Louisa Remedios

Invited Speaker

Louisa Remedios, an experienced educator and qualitative researcher is the Discipline lead (Physiotherapy) at Federation University. Her previous role was as a Teaching Scholar and a Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Melbourne where she led the development and implementation of multiple tertiary education programs, including the first three-year AQF9E Doctor of Physiotherapy program in Australia, and two successful, fully online, interprofessional and international Masters programs.

She has been on multiple professional committees, including working on the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s Education Policy and Guidelines Expert Working Group, the Australian Physiotherapy Council’s Assessment Committee, and the Australian College of Physiotherapy’s Standing Fellowship Committee. She is an Associate Editor for the Focus on Health Professional Education Journal and is the Special Editor for the horizonal theme of Respectful Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging.

Louisa’s research interests are on learning in novel cultures and in Sustainability for Health Education (SHE). She has published widely and has presented extensively at national and international conferences on best practice in physiotherapy education.

Alison Francis-Cracknell

Invited Speaker

Alison is the Director of Work Integrated Learning and Deputy Head of Department for the Monash University Physiotherapy programs. Prior to commencing at Monash University, Alison has worked across several public health services in Victoria in rehabilitation, community health, women’s health and student clinical education. She has also completed an AusAid volunteer assignment in Vietnam in disability development leading to the instigation of Monash University’s annual Collaborative Indo-Pacific Program - a four week interprofessional student health immersion in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Alison has completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education and is now in the final phase of a PhD. Under the supervision of Professor Karen Adams and Dr Mandy Truong her PhD is investigating the perspectives and experiences of non-Indigenous educators involved in learning and teaching of Indigenous health curriculum in the health professions.

Alison is the current Chair of the Clinical Education Managers of Australia and New Zealand (CEMANZ) committee and a previous non-Indigenous member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee.

Ben Lynch

Invited Speaker

Ben Lynch is the co-founder and CEO of Clinic Mastery, an award-winning business education company for allied health professionals. His genius is being able to distill complex systems into easy to use frameworks so that health professionals can experience more meaningful work. Ben is a trained podiatrist, an avid golfer, coffee lover, sports fanatic, and lives in Adelaide with his family.

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Barbara Singer

Invited Speaker

Barby Singer is an APA Neurological Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP) by Original Contribution (Research). She has been involved in many APA and ACP committees over the past four decades and is currently one of two ACP Vice Presidents, and is the overall coordinator for the ACP Specialisation examination program.

Darren Beales

Invited Speaker

Darren is a highly credentialed and experienced clinician-researcher. He is the directory of a specialist physiotherapy service, Pain Options. He is a senior research fellow at Curtin University. Darren is a long-time contributor to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, presently occupying the role of the President of the Australian College of Physiotherapist. 

Sara Brentnall

Invited Speaker

Sara is an experienced musculoskeletal and pain physiotherapist, who strayed into a leadership role about a decade ago. This experience cemented her passion for empowering others to take on leadership attributes and opportunities regardless of their role. 

Sara is currently Head of Profession, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Neurophysiology Scientists at Monash Health. She serves as a Director on a Health Board, and a Disability Board, and chairs both Board Quality subcommittees.

Sara has been involved in may APA roles over her career, including Branch Council, implementation of the APA National Pain Group, and formation of a Leadership pathway to Specialisation.

Sue Berney

Invited Speaker

Professor Sue Berney has been the Manger of Physiotherapy at Austin Health since 2014. She leads in excess of 170 staff across three sites.

In 2015, the Department was recognised with the Premiers award for excellence in supporting health care redesign of the acute hospital workforce. Sue has worked in in the acute care setting in tertiary healthcare for over 30 years both in Australia and internationally. Sue has both extensive clinical and research experience and been an invited speaker at conferences about the role of physiotherapy in intensive care both nationally and internationally.

She has been awarded two Research Fellowships and three nationally competitive grants as a chief investigator.

Cameron Edwards

Invited Speaker

Cameron Edwards is a proud Kamilaroi/Australian man. Cameron obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours Class 1 from the University of Sydney at the end of 2017, and began his career at Blacktown Hospital. Now in his fifth year as a physiotherapist, he works at Westmead Children’s Hospital in PICU/NICU and the respiratory wards.

He is on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee and has been an invited speaker at the APA Transform conference, a featured writer in the InMotion magazine, Winner of NSW Inaugural Allied Health Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Allied Health Professional of the year, and has done several webinars and podcasts discussing the role of Physiotherapy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Cameron has a passion for health and desires to help his local community as well as disadvantaged populations and is excited about the future influence of the profession in these areas.

Fiona White

Invited Breakfast Speaker

Fiona White is the Founder and Director of Own Body, one of Australia’s largest privately owned home visiting allied health services. She discovered her niche and developed a laser focus on finding, hiring and retaining Remarkable People. 12 years on; Own Body employs more than 80 people and continues to grow over 30% annually.

Fiona won the 2019 Victorian Telstra Women’s Small Business award in recognition of her commitment to growth and innovation, as well as her impact in changing the way healthcare is delivered across Australia. She is also a mum, wife, physiotherapist, VIC PBA committee member and wine-lover.