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


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.

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, 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

                                              Places to visit in Brisbane

                                              Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland– Australia’s second largest state by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Greater Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area, occupying 15,842 sq km across South East Queensland. Find an inspiring collection of places to explore in and around Brisbane. From the natural pleasures of parklands to the urban appeal of art galleries – it’s right here. Wining and Dining. Urban village hotspots. Nights out on the town. Beds and boutique hotels, shopping and cinemas and everything in between.