Welcome to THRIVE 2021

Don't just survive... THRIVE!

How do you overcome challenging times? What does it take to start to thrive?

In this post-COVID world, we need to establish and ingrain new and innovative ways to live, work and relate to each other.

The APA is proud to announce our newest conference, THRIVE 2021, which will provide a multi-faceted program to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in your professional life.

Early Bird registration now open
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.

Program Snapshot


20 October
  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Exhibition build and bump in


21 October
  • Exhibition opens
  • Opening and keynote address
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Welcome Reception


22 October
  • Group breakfasts
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • College graduation


23 October
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Closing plenary
  • Conference Dinner


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

Lester Jones

International Keynote

    Nadine Foster

    Keynote, Acupuncture and Dry Needling

      Teppo Järvinen

      International Keynote

        Rob Herbert

        Keynote Speaker, Journal of Physiotherapy

          Michael Drew

          Keynote Speaker, Sports and Exercise

            David Baxter

            International Keynote

              Martin Mackey

              Keynote Speaker, Occupational Health

                Narelle Cox

                Keynote Speaker, Cardiorespiratory

                  Nils Vesk

                  Keynote Speaker, PRF Pitchfest

                    Anna Scheer

                    Keynote Speaker, Aquatic

                      Lisa Harvey

                      Keynote Speaker, Neurology

                        Johanna Lynch

                        Keynote Speaker, Mental Health

                          Deirdre McGhee

                          Keynote Speaker, Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema

                            Layne Beachley

                            Closing Keynote Speaker

                              Gihan Perera

                              Opening Keynote Speaker
















                                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!


                                With an expected audience of over 1500 and an exhibition of 100+ sponsors and exhibitors, THRIVE 2021 will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and promises to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity.

                                Early Bird now open.

                                SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

                                The APA is excited to invite you to partner with us in presenting THRIVE 2021 Australia’s pre-eminent physiotherapy conference. Learn more about how and why you should sponsor or exhibit at THRIVE 2021 below.

                                Thanks to our sponsors


                                Platinum Partner

                                Major Partner

                                Gold Partner

                                Maurice blackburn

                                Silver Partner

                                Bronze Partner

                                Lounge and Coffee Cart Partner

                                App and Tech Partner


                                Stationery Partner



                                Principal Partner

                                Where to stay during the conference

                                Looking for the right place to stay during the conference? We have got you sorted.

                                Ozaccom+ are the approved booking agency for accommodation and travel for this years’ conference. We have hand-picked a range of conference hotels available at a discounted rate for delegates, which are only available through Ozaccom+

                                Please click here for further information.


                                VENUE & LOCATION


                                Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre opened in 1995, BCEC is owned by South Bank Corporation on behalf of the Queensland Government and is proudly managed by ASM Global. BCEC is one of Australia’s premier venues for events, exhibitions and conferences.

                                Find out more about the Centre and how to get there:

                                Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

                                • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
                                  Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
                                  South Bank, Brisbane 4101, Queensland Australia
                                • Telephone +61 7 3308 3000
                                • www.bcec.com.au

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