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.

ATANZ WEBINAR series –  Supporting communicators with intellectual disabilities: how do we ensure that informal and unintentional communicators are heard – Dr Jo Watson 

Pre-webinar online conversation – July 6 – July 17 on Facebook
Part 1 – one-hour online webinar available July 27 – Aug 10
Part 2 – interactive online webinar – 10 Aug 2020 from 12:30-2:00pm

Cost: $ 50 individuals & $250 for groups

Registrations close 24 July 2020

Register online on the ATANZ website here

Dr Jo Watson will be facilitating a 7-week online programme focused on the communication support needs of people with intellectual disability. She will provide participants with an overview of the human communication continuum and its relevance to the use of AAC systems and supports. Jo will discuss the importance of informal and formal AAC systems within supported decision making for people with intellectual disability, with a particular focus on informal and unintentional communicators, who she believes are rarely heard.

The program will begin with a discussion via social media prompted by questions posed by Jo around the topic.

This discussion will inform the one-hour webinar that participants can watch in their own time over a 2-week period. This will be followed by an online interactive seminar facilitated by Jo exploring the questions posed, the video presentation and any questions raised by participants.

Who can attend?
This workshop will be of interest to a wide range of clinicians including psychologists, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, doctors, and other professionals who support people with intellectual disabilities.

It is also open to whānau including adult siblings, educators, policy makers, NASC assessors, CAT 1 & 2 assessors, adult services, WINZ case managers, Assistive technology assessors and anyone interested in ensuring that children and adults with intellectual disabilities have the support they need to communicate and connect with the important people in their lives.

Why attend or encourage others to attend?
The aim of this webinar is to ensure that the wishes and needs of all New Zealanders can be heard, respected, and understood. To do this, we collectively can continue to advance our own skills as communication partners.

The content will be relevant regardless if you are supporting and conversing with young people or adults with minimal or no speech and intellectual disabilities.

Field Education Training Modules

Online Delivery | August & September 2020

Provided will be a selection of online live and pre-recorded training modules for SLTs interested in field education. The modules will involve a combination of live discussions and some pre-recorded mini presentations. They are designed to support SLTs’ competency development in work integrated learning education.

Monday 10 August, 12-1.30pm
Live session:

  • The Aotearoa Model of clinical education
  •  Operational aspects of clinical education, e.g., roles & responsibilities

Monday 24 August, 12-1.30pm
Live session:

  • COMPASS® – learning & assessment tool
  • Field educator tips & support

After 24 August, self-directed
4 x pre-recorded sessions
1. Tools – Model of learning & teaching strategies
2. Tools – Using questioning
3. Tools – Reflection
4. Tools – Feedback

Monday 7 September, 12-1.30pm
Live session:

  • Wrap up, open Q&A

To register for any or all modules, please email Yvonne,, by 1 August 2020

This training is a collaboration between The University of Auckland, University of Canterbury and Massey University.

NZSTA – Awareness Week for 2020

7th – 13th September 2020

We are excited to announce that Connection is the theme of NZSTA’s Awareness Week for 2020. Many of us have had challenges this year in staying connected with those who support us, and for people who live with communication difficulties, getting connected and staying connected is sometimes much more difficult than it needs to be.

The theme envisions everyone in Aotearoa being connected with no one left behind. The week of connection will be from the 7th to the 13th of September where our goal is to share stories and perspectives from the vast populations Speech-language Therapists’ work with.

Each year, NZSTA’s Awareness Week has two main goals:

  1. Increasing public awareness of the speech-language therapy profession; and
  2. Promoting actions and advocacy that empower people who live with communication and swallowing difficulties to live their lives in the way that they want to.

For more information about Awareness Week click 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.

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

Intensive course in Dysphagia Diagnosis & Management

Christchurch | Two full weeks, Monday – Saturday inclusive: 25 Jan to 6 February 2021

Registration Fee:   $1300 NZD incl GST

To register interest please email or FB message Prof Maggie-lee Huckabee


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.