Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Invited speakers

We are proud to introduce the following speakers

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Dr Ricky Bell

Ricky has had a variety of physiotherapy leadership roles in Aotearoa New Zealand and is a strong advocate for actuating Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all its aspects. His research interests centre on the application of mātauranga or Indigenous knowledge systems to public health challenges, the profession of physiotherapy and how tertiary institutions can better partner with Indigenous communities. Through the support of Hapū Whānau, Ricky was honoured to be the first Māori to be awarded a PhD from the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2018. He is a strong believer in success enabling success, which is why his aspirations are to build on the privileges afforded to him and facilitate many others along similar and newer pathways.

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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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Allyson Calder

Ally is a Lecturer at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy Christchurch. She values a genuine collaborative participatory approach to all her areas of practice; as a clinician, a clinical educator, and a researcher. Ally has a variety of teaching responsibilities within the school which include clinical education of final year students in neurorehabilitation, co-ordination and teaching of the 4th year research paper, and the postgraduate neurorehabilitation paper. She has a keen interest in exploring innovative teaching approaches such as using educational escape rooms to enhance student learning. Ally’s research interests include men’s health, physical activity, health messaging, accessibility, and environmental enrichment within neurorehabilitation and disability contexts. She is committed to building strong active partnerships with our people, whānau, and communities; an approach she believes ensures that design and delivery of healthcare is meaningful and meets the end-users aspirations.

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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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Ben Darlow

Ben is a musculoskeletal physiotherapy specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago Wellington. Ben’s research interests include low back pain, osteoarthritis, interprofessional practice, and health service delivery, particularly through primary health care.

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Dr Fiona Graham

Fiona teaches postgraduate interprofessional rehabilitation with colleagues at the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, Te Whare Whakāmatūtū, Wellington. She supervises thesis studies and provides consultancy on clinical evaluations drawing on a range of methodologies. Her own research activities explore the use of coaching in rehabilitation; translation of research into practice (i.e., translatable research) and telehealth as a strategy to enhance equity and access to rehabilitation.

Fiona is a registered, practicing occupational therapist in New Zealand. She is currently a member of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand Governance group and Chair of the Child Development and Disability Clinical Network. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

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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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Prof Ngaire Kerse

Ngaire is a GP with a special interest in care of older people and the Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the University of Auckland. She has three decades of research experience with older people promoting functional mobility, wellbeing and falls prevention. Primary care and gerontology are a natural match for how our health systems work for the next decades so studying how to do this well will be part of future investigations.

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Megan Main

With a strong background in healthcare and delivering quality public services, Megan is passionate about leading ACC to deliver on its purpose of improving lives every day.

Prior to joining ACC, Megan held leadership roles at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as Deputy Chief Executive of Managed Isolation and Quarantine, and Deputy Chief Executive of the Corporate, Governance and Information Group.

She was previously Chief Executive at NZ Health Partnerships and Chief Executive of Health Purchasing Victoria (Australia). Before joining the health sector, Megan held senior line management and consulting roles in a range of industries including fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing and professional services.

Megan holds degrees in engineering and science from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. Megan has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course and Harvard Business School’s Leading Change & Organisational Renewal. She was awarded the Victoria SACS Public Sector Leadership Award in 2015 and was a finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards (Public Policy)

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Sarah Mitchell

Sarah has been the Executive Director Allied Health Scientific and Technical in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board since March 2019. In the previous year she was the Physiotherapy Professional Lead.

Prior to these positions she has held numerous positions within the Scottish Government, latterly the National Programme Director for the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) Active and Independent Living Programme (AILP). This Government policy and the previous National Delivery Plan were aspirational strategies aimed at transforming healthcare at a national level. They both necessitated enhanced professional development of Allied Health Practitioners and their resultant repositioning as agents of change and leaders of early diagnosis and rehabilitation. In 2017 in recognition of her contributions to Allied Health and in particular Physiotherapy, Sarah became a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This Fellowship is the highest award the Society can make to people who have had a significant National impact on the Physiotherapy Profession.

Since taking up position in the Bay she has initiated various service improvement changes which have not only led to increasing the visibility of Physiotherapy and Allied Health but have also demonstrated the value that we bring to health service delivery. With the emerging health system reform there has never been a better time for us to demonstrate the expertise we have in transforming the health services we all work in.

