PHYSIOTHERAPY IS CHANGING EVERYDAY

Welcome to Transform 2019

Are you equipped to take advantage of the latest innovations? How will you make sure your patients are benefiting from these advances? How will the profession adapt? Come along to TRANSFORM 2019 and challenge yourself to find out.

TRANSFORM 2019 will explore the latest clinical research and its impacts in practice. Join your peers and take the next steps toward advancing physiotherapy.

Our program

The APA Conference, NEXT 2018, will consist of a program combining three main themes, calling for abstracts in the following areas:

Practice—application or use of an idea, belief, or method within the practise of physiotherapy.

Business—the business of physiotherapy, focusing specifically on management and leadership within a physiotherapy business or workplace.

Education—building expert skills in the areas of learning, teaching, supervision and research with a focus on both patient and professional education.

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SPEAKERS

Keep an eye out for further speaker details as they are announced.

Bouwien Smits-Engelsman

International Keynote Speaker, Paediatric

    Julia Treleaven

    National Keynote Speaker, Musculoskeletal

      Nicola Heneghan

      International Keynote Speaker, Musculoskeletal

        Helena Frawley

        National Keynote Speaker, Women's, Men's Pelvic Health

          Doug Cary

          National Keynote Speaker, Acupuncture and Dry Needling

            Verity Pacey

            National Keynote Speaker, Paediatric

              Grace Szeto

              International Keynote Speaker, Occupational Health

                Chantale Dumoulin

                International Keynote Speaker, Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health

                  Jennifer Stinson

                  International Keynote Speaker, Pain

                    Bill Vicenzino

                    National Keynote Speaker, Sports and Exercise

                      Diane Messum

                      International Keynote Speaker, Animal

                        Leon Straker

                        National Keynote Speaker, Occupational Health

                          Grant Syme

                          International Keynote Speaker, Emergency Department/Advanced Practice

                            Richard Kanaan

                            National Keynote, Neurology

                              Jason Fox

                              Keynote Speaker

                                Catherine Granger

                                National Keynote, Cardiorespiratory

                                  Jordan Nguyen

                                  Keynote Speaker

                                    Ewa Roos

                                    International Keynote, Sports & Exercise

                                      Rik Gosselink

                                      International Keynote, Cardiorespiratory

                                        Panos Barlas

                                        International Keynote, Acupuncture and Dry Needling

                                          James O’Loghlin

                                          Keynote Speaker

                                            PROGRAM

                                            The Conference Program Committee and Scientific Program Committee are putting together a dynamic program exploring innovations for the physiotherapy profession. The program will be structured around each of the APA's national groups, covering various clinical areas of physiotherapy.

                                            Keep an eye out for further program details as they are announced.

                                            Preconference workshops

                                            Wednesday 16/10/19

                                            01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
                                            Clinical gems for common physiotherapy conditions – demonstration and case studies with clinical experts

                                            Dr Barlas will be presenting on sensory stimulation parameters and their importance to analgesia in nociceptive and idiopathic pain. Tristan Chai will present on headaches and TMJ pain with demonstrations on facial and scalp acupuncture.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • establish the physiological principles underpinning sensory stimulation techniques
                                            • identify the parameters relevant to therapeutic interventions aiming to provide an analgesic effect and their physiological background
                                            • review key concepts of headache management & TMJ dysfunction
                                            • gain a better understanding of the role of acupuncture/dry needling in the treatment of headaches and TMJ.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Panos Barlas, Tristan Chai
                                            08:30 am – 05:00 pm
                                            Soft supports, splinting and orthotics for the small animal carpus and tarsus

                                            Course content:

                                            • common carpal and tarsal joint injuries and evidence-based rehabilitation
                                            • different grades of carpal and tarsal supports clinical reasoning for the use of differing grades of support
                                            • an introduction to splinting materials
                                            • measuring for and making your own ‘carpal support’ – Grade 1-3 measuring for and making your own ‘Tarsal support’ – Grade 1-3 assistive devices – the toe-up sling
                                            • practical casting for the carpal and tarsal orthotic

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • provide an insight into the use of soft supports, splints and orthotics for the carpus and tarsus of the small animal
                                            • provide an introduction into the use of different splinting materials
                                            • an introduction to splinting materials
                                            • how to ‘measure up’ and make you own carpal and tarsal support up to Grade 3 casting confidently for a Grade 4 carpal and tarsal orthotic

                                            Location:
                                            Offsite TBC

                                            Diane Messum
                                            01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
                                            Complex shoulder management and aquatic physiotherapy

                                            This workshop will cover the assessment and management of the shoulder to improve physiotherapy outcomes. Current research and management strategies will be addressed, comparing treatment techniques and exercise prescription on land and in the water. Practical sessions will include assessment and exercise prescription for land and water-based management of clients with shoulder pathology to improve functional outcomes.

