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Conference looks to the future

A world-class conference contains a number of important things. This includes the opportunity to hear from leading researchers and clinicians, the ability to network with peers from around the country and internationally, and the chance to think and reflect. In an ever-hectic, time-poor society, where social media and online content rule, these types of experiences are golden.


The APA’s 2017 conference, Momentum, to be held in Sydney in October, is a world-class physiotherapy conference. We like to think of it as the best conference of its type anywhere in the world.


This year’s conference will profile invited speakers and themed sessions ranging from the latest in patient assessment and mechanisms of treatment to significant aspects of the future of healthcare.


Southern Cross University Professor Stuart Smith will explore the role of disruptive innovation—in essence how we, as physios, can use technology to shift the burden of the current healthcare system and improve patient outcomes. Associate Professor Emma Stokes, a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, will discuss the global future of physiotherapy and Australia’s increasing role in Asia and beyond. A panel discussion led by Professor Chris Maher, FACP, will explore necessary versus unnecessary care, and the role of clinicians in positively engaging with consumers in planning their treatment programs. It is an exciting, and future-focused program aligned with a range of world leading researchers and clinicians.

In my mind, one of the other important aspects of attending a world-class conference is that you will certainly have fun. A packed social program that involves multiple networking opportunities, cocktail events and other social functions among clinical groups guarantees a great time with friends old and new.


I also strongly thank and acknowledge both Chris Barnett, APAM, and Andrew Claus, APAM, for their leadership of the conference advisory committee and scientific committee respectively. To all of our members who have worked so hard over many months on these committees—a sincere thank you.


In today’s environment, it is often incorrectly assumed that the face-to-face contact that conferences provide is obsolete, and can be replicated in other ways. But it is the people, and face-to-face contact with people, that provide the greatest return on investment in going along to a high quality conference. Opportunities like this are now more important than ever.


I look forward to networking, socialising and learning with you all at Momentum 2017 in Sydney in October.


Phil Calvert, APAM

APA National President


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