Breakfast program

All breakfasts will be conducted from 7.00 – 8.15am on Friday 1 April 2022 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Friday 1 April

07:00 am - 08:15 am
Highlights of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study- as related to physiotherapy.

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study started in a cohort of participants (n = 1037) born between 1972-1973 in Dunedin New Zealand.  Now in its fourth decade, the study recently completed data collection at Phase 45 (i.e. participants at c45 years old) supported by the New Zealand Health Research Council. Over time, the study has developed a focus on ageing processes, including the influence of early childhood experiences.  For Phase 45, data collection included key aspects of musculoskeletal health, including gait assessment, pain experience, and sarcopenia.

Relevance of selected study findings to physiotherapy will be presented.

Room: P 7

Presenter: David Baxter
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Therapeutic practice and alliance - the role of client, assistance dog and physiotherapist in anxiety/ PTSD.

This session will explore aspects of the role of physiotherapy in anxiety and PTSD; the role of physiotherapy in managing the veteran (with PTSD) and the role of physiotherapy in managing injury in the assistance dog.

Attendees will be invited to participate in a 10 minute mini panel discussion around integrating the veteran/assistance dog relationship into therapy.

This breakfast will be combined with the Mental Health National Group. 

Room: P 5

Presenters: Lyndon Blake (and Storm) and Richard Modderman
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Implementing cancer rehabilitation – do we need to up our game?

Physiotherapists should be playing a key role in helping the growing population of people affected by cancer to thrive. There is a fantastic opportunity to impact more people’s lives and prevent unnecessary suffering and disability. However, Physiotherapy in cancer care is often limited and reactive. It could be extremely proactive to minimize pain, weakness, fatigue and quality of life.

Are we making the most of our opportunities to support people throughout all phases of care? What are the challenges we need to overcome to provide optimal care and are we up for this challenge?

Room: P 8

Presenter: Lou James
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Strategies to successfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities around the management of chronic lung disease.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with chronic respiratory disease can benefit from cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, including pulmonary rehabilitation.  To maximise engagement, cultural perspectives need to be understood.

This session will outline the importance of co-design and cultural safety to ensure an understanding of values, belief and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples within referral pathways and service provision. Provision of pulmonary rehabilitation will be explored within Aboriginal Medical Services and in mainstream public health services. The important role of Aboriginal Health Workers as integral health professionals will also be discussed. Approaches, and practical strategies will be outlined to guide therapists in their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with respiratory conditions.

Room: P 3 & 4

Presenters: Jennifer Alison and David Meharg
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Growing up in Australia – my lived experience. Messages for therapists.

This session provides insight into lived experiences of disability, with a focus on participation.

George Kambouris has Spina Bifida, and works as a Peer Mentor Resource Support Officer at SBH Queensland, helping clients/members live a full life. “If I can help just one person, one family, to not go through what I did when growing up then I have done my job to the best of my ability”.

Anitta Stallwood has lived experience of life with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Anitta is a passionate advocate for quality health, wellbeing and support services, meaningful employment, and community assimilation across regional Queensland.

Room: P 6

Presenters: Anitta Stallwood and George Kambouris
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Survive, revive, thrive! Cultivating resilience and wellbeing for educators in a changing world.

Have you felt stressed, burnt out or overwhelmed? Have recent events and uncertainties chipped away at your resilience and wellbeing? This session is for you! Learn how to shift from a state of survival (associated with stress, overwhelm or urgency), find ways to revive (using strategies you can start today) and then thrive in personal and professional aspects of your life. Thriving allows you to show up as your best in teaching, mentoring, teams, and leadership roles, and to enhance your interactions with others.

Room: P 10

Presenter: Lauren Cox
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Bone health and vestibular dysfunction: emerging research and diagnostic technologies.

This session will explore the relationship between bone health and vestibular abnormalities. Participants can expect to gain an appreciation for the dominant theories and data used to explain the link between osteoporosis, vestibular dysfunction and hearing loss. The implications for physiotherapists will also be explored, including recommendations to screen for vestibular dysfunction in patients with osteoporosis and considering vitamin D supplementation for some individuals with recurring BPPV. This will be presented alongside findings of recent meta-analyses and randomised controlled trials. Participants will also learn about diagnostic technologies used to screen for vestibular dysfunction with a live demonstration of key techniques.

Room: P 10

Presenter: Leia Barnes
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Therapeutic practice and alliance - the role of client, assistance dog and physiotherapist in anxiety/ PTSD.

This session will explore aspects of the role of physiotherapy in anxiety and PTSD; the role of physiotherapy in managing the veteran (with PTSD) and the role of physiotherapy in managing injury in the assistance dog.

Attendees will be invited to participate in a 10 minute mini panel discussion around integrating the veteran/assistance dog relationship into therapy.

This breakfast will be combined with the Animal National Group. 

Room: P 5

Presenters: Lyndon Blake (and Storm), and Richard Modderman
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Technology and future of neurological physiotherapy.

A round table forum with audience participation exploring emerging technological innovations in healthcare and their impact on the future of clinical practice in Neurological Physiotherapy.

Topics to be covered during the session will include:

  • Telehealth
  • Smartphone apps
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Emerging equipment and robotics
  • Therapy gamification
  • Biomarkers and medical imaging for understanding recovery

This will be an opportunity to engage with content experts in these fields to have questions answered and gain insights into research and development directions in these areas.

Room: P 9

Presenters: Lisa Harvey, Coralie English, and Kate Hayward
07:00 am - 08:15 am
The challenges of work and the new norm.

The workplace is dynamic, complex and challenging. Especially, COVID -19 has increased the dynamism, complexity and tension in the workplace. This presentation will focus on how my research informs the challenges employees and managers face at work and in the context of the global pandemic and the emerging “new norm”. Specifically, I will talk about the challenges presented by employees’ interactions (e.g. conflict), workspaces (e.g., open plan offices; employee territoriality) and work hybridization (working from home, work- family balance, virtual work, technology). Finally, I will discuss the implications of these challenges for employees’ mental health and wellbeing into the future.

Room: P 2

Presenter: Remi Ayoko
07:00 am - 08:15 am
What is participation-focused therapy?

Participation is “being there” and “being involved” in life situations. Physiotherapists are increasingly aware of the need to implement participation-focused interventions for people disabilities. There may be a lack of clarity about which approach/es to enabling participation may best suit the client’s context, needs and preferences. This presentation will provide information about participation-focused therapy with evidence from world-leading research programs. Topics will include what exactly is participation-focused therapy (from a physio’s perspective), how impairments and activity limitations can be addressed by participation-focused therapies, environment and context-level interventions, and a case study of physical activity participation in children with cerebral palsy.

Room: P 11

Presenter: Sarah Reedman
07:00 am - 08:15 am
Case-based exploration of sport, musculoskeletal and women’s health physiotherapy perspectives on athlete management.

Sports and exercise, musculoskeletal and women’s health physiotherapists will discuss their perspective on managing female athletes. Cases will be presented to the panel to facilitate the discussion on their management views and priorities.

Room: M 3

Presenters: Alison Grimaldi, Lori Forner and Rod McLean
07:00 am - 08:15 am
The pregnant pelvic floor - changes in force and stiffness.

What happens to pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy in terms of stiffness and force? What do these changes mean for birth and clinically for the postnatal woman?

Room: M 1 & 2

Presenter: Melissa Davidson