Welcome to IGNITE 2023

We have the chance to take physiotherapy to new levels and ignite the future of the profession through innovation and collaboration. Barriers can be broken down and communities connected.

Physiotherapists can look to the future and commit to excellence and equality, for themselves and the profession. Challenges can be made and met, passions ignited for what is possible.

We can evolve and explore the possibilities and make sure that physiotherapy comes out better than ever before.

By igniting your imagination, great things can be achieved!

Program snapshot


4 October

  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Exhibition build and bump in


5 October
  • Exhibition opens
  • Opening and keynote address
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Welcome Reception


6 October
  • Group breakfasts
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • College graduation


7 October
  • Exhibition
  • Keynote addresses
  • Breakout sessions: invited and abstracts
  • Closing plenary
  • Conference Dinner


Meet some of IGNITE’s keynote speakers. Stay tuned for new speaker announcements.

Donna Murray

Keynote Speaker, Plenary

    Deirdre McGhee

    Keynote Speaker, Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema

      James McAuley

      Keynote Speaker, Pain

        Laura Finucane

        Keynote Speaker, International

          Nadine Foster

          Keynote Speaker, Acupuncture and Dry Needling

            Sam Manger

            Keynote Speaker, Mental Health

              Anna Scheer

              Keynote Speaker, Aquatic

                Susan Whitney

                Keynote Speaker, International

                  Dwayne Van Eerd

                  Keynote Speaker, International

                    Lester Jones

                    Keynote Speaker, International

                      David Putrino

                      Keynote Speaker, International

                        Daniel Harvie

                        Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                          Amy Papinniemi

                          Keynote Speaker, Plenary

                            Phillip Hughes

                            Keynote Speaker, Plenary

                              Kathryn Bowen

                              Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                                Helen Seale

                                Keynote Speaker, Plenary

                                  Gwendolen Jull

                                  Keynote Speaker, Plenary

                                    Liliana Laranjo

                                    Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                                      Huong Ly Tong

                                      Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                                        Gillian Webb

                                        Keynote Speaker, Mini Keynote

                                          Stephanie Filbay

                                          Keynote Speaker, Animal

                                            Gihan Perera

                                            Keynote Speaker, Opening
















                                              Networking during the conference

                                              The conference provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues and friends.
                                              Two highlights are the Welcome Reception and the Conference Dinner, a chance to dance the night away!

                                              SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS

                                              The APA is excited to invite you to partner with us in presenting IGNITE 2023 Australia’s pre-eminent physiotherapy conference. Learn more about how and why you should sponsor or exhibit at IGNITE 2023  below.

                                              Thanks to our sponsors

                                              Major Partner

                                              Gold Partner

                                              Silver Partner

                                              Bronze Sponsor

                                              APA Lounge & Coffee Cart partner

                                              Where to stay during the conference

                                              Looking for the right place to stay during the conference? We have got you sorted.

                                              Ozaccom+ are the approved booking agency for accommodation and travel for this years’ conference. We have hand-picked a range of conference hotels available at a discounted rate for delegates, which are only available through Ozaccom+

                                              Further information coming soon.