– 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.

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 is: 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 click here.

Effective Grammar Intervention for Children with Developmental Language Disorder

Dr Karen Smith-Lock, 9th September 2019

This 1-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event is intended for Speech-Language Therapists working in a paediatric setting with children aged from 3 upwards, including school-aged children. Participants will be assumed to have knowledge of childhood language disorder (i.e. specific language impairment, developmental language disorders) and English grammar.

Following this event participants will:

  • Have up-to-date knowledge of the evidence base for grammar treatment in children with developmental language disorders.
  • Be able to consider treatment parameters when working with children with developmental language disorders (treatment techniques, frequency of intervention, treatment fidelity and model of service delivery).
  • Be able to identify appropriate treatment targets and plan treatment activities and techniques for children with development language disorders.
  • Be able to evaluate treatment success in the clinical setting.

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

For more information about the event and other CPD events, go to https://www.skillbuildersslt.com/training/


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


NZSTA 2019 Professional Development Event and AGM

Announcing Wellington PLD Events for 4th July 2019

Venue: The Community Room, at The Hub, Toitu Poneke, Kilbirnie, Wellington

9.30 – 12.30: Private Practitioner workshop – Anna Miles and Bridget McArthur

1.00 – 4.00:     Engaging, Collaborating, Empowering at community level – the Talking Matters story so far- Emma Quigan, Talking Matters

Talking Matters is a campaign to put early talk at the top of the agenda for child well being, health and education, exploring ecological approaches to building community capability in order to increase language learning in the home. This community based model harnesses the power of whānau to whānau transmission of knowledge. Teams are led by community members, based in local centres, supported by Speech-language therapists.

This workshop will focus on the importance of encouraging talk and interaction with babies, using whānau coaching, and will demonstrate how all facets of the community have a role. We will explore how growing the educational capacity of the whole community can result in better outcomes for all, drawing on lessons learnt from projects that are occurring in communities across Aotearoa

4.30 – 5.30: AGM and prizegiving 

We are delighted to announce that our AGM will be opened by Paula Tesiriero, Disability Rights Commissioner.

Both workshops and the AGM will be held at The Hub, Toitu Poneke, Kilbirnie, Wellington, and will be followed by a networking event.

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.