Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Call for abstracts

Submissions are now closed

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Programme Committee for presentation at the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference to be held in Rotorua 8-11 September 2022.

The theme for the 2022 Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference is ‘Include, Connect, Optimise’.


Inclusive practices (diversity, equity, cultural safety)

Living well across the lifespan (long term health conditions: acute and chronic, all ages and systems)

Staying connected now and into the future (technology, telehealth, meta data, etc)

Mental Wellness/wellbeing (self care, resilience, trauma informed practice, health promotion)

Presentation types

Classic presentation - Each presenter will be given 10 minutes to present their work followed by 3 minutes Q&A session moderated by a session chair.

Rapid Five - a short presentation for five (5) minutes using 5 slides. The goal of a lightning talk is to articulate a topic in a quick, insightful, and clear manner. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience and to convey key information.

Fishbowl - 6 x invited presenters will be positioned in a circle on stage (with a range of perspectives) for a 45 minute session.

What we are looking for in your abstract

In the spirit of collaboration, we are keen to use a range of presentation formats within the conference - making space for sharing knowledge, having conversations and encouraging reflective practice.

Please note all abstracts must be submitted electronically. When composing your abstract, please carefully follow the guidelines below.

Please note that you should indicate your preferred presentation format with one of the conference themes listed above that you think your abstract best aligns to.

  • All specified headings must be included and addressed in the body of the abstract.
  • The abstract must be clear and understandable. Correct grammar and spelling must be used throughout.
  • Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they ease the reader’s task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses; thereafter use the abbreviation. Abbreviations such as “e.g.” or “etc.” should not be used. The terms ‘physiotherapist’ and ‘physiotherapy’ must not be abbreviated.
  • Measurements must be given in metric units. Statistics, measurements and ages should always be given in figures (e.g., 10mm) except where the number begins a sentence. Numbers that do not refer to a unit of measurement or are less than ten should be written as a word.
  • Check spelling and grammar. Submitted material will be published in conference materials - the abstract should, therefore, contain no errors.
  • Standard scientific abbreviations may be used - non-standard abbreviations should be included in parenthesis after the first use of the full word.
  • Do not use bullet points or numbered lists, except for key practice points and issues for discussion.
  • Do not use tables, tabs or indents in body of abstract
  • Do not use references in, or at the end of, the abstract.

Submitting an abstract for Classic or Rapid Five

The Classic Presentation and Rapid Five may be one of the following categories:

  • Research based (i.e. quantitative or qualitative research studies with relevance to physiotherapy)
  • Innovation in practice (i.e. presentations that report on innovation in practice). Examples include innovations or initiatives in organisations or service delivery models or physiotherapy, novel clinical practice initiatives, quality processes or policy).
  • Clinical "pearls" - Clinical pearls are best defined as clinically relevant information based on experience or observations (e.g. a case report).

Submitting an abstract for Fishbowl Presentation

Please use the below template:

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission closes | Friday 25 March 2022
  • Notification of acceptance | From Monday 30 May

Have a question?

Please do not hesitate to contact:

Sheryl Norton | Digital and Event Coordinator

Conference Innovators
DDI: +64 3 372 9116