If you are planning to practice in New Zealand at Aotearoa, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the contract. Most employers require applicants to understand the effects of the contract, the principles of biculturalism and its effects on clinical practice as a language therapist in New Zealand. Knowledge of the contract will also help you better understand the social dynamics within Aotearoa New Zealand and create a framework to ensure that you will apply the principles of participation, partnership and protection of tangata whaiora (clients) and wh-nau (family), which are professionally served by linguo-therapists. As a member of the MRA, there are many benefits for RCSLT members – employers in MRA countries know that you have completed language and language courses with a standard similar to that of their own LTS, and you know that the country has a practical scope similar to that of the United Kingdom. In addition, it facilitates the exchange of information and practices between SLT colleagues at the international level. The MRA provides certified or full-fledged members of national professional language pathology organizations in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America to have access to expedited application procedures for CSA membership and certification. To obtain mutual recognition, S-LPs must have completed their vocational training in a country that is signed to the MRA. The MRA agreement does not apply to national, government, provincial or territorial authorizations or registrations that may be required to practice in a particular jurisdiction. In short, the MRA notes that while full membership or certification in linguistic pathology has been awarded by a professional organization, all other professional organizations linked to the MRA recognize that the certified person is qualified to work in his or her country. The signatory associations agreed that there are many advantages for the international community to lay the groundwork for mutual recognition of the qualifications of language pathologists certified by the six signatory associations. They acknowledged that increased trade and mobility between Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States had increased the need and desire for a mechanism for holders of association certificates to be recognized and certified by other associations.
To obtain mutual recognition, S-LPs must have completed their professional training in a country that has signed the MRA and one of the following categories: the MRA for Language Pathologists (S-LP) allows mutual recognition of the substantial equivalence of certification or full membership in the following associations: Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited (Speech Pathology Australia) www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au sprachtherapy is a self-regulating group.