Take your ideas to the NEXT level

Welcome to NEXT 2018

The NEXT 2018 Conference is designed to be an interactive and highly-engaging forum. It will encourage and explore fresh ideas and provide opportunities to network with the leaders who are set to shape the future of physiotherapy.

With content emphasising technology and the future of practice, business and education, we will explore what lies ahead in the areas of work and leadership, and provide invaluable business insights that will take the profession to the NEXT level.

The future is impossible to predict but the NEXT 2018 Conference will provide a foundation to help attendees prepare, understand and manage the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Our program

The APA Conference, NEXT 2018, will consist of a program combining three main themes, calling for abstracts in the following areas:

Practice—application or use of an idea, belief, or method within the practise of physiotherapy.

Business—the business of physiotherapy, focusing specifically on management and leadership within a physiotherapy business or workplace.

Education—building expert skills in the areas of learning, teaching, supervision and research with a focus on both patient and professional education.

















Matt Church

Leadership expert

    Avril Henry

    Leadership strategist

      Leigh Carmichael

      Creative Director, MONA, Dark Mofo

        Tim Blake

        Managing Director of Semantic Consulting

          Shawana Andrews

          Lecturer in Indigenous Health, The University of Melbourne

            Tina Brock

            Professor of Pharmacy Education and Practice in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University

              Terry Sweeney

              Managing Director, IBM Watson Health

                Alex Allwood

                Customer experience consultant, All Work Together Pty Ltd.


                  is putting together a dynamic program exploring the NEXT level for the physiotherapy profession.
                  Three themes will make up the program—practice, business and education—showcasing keynote speakers, invited speakers and abstract submissions.
                  We are excited to be introducing a new stream specifically designed for physiotherapy support staff. This program will run concurrently on Day 2, Saturday 6 October.

                  Download the current Abstract Book.

                  7.30am onwards
                  Registration & Exhibition
                  Room: Grand Ballroom

                  Welcome to country
                  Conference welcome
                  Conference opening


                  Keynote speaker: Matt Church
                  10.30 – 11.15am
                  Morning tea and exhibition
                  Room: Grand Ballroom
                  Speaker: TBC
                  12.20 – 1.20pm
                  Lunch and exhibition


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  Health financing: Allocative efficiency

                  Invited speaker: Craig Bosworth


                  Implementing smart models of care, utilising technology, what works?

                  Invited speaker: Michael Wright (TBC)


                  The NEXT wave of healthcare funding reforms

                  Speaker: Marcus Dripps


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  Best practice for reducing, identifying, and managing vexatious complaints

                  Invited speaker: Martin Fletcher (TBC)


                  Complaints about physiotherapists – balancing public safety with the notifier/practitioner experience

                  Speaker: Alison Bell


                  Preventing harm before it happens – using data to inform risk-based regulation of physiotherapists

                  Speaker: Cherie Hearn


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  Innovative curriculum development

                  Invited speaker: Tina Brock


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  Who is NEXT? How to empower emerging leaders within a multidisciplinary team in a public setting.

                  Speaker: Sara Brentnall


                  Enhancing health professional workforce capacity within the National Disability Insurance Scheme: a pilot study

                  Speaker: Prue Morgan


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  Physiotherapy business models and increasing the value of your business into a valuable and sellable commodity

                  Invited speaker: John Davie


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  Cultural safety, embedding Indigenous ways of knowing in physiotherapy curriculum

                  Invited speaker: Shawana Andrews


                  Using Indigenous place and voice to guide physiotherapy students towards culturally safe practice

                  Speaker: Joanne Bolton


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  ‘Bounce Back’ clinic: A primary care multidisciplinary one stop clinic for frailty

                  Speaker: Amanda Hensman-crook


                  Innovating upstream – engaging older adults in the development of exercise tools for PREhabilitation

                  Speaker: Meg Lowry


                  How to fix Workers Compensation; A cure for a broken system, a NSWPF initiative

                  Speaker: Connor Gleadhill

                  3.00 – 3.30pm
                  Afternoon tea and exhibition


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  Transformational leadership – putting theory into practice

                  Speaker: Kellie Stockton


                  Leading physios to lead

                  Speaker: Siona Hardy


                  Micro-ambition to combat SMAT goals

                  Speaker: Siona Hardy


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  How to grow a values-led team that drives clinic growth

                  Speaker: Jack O’Brian


                  How to use technology to grow and market your clinic in 2018 (not 1998!)