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Dr Fiona Moir

Fiona trained in the UK and went on to work in New Zealand as a GP with a special interest in mental health. She is one of the two Directors of a company, Connect Communications, a medical education business which designs and facilitates self-care, supervision and communication skills sessions for health professionals, and more recently for those in other professions. Fiona also has a part-time role as a Senior Lecturer in mental health and communication skills at The University of Auckland. Within this job, she has developed SAFE-DRS, a Health and Wellbeing curriculum for medical students, and has created comprehensive pastoral care policies and care pathways for the medical school. She also teaches and supervises postgraduate students and is involved in a wide variety of research projects with a focus on psychological health, education, the health of health professionals and healthy workplaces. In 2008, she was one of the co-authors of the CALM website, a resource for stress management and happiness. Her PhD is in the area of peer-led interventions to improve mental health. In 2018, she won the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s excellence award for Health, Safety and Wellbeing. She has published widely and regularly works with professional bodies and industry groups across New Zealand and Australia.

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Prof Stephanie Nixon

Stephanie is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto in Canada. She has been a physiotherapist and activist scholar for more than 20 years. She completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Toronto, and post-doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Stephanie co-founded the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender, settler woman who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she explores how systems of oppression shape health care, research and education, and the role of people in positions of unearned advantage in disrupting these harmful patterns. Stephanie developed the Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship as a way to translate core ideas about anti-oppression to people in positions of unearned advantage.

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Dr Daniel O'Brien

Dr Daniel O’Brien 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, patient and public education and clinical service design, focusing on the management of osteoarthritis in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Daniel is the current chair of the Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand; the group is a collaboration between various osteoarthritis stakeholder groups, including advocacy groups, academics, professional organisations, and clinicians. On the 18th November this year, the group will host the inaugural Aotearoa New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit in Wellington. Daniel spends his free time tramping and trying to keep up with his two daughters.

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Assoc Prof David Rice

David is the current President of the New Zealand Pain Society, Associate Head of Research in the School of Clinical Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at AUT, where he teaches in areas related to pain management, biomechanics and exercise rehabilitation. For the last decade, David has also held an appointment in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at North Shore Hospital in Auckland. David’s main research interests are in the neuromuscular consequences and management of joint injury and arthritis, enhanced recovery after surgery and the mechanisms and management of chronic pain conditions. He has received more than $2.7 million of research funding in support of his work and has received several national and international research awards, including from the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Descent and Ishimoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Sports Science.

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Kieran Richardson

Kieran is a Specialist Physiotherapist and the Director of Global Specialist Physiotherapy, a consultancy company of academics, expert clinicians and researchers who provide Formal Mentoring, Professional Development and Second Opinion.

Kieran has a special interest in Non-surgical Management of ACL injuries, having overseen 100’s of successful cases who’ve returned to competitive sports without surgery, including confirmed healed full thickness ruptures on repeat MRI. He has lectured at state and national conferences on this topic, runs live online presentations to clinicians, practices and large clinic groups, and second opinions for patients and clinicians wanting an expert non-surgical review.

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Lilo Oka Sanerivi

Lilo Oka Sanerivi is a Physiotherapist of Samoan and Tongan heritage who has worked across the Public health, Private health and Academic sectors as a Physiotherapy clinician, manager, educator and leader.

Oka was the nation’s first Pasifika Clinical Leader of a Physiotherapy department at a DHB, the first Pasifika Physiotherapist to be awarded a Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the Health Research Council of New Zealand to conduct his PhD study exploring how Pacific cultural knowledge can enhance Physiotherapy approaches for working with Pacific families; and one of the first Pasifika Physiotherapists to be appointed to Te Poari Tiaki Tinana o Aotearoa, the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand, as a Board Member.

Oka is the Chair of the Pasifika Physiotherapists Association and sits on various Advisory committees for Physiotherapy programmes across Aotearoa. His passion lies in supporting the profession towards providing equitable health services for Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa and abroad. Oka lives in Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa/Gisborne with his wife Deborah and three children.

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Vaea Ulima Tofi

Kia Ora and Talofa, my name is Vaea Ulima Tofi (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tufulele, Vaipuna). Since graduating from AUT, I have been privileged to hold a variety of clinical and leadership roles across public and private health organisations both here and in the UK. I am an advocate for holistic, relational health care, and enabling communities to lead their own hauora solutions. I am passionate about allied health workforce development and unlocking cultural capability and cultural safety through Indigenous knowledge systems and values. I have been a past Chair of Tae Ora Tinana and am currently an executive member of the Pasifika Physiotherapists Association and PNZ National Executive. I believe in the power of whanaungatanga, culture, and values-based connection, and am interested in exploring how these superpowers can advance the aspirations of our communities.