Membership



ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE

Full Membership: HKD$300
Overseas Membership: HKD$100
Associate Membership: HKD$100
Student Membership: HKD$50

**Please allow 2 weeks of processing time upon submitting your application**

IMPORTANT
- Both application / reapplication (if your membership is lapsed) for full, overseas and associate memberships carry initial joining / re-joining fee of HK$200 . Please add this amount to the annual membership fee. 
- All memberships are valid from September 1 to August 31 of each year. 
- Deadline for membership renewal is 31 October every year. For members renewing membership after this registration deadline, the membership will be considered as lapsed.
- For further details, please refer to our constitution (https://speechtherapy.org.hk/Documents.html). 


MEMBERS PRIVILEGES

As a HKAST member, you can enjoy a host of unrivaled benefits:
  •  Special rate for workshops, seminars, and conferences held by the HKAST 
  •  Receiving the HKAST publications: Glossary, Pamphlets, Code of Ethics, Constitution and Standard of Practice 
  •  Receiving emails of up-to-date ST related information 
  •  Receiving the latest Registry and Annual Report every year 
  •  If you are in private practice, you can join the HKAST database of private practitioners which is open to the public. You can input details in your membership portal account.

MEMBERSHIP TYPES
1. FULL MEMBERSHIP
This membership type is intended for speech therapists who have graduated from one of the local speech therapy programs or is part of overseas.

Requirements:
Graduated from one of the accredited speech therapy programs in Hong Kong
Members of one of the following associations: 
  • Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP),
  • The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists United Kingdom (RCSLT),
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
  • Speech Pathology Australia,
  • New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association, or
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
Provides valid Hong Kong mailing address 
Cost: $300/year
Benefits: 
Can be found by the public in our search engine
Enjoy a series of free or discounted seminars and workshops hosted by HKAST
Receive printed copy of membership certificate annually (Certificates are mailed out in December, March and June)
Receive regular newsletters with speech therapy-related events and news updates
Can apply for discounted professional indemnity insurance with Charterlloyd Insurance Brokers Ltd
Rights:
To nominate and vote for Committee Members of the Association
To attend meetings and vote for resolutions thereat. 
To be elected to the Committee
To appeal to the Association in General Meeting against a committee decision to terminate membership.

2. OVERSEAS MEMBERSHIP
This membership type is intended for members with qualifications of a full membership but are not currently practicing within Hong Kong.

Requirements:
Graduated from one of the accredited speech therapy programs in Hong Kong
Members of one of the following associations:
  • Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP),
  • The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists United Kingdom (RCSLT),
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
  • Speech Pathology Australia,
  • New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association, or
  • Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
Practicing outside of Hong Kong 
Cost: $100/year
Benefits:
Enjoy a series of free or discounted seminars and workshops hosted by HKAST
Receive regular newsletters with speech therapy-related events and news updates

3. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
Allied health professionals and educators are welcomed
Cost: $100/year
Benefits:
Enjoy a series of free or discounted seminars and workshops hosted by HKAST
Receive regular newsletters with speech therapy-related events and news updates

4. STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
Speech therapy students are welcomed.
Cost: $50/year
Benefits: 
Enjoy a series of free or discounted seminars and workshops hosted by HKAST
Receive regular newsletters with speech therapy-related events and news updates

APPLICATION

Please register online HERE.

RE-APPLICATION

You can renew your membership between 31 August to 31 October of each year simply by settling the outstanding balance in your member’s portal. There is no need to resubmit a new application. 
A re-joining fee of $200 will be incurred for those who renew after 31 October. 

- If you would like to change your membership type, please email us with your request and the required document proof. 

PAYMENT METHOD

We accept payments online through Paypal for all membership registrations. If you would like to pay through other methods, please email hkast@speechtherapy.org.hk for assistance.

UPLOADING DOCUMENT PROOF

 i. For Locally-trained Registrants: 

Acceptable document proof: Graduation letters and graduation certificates from local institutes accredited by Hong Kong Institution of Speech Therapists (HKIST) 

*Transcripts, student IDs and certifying letters of attendance are NOT accepted.

ii. For Internationally-trained Registrants:

For graduates from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, they are eligible to apply for HKAST full membership if they can provide evidence of their membership of the Speech Therapists Association of the corresponding countries. 

Acceptable document proof: Membership certificate of Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP), The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists United Kingdom (RCSLT), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech Pathology Australia, New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association, or Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
*Graduation certificates and transcripts are NOT accepted.

For persons who were trained outside Hong Kong, they must become an accredited speech therapist of Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST) to be eligible to become full members of HKAST. Individual assessment will be conducted for each applicant by the HKIST to ensure individuals applying for accredited registration of HKIST meet the standards and competencies of the Speech Therapy graduates in Hong Kong. Please contact HKIST (http://www.hkist.org.hk/en) regarding application procedures and criteria for individual accredited registration.

Acceptable document proof: Certificate of accreditation from Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists (HKIST)
*Graduation certificates and transcripts are NOT accepted.

Our Objective

The overall aim of this website is to provide updated information regarding the association to its members and the public.
We also hope that through this website, the public will know more about speech therapy, through information posted on the website, especially on channels to go through in order to receive speech therapy.

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