Welcome to THRIVE

We look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane in March 2022!

As COVID-driven uncertainty across Australia continues, and in the interests of the safety of members and their patients, the APA have made the difficult decision to postpone THRIVE 2021 to now take place from Wednesday 30 March (workshops) – Saturday 2 April, 2022.

All other details regarding the conference remain the same including the program, but on the new dates.

The new date for the close of Early Bird Registrations will be 13 December 2021.

APA thank all members, speakers and delegates for your understanding and patience during these uncertain times. We hope that the changed dates will allow all invited and abstract speakers the opportunity to participate and showcase their work at a world class conference in a safe face to face format, with few restrictions.

The new dates will also enable delegates to maximise their conference experience and choose from 200+ sessions across four full days, as well as maximise networking opportunities and attend our renowned social events.

Program Snapshot

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.


30 March


31 March
  • Exhibition opens
  • Opening and keynote address
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Welcome Reception


1 April
  • Group breakfasts
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • College graduation


2 April
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Closing plenary
  • Conference Dinner


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

Liliana Laranjo

Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

    Scott Willis

    Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

      Leanne Hassett

      Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

        Huong Ly Tong

        Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

          Gillian Webb

          Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

            Ellen Lake

            Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

              Jessica Stanhope

              Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                Deepali Gupta

                Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                  Naomi Fitzpatrick

                  Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                    James McAuley

                    Keynote Speaker, Pain

                      Matthew Maddocks

                      International Keynote

                        Joanne George

                        Keynote Speaker, Paediatric

                          Kay Crossley

                          Keynote Speaker, Musculoskeletal

                            Karen Walker-Bone

                            International Keynote

                              Stephanie Filbay

                              Keynote Speaker, Animal

                                Melissa Davidson

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

                                  John Moi

                                  Keynote Speaker, Emergency Department

                                    Anne-Marie Hill

                                    Keynote Speaker, Gerontology

                                      Lester Jones

                                      International Keynote

                                        Nadine Foster

                                        Keynote Speaker, 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

                                                        Jenny Setchell

                                                        Mini Keynote, Musculoskeletal

                                                          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 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 Australia’s pre-eminent physiotherapy conference. Learn more about how and why you should sponsor or exhibit at THRIVE 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+

                                                                      More information to come.


                                                                      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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