Giving Voice

Why get involved

Passionate about the rights of people with communication and swallowing needs?

Wanting to get involved in a campaign that makes a difference today, and tomorrow?

Get behind this campaign and help spread the word – everyone has the right to life essentials.

Show how your service works in partnership to enhance lives.

Giving Voice is a vehicle for you to use to share your knowledge and experience, enabling you to be proactive in engaging with local decision makers to inform service design and innovation.

Get on board and strengthen partnerships with our clients and communities, and education, health, social, and justice colleagues.

Giving Voice Aotearoa Video Contest 2017

Giving Voice Aotearoa Video Contest is back after a successful first year! It’s time to get creative with your friends, family, colleagues, peers and/or clients and create a short video (maximum of 3 minutes), which highlights this year’s theme ‘Communication Access’.

Each video, once submitted, will be displayed on the NZSTA’s facebook page and YouTube account for the public to view. A link for where/how to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ award will be added to the NZSTA facebook page and website.

The ‘Grand Winner’ and ‘People’s Choice’ will be played at the NZSTA 2017 symposium and each will be presented with a fabulous prize.

All videos will be uploaded to the NZSTA YouTube account. Please feel free to share via your social media channels. We want to reach as many people as we can!

Have fun! Let’s raise awareness for our patients/clients and for our profession.

To see the 2016 entries, follow the link below:

Entry Process: 

  1.  Participant/s upload their video onto YouTube (via their own YouTube channel) and then share the link to   to formally submit to the NZSTA Committee.
  2.  Participant/s must ensure that they have gained written/audio/video consent to do so if any clients/patients are shown in their video.
  3.  Please follow the criteria:
    1. Theme: ‘Communication Access’
    2. Maximum of 3 minutes
  4. Entries are due 18th August 2017

Any questions please contact Dean Sutherland,

We need all members to be Giving Voice campaigners

You can get involved by:

  • Engaging with your regional NZSTA awareness champion
  • Engaging clients and other Speech-language Therapists’ in the campaign
  • Engaging and influencing local decision-makers like local MPs
  • Feedback to NZSTA on the success of your local campaigning, as well as the usefulness of the online resources

Ideas to get you started

Show off your service: Invite local politicians to see the work you do and how important it is to your service users. Engage the directors of your organisation in the work you do to support your clients and their whanau.

Combine the campaign with existing activities planned for your service: Use the Giving Voice Aotearoa logo and brand to help promote the importance of communication in everyday life and life essentials.

Raise awareness: Raise awareness amongst your department colleagues and organisation to ensure that doctors, social workers, teachers, physios and other members of your team understand how speech-language therapists make a difference.

Collaborate with other local therapists and your local NZSTA champions to run awareness raising events. The community will be interested to know what services are available.

NZSLT Champions

Annette Rotherham
Communications Executive
Amy Oughton
NZSTA Champion Lead
Patty Govender Auckland
Emma Irvine Palmerston North
Warren Cossou Dunedin
Alison Zani Dunedin
Katie Ward Hutt Valley
Dean Sutherland Christchurch