                                            By completing the workshop, participants will:

                                            • gain improved clinical management of clients with shoulder pathology
                                            • be able to stimulate critical thinking to best manage shoulder clients with aquatic physiotherapy versus land-based programs
                                            • have improved exercise prescription base

                                            Location:
                                            Flinders Medical Centre: Level 4, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Building, FMC, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park SA 5042

                                            Dr Sally Hess
                                            08:30 am – 04:30 pm
                                            Accelerate – take your business to the next level

                                            Course content

                                            • 5 ways to accelerate growth in your private practice
                                            • growth action planning and peer discussion
                                            • how technology can improve your private practice efficiencies
                                            • team culture and staff engagement.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • learn practical ways to administer change and growth in your practice
                                            • have a growth plan to start immediately after this workshop
                                            • understand different technology platforms which can improve the efficiency of your practice and where to look for them
                                            • Be able to implement useful ideas to improve your team’s culture
                                            • learn ideas on how to keep staff engaged and improve staff retention

                                            Location:
                                            The Australian Centre for Business Growth (ACBG), University of South Australia, City West Campus

                                            The Australian Centre for Business Growth (ACBG), Jack O'Brien, Daniel Gibbs
                                            08:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                            Promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour through physiotherapy in cancer rehabilitation

                                            This workshop will cover understanding, measuring and influencing physical activity and sedentary behavior in cancer in the physiotherapy context. Current research on physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns, practical considerations for measurement in practice and behavior change techniques will be addressed. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their current practice and to identify ways in which these new techniques to prescribe and monitor physical activity and sedentary behavior can be implemented in their treatment of clients with a cancer diagnosis.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • increased understanding of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and its importance in oncology physiotherapy
                                            • ability to employ questionnaire and device-based measures of physical activity in clinical practice
                                            • increased understanding of behaviour change techniques in physical activity and sedentary behaviour
                                            • ability to critically apply behaviour change technique theory in participants’ own clinical practice with clients with a cancer diagnosis.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Sjaan Gomersall, Dr Amy Dennett
                                            01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
                                            Modalities of targeted exercise within a continuum of care: inspiratory muscle training, and new approaches to physiotherapy for surgical patients

                                            Targeted exercise training can be a powerful intervention for patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. This workshop will focus on two exemplar modalities, for which the evidence-base is rapidly expanding, with reference to their context in a continuum of care. In the first part of the workshop, the focus will be on whole body training for people undergoing major surgery, from prehabilitation to rehabilitation. The second part will focus on inspiratory muscle assessment of patients with both a native and artificial airway for acute weaning and chronic populations, and then case based application of training in patients with COPD.

                                            Learning outcomes include:

                                            • understanding aerobic and resistance exercise across the continuum of preparation and recovery (acute wards and post-operative pulmonary rehabilitation) from major surgery
                                            • the ability to apply the evidence-base to support physiotherapists’ decision making as to appropriate candidates for therapy, outcome measures and tailored program components
                                            • understanding the role of inspiratory muscle weakness in the symptomatology of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with a focus on COPD
                                            • appreciate the evidence for the effectiveness of inspiratory muscle training, with a focus on COPD
                                            • the ability to apply clinical guidelines for assessment and training of the inspiratory muscle, with a focus on COPD.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Professor Rik Gosselink, Dr Catherine Granger
                                            01:00 pm - 05:00 pm
                                            Communication skills workshop for physiotherapists working in the disability and mental health sectors

                                            Would you like to improve how you engage with your clients who have physical and intellectual disabilities or mental health problems? This workshop is designed for you.

