Keynote Speaker

Professor Cathie Sherrington, The University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Cathie Sherrington [FAHMS, PhD, MPH, BAppSc (Physio)] is a Professorial Research Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship holder at the School of Public Health and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health University of Sydney/ Sydney Local Health District where she leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream.

Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of falls prevention and exercise interventions for older people and those with disabilities. She has authored 235 refereed journal articles, including reports of 32 clinical trials and 17 systematic reviews, and has been a Chief Investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council grants totaling over $19 million.

She was also one of the founders of PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database www.pedro.org. Prior to completing a PhD and Masters of Public Heath, Cathie was a physiotherapist in aged care and rehabilitation settings. aged care and rehabilitation setting.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Kay Crossley, La Trobe University, Australia

Professor Kay Crossley is the Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.  Kay is a physiotherapist with many years of experience in clinical sports physiotherapy. 

Her main research focus is on the prevention and management of persistent symptoms, poor quality of life and early-onset osteoarthritis after sports-related injuries. Her fields are in patellofemoral osteoarthritis following patellofemoral pain, knee osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction and hip OA following hip-related injuries (including FAI and labral tears).

Kay maintains a strong research interest in optimising treatments for musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis). She is focussed on the prevention of knee injuries, and enhancing outcomes for women.


Associate Professor Nicole Freene, University of Canberra, Australia

Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra and was awarded her PhD in 2014. She has been a clinical physiotherapist for over 20 years, mainly working in rehabilitation and more recently in cardiac rehabilitation. Her research focuses on physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults, both in healthy and cardiac populations.

Since 2011 she has published 22 papers in peer-reviewed journals and been awarded over $4,000,000 in competitive grant funding. Nicole has presented as lead author at over 15 international, national and local conferences, and has developed and delivered symposia and workshops on physical activity and physiotherapy nationally and internationally. She is a founding member and the Cardiorespiratory Lead of the Australian National Physiotherapy for Physical Activity group, and is the chair of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association NSW/ACT Professional Development Committee.

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