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Speech therapists (STs) are a group of professionals who practice in the areas of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. STs are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and prevention of communication and swallowing disorders resulting from dysfunctions of the oral, laryngeal, resonatory, respiratory, esophageal, or neurological mechanism.
At present, STs are not among the healthcare professionals that are subject to statutory registration of the HKSAR Government. Since April 2018, the Government has launched the Pilot Accredited Registers Scheme for Healthcare Professions and granted full accreditation status to the HKIST. STs who voluntarily register with HKIST are to meet stipulated educational standards and to be governed by the Code of Ethics for Speech Therapy in Hong Kong and the Continuing Professional Development Framework. HKAST, on the other hand, strives to promote and strengthen the professionalism among the speech therapists in Hong Kong since early 1980s.
HKAST and HKIST jointly reinforce the principles embodied in our Code of Ethics. Ethical speech therapy practice is a cornerstone of our standing as a profession to serve the public. All STs have shared responsibility in ensuring that the Code of Ethics are followed.
31 May 2022
Hong Kong time 7:00 pm
The Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) is aware of the recent publication of a picture book titled “The Twelve Warriors in Sheep Village” by the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists (GUHKST). The picture book has aroused great public concerns. Members of the Legislative Council also expressed their concerns about the picture book in the Subcommittee to Study the Development of Textbooks and Teaching Materials for Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools of the Legislative Council on 12 January. They pointed out that the content included strong political propaganda and requested the Education Bureau to follow up the issue. The Under Secretary for Education, Dr. Choi Yuk-lin, pointed out at the meeting that the picture book was not suitable for use as teaching materials and urged schools and parents not to use them. She further stated that if schools or speech therapists were found to use the concerned picture book as training materials, the Education Bureau would stop such use immediately and take follow-up actions seriously.
In view of this, HKIST urges speech therapists practicing in Hong Kong to refrain from using training materials with political overtones to avoid any possible legal consequences.
HKIST is established to ensure that the public could obtain professional speech therapy service from qualified speech therapists. HKIST understands and absolutely respects the diverse views and positions held by individuals on social incidents. However, HKIST reiterates that the main professional responsibility of speech therapists is to provide speech therapy service and support the communication and swallowing needs of clients. During the provision of speech therapy service, speech therapists must observe the Code of Ethics, and provide only professional information within the scope of practice of speech therapy, to prevent any potential public misconceptions about the professional image of speech therapists.
We have received a large amount of membership and renewal applciations for the year 2021. Our secretariat is currently making great effort in checking the documents received, and please understand that it may require an extra period of time for the procedures. Upon review by the Registration Committee, the updated list of the registered members of the HKIST would be uploaded to this website (under “Information to Public”), and a certificate of registration would be sent to the successful applicants. Please stay tuned for our news.
Please refer to the following excerpt from the HKIST application guide, and note that the “grandfathering” criteria would lose effect after 31 December 2020 for new applications. New applicants may submit an online application form, provide the necessary documents and submit a pro rata membership fee of HKD 300. For details, please refer to our Quick Application Guide at https://hkist.org.hk/page/message-registrants.
2.3.1 A person is eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists if he/ she: –
(i) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences awarded by The University of Hong Kong on or before 31 December 2020;
(ii) once has been a Full Member of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists on or before 31 July 2018; or
(iii) on the date on which HKIST first awarded the Certificate of Accreditation by the Director of Health to manage the Register of Speech Therapists (i.e. 19 April 2018), has carried a title of “Speech Therapist” and worked locally as a speech therapist for at least ten years.
2.3.2 A person who has fulfilled the criteria listed in 2.3.1 is eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists on or before 31 December 2020.
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