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08/03/2021

Statement of the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists on selection of training materials

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.

 

09/01/2021

Progress on handling membership and renewal applications

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.

 

08/12/2020

Reminder on the approaching deadline for application through the "grandfathering" criteria

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://www.hkist.org.hk/page/message-registrants.

2.3 Grandfathering

      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.

 

27/11/2020

Latest update and arrangements on membership application and renewal

We are glad to announce a few exciting updates of our Institute. First of all, we are moving our office to the following address:

Unit 2101, 21/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Kowloon

You are welcomed to send enquiries and membership fee to the above address.

Second, after considering the recent COVID-19 status and government policies towards other healthcare professionals, the Board of Directors have reached following decisions:

  1. All current members, upon the submission of valid professional indemnity insurance certificate, will receive an exemption of membership fee for up to a 12-month period;
  2. The CPD requirement for membership renewal will be suspended for 12 months;
  3. New applicants submitting their applications before 31st December 2020 will have to submit a pro rata membership fee of HKD 300, and upon successful registration, will be eligible for the above-mentioned exemption of membership fee.

Please kindly follow some easy instructions with reference to our Quick Application Guide on https://www.hkist.org.hk/page/message-registrants for registration. For any enquiry, please approach us through info@hkist.org.hk.

 

02/06/2020

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was granted 'Provisional Endorsement' by HKIST

HKIST conducts Institutional-based Assessment for Speech Therapy Education Programmes to inform local training institutions of the standards and requirements of the professional education of speech therapists. 

The Institutional-based Assessment for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology [MSc(SLP)] Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was completed in April 2020, and the programme was granted 'Provisional Endorsement' by HKIST, which is the highest endorsement level awarded for new speech therapy training programmes.  This  endorsement status will be valid for three years from 2 June 2020 – 1 June 2023. During this period, graduates from the CUHK MSc(SLP) Programme will be accepted as eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health.

 

03/06/2019

The Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences Programme of the University of Hong Kong was granted 'Full Endorsement' by HKIST

HKIST conducts Institutional-based Assessment for Speech Therapy Education Programmes to inform local training institutions of the standards and requirements of the professional education of speech therapists. The Institutional-based Assessment for the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences Programme of the University of Hong Kong was completed in March 2019, and the programme was granted 'Full Endorsement' by HKIST. 

List of local speech therapy education programmes that have been granted ‘Full Endorsement’ by HKIST (in alphabetical order): 
- Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences [BSc(Speech)], The University of Hong Kong - 3 June 2019 to 2 June 2024
- Master of Science in Educational Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities (MScESLPLD), The Education University of Hong Kong - 31 August 2018 to 30 August 2023 
- Master of Speech Therapy (MST), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - 31 August 2018 to 30 August 2023 

During the period in which  ‘Full Endorsement’ status is valid, graduates from the programmes will be accepted as eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health.

 

03/09/2018

Local speech therapy education programmes that have been granted 'Full Endorsement' by HKIST

HKIST conducts Institutional-based Assessment for Speech Therapy Education Programmes to inform local training institutions of the standards and requirements of the professional education of speech therapists. The first two Institutional-based Assessments have been completed in April 2018.
List of local speech therapy education programmes that have been granted ‘Full Endorsement’ by HKIST (in alphabetical order):
- Master of Science in Educational Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities (MScESLPLD), The Education University of Hong Kong - 31 August 2018 to 30 August 2023
- Master of Speech Therapy (MST), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - 31 August 2018 to 30 August 2023
During the period in which  ‘Full Endorsement’ status is valid, graduates from the programmes (including graduates from relevant programmes graduated prior to 31 August 2018) will be accepted as eligible to apply to be Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health.

 

19/04/2018   

Speech therapist: the first profession accredited under the Accredited Registers Scheme for Healthcare Professions

Professor Sophia Chan, The Secretary for Food and Health of the Hong Kong SAR Government, announced that the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) has been granted a full accreditation status under the Pilot Accredited Registers Scheme for Healthcare Professions (AR Scheme). Upholding the principle of “One Profession, One Professional Body, One Register”, HKIST is the only accredited professional body responsible for administering the Register of Speech Therapists. The full accreditation status reflects that HKIST has met the accreditation standards covering governance, operational effectiveness, risk management and quality improvement, standards for registrants, educational and training requirements, as well as management of the register. HKIST is committed to protect the public and promote public confidence in the speech therapy profession.

As the first accredited healthcare professional body under the AR Scheme, HKIST is authorised by the Department of Health to use the Accreditation Mark on our website and issue Certificates of Registration to our registrants for easy identification by the public. Registrant can use the title "Member of Register of Speech Therapists accredited by Department of Health" to signify that they have met the registration standards as well as the education and training requirements of HKIST, and comply with the Code of Ethics and disciplinary mechanism in respect of the speech therapy profession.