Professional Development

Professional Development

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) recognizes the critical importance of lifelong learning.  On behalf of members, our communities, employers and our Mutual Recognition Partners, the NZSTA supports the need for all members to maintain their professional development (PD) in order for them to work within an evidence based and ethical framework.

Professional Development Policy V7

NZSTA’s CPD Framework

On behalf of members, the NZSTA has developed some ways in which members can continue to develop their skills in order to continue to provide a quality service.  This includes the NZSTA Professional Development Framework and regular professional development events that utilise both face to face and internet based teaching mediums.

For frequently asked questions   View CPD FAQs by clicking here.

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.

The NZSTA Continuing Professional Development Framework and Cycle

The NZSTA Continuing Professional Development Framework has been developed to allow members to document their professional development activity against relevant activity categories.  The NZSTA Continuing Professional Development Log is an online data collection system for members to record their on-going professional development activities. This is a requirement for all full members.

  • A minimum number of points must be gained over the three year CPD cycle (300 points over 3 years).
  • The cycle is from 1 January to 31 December of the third year.
  • Points cannot be carried over to a different year to when they were undertaken.
  • Points are not cumulative beyond the end of each CPD cycle.
  • Each year, there will be a basic minimum that members have to achieve. This must be made up of:
    • Workplace development:
      • Professional supervision/Peer review – while practising (20pts)
      • Reading/reviewing articles, books, electronic media (20pts)
    • Professional contribution:
      • Active contribution to the NZSTA (10pts)
    • Other (20 pts)
  • In order to achieve 300 points over three years, members will have to accumulate the stated annual minimum (total of 70 pts) plus additional points in any category. Members can decide for themselves how this is achieved.
  • It is required that over the course of three years, members will have points in each of the three categories (workplace development, professional contribution, formal education).
  • The CPD cycle may be extended for members on parental leave or on compassionate grounds, such as prolonged significant illness, who request an extension at renewal time.  This allows the member two calendar years to meet the annual points requirement.  Exemption or extension is not granted to members going overseas for extended periods.
  • Every year 10% of the NZSTA membership will be audited.  They will be notified in April and will be required to submit their CPD Log for audit by 31st August of that year.  Failure to do so will result in the member no longer being eligible to be a member of the NZSTA.  This is a requirement of the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation, our Mutual Recognition Partners and most health, education and not for profit employers.

In order to view and input into your CPD Log please log into the NZSTA member site using your NZSTA login.

It is the responsibility of the NZSTA to you, and your employers, clients and communities, to sight your CPD logs and ensure you are completing the required amount of professional development for Full Membership. It is also a requirement of our Mutual Recognition Agreement with our five MRA partners.

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.