                                            During this half-day workshop, we will:

                                            • discuss tips for respectful and inclusive communication and engagement with people with physical, intellectual and psychosocial disability
                                            • apply these skills while working through targeted case studies in small groups.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Alison Chung, Associate Professor Joanne Connaughton
                                            08:30 am – 05:00 pm
                                            Preparing a culturally competent workforce: training physiotherapy students and practitioners for their everyday practice with diverse patient and staff communities

                                            Physiotherapists need to work effectively with people whose culture is different from their own. In addition to this being a registration requirement, there is a growing national and tertiary focus on cultural competency as a core skill in health professional practice. This interactive one-day workshop will introduce cultural competence in physiotherapy practice and how it can be trained. The workshop will build participants’ capacity to be culturally competent practitioners and to support its development in their colleagues’ and/or students’ professional practice. A plan for developing the cultural competency of participant or others in their own physiotherapy context will be facilitated.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • understand and self-reflect on personal cultural awareness and capacity to recognise and address cultural difference in physiotherapy practice
                                            • understand the variety and effectiveness of teaching approaches used internationally to teach cultural competency to allied health professionals and students
                                            • access a range of resources to support development of cultural competency by health professionals
                                            • apply cultural competency teaching approaches and resources to a plan for training self and/or others in a physiotherapy setting.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Caroline Fryer, Dr Gisela van Kessel, Dr Maureen McEvoy
                                            8:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                            TBC

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
                                            TBC

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            08:30 am - 12:30 pm
                                            Mindfulness for physiotherapists

                                            Mindfulness in health care is a hot topic primarily due to the proliferation of clinical and neurophysiological research studies showing early positive outcomes for people with pain, chronic illness and mental health issues.

                                            In this practical workshop, you will:

                                            • engage in a range of body-based mindfulness practices including breath awareness, body scan and mindful movement
                                            • with your colleagues notice the broad range of normal responses to these practices and discuss the relevance of this in-patient care
                                            • have a personal experience of the relationship between your body and mind to enhance this awareness in others
                                            • explore how your language, both verbal and non-verbal is critical in fostering physiological regulation and attitudes of curiosity and approach in others
                                            • investigate your personal patterns of responding to challenge and discuss how these influence the therapeutic relationship
                                            • problem solve how to incorporate mindfulness in a way that is safe, appropriate to your skill level and safe
                                            • access further resources if you choose to learn more after the workshop.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Georgie Davidson

                                            Would you like to improve how you engage with your clients who have physical and intellectual disabilities or mental health problems? This workshop is designed for you.

                                            During this half-day workshop, we will:

                                            • discuss tips for respectful and inclusive communication and engagement with people with physical, intellectual and psychosocial disability
                                            • apply these skills while working through targeted case studies in small groups.

                                            Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Alison Chung, Associate Professor Joanne Connaughton
                                            08:30 am – 05:00 pm
                                            Clinical pearls and insights to transform your practice: communication in physiotherapy

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Bill Vicenzino, Ewa Roos, Ivan Lin, Julia Treleaven, Jane Rooney
                                            01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
                                            Feedback-based technology: research to practice – come and try

                                            Over recent years research has investigated the use of technology to support and enhance rehabilitation outcomes of people with neurological conditions. Many devices have been specifically developed to enhance sensory feedback and provide opportunities to increase engagement in active neurorehabilitation.

                                            This workshop will link physiotherapists with researchers, clinicians and a selection of technology to demonstrate and discuss the use of these devices in research and how use in clinical practice may be optimised. The workshop is designed to allow physiotherapists to ‘come and try’ and experience the technology first hand.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • discuss the theoretical background for the design and use of specific feedback technology devices
                                            • identify completed and ongoing clinical trial protocols that use these devices including plans for future research projects
                                            • discuss and critically evaluate the practical considerations for the use of these devices in clinical practice
                                            • directly trial and experience the use of these devices.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Daina Sturnieks, Dr David Hobbs, Dr Maayken Van den Berg

                                            Freezing of gait is one of the most troublesome impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease, resulting in reduced mobility, increased risk of falls, and poor quality of life. Emerging evidence suggests that freezing of gait is not simply a motor impairment but is strongly influenced by non-motor impairments, such as poor cognition and anxiety. This workshop will overview the latest evidence-based physiotherapy assessment and management strategies, using a case study to provide participants with an immediate opportunity to apply this evidence-based information.

                                            Learning outcomes:

                                            • outline factors contributing to freezing of gait in people with Parkinson’s disease
                                            • identify freezing of gait, and interpret results from questionnaires and physical assessment of freezing of gait
                                            • apply the latest research evidence to the development, delivery and evaluation of physiotherapy intervention for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and freezing of gait
                                            • reflect on potential opportunities and challenges in improving freezing of gait assessment and management in clinical practice.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Emeritus Professor Colleen Canning, Dr Natalie Allen, Lina Goh
                                            08:30 am – 05:00 pm
                                            TBC

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            08:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                            Lateral hip pain

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Alison Grimaldi, Dr Peter Lewis, Dr Angie Fearon
                                            08:30 am–12:30 pm
                                            Neuromotor task training, how does it work?

