Communication Matters

Writing an article for Communication Matters

Communication Matters is published seasonally, generally in the few weeks after the Board meetings, by NZSTA for Speech-language Therapists and others who are interested in knowing what is happening within the profession. Contributions are warmly welcomed at any time, please liaise with the editor ( about this.

Anyone can write an article to share with this audience. It is a great place to share the work you have been involved with, to build your experience and portfolio by having your work published in this manner. The style of writing required is that of a professional magazine and not an academic journal.

As you will see from previous issues of Communication Matters, articles cover a range of topics. Examples have included;

  • Reviews of new or innovative clinical tools- including assessments and intervention options
  • Interviews with significant members of the profession
  • Marking events such as SLT Awareness week
  • Reviews of professional developments activities and meetings
  • Work being done by NZSTA
  • Profiles for Life Members
  • Perspectives of SLT from around the world
  • Student contribution
  • Audits of clinical work
  • Sharing events from workplaces
  • and many more.

Guidelines for writing an article

For a one page article, word limit is around 450 words. We also welcome slightly longer features, particularly if we can incorporate photos or other visual images.
Articles can also be much shorter, and just a few lines may capture the news that you want to share.

Visual images associated with SLT are also welcomed and can feature as “news” or a ‘box’ of information to share.
Include a title if you can, and also include all authors for your article, so that we can credit you for your contribution.

Send all articles to

Emma Wollum (editor) is also happy to help you if you have a story to share but are experiencing difficulties getting it fit for publication. Please feel free to contact her about any aspect of Communication Matters.

Download past issues of Communication Matters, the NZSTA magazine