                  Speaker: Jack O’Brian


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  Gate keeping the next generation of physiotherapists: Assessing adequate standard in clinical practice

                  Speaker: Ruth Dunwoodie


                  Supporting future Indigenous health researchers using a PhD familiarisation program

                  Speaker: Warwick Padgham


                  The global learning partnership: Health promotion and community engagement in an international and inter-professional partnership

                  Speaker: Carolyn Cracknell


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  Patient communication and business success: Analysis on the role of patient communication on practice success

                  Speaker: Hootan Mohseni


                  How great patient experiences lead to healthier physiotherapy businesses

                  Speaker: Daniel Gibbs

                  5.00 – 7.00pm
                  Welcome reception: Henry Jones Hotel
                  10.00am onwards
                  Registration and exhibition
                  Room: Grand Ballroom
                  Embracing the change mandate – the 2020 digital transformation agenda for Australia’s healthcare sector
                  Keynote speaker: Tim Blake
                  12 – 1.00pm
                  Lunch and exhibition


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  Topic TBC

                  Invited Speaker: Terry Sweeney


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  Evidence in your inbox: Free delivery of up-to-date, practice-relevant research direct to physiotherapists

                  Speaker: Anne Moseley


                  Delivering a successful private practice research program – evolving insights

                  Speaker: Anthea Goslin


                  Building research capacity in allied health practice

                  Speaker: Susan Slade


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  How do you facilitate high-value placements in your practice?

                  Invited speaker: Mick Reynolds


                  The role of clinical placements in Indigenous health

                  Speaker: Lowana Williams


                  Enriching physiotherapy student education with interdisciplinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum

                  Speaker: Alison Francis-Cracknell


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  Developing business culture

                  Speaker: TBC


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  Technology: Initiating digital innovation panel

                  Speaker(s): TBC


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  How to: Physiotherapist not counsellor: Quick and easy steps to address patient thinking barriers to treatment advice

                  Speaker: Caroline Bills


                  The global physio practice has arrived

                  Speaker: Melissa Mcconaghy


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  How to embed student research in clinical practice: Strategies to maximise mutual success

                  Speaker: Verity Pacey


                  Fully online higher degrees: The NEXT step towards competency milestones in the physiotherapy career pathway?

                  Speaker: Louisa Remedios


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  Admin mastery: The value of a good reception and support team in a physiotherapy business

                  Speaker: Daniel Gibbs


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  How to use wearable technology to identify musculoskeletal injury risk in the workplace

                  Speaker: Scott Coleman


                  Is telehealth revolutionising or destroying the physiotherapy profession? You decide…

                  Speaker: Karen Finnin


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  How to: First contact physiotherapist in primary care; The art of possible

                  Speaker: Amanda Hensman-crook


                  Perceptions about the implementation of physiotherapist prescribing in Australia: A national survey

                  Speaker: Tim Noblet


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  Student fitness to practise – strategies from the coalface

                  Speaker: Kristin Lo


                  Student fitness to practise self-declaration – An innovative approach

                  Speaker: Heather Curtis


                  Social media for millennials: Current policy education in entry-to-practice Physiotherapy programs.

