PNZ Conference 2018

14-16 September, Dunedin

Physiotherapy Conference 2018

New Zealand's largest physiotherapy event is on in Dunedin, 14 – 16 September. This is the preeminent physiotherapy event of the year, with streams and expert speakers as well as exhibitors and key social functions that are not to be missed.

Go to the bottom of this page for the FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME.

In The Heart of Dunedin

Physiotherapy Conference 2018 is to be held in The Dunedin Centre and Town Hall – central to Dunedin’s vibrant entertainment precinct and close to New Zealand’s original School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago. Staff and students from the school will be contributing to the programme and at least one associated workshop is planned in conjunction with the University. READ MORE about the conference venue and accommodation.

Presenting Partner


Conference offers a full programme of engaging presentations and workshops so mark the date in your CPD diary.


Support Opportunities

A number of conference sponsorship, exhibition and advertising options are available, providing an opportunity to engage directly with practicing physiotherapists, business owners and researchers at the largest physiotherapy conference in New Zealand – creating awareness of your brand, products, and services within the wider physiotherapy community.

Please refer to the Physiotherapy Conference 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus for details or contact Russ Finnerty (+64 21 417 555,

Conference Programme

The Conference Scientific Programme Committee has been working to define a compelling programme with something for everyone, developed in close cooperation with Special Interest Groups and the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy. This will include formal presentations as well as several sessions in the form of korero or hui, allowing a genuine dialogue between facilitators and registrants. READ MORE about the conference presenters. Keynote speakers include:

Professor Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research at St George's University of London and Kingston University, and the founder and CEO of ‘Bridges self-management’.

Professor Leigh Hale, Dean of the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago and Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy.

The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues and alumni through key social functions and the programme will include the Physiotherapy New Zealand AGM – with several Special Interest Groups indicating they will hold their own AGMs at the time.

A number of presenters have agreed to offer workshops in association with the conference, and members looking for advice on supplies or equipment for their practice will find the trade exhibits a valuable adjunct to the main programme.

The full conference programme is below (please note the programme is correct at time of publication but subject to change). The conference registration desk will be open from 7.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to room sessions, conference includes:

  • The Saturday night social function at the Distinction Dunedin Hotel, from 7pm. Book here.
  • A number of paid workshops, held pre and post conference. Details here.
  • A PAANZ Qigong workshop and breakfast at the Chinese Gardens on Sunday morning. Book here.


Invited Speakers



Key Note Sessions

Free Papers

Town Hall

Glenroy Room

Fullwood Room

Conf Room 1

Conf Room 2

Edinburgh Room

Upper Green Room

Thank You to our sponsors