Your Programme Committee has been working since June last year to bring you a conference with something for everyone. Key sessions are identified below, for what is proving to be a full and exciting programme.

Registration opens 7:30am, Friday 14 September

  • Conference 2018 will comprise four parallel sessions on Friday and five on Saturday and Sunday.
  • There are around twenty invited speakers, delivering keynote presentations and contributing to panel discussions.
  • Submitted Abstracts will result in approximately sixty free paper presentations, or Korero.
  • Conference will be preceded by three paid workshops on Wednesday and Thursday and followed by two paid Workshops on Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Conference opening Mihi Whakatau will be at 11am on Friday.
  • Prior to this, there will be three free Friday morning workshops led by ACC (Partnering with the Profession), Tae Ora Tinana (Culturally Safe Physiotherapy Practice) and the Mental Health Special Interest Group.
  • Beiersdorf will be holding a breakfast workshop on taping on Saturday morning and PAANZ are holding a breakfast workshop at Dunedin’s Chinese Gardens on Sunday.
  • Friday’s Cocktail party will be held in the Conference trade hall. We currently have twenty committed exhibitors. Saturday night’s Conference Dinner will be held at Dunedin’s newest event room at The Distinction Hotel.

We are now able to release the following information on titles of some of the presentations to be made by our invited presenters. More will be released as the presenters settle on appropriate content.

Friday 14 September

  • Professor Fiona Jones, St Georges University London, “The secrets of working with not for patients”
  • Professor Joanne Potterton, Witwatersrand University, “Lessons learnt from a pandemic: What HIV has taught physiotherapists.”
  • Dr Emma Wyeth, University of Otago, “Māori  Injury Outcomes: Experiences and Pathways After Injury”
  • Dr Catherine  Granger, University of Melbourne, “The role of exercise and physical activity in cancer survivorship”
  • Dr Ramakrishnan Mani, University of Otago, "MSK pain profiles: a way to characterise pain modulation in clinical practice"
  • Dr Gisela Sole, University of Otago, “Biomechanics and Neurosciences: conflict or concordance for musculoskeletal disorders?”
  • Dr Julie Reeve, Auckland University of Technology, “The physiotherapy management of the patient undergoing major abdominal surgery. What’s hot, what’s not?”
  • Dr Eric Hegedus, High Point University, USA, “Injury prevention – where we are falling short”

Saturday 15 September

  • Professor Linda Woodhouse, University of Alberta, "Advanced Practice Physiotherapists are essential members of primary care teams.  Why aren't we there?"
  • Dr Nicola Kayes, Auckland University of Technology, “Co-creating health in physiotherapy: Moving beyond adherence, education and prescription”
  • Professor Leigh Hale, University of Otago, “Person-centred care: let’s include who really matters”
  • Professor Joanne Potterton, Witwatersrand University, “Whose Norm is it Anyway? Challenges of developmental assessment in a multi-cultural society”
  • Professor Fiona Jones, St Georges University of London, “Applying person centred self-management in acute and multiple trauma; working with the ups and the downs”
  • Associate Professor Haxby Abbott, University of Otago, “Osteoarthritis: models for delivering best-practice care”
  • Professor Kate Webster, La Trobe University, “Return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: risks, rewards and the research evidence”

Sunday 16 September

  • Professor Paul Hodges, University of Queensland, “More than the floor: integrating ideas for disorders of Pain, Prolapse, Peeing and Puffing in men and women."
  • Lou James, Sweet Louise, Pinc & Steel, "Barriers in NZ in providing cancer rehabilitation services and  limitations of the current service provision"
  • Professor Denise Taylor, Auckland University of Technology, "New technologies for improving outcomes in neurorehabilitation"
  • Professor Linda Woodhouse, University of Alberta, "Economic Evaluation of Back Pain Triage Models of Care"
  • Professor Kate Webster, La Trobe University, "The role of psychology in ACL rehabilitation"
  • Georgie Davidson, Mindful Movement Physiotherapy, Adelaide, "Mindfulness meet Physio"

Paid Workshops

Details are being finalised for workshops to be held in association with the Conference. Content and pricing will be released shortly, sessions to date including:

  • A two day workshop on Concussion led by Professor Kathryn Schneider.
  • A one day workshop on Groin Pain led by Stephanie Woodley and Eric Hegedus.
  • A two day workshop “Preventing Chronicity” led by Georgie Davidson.
  • One day workshop, ‘Self-management’ doesn’t mean being left to get on with things, but finding new and creative ways to live well’ led by Fiona Jones.

Special Interest Group Meetings

Several Special Interest Groups, identified below, are also taking the opportunity of Conference 2018 to hold their own meetings.

  • Mental Health: Workshop 8.30am, Friday, Conference Room 2.
  • Pelvic, Women’s and Men’s Health: AGM, 7.00am, Saturday, Conference Room 1, with Breakfast.
  • Neurology: AGM, 10.00am, Saturday, Council Chambers.
  • Older Adult: AGM, 12.00pm, Saturday, Council Chambers.
  • Cardiothoracic: AGM, 5.30pm, Saturday, Council Chambers.
  • Acupuncture (PAANZ): Breakfast Meeting, 7.00am, Sunday, Chinese Gardens.

Please note that programme information is accurate at the time of publication but subject to change as presenters confirm titles, and selections of free papers are confirmed through the evaluation of abstracts.

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