditation Framework

The NZSTA provides quality assurance of overseas-trained speech-language therapists requesting membership.

 

  • Qualification Approval Process
  • Mutual Recognition Agreement

The NZSTA provides a framework ensuring a structured and supervised first year of practice for newly qualified speech-language therapists.

 

  • New Graduate Framework

The NZSTA provides continuing quality assurance of its registered professionals.

 

  • Ethical Complaints Procedure
  • Annual declaration of abiding by Code of Ethics & statement of good standing
  • Annual declaration of recency of practice (hours of practice)
  • Continuing professional development log and auditing

 

The NZSTA provides a framework ensuring a structured and supervised first year of practice for speech-language therapists with fewer than 1000 hours of practice in the past 5 years.

 

  • Return to Practice Framework

The NZSTA can restrict a professional’s activities to protect the public and in some cases, withdraw membership of an individual.

 

  • Ethical Complaints Procedure
  • Annual declaration of abiding by Code of Ethics & statement of good standing
  • Annual Practice Certificates including Conditions

We believe in the well-being of Aotearoa now and in the future.

Within speech-language therapy professional practice, the NZSTA implements and oversees the following:

Professional Standards

Principles and Rules of Ethics

NZSTA Scope of Practice

International qualifications approval

Oversight of standards of student training

Legal requirements to gain registration

Provide guidance on Indemnity insurance

Professional Development

Biennial Conference

2-day Professional Development Event adjoined to AGM between Biennial Conference

Awards for study, research and presentation of papers

Funding to attend overseas and other conferences

Continuing Professional Development Record

Special Interest Groups

Local Professional Development Events

Public Relations

Liaison of Speech-Language Therapists with other Speech-Language Therapists

Public profiling of the profession

Liaison with associated professional groups and government departments

Representatives on Special Groups

Speech-language therapy Historical Archives

Media Database related to the profession

Publications

Professional Website

Speech, Language and Hearing Journal

Communication Matters

Our Values

As Speech-language Therapists and members of the NZSTA we strive to:

Work in partnership and with integrity

Be leaders in the field of communication and swallowing

Be person and whānau centred, working with respect and humility

Provide an equitable, excellent service

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Our Mission

The Mission of the NZSTA is:

To guide and govern the educational, clinical and ethical standards of SLT practice

To empower SLTs to provide excellent and equitable services to our communities

To represent the interests and views of SLTs

To be responsive to te Tiriti o Waitangi and an international leader in cultural responsiveness

To promote quality evidence based SLT practice and research