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A guide for SLTs returning to practice - welcome back

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association (NZSTA) promotes and maintains its members' high standards of education, clinical practice, and ethical conduct.  

Speech-language therapists who have in the past been eligible for membership of the NZSTA but have not practised for three or more years or do not meet 1000 hours of recency of practice are required to complete a Return to Practice (RTP) programme to ensure high standards are maintained.  The programme is increasingly rigorous as the time since the most recent practice increases.

The NZSTA professional standards, member networks and area representatives work together to support Return to Practice members to develop a tailored return-to-practice plan.

Return to Practice members are supported by an NZSTA member supervisor/s and regular contact from the Board to ensure they have all the support they need to re-establish confidence, knowledge, and skills to return to practice safely and competently.