Professional Development

Professional Development Events

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association provides three different forms of professional development events:

  1. NZSTA-organised Professional Development seminar and biennial conference, held alternate years, and overseen by the PD Portfolio Holder.
  2. Events run by the association in response to member feedback or opportunities with visiting speakers.  This includes regular Clinical Issues.
  3. Organised PD events officially run by other organisations but endorsed and supported by the NZSTA.

In addition, the NZSTA advertises a variety of PD events via website, email and social media.

Cultural Competence, as understood in health care, is the ability for Health Professionals to recognise and understand how factors such as individual values, beliefs, and behaviours impact our interactions with others. Cultural Competence encourages Health Professionals to explore and understand their own worldview so that they may develop positive attitudes towards cultural differences and practices. This online course in Cultural Competency has been designed to provide foundation skills in developing cultural competency, specific to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Enhancing Engagement of Families during telepractice early intervention
NZSTA were lucky enough to have Felipe Retamal-Walter present to us his PhD research on “Enhancing Engagement of Families during telepractice early intervention” on 27th October 2021.
It was a really interesting and engaging presentation with some useful tips and resources for how we can maximise and measure our efficacy when working via telehealth.

The recording of this presentation can be found here

We thank Felipe for his time, enthusiasm and for allowing us to continue to access his presentation.

Patient Voice in Palliative Care,  Fiona Hewerdine videos
In line with patient co-design, we’d like to share with you two moving and informative 20 minute videos…. We can take guidance from our patient Kevin and his wife who speak of managing their MND diagnosis and 3 children the story told by bindy mouse (head mouse) and big toe.

And the second video from. Alan (who is palliative with head, neck, lung and stomach cancer) and with all the wisdom of aroha and whanau.I invite you to witness resilience and an insight into survivorship and humour. These true and real video opportunities are the best training possible to guide our practice and we thank Kevin, Alan and their whanau for sharing this with us.”

BOPDHB Allied Health – Palliative Wisdom by Kevin Mannings 

BOPDHB Pallative Wisdom – Alan Pickering

Codesign – Laryngectomy Māori


If you would like to list an upcoming event on this website, please contact National Office.

Special Interest Groups

A number of professional SIGs are available to therapists throughout New Zealand. For more information on the SIGs currently in operation and who to contact please follow this link.