– 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.

An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 5 March 2019 – Auckland

‘Embrace your demons and follow your heart’ – Russ Harris 2007

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (known as ACT) is an action-oriented, mindfulness-based approach which has both personal and professional relevance.  ACT can be used with a wide range of client groups.  The two major goals of ACT are acceptance of experience which is out of personal control and taking committed action towards living a valued life. Highly practical in nature, ACT’s focus is on cultivating acceptance and developing psychological flexibility which allows clients to identify and move in valued directions, through the use of effective goal setting.

Find out more.  Download a registration form here.


Social & Friendship Skills – 20 & 21 March 2019 – Melbourne

Alex Kelly’s training will introduce you to social skills and what can be done about social skills difficulties. It is a practical and interactive course and so you will not only come away with the theory on how to work with people in the most effective way, but you will also have the confidence to start working with them immediately. Alex uses a mixture of lecturing, videos and practical exercises to keep you engaged, interested and amused.
It will answer the following 3 essential questions:
•        Assessing social skills… Where do I start?
•        Intervention and teaching… How do I teach social skills and which approach will work best?
•        Measuring effectiveness… How can I set targets and measure progress?

Outline of the Course – The 2 days will introduce you to social skills and what can be done about social skills difficulties. It covers how to assess social skills, set up and run social skills groups effectively and use other methods of social skills interventions such as media and stories. It is a practical and interactive course and so you will not only come away with the theory on how to work with children in the most effective way, but you will also come away with the confidence to start working with children immediately.
Find out more.


Refresher Workshop for Speech Pathologists – 6 April, Nelson

This 1 day workshop provides an opportunity to revise and re-engage with the concepts, skills and application of the Voicecraft Essentials and Advanced courses.

The course provides a summary of the theory and evidence including the basic principles and skills included in the Voicecraft approach. The latest evidence and updates from the scientific literature will also be presented.

Full details here.


Engaging Collaborating Empowering Brisbane 2019 – a joint event for SPA and the NZSTA

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland Australia – 2-5 June 2019

The 2019 Conference is a joint event for Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA).

The online abstract submission have now closed.

Brisbane will welcome you in 2019 for a conference that will be a great opportunity for delegates to experience Engaging, Collaborating and Empowering presentations.

You can find more information here


International Society on Early Intervention Conference 2019 – 25-25 June 2019

The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) is pleased to invite researchers and practitioners in ECI and related fields to participate in our conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, June 25-28, 2019. The ISEI conference will be held in conjunction with Early Childhood Intervention Australia, the major professional body in this field in Australia.

You can find more information here.


Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar – Auckland – 17-18 August 2019

Walt Fritz, PT’s Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders targets the patient populations of the SLT/SLP and voice professional, as well as other therapists with an interest in treatment to this area. The seminar is 14.5 contact hours with the science behind myofascial release and manual therapies examined, with a simple yet comprehensive narrative built and used throughout the class. Principles of manual therapy are introduced and reinforced through guided and assisted instruction, all in the context of a patient-directed model of care. Find out more.

Registration and full details at www.waltfritz.com


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.