Unless stated otherwise, these events are not being run by or in conjunction with the NZSTA.  If you would like to list an upcoming event on this website, please contact National Office.

 Please note events are listed chronologically.

Literacy Intensive with Sally Clendon and Jane Farrall – POSTPONED

New dates to be advised.

The Literacy For All Intensive Course is a 5-day instructional course that covers theoretical and practical aspects of comprehensive literacy instruction for children and adults with disabilities, including complex communication needs. The course covers literacy teaching for both emergent and conventional readers and writers, assessment tools for a range of literacy learners and access to a number of practical resources through the course website.

The course is designed for anyone who wants to support one or more students with disabilities to improve their literacy skills, including teachers, leadership teams, therapists and parents. Click here to find out more.

Talking Mats

Nationwide | Various dates in 2020

Talking Mats® has the potential for use with a wide range of people. It is a visual framework, which helps people think about issues and provides them with a way of expressing their views more easily.

Participants have included Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Doctors, Nurses, Advocacy Workers, Service Planners, Social Workers, Speech-Language Therapists, Care Workers, Teachers, Rehabilitation Assistants, Researchers, Psychologists.

Clients can include people with a learning disability, stroke, dementia, neurological difficulties, mental health issues, the elderly, children and young people.

These courses are run in conjunction with TalkLink Trust and Talking Trouble.

For full information, click here.

Palliative Care Lecture Series 2020

Teleconference | various dates

This education opportunity is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care. The lectures will be delivered via teleconference with a PowerPoint presentation. The lectures take place on the first Thursday of every month from February to December 2020 from 7.30 to 8.30am.

Fiona Hewerdine is speaking on the June 4th lecture on the role of Speech Language Therapists in palliative care via teleconference.

Volunteers are requested to attend the lecture at their local hospice that morning. Fiona can be contacted at for ideas about what to share.

This is an opportunity for individuals to have a face to face conversation about what a Speech Language Therapist can do to support palliative care.

You can find out more information about this event here

Literacy Instruction for Children with Complex Communication and Learning Needs

Auckland | Postponed

This practical two-day course will be presented by Sally Clendon, PhD

You can find out more information about this event here

WEBINAR series – Learn How Words Work: Spelling Development, Assessment and Intervention by Jenny Baker 

Auckland | 7pm-9pm on 22, 25 and 29 June 2020 (three 2-hour modules)

This online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event is intended for Speech-language Therapists working in the field of literacy, Teachers in mainstream as well as Learning Support, Educational Psychologists, and Tutors. Please note this is a “live” webinar and there will be no recordings available for later viewing. Participants pay and register only once but are required to attend all three module’s as each session’s content is inter-related (bridging theory, assessment and intervention).

Following this event participants will be able:

  • to identify the different stages of spelling development from early phonological awareness through to advanced orthographic representations
  • to “unpack” the scope and sequence of a structured synthetic phonics program
  • to understand the rule-based principles that underlie much of our spelling system
  • to become aware of the cognitive, orthographic and linguistic contributions to the spelling system
  • to become familiar with a range of assessment procedures
  • to apply a diagnostic framework to the analysis of spelling errors
  • to develop strategies for goal setting
  • to select evidenced-based principles, practices and programs for effective spelling instruction

Speech-language Therapists interested in this event can contact Voon Pang at for more information about cost and registration process.

Tracheostomy Management Simulation Workshop for Speech-language Therapists

Auckland | Originally 23 June 2020 – confirm dates with organiser

The University of Auckland Simulation Centre for Patient Safety typically holds an annual 1-day workshop is a hands on training day consisting entirely of interactive skill training sessions and case scenarios.

The organisers will adjust the format of this course depending on what alert level we are at.

The workshop is appropriate for clinicians with a minimum-moderate level of experience in tracheostomy care. Participants can choose whether they focus on the management of babies/children, adults or both. An online resource of core and recommended literature, videos, websites, and a chat forum is available for participants before and after the course. You can find out more information about the University of Auckland’s Simulation Centre here.

Please note:

  • The course is limited to ten participants. Places are first given to those who have registered their interest early.
  • We recommend that you discuss this opportunity with your manager/employer prior to registering your interest.

For further information or to register your interest please e-mail Dr Anna Miles or Lucy Greig

Disability Studies 2020 Conference – POSTPONED

New dates in 2021 to be announced in due course 

The main theme of the conference is Disability Studies, Disability Justice: Challenging Ableism.

Ableist privilege and the abled/disabled binary it perpetuates is a key priority for many disability studies scholars, disability activists, allies and   accomplices. This conference brings together theoretical, empirical and activist work on ableism, including (but not limited to) analyses of the circulation of ableist logics and practices in policy and institutional settings, explorations of ableist stereotypes and their influences on everyday living, and on-the-ground efforts to raise public consciousness and unsettle ableist taken-for-granteds.

Abstracts are invited for papers, ignite talks, posters and symposiums, related to the conference theme.

You can find out more information about this event, here

New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Conference

Christchurch | 30 August 2021 – 1 September 2021

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association 2021 Conference Committee is delighted to announce the new dates for the conference Aoraki Iho Ake: Grounded – Aspiring – Connected is Monday 30 August 2021 – Wednesday 1 September, 2021.

