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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

physiotherapy community.

Emma is a most-

inspirational speaker

who will provide a

global vision for our

profession that will

give impetus to many

who are thinking about their global roles

and responsibilities.

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.

Chris Barnett

Momentum 2017 Conference Advisory

Committee chair

On Twitter, follow @APAConference

#Momentum2017 for updates.

Momentum builds

for exciting peer gathering