                  Speaker: Alex Hansford-Smith


                  Room: Harbour View Room 1
                  Practice management and the science of moving numbers

                  Speaker: John Davie

                  3.30 – 4.00pm
                  Afternoon tea and exhibition
                  Room: Grand Ballroom
                  Maximising the customer experience

                  Keynote Speaker: Alex Allwood

                  7.00 – 11.30pm
                  Conference Dinner: Glen Albyn Estate
                  8.00am onwards
                  Registration and exhibition
                  Room: Grand Ballroom
                  Creative Risk

                  Invited speaker: Leigh Carmichael

                  10.30 – 11.15am
                  Morning tea and exhibition


                  Room: Ballroom 1
                  There’s an app for that – Apps and technology for physiotherapy businesses

                  Speaker: Daniel Gibbs


                  The future of rehabilitation is here: Medibank’s rehabilitation at home program

                  Speaker: Anna Barker


                  Digital disruption – balancing increased patient access with regulating to manage risk

                  Speaker: Kim Gibson


                  Room: Ballroom 2
                  Peta Kucha presentations:

                  Invited speakers: Melissa Locke, Michael Reynolds, Kath Philip, Jonathon Kruger


                  Room: Ballroom 3
                  Peer patient: Students’ abilities to portray patient roles in simulation-based education

                  Speaker: Felicity Blackstock


                  An argument for competency-based training in pelvic floor physiotherapy practice

                  Speaker: Helena Frawley


                  The ‘Spinal Log’: Providing enhanced feedback on spinal passive accessory assessment and mobilisation.

                  Speaker: David Kelly


                  Room: Ballroom 1

                  Round table:

                  What is the future brand we want for physiotherapy?


                  Room: Ballroom 2

                  Round table:

                  Public policy strategy, what are the NEXT challenges?


                  Room: Ballroom 3

                  Round table:

                  How many graduates are too many?
                  12.55 – 1.55pm
                  Lunch and exhibition
                  Room: Grand ballroom
                  Leading the future workforce

                  Keynote speaker: Avril Henry
                  Conference closing


                  Abstract Submissions have now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an abstract for NEXT 2018, we received a record 97 submissions. If you submitted an abstract you can expect to hear the result by the end of May.

                  Networking during the conference

                  The conference provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues and friends.
                  Two highlights are the Welcome Reception and the Conference Dinner, a chance to dance the night away!


                  With an expected audience of around 300 and an exhibition of 45 sponsors and exhibitors, the NEXT 2018 Conference will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and promises to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity. Registration rates for NEXT 2018 are listed below.
                  Early bird registrations open 26 March 2018.

                  Registration type Member * Non-member
                  Early bird full registration
                  Early bird expires Tuesday 31 July 2018.
                  $850 $1105
                  Standard full registration
                  Standard rates apply from Wednesday 1 August 2018.
                  $1020 $1326
                  One day registration $400 $500
                  Two day registration $680 $780
                  #Undergraduate student/retiree – full registration $450 $550
                  #Postgraduate student/early career (2016/17) – full registration $700 $950
                  Support staff, One day registration (Saturday 6 October only, includes Dinner ticket) $330 $430
                  Additional Dinner ticket $150 $150
                  Additional Welcome Reception ticket $85 $85

                  * Members of Physiotherapy New Zealand, Singapore Physiotherapy Association and Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association are very welcome to attend at the APA member rates.
                  # Supporting evidence required

                  Sponsors & Exhibitors

                  The Australian Physiotherapy Association is excited to invite you to partner with us in presenting at the NEXT 2018 Conference. With an expected audience of around 300 national attendees and an exhibition of 45 booths, the NEXT 2018 Conference will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and promises to be an excellent networking opportunity. Showcase and expose your products and services to physiotherapy practitioners, practice managers, business leaders and other allied health clinicians.

                  Thanks to our sponsors

                  Platinum Partner

                  Major Partner

                  Gold Partner

                  Silver Partner

                  Bronze Partner

                  Technology Partner

                  Guest Presenter Partner

                  Where to stay during the conference

                  NEXT 2018 will be held at the Hobart Convention and Exhibition Centre at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The hotel is conveniently located on the waterfront, surrounded by ample parking and just a short walk from Hobart’s CBD. NEXT 2018 delegates have been offered discounted rates at Hotel Grand Chancellor during the conference.

                  Venue & Location

                  • 1 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000
                  • info@grandchancellorhotels.com
                  • (03) 6235 4535
                  • 7:30 - 22:00
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