– Events

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.

The Acquisition of Language by Children – Thursday, 26 October 2017

Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Association for Computational Linguistics and the Cognitive Science Society, and is a member of the European Academy. Find out more


Literacy and Learning Symposium – Thursday, 26 October 2017

The University of Canterbury, in collaboration with A Better Start National Science Challenge presents the 2017 Literacy and Learning Symposium.

This year’s symposium brings together international and national researchers across fields of literacy, education, language learning, psychology, public health and speech language therapy, to highlight the exciting interdisciplinary developments in facilitating young children’s literacy success and healthy wellbeing. International speakers include Professor Laura Justice from Ohio State University and Professor Ilsa Schwartz from University of Tennessee. Find out more


2017 National Primary Care Symposium

The 2017 National Primary Care Symposium, jointly hosted by the Primary Health Alliance, Heart Foundation and Health promotion Agency will again be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Wednesday 15 November.

The continued theme is around sharing experiences and good practice from the front-line of primary health care across New Zealand. This event is ‘for the sector, by the sector’.

The symposium will seek to Excite, Inspire and put into Action, with the following objectives:

  • To provide interactive and engaging discussions with delegates through plenary presentations, panel discussions and breakout group interactive sessions.
  • To highlight and profile successful initiatives/innovations happening in primary health care.
  • To offer an opportunity to network amongst key stakeholders and colleagues in the sector.
  • To help address inequities in primary health care – offering practical advice and examples of how to improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
  • To improve practice and outcomes – adopting new initiatives, ideas and integrating them into practice.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from front-line practitioners, facilitators or managers who have a local service example to share and discuss with colleagues from across the sector. We do not put presenters up as ‘best practice’ – we instead showcase them as examples of practice to prompt discussion and contributions from elsewhere so that everyone leaves each breakout session with something new to implement.

If you feel that you, your team or a colleague has something to present, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail any of the following organising committee members:

Joanne Karl: joannek@heartfoundation.org.nz

Philip Grant: philip@primaryhealthalliance.org,nz

Kim Arcus:  kima@heartfoundation.org.nz

Tane Cassidy:  t.cassidy@hpa.org.nz

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance of your support.

Autism NZ FANZ (Framework for Autism in NZ)

When: Check link above
Where: Nationwide

FANZ 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.

Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech

International, Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Conference. Christchurch 29th to 31st January 2018.

Click here for further information.



Need training to demonstrate competency to work with different ethnic and cultural groups? Then this course is for you. Click here for more information.


SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants

Tauranga, New Zealand 12th-13th Feb 2018, Te Wananga O Aotearoa Campus

Course Description
Focused on bottle feeding strategies, this course provides immediately applicable practical information to help medical, nursing and therapy professionals better identify and treat the factors that impact successful oral feeding of preterm and medically complex term infants. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach— both in the NICU and after discharge to early intervention through the first six months—the course emphasizes strategies to facilitate infant abilities and develop caregiver feeding skills. Breastfeeding is emphasized as the best feeding method for infants, with some strategies to support breastfeeding as well. The objective is to identify feeding readiness and provide intervention strategies from a framework of normal development. A holistic approach integrating the medical complexity of these infants is emphasized, using the BROSS approach and the SOFFI Method SM. Click HERE to find out more.