The APA scientific conference Momentum 2017
is the biggest physiotherapy conference in the
southern hemisphere, attracting speakers and
delegates from around the globe, and we anticipate
over 2000 attendees at this year’s event. APA
membership continues to grow, and Momentum 2017
will be the largest member event under one roof.
Healthcare is rapidly changing with the advent of
digital disruption; our conventional approach to
patient care may remain but we will have to quickly
adapt to stay at the leading edge in our field.
Momentum 2017 will keep us all moving forward.
Our members are leaders in research, best practice
and innovation. There are new models of care and
new funding streams emerging, and physiotherapy
has gained momentum—demonstrating value for
our patients and community.
Our scientific conference is intertwined with
contemporary professional issues and APA
strategic plan. We start our opening plenary
with keynote international speaker Michael
McQueen, who will discuss the science
and art of momentum. McQueen will tell
us how to keep momentum going and
how to get it back when you are in a rut.
We are very happy to have WCPT
President Emma Stokes as a
keynote group plenary speaker
inspiring us about our global
Emma is a most-
who will provide a
global vision for our
profession that will
give impetus to many
who are thinking about their global roles
At the finale, we have a closing group plenary from
Olympic gold medal-winning athlete Alisa Camplin.
Alisa is no stranger to physiotherapy, having broken
many bones in her body, and she was on the
comeback from injury when she took her aerial ski
Olympic gold. Her story will be amazing.
The APA has close ties and in-principle agreements
with our near neighbours in New Zealand and
farther afield in Canada, the US and UK. Dr Michel
Landry from Duke University in the US will be
bringing his research skills and knowledge in global
health and disability, and new funding models and
physiotherapy. At the same time, the conference
will also discuss the National Disability Insurance
Scheme (NDIS), with results and analysis from early
rollout areas including the Hunter, NSW.
The mini-keynotes offer a choice of six high-quality
sessions that don’t come under a single group
umbrella but transcend a number of groups to offer
topics and speakers that will appeal to many.
The takeaways from this year’s event will combine
the best of scientific research concerning patient care
with models of care including use of technology to
improve outcomes. All attendees of Momentum 2017
will have knowledge and skills that they can take
back to the clinic on Monday.
Momentum 2017 Conference Advisory
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