Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Keynote speakers

We are proud to introduce the following keynote speakers

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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.

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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).

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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.