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.
  • 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?”

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”
  • 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

There will be a number of paid workshops, held pre and post conference. Details for these are below.

Pre Conference

Concussion – An integrated approach to Concussion Management

  • Presenter: Professor Kathryn Schneider, University of Calgary
  • Date: Two day workshop – Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 September
  • Time: Wednesday 12pm – 5pm, Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Location: School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Member Price: Conference attendees $420, Non-Conference Attendees $520

Hip & Groin Pain: Simple Title for a Complex Region

  • Presenter: Dr Stephanie Woodley, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago
  • Date: One day workshop – Thursday 13 September
  • Time: 1pm – 8pm
  • Location: Dissecting Room, Department of Anatomy, 2nd Floor, 270 Great King Street, University of Otago
  • Member Price: Conference attendees $195, Non-Conference Attendees $295

Bronchiectasis Toolbox

  • Presenter: Annemarie Lee & Caroline Nicolson
  • Date: One day workshop – Thursday 13th September
  • Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Location: Conference Room 2, Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street
  • Member Price: Conference attendees $115, Non-Conference Attendees $140

Post Conference


  • Presenter: Professor Fiona Jones, St George’s University of London
  • Date: One day workshop – Monday 17 September
  • Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Location: Conference Room 2, Dunedin Centre, 1 Harrop Street
  • Member Price: Conference attendees $295, Non-Conference Attendees $395

Preventing Chronicity

  • Presenter: Georgie Davidson, Director, Mindful Movement Physiotherapy, Adelaide
  • Date: Two day workshop – Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 September
  • Time: Monday 8.45am – 5.00pm, Tuesday 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Location: Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street Dunedin
  • Member Price: Conference attendees $550, Non-Conference Attendees $700

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.
  • Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group (OHPG): AGM, 12.10pm, Saturday, Conference Room 2.
  • New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA): AGM, 12.10pm, Saturday, Edinburgh Room.
  • 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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