New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association 2020 Conference

August 31 2020 to September 2 2020
Speech-Language Pathology

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association 2020 Conference Committee is delighted to announce Aoraki Iho Ake: Grounded – Aspiring – Connected and invites you to submit abstracts for paper, workshop and poster presentations. The conference will be held at The Chateau on the Park Church – A DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.   Our venue has gardens, accommodation and parking aplenty and is adjacent to the Hagley Park which leads to Central City and is close to the cafés and shops of Riccarton. The conference dinner will be held at the landmark Christchurch Art Gallery.

Drawing inspiration from Aoraki, the most well-known maunga tupuna (ancestral mountain) of the Southern Alps, and from the imagery of Iho Ake ‘from Earth to heaven and everything in between’, this conference seeks to create a panoramic and inclusive view of speech-language therapy in New Zealand 2020, its local community and global partnerships.

From the grounded practice that we bring to our workplaces every day, to the research, innovations and service improvements to which we aspire and the ways in which we gain insight and vigour from each other and those we work alongside, Aoraki Iho Ake will promote conversation that strengthen and enhance the ability of the backbone of our Association, our members and colleagues, to articulate new knowledge in concert and to flex with increasing service demands.



We welcome submissions focused on extension of our knowledge base through research and clinical experience and innovations, service and educational delivery models, responses to practical and professional challenges, and client voice and partnership.

Submissions accepted by the Conference Planning Committee will be grouped under nominated themes for presentation at the 2020 Conference.  You can read more about the submissions process here.


Important Dates:

10 January 2020 – Online abstract submission is available

17 March 2020– Closing date for submissions

18 May 2020 – Notification regarding the success of the submission



Conference Manager – Pamela Richards – for any additional information.