                                            Neuromotor task training (NTT) is a task-oriented approach that is based upon motor learning principles developed for children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). It has strong support from numerous systematic reviews, and is recommended by the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD).

                                            This task-oriented approach, provides therapists with insight into the background knowledge and skills needed to help children with DCD learn and generalise motor skills to daily activities. Task-oriented training can also be applied to other children with coordination difficulties, such as those with learning disabilities, ADHD, and cerebral palsy with higher cognitive and physical function.

                                            This workshop will include a short theoretical background, followed by examples of task analysis and task loading for some frequently seen motor problems in children.

                                            Location
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Professor Dr Bouwien Smits-Engelsman
                                            08:30 am – 05:00 pm
                                            Clinical pearls and insights to transform your practice: communication in physiotherapy

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Bill Vicenzino, Ewa Roos, Ivan Lin, Julia Treleaven, Jane Rooney
                                            08:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                            Explain Pelvic Pain - 10 target concepts from EP Supercharged applied to pelvic pain cases

                                            Chronic pelvic pain is often associated with negative cognitive, behavioural, sexual and emotional consequences along with symptoms suggestive of lower urinary tract, sexual, bowel, pelvic floor or gynaecological dysfunction. Psychological variables, such as catastrophizing and pain self-efficacy as well as beliefs and expectations about chronic pain are known predictors of a woman’s experience of pelvic pain and treatment outcome. Pain neuroscience education (PNE) has been shown to change patients’ understanding of chronic pain, reduce anxiety and potentially improve treatment outcomes. This workshop will provide a forum for participants to gain a better understanding of the 10 target concepts about chronic pain, described by Moseley and Butler 2017 in Explain Pain Supercharged and to learn how to integrate these concepts into patient care, based on case studies of women and men with chronic pelvic pain.

                                            By completing the workshop, participants will:

                                            • understand the rationale for including pain science education in the management of men and women with chronic pelvic pain
                                            • be familiarised with the 10 target concepts of chronic pain as described by Moseley and Butler (2017) and be able to use supporting stories and metaphors
                                            • develop an understanding of how to integrate these concepts into a patient consultation
                                            • understand the relevance of this approach to improve treatment outcomes.

                                            Location:
                                            Adelaide Convention Centre

                                            Dr Trish Neumann, Shan Morrison

                                            Hear from three leading researchers from three different countries on how we prescribe and manage pelvic floor concerns at every age, with an emphasis on active bodies. Exercise in pregnancy and post partum, exercising as we age and exercise for the aged.

                                            Learning objectives:

                                            • understand the effect of different types and levels of exercise on the pelvis in general, and specifically the pelvic floor
                                            • be able to offer evidence-based advice on appropriate exercises
                                            • appreciate the impact of factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal recovery and ageing, and the implications in terms of exercise advice.
                                            • Location:
                                              Adelaide Convention Centre

                                              Jenny Kruger, Chantal Dumoulin, Helena Frawley

                                            Conference program

                                            Exhibition opens
                                            Opening and keynote address
                                            Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
                                            Keynote address
                                            Welcome reception
                                            Exhibition
                                            Keynote address
                                            Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
                                            Exhibition
                                            Keynote address
                                            Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
                                            Closing keynote and conference close
                                            Conference dinner

                                            ABSTRACTS

                                            The Australian Physiotherapy Association is calling for abstract submissions for free papers, how-to sessions, rapid five, symposia and ePosters for the 2019 conference. Abstract submissions open 18 February 2019. 

                                            Networking during the conference

                                            The conference provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues and friends.
                                            Two highlights are the Welcome Reception and the Conference Dinner, a chance to dance the night away!

                                            REGISTER

                                            With an expected audience of over 1800 and an exhibition of 100+ sponsors and exhibitors, TRANSFORM 2019 will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and promises to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity.

                                            Early bird registrations are now open. Register before 31 July to go into the draw to win $1,000 OPC HEALTH voucher.

                                            SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

                                            The Australian Physiotherapy Association is excited to invite you to partner with us in presenting at the TRANSFORM 2019 Conference—Australia’s pre-eminent physiotherapy conference. With an expected audience of over 1800 and an exhibition of 100+ booths, the TRANSFORM 2019 Conference will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and promises to be an excellent networking opportunity. Showcase and expose your products and services to Australia’s leading physiotherapists.

                                            Thanks to our sponsors

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                                            Where to stay during the conference

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                                            Venue & Location

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