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 Early Bird Registrations has been extended to 21 February 2022.

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.

Clare Ardern

International Keynote

    Kathryn Bowen

    Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

      Helen Seale

      Keynote Speaker, Plenary

        Janine Mohamed

        Keynote Speaker, Plenary

          David Berlowitz

          Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

            Sara Winter

            Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

              Gwendolen Jull

              Keynote, Plenary

                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

                                                                                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+

                                                                                  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

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