Knowledge sharing and collaboration the key at the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s CONNECT 2015 Conference

3 October 2015

The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s national CONNECT 2015 conference begins this weekend at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, bringing more than 1,700 physiotherapists from 30 countries to network and share information to build a better future for Australian and global physiotherapy.

This year’s 2015 conference, which takes place from 3 – 6 October, has been themed ‘CONNECT’ to indicate the mindset and practice needed to strengthen the profession and optimise the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

National President at the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Marcus Dripps said that the 2015 event is focused on providing an opportunity for the physiotherapy profession to demonstrate its expert knowledge and skills in helping to solve a range of health problems.

“We’re operating in an environment faced with complex challenges – from Australia’s ageing population, through to the growth in chronic illness and increasing pressure on our health system.

“In this time of change it’s crucial that we engage and collaborate with our peers, other physiotherapy stakeholders, and the consumers of physiotherapy services in order to build on quality practice, build a stronger voice and ultimately build a better community.

“At the CONNECT 2015 conference this year we hope to continue to foster these connections so that we can exchange ideas, share knowledge, and inform and educate,” said Mr Dripps.

The CONNECT 2015 conference will host an exciting program of scientific and professional presentations to engage delegates. There will be more than 180 speakers, including 10 international, presenting throughout the four-day conference covering cutting-edge clinical research, along with workshops, papers and posters from a wealth of local talent.

Keynote speakers include Todd Sampson who will inspire and entertain attendees with a presentation on how to boost your brain power, and Dr Norman Swan who will be CONNECT 2015’s closing speaker.

A core theme of this year’s plenary offering relates to preventative health and the role that physiotherapists can play in this important area. The opening plenary address will be a major highlight for delegates, presented by international keynote speaker Professor Steven Blair from the University of South Carolina – an expert in the field of exercise and preventative care and considered the grandfather of the ‘Exercise is Medicine’ movement.

With a great understanding of the importance of physiotherapy in this area of care, Professor Blair’s talk—‘Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century’—will challenge the physiotherapy profession to be part of the solution to the much-publicised inactivity epidemic.

Marcus Dripps believes that the CONNECT 2015 Conference will to help capitalise on the physiotherapy profession’s strengths and establish the industry for the significant challenges ahead.

“Physiotherapists possess the requisite traits and have the skills to become builders of a healthier Australia, and it’s incumbent upon us all to use the tools at our disposal and work together to achieve this vision.

“At the CONNECT 2015 Conference, we encourage physiotherapists to consider, as a profession, what else can be done to help build a healthier Australia, for all Australians,” said Mr Dripps.

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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

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