Southern Physiotherapy Symposium (SPS9) - FULL

About this event

A 1.5 day bi-annual symposium plus 1 day pre-symposium workshops

The philosophy of the Southern Physiotherapy Symposium is to combine clinically-relevant, evidence-based content with a weekend of fun and social activities. The programme will include a dynamic mix of both nationally and internationally recognised speakers addressing the diversity of contemporary clinical practice.


Saturday: 8am -6pm
Sunday: 8am-2pm

Venue: Heritage Hotel, Queenstown (see the attached hotel promo document for accommodation deals/discounts)

Full programme is attached below.

Feel free to view and listen to these attached waiata we will be using as our waiata mihi whakatau and waiata whakamutunga at our welcome and closing ceremonies. We would love to have as many of you join in with us.

Registration Fees

Category Before 1 October 2019After 30 September 2019
A: Otago-Southland PNZ members*$270 $320
B: Other PNZ members $380 $400
C:Non-PNZ members $480 $520
D:New graduates (up to 2 years post-graduation)*$100 $100
E: Physiotherapy students $50 $50
*to receive the Otago and Southland Branch member price, please use the discount code provided
*to receive the new graduate member price, please use this discount code SPSGRAD19

Dietary Requirements

Please ensure your dietary requirements are updated here.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Peter O’Sullivan, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Australia

Professor O’Sullivan’s research interests include the development, classification and targeted management of persistent musculoskeletal pain disorders, including low back pain.

Professor Susan Whitney, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA

University of Otago School of Physiotherapy 150th Anniversary sponsored speaker.

Professor Whitney’s research interests relate to persons with mild head injury, vestibular disorders and falls.

Tania Clifton-Smith, Co-founder of the Bradcliff Breathing Method and Director of Breathing Works Ltd

Tania works as a clinician with a particular interest in children, athletes and the anxious client.

Lou Atkins, Senior Teaching Fellow and Australasian Hub Lead at the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London

Lou is a researcher, trainer and consultant in behaviour change intervention design and evaluation. She co-authored the book ‘The Behaviour Change Wheel – A Guide to Designing Interventions’.

Professor Ewa Roos, is an internationally leading researcher and change agent in the field of musculoskeletal health. She has been able to both produce high-impact clinical research and translate that research into clinical tools that are easily and effectively implemented in hospitals, primary care clinics and even community settings. One of the principal outcomes from her research has been the development of the Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) project for people with knee and hip pain. (Full Bio and Portrait is attached).

Invited speakers:

Dr Hilda Mulligan

Associate Professor Debra Waters

Dr Ben Darlow

Dr Richard Ellis

Cameron Calkoen

Cam is a motivational speaker. He will be presenting on his own personal experiences of being a consumer of healthcare services, with a focus of Dreaming BIG, Achieving MORE.


Please view details for the workshops here:

Workshop 1 - A Cognitive functional approach to managing disabling LBP, Professor Peter O’Sullivan

Workshop 2 - Differential diagnosis and new treatment interventions for BPPV, Professor Susan Whitney

PLEASE NOTE: The pre-conference workshops are part of the Southern Physiotherapy Symposium 9. Conference attendance is mandatory for workshop attendance.

Terms and Conditions

  • Full refund if cancel before Friday 27 September 2019. 50% refund between Saturday 28 September 2019 and Friday 25 October 2019. No refund after Saturday 26 October 2019
  • 09 Nov 19-10 Nov 19
  • 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
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  • Heritage Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • $520.00 Non Members
  • $400.00 Members
  • $50.00 Students

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