Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Focussed Symposia Speakers

We are proud to introduce the following Focussed Symposia speakers

PNZ Darren Beales

Dr Darren Beales

As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Darren spends a lot of time with people with persistent pain. He also interacts extensively with their management team to try and facilitate a consistent understand and approach to management. As a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, Darren’s interest is clinical pain. His research in this area is broad, covering mechanistic understanding of clinical pain through to efforts to enhance the management of persistent pain and implementation of knowledge into practice.

PNZ Leigh Hale v2

Prof Leigh Hale

Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy / Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and went on to attain her MSc (Neurorehabilitation) and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). Leigh primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation and falls prevention for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, and learning disabilities; and in aged care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable and support people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives.

She has over 160 peer reviewed publications and six book chapters and is currently the principal investigator on two Health Research Council (NZ) project grants.

PNZ Meredith Perry v1

Assoc Prof Meredith Perry

Meredith trained and worked in New Zealand before working in several overseas countries. She is currently the Associate Dean of Post-Graduate Studies at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. Her personal, clinical, and academic experience has resulted in a mixed-methods research platform based around the hauora of people with life-long conditions; especially people experiencing disablism. Her work looks to expose and then find solutions which will reduce the health inequities experienced by people with life-long conditions. For example, solutions which consider space, place and time concepts for enabling participation and positively disrupting current health system delivery.

PNZ Niamh Moloney 2

Assoc Prof Niamh Moloney

Niamh is a recently appointed Associate Professor at the University of Auckland where she is co-program lead. She has 24 years of combined academic and clinical experience, has >65 scientific publications and recently published the textbook Pain Science Yoga Life. Her clinical practice, spanning routine musculoskeletal pain to persistent pain conditions, includes integration of pain sensitivity assessment/management. She runs pain education and yoga courses for persistent pain and has taught to healthcare professionals since 2005.

PNZ Martin Rabey 2

Dr Martin Rabey

Dr Martin Rabey is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (Musculoskeletal). His PhD, completed at Curtin University in Perth, explored the complex interactions between multiple dimensions (pain sensitivity, psychological, health and lifestyle, movement, behaviour, demographics, socioeconomics) associated with persistent low back pain. His ongoing research and teaching revolve around the examination and management of chronic pain disorders. As a clinician, Martin is keenly focussed on addressing multi-dimensional factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders specifically back pain. He has recently moved to Auckland.