Drawing inspiration from Aoraki, the most well-known maunga tupuna (ancestral mountain) of the Southern Alps, and from the imagery of Iho Ake ‘from Earth to heaven and everything in between’, this conference seeks to create a panoramic and inclusive view of speech-language therapy in New Zealand 2020, its local community and global partnerships.

From the grounded practice that we bring to our workplaces every day, to the research, innovations and service improvements to which we aspire and the ways in which we gain insight and vigour from each other and those we work alongside, Aoraki – Iho Ake will promote conversation that strengthen and enhance the ability of the backbone of our Association, our members and colleagues, to articulate new knowledge in concert and to flex with increasing service demands.

Aoraki – Iho Ake: Grounded – Aspiring – Connected will be held from 30 August – 1 September 2021 (inclusive) at The Chateau on the Park Church – A DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.   Our venue has gardens, accommodation and parking aplenty and is adjacent to the Hagley Park which leads to Central City and is close to the cafés and shops of Riccarton.

Bounded by sea and rivers, and sitting between the landmark Port Hills and Canterbury Plains looking out to the snow-capped Southern Alps, Christchurch is a city of verdant beauty, compassionate connection and creative endeavour. To celebrate this, our conference dinner will be held at the landmark Christchurch Art Gallery.

Conference Committee:

Conference Convenor- Julianne Johns; Scientific Programme Chair – Toby McCrae; and Sharon Broadmore, Kate Cook, Naomi Grigg and Ruth Ramsay.

Conference Manager – Pamela Richards –

You can find full event information here.

Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech: From Toddlers to Teens

Auckland | 28th September 2020, Professor Tricia McCabe

This 1-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event is intended for Speech-Language Therapists with an interest in paediatric speech disorders. Although students may attend, the content is more suited to clinicians with previous clinical exposure to children with complex speech disorders.

Following this event participants will:

  • Understand recent research developments in treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
  • Choose an appropriate intervention approach or approaches, based on the latest evidence.
  • Learn about resources which will help them implement evidence based practice in treatment of CAS.
  • Discuss problem solving in treatment of children with CAS.

Speech Language Therapists interested in this event can register by clicking here.

For more information about the event and other CPD events, go here.

Literacy Instruction for Children with Complex Communication and Learning Needs

New Plymouth | 29 & 30 October 2020

This practical two-day course will be presented by Sally Clendon, PhD

You can find out more information about this event here

Dr Oliver Beacon Award

Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand is proud to honour, acknowledge and celebrate individuals, groups or services providing a positive contribution to service, care, improvement, or innovation in support of people with MND.

Dr David Oliver, internationally acclaimed physician who has dedicated much of his life to enhancing the quality of life of people with MND through his practice, his writing and his teaching, generously agreed to his name to be associated with this prestigious award.

Each year has a theme and the 2019 theme was: Acknowledging an individual or team making a difference on the journey of people or families living with motor neurone disease.

To download the nomination form for 2020 click here.

Autism NZ FANZ (Framework for Autism in NZ)

When: Check link above
Where: Nationwide

FANZ runs a number of events. For example there is a two-day introductory programme about autism that enables participants to create a framework for understanding and supporting a person with autism. FANZ is specifically designed for family/whānau/caregivers, educators, health professionals, and anyone involved with a child or adult on the Autism Spectrum, who wants a further understanding about autism and practical strategies, to enhance the lives and maximise the learning opportunities of those with autism


“Evidence based practice website for speech language therapists called speechBITE – Speech Pathology Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy database. SpeechBITE is a freely available international EBP resource.”


CEU Allied Health is a continued education unit provider regarding Speech Language Pathology. A range of recorded and self-study courses are available.

Self-study/recorded courses online can be purchased now in the areas of:

1. Utilization of FEESST to Predict Aspiration Risk
2. Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependent Population: Dysphagia
3. Multi-Disciplinary Dysphagia Team for Pressure Ulcer Management
4. Internal Branch Superior Laryngeal Nerve: Sensory/Swallow Functions
5. Endoscopic Swallowing Exam for Dysphagia Assessment
6. Tracheostomy Tube Use for Adult and Geriatric Patients
7. The FEESST Exam and the Use of Anesthesia

Ceuallied Health would like to bring your attention to a recorded self-study course “The iPad: Technology Tool for Communication and Language”  which is available for $29.99. The course has audio, pictorial, and video content and is .15 CEU points.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Visiting Professional Programme in Speech & Language

The Visiting Professional Programmes (VPPs), also known as attachments, are offered to clinicians who wish to undertake a period of observership or undertake hands on clinical practice and experience Guy’s and St Thomas’ in operation as a quaternary London teaching hospital. Programmes typically range from six weeks to twelve months.

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Visiting Professional Programme offers the opportunity to work within multiple speech and language specialties within our adult services, specifically ENT, voice, and head and neck oncology services. The programme is set in both the hospital workplace, integrating visitors into the adult SLT team, and within a community setting. Click the link above to find out more.