Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Keynote speakers

We are proud to introduce the following keynote speakers

Clare Ardern PNZ 350x350

Dr Clare Ardern

Dr Clare Ardern is a research associate at University of British Columbia, Canada, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). With expertise in sports medicine and meta-research, Dr Ardern’s work focuses on (i) measuring the impact of health research on public policy, the economy and society, (ii) how high-calibre meta-research (including systematic reviews, network meta-analyses, and clinical practice guidelines) can help clinicians make quality decisions, and (iii) return to sport after injury (rates, determinants of success, improving the clinical approach). Her teaching focuses on helping clinicians interpret and apply research to clinical practice.

Kari Bo PNZ

Prof Kari Bø

Kari Bø is a trained physical therapist and exercise scientist. She had her PhD (doctor of science) in 1990 and was appointed full professor of exercise science in 1997. She was elected pro-rector (vice head) of NIH (a specialized university) 1998-2001 and rector (head) of the NIH 2013-2017. She was the first vice president of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, WCPT 1999-2007, and has been the vice president of the Norwegian Council for Physical Activity for 8 years, giving direct advice to the Norwegian Minister of Health on physical activity, fitness and health. In addition, professor Bø has been the vice president of the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association subgroup for Sport Physiotherapy 2003-2007. She holds a 20% position as project leader at Akershus University Hospital, Norway, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a board member of “The pelvic floor Center” at the same hospital.

She is an honorary member of the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association's Subgroup of Women's health, the Brazilian Physiotherapy Association for Women's Health and the Chilean Physiotherapy Association for Women's Health. In 2014, one of her randomized controlled trials on pelvic floor muscle training was ranked and awarded one of 15 top trials in physiotherapy among >25.000 studies in the PEDro database. In 2015, she was awarded with the Mildred Elson Award, the most prestige's international award from the World Confederation of Physiotherapy (WCPT), for her contribution to research and education in pelvic floor dysfunction and women's health. In 2016 she was awarded the International Continence Society Lifelong Achievement Award for her research and education on the pelvic floor and incontinence. In 2019 she was awarded as an honorary member of the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association for her work for physiotherapy in Norway and worldwide.

Laura Finucane 350x350 PNZ

Laura Finucane

Laura is a consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist and the clinical Director for Sussex MSK Partnership in the UK. She is an Honorary Associate Professor for Kingston and St Georges University London. She is an external examiner and tutor for the master’s course leading to membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP).

Laura’s special interest is in serious pathologies of the spine and she has presented nationally and internationally on this subject. She has written a number of papers related to serious pathology and teaches at a postgraduate level.

She is the President of The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Dr Ihi Heke PNZ v2

Dr Ihirangi Heke

Dr Ihirangi Heke, of Waikato-Tainui descent, was raised in the South Island mountain adventure environment of Queenstown, before it was popularly known as such. Over the past 10 years he has been active in helping Māori and other indigenous groups abroad, build their own health and wellness activities based on their traditional environmental knowledge. Dr Heke was awarded a research grant to compare Systems Science and Whakapapa (Maori Genealogical Connections) by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and retains an Honorary Research Fellow position to the University of Auckland’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Heke has a particular interest in

- Maori concepts of health using ancestral environmental knowledge

- Tribally centred, physical activity and nutrition programmes

- Using environmental signs from birds, insects, fish, trees and weather patterns as an alternative to mainstream safety action plans.

Sharon Lawn photo 350x350 PNZ

Prof Sharon Lawn

Sharon is a Professor at Flinders University, South Australia. Until recently, Sharon was Director of a leading research unit in the field of chronic condition self-management, also delivering professional development education and training to the national healthcare workforce and interprofessional education in this field across the University’s medical and allied health disciplines, including physiotherapy.

Sharon brings significant understanding of person-centred approaches from her 20-plus years working in aged care, disability and mental health services with individuals with chronic conditions. Sharon was lead writer of the self-management brief for the first Australian National Chronic Disease Strategy. Her research focuses on mental health, lived experience (consumer-carer) perspectives, smoking among disadvantaged populations, health systems change, veterans and first responder health and wellbeing, and cancer survivorship.

Sharon is a national advocate in the mental health field, and executive director for national peak Lived Experience Australia, winning a number of awards for her work.

PNZ Prof Grant Schofield speaker

Prof Grant Schofield

Grant Scofield is Professor of Public Health, and Director of the Human Potential Centre at Auckland University of Technology. He is also the Chief Scientist for Prekure. His work looks at the practicalities for helping people have longer, healthier, and happier lives. This work ranges off rate biological and mechanistic to intervention programs, education, and social and environmental determinants health. He is well known for pushing boundaries and questioning conventional wisdom epically in nutrition. His work crosses disciplines including psychology, physiology, public health, exercise science and peak performance, and biochemistry to name a few. Currently his work is focusing on how to get lifestyle medicine into the health system.