The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) biennial national conference commences this week, bringing together more than 2000 physiotherapists, researchers, exhibitors and students from 26 countries around the globe.

The conference, which takes place at Sydney’s International Conference Centre from October 19 to 21, has the theme MOMEMTUM, which symbolises both the treatment physiotherapists provide their patients to assist strength and movement, as well as the profession’s continual endeavour to innovate and grow its strong evidence base of best practice care.

APA National President Phil Calvert said that the 2017 program is the strongest yet, with over 600 speakers across 14 specialty health streams, including paediatrics, disability, sport and gerontology. “The physio profession is very good at knowledge sharing and collaboration, and our national conference is the peak event for physios to not only further their knowledge and clinical expertise but also develop their professional networks, for the benefit of the whole community.

“Physiotherapy has traditionally been associated with musculoskeletal and sports injuries, but the breadth of this conference program shows just how diverse our professional care is in treating a wide range of patients and health conditions.

“We have 11 international plenary and keynote speakers attending, covering indigenous health, the future of telehealth and the digitisation of the health sector, including the use of video game play to assist patients’ recovery. Amongst the hundreds of scientific presentations will be a comprehensive overview of the latest research into sports concussion - for both elite athletes and physically active adults - as well as the future of aged care physiotherapy, the use of wearable technology to reduce workplace injury risk and the effectiveness of a pre-operative exercise program for patients with cancer.”

Champion Australian aerial skier and winter Olympic gold medallist Alisa Camplin OAM will deliver the closing address, reflecting on her personal journey of overcoming adversity.

Visit the website to find out more about MOMENTUM 2017.

The full conference program can be downloaded here.