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.

                  John Davie

                  CEO, Professional Performance Specialists

                    Michael Wright

                    Keynote Speaker

                      Craig Bosworth

                      Group Director of Strategy and Marketing, Cabrini Health


                        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
                        12.20 – 1.20pm
                        Lunch and exhibition


                        Room: Ballroom 1
                        Health Financing: What’s NEXT on the horizon?

                        Invited Speaker: Craig Bosworth



                        The NEXT wave of healthcare funding reforms

                        Speaker: Marcus Dripps


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

                        Invited speaker: Catherine Miedecke


                        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 1
                        Health funding Q & A

                        Speakers: Craig Bosworth, Marcus Dripps, Michael Wright
                        Facilitator: Phil Calvert


                        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’Brien


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

                        Speaker: Jack O’Brien


                        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
                        No more studying but plenty of learning: Overcoming the barriers to success in private practice

                        Speaker: Sam Rice


                        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


                        Welcome to the Era of Cognitive Healthcare. Empowering Heroes, Transforming Health. Big Data & AI.
                        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: Nami Hirano


                        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: Cris Massis


                        Room: Ballroom 1
                        Technology: Initiating digital innovation panel

                        Speakers: Jack Perisa, Meg Lowry, Louis Island, Kusal Goonewardena


                        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: Kristen Lo


                        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: 4 leaders in 400 seconds on 4 essential NEXT steps for our profession

                        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 of physiotherapy?

                        Facilitator: Steve Gosbel


                        Room: Ballroom 2

                        Round Table:

                        Can we sell our beige Torana (or will our advocacy fail)?

                        Facilitator: Ian Watts


                        Room: Ballroom 3

                        Round Table:

                        The Future Physiotherapy Workforce – under or over supply?

                        Facilitator: James Fitzpatrick

                        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 $330
                        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

                        Keynote Speaker Sponsor

                        Guest Presenter Partner

                        Recharge Bar Sponsor

                        Stationery 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
                        • Find out more