Membership » Why Join?

Speech-language therapists join the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (NZSTA) for many reasons, including collegiality, networking, professional development, protection, support, inspiration, representation, access to information and research, and best practice standards. 

The links to the pages below provide the many reasons speech-language therapists want to be registered practitioners.

Accountability and Public Assurance

The NZSTA is a self-regulated profession. Being a registered member enables accountability and assurance to the public.

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Advocacy and awareness-raising are a priority for the NZSTA. We are committed to raising the visibility of speech-language therapy and speech-language therapists. 

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Continuing Professional Development

The NZSTA provides online access to many CPD opportunities and annual face-to-face events such as conferences, symposiums or other events.

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Special Interest Groups

Join any special interest group for topic-based discussion and access to networking and support.  Not a SIG in your interest area - start one.

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Resources & Research

Members are kept informed about key issues and can access best practice standards, guidelines, toolkits, and more.

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Bicultural Support

The NZSTA seeks to uphold a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. To support the association in this commitment and guide all things Māori, NZSTA has appointed a kaumātua. Members have access to a range of bicultural resources.

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 Professional Advice

Expert advisers are subject matter experts and are available for membership support. Special interest groups are another source of expertise and support.

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NZSTA members receive issues of the quarterly Communication Matters. Members can also access Speech, Language and Hearing and the International Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech Therapy and Communication Pathology. 

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 Area Meetings

New members are automatically linked to their regional area for networking and CPD opportunities.

Find your local area network 

Private Practice Directory

Members can be listed in the Find an SLT Directory, where the public search for private NZSTA registered speech-language therapists. 

Find a speech-language therapist


Awards and Grants

We encourage excellence and showcase outstanding work in our annual professional awards. Full NZSTA members can apply for a scholarship or nominate others for an award.

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Being a registered NZSTA member enables you to apply for mutual recognition of your credentials from the other signatory associations (Speech Pathology Australia, the RCSLT, CASLPA, ASHA, and the Irish Association of SLTs).

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