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

        Preliminary Program

        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.

        9 AM
        Conference opening and Plenary 1
        10.30 AM
        Morning tea and exhibition
        11.15 AM
        Plenary 2
        12.20 PM
        Lunch and exhibition
        1.25 PM
        Concurrent 1 x three streams
        2.15 PM
        Concurrent 2 x three streams
        3.00 PM
        Afternoon tea and exhibition
        3.35 PM
        Concurrent 3 x three streams
        5 PM
        Welcome Reception
        Free time to visit Salamanca Market
        10 AM
        Exhibition open
        11 AM
        Plenary 3
        12.00 PM
        Lunch and exhibition
        1.00 PM
        Concurrent 4 x three streams, support staff session 1
        1.50 PM
        Concurrent 5 x three streams, support staff session 2
        2.40 PM
        Concurrent 6 x three streams, support staff session 3
        3.25 PM
        Afternoon tea and exhibition
        4.00 PM
        Plenary 4
        7.00 PM
        Conference dinner
        9.30 AM
        Local Guest Presentation
        10.30 AM
        Morning tea and exhibition
        11.15 AM
        Concurrent 7 x three streams
        12.00 PM
        Concurrent 8 x three streams
        12.45 PM
        Lunch and exhibition
        1.50 PM
        Plenary 5


        Abstract submissions are now open. If you’re a physiotherapist with interests in practice, business, education and leadership, this is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, initiative, achievement or research, while encouraging innovation and professional development collaboratively among the physiotherapy profession. The APA and the Conference Program Committee are keen for members and non-members to be a part of the program as abstract presenters. By presenting to your peers you are contributing to the profession, establishing your expertise in your field and increasing your visibility and credibility.

        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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