Return to Practice Framework

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) is responsible for the promotion and maintenance of the high standards of education, clinical practice and ethical conduct of its members. Speech-language therapists who have in the past been eligible for membership of the NZSTA but have not practised for 3 or more years are required to complete a Return to Practice (RTP) programme to ensure these 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 Reps work together to support Return to Practice members to develop tailored Return to Practice Plans. Return to Practice members are supported by a peer mentor, NZSTA supervisor/s and regular contact from the Board to ensure they have all the supports they need to re-establish confidence, knowledge and skills in order to return to practice safely and competently.

The Return to Practice Framework for registered members can be found here:

The RTP Planning Sheet can be used when developing a RTP plan:

The RTP Competency Document for those who have not worked for 5 year + can be downloaded here: