Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Invited speakers

We are proud to introduce the following speakers

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Assoc Prof Bernie Bissett

Bernie is a physiotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience in acute care and ICU physiotherapy in Sydney, London and Canberra. Bernie’s research areas include inspiratory muscle training and early rehabilitation of ICU patients. Bernie contributed to the 2020 guidelines for physiotherapy for patients with COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting, and continues to provide advice to clinicians around the world about improving recovery from mechanical ventilation and critical illness. Bernie is currently the Discipline Lead for Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra, and is a Visiting Academic Physiotherapist at Canberra Hospital. When not busy teaching or researching, you will find her lifting heavy things in time to music at the gym, or doing a good impression of an Uber driver for her daughters. You can also find her on Twitter: @BernieBissett

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Martin Chadwick

Martin is the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer within the Ministry of Health, working in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Office in providing transdisciplinary clinical leadership and advice. The role works at a systems level as well as providing support to clinicians, programmes and projects across the Ministry. He is aligning a work programme around what he describes as the five challenges facing allied health. This includes the challenges of demonstrating the value add of the allied health professions to population health outcomes; and working towards the concept of transdisciplinary working in the provision of healthcare services. Martin was the 2019-20 New Zealand Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. He has completed his doctoral degree in 2019 examining health workforce change. He is passionate about the untapped potential that allied health professions can bring in improving the quality of care provided to our populations, and in turn better meeting equitable population health needs.

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Glen Davies

Glen was born in Wellington in 1965 and grew up in a number of small towns, including Mangakino, He gradated from University of Otago in 1989. Glen worked in a mission hospital in Papua New Guinea for 2 years. While medical superintendent he was part of the team managing the Vunapope state of emergency caused by the major eruption of 2 local volcanoes.

He is tremendously proud of his children who are awesome humans. With his partner Vanessa he is developing a lifestyle property in Kinloch, to be as self-sustaining as possible, for food and energy.

“As a GP I love consulting. I love the close relationship I form with clients, but I have become frustrated by failing to address prevention and by managing treatable conditions rather than aiming for cure. I have spent many years asking do I actually make a difference? 3 years ago, with many others, we have grown “Reverse T2 Diabetes Taupo”. This community group has met weekly and learned together how to reverse T2 Diabetes and other aspects of metabolic syndrome. As a consequence, over 115 Taupo community members have reversed their diabetes. There are over 2500 people on the face book page.

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Jean Hay-Smith

Jean trained as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa New Zealand, working here and then in the United Kingdom for an extended period. Clinically, and in her early research, her primary focus was women’s health. By the time Jean returned here and completed a PhD at Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou, her clinical and research emphasis was incontinence in women.

Currently, Jean is a Professor of Rehabilitation and her research interests have broadened accordingly. These now include rehabilitation service delivery and outcome equity, clinician and client/patient behaviour change, interprofessional teamwork, and post-stroke incontinence management. Jean is excited by progress toward more use of participatory approaches in rehabilitation research, where people with lived experience of disability are fully involved in knowledge development and dissemination.

In her day to day work Jean most enjoys mentoring and supervision of postgraduate students and early career academic staff embarking on the research journey.

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Jacinta Horan

Jacinta has spent 20 years as a sports physiotherapist working across a wide variety of sports including 9 years with NZ Women’s rugby (both Blackferns and Blackferns sevens). In 2019 she became New Zealand’s first Sports Physiotherapy Specialist. She has a keen interest in female athlete injuries, the athletic hip and groin, sporting shoulder and tendon injuries. Jacinta is passionate about learning and being able to share knowledge gleaned from working with international level athletes, with the wider physiotherapy profession and the general public.

Jacinta’s time is split between working as a Consultant Sports Physiotherapy Specialist (in NZ and overseas), sports physiotherapist in private practice (Bureta Physiotherapy in Tauranga) and working as a sports physiotherapist at pinnacle events for NZ teams.

Being part of the nationwide WHISPA working group allows Jacinta to combine her passion for female sporting performance and leading edge research.

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Dr Daniel O'Brien

Daniel is a senior lecturer in the physiotherapy programme at Auckland University of Technology, where he has taught for the past 15 years. His teaching and research interests include managing acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, treatment adherence, patient and public education and clinical service design, focusing on the management of osteoarthritis in Aotearoa, New Zealand. His PhD, completed in 2018, explored the health, illness and treatment beliefs of people living with OA and clinicians who commonly treat the disease. Daniel is a past president of NZMPA and the current chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit planning committee; the group is a collaboration between various osteoarthritis stakeholder groups, including advocacy groups, academics, professional organisations and clinicians. In July this year, the group hosted the inaugural Aotearoa New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit in Wellington. Daniel spends his free time tramping and trying to keep up with his two daughters.