Category Archives: Conferences

9th Biennial Conference Registrations Open

 9th Biennial ANZFPS Conference Update
Registrations are now open for our Virtual Conference on 1st – 3rd December 2021. 

Our virtual conference registration prices are:

  • Full (early-bird): NZD $130
  • Student/Concession (early-bird): NZD $80
  • Full (standard): NZD $180
  • Student/Concession (standard): NZD $130
Early-bird registration prices are available until 10th September 2021.

You can get a taste of what our virtual conferencing platform will look like here. The state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform will include networking, poster sessions, discussion forums, and live Q&As.

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submissions are open and the deadline has been extended to 5 July 2021, 9.30 AM NZT. Oral, 5×5 and E-Poster presentations will be featured in the following sector-specific themes:

  • Aged Residential Care
  • Community living
  • Acute and rehabilitation – hospital
Abstracts are eligible for awards in the following categories:
  • Best Scientific Oral
  • Best Program Implementation / Service Delivery / Policy Oral
  • Best Student Oral
  • Best Poster
  • Best Oral Relevant to Māori
  • Best Oral Relevant to Aboriginal Australians
Find out all the details and submit your abstract here.

Auckland Workshops
A day of face-to-face workshops will be held at the University of Auckland on the 29th November 2021 and registrations are now open. There are 3 workshops in the morning and 3 workshops in the afternoon to choose from – join us in the morning or afternoon, or stay all day! All workshops are three hours of teaching, plus a break for morning or afternoon tea. You can find out all the information on the workshops here.

Morning Workshops 9:00 – 12:30
1. Steady As You Go: A Peer-Led Model
2. A National Systems Approach to Falls and Fracture Prevention in New Zealand
3. Falls Prevention in ARC: Best Practice and New Things

Afternoon Workshops 1:30 – 5.00
4. Falls Prevention Exercise for Community Settings. Getting Them Going and Doing the Right Thing
5. Managing People with Osteoarthritis. Getting the Basics Right
6. Building Blocks for Designing Exercise Programmes for Older People That Make a Difference

Sydney Workshop
Save the date for a pre-conference workshop to be held in Sydney. The workshop will be a hybrid model with a half-day of online lectures (done in your own time) and a half-day face-to-face workshop. More details will be made available soon.

Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older People
Saturday 27th November 1 – 4PM
Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick NSW

ANZFPS 9th Biennial Conference moves online

The ANZFPS is pleased to announce that the 9th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference is going online!

Our new conference dates are 1 – 3 December 2021 (NZDT).

We have engaged a state-of-the-art virtual conferencing platform that will bring everything you’ve come to expect from ANZFPS conferences. You’ll be able to network with fellow delegates, participate in discussion groups, live Q&As and more.

Our theme remains ‘Live Stronger For Longer’; a call to action to stay healthy and active in later life.

For those that love to gather, face to face pre-conference workshops will be held on 29th November in Auckland and in other locations in Australia with dates and locations to be confirmed.

As planning continues, we will communicate all updates via our conference website and you can sign up to receive email updates here.

ANZFPS 9th Biennial Conference 2020 has been postponed to 1-3 December 2021

With the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation, ANZFPS made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 conference.

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to host the conference in Auckland in the same venue – the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn building.

Save the date for:

1-3 December 2021

We will be keeping the submission portal open and any abstract that has already been submitted will be considered for the 2021 conference.

If you would like to withdraw your submission, please email

We hope you’ll be able to join us in December!

21st International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability

The 21st International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability will be held virtually this year on 25th September 2020.

The conference aims to:
  • Further attendee’s overall knowledge and understanding of current research and practice in health care of older people in core and difficult areas
  • Improve attendee’s skills in the treatment and care of older people
  • Inspire attendees to achieve personnel excