Call for submissions for leading physiotherapy and healthcare conference

30 March 2015

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for Australian and international researchers and clinicians to submit abstracts to present at its flagship National Conference, CONNECT 2015.

Abstracts are sought for presentations showcasing the most relevant and cutting edge research and insights across all aspects of physiotherapy – including paediatrics, continence, neurology and sports.

Held 3-6 October on the Gold Coast, CONNECT 2015 will be attended by more than 2000 leading Australian and international physiotherapists, healthcare professionals and high-profile Australians, including keynote speaker Sally Pearson, OAM, one of Australia’s greatest Olympians and the fourth fastest 100 metre hurdler in history.

University of South Carolina Department of Exercise Science, Professor Steven Blair will also feature as the conference’s opening keynote speaker, sharing his global expertise on the associations between lifestyle and health with an emphasis on exercise, physical fitness and chronic disease.

“CONNECT aims to do as it says – connect physiotherapy and healthcare professionals with leading research, experts and technology locally and globally,” said APA CEO Cris Massis. “It also aims to highlight the vital role physiotherapists play in keeping Australians healthy and improving all aspects of health and quality of life.

“We’re calling for physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals to put forward scientific and professional presentations, workshops and papers on the current and future needs for physiotherapy and the wider healthcare sector. It’s an honour to have leading individuals like Sally Pearson and Professor Blair sharing their insights, and we look forward to many others coming forward to the present at one of the leading healthcare events for 2015.”

The APA’s scientific committee is pulling together the program, with submissions closing 4 May 2015. Early bird registration for the conference is now open until July this year for anyone to attend.

For more information about the APA’s CONNECT 2015, visit

About the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

The APA is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. It is a national organisation with state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The APA represents more than 17,000 members who conduct more than 21 million consultations each year. To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit

For further information, or to speak with an expert physiotherapist, please contact:

Ruth Heenan, Australian Physiotherapy Association
T 03 9092 0813, 0416 565 332 E
Pammy Kokoras, Undertow Media
T 03 9421 1317 or 0421 105 710 E
Rachael Horan, Undertow Media
T 03 9421 1318 or 0426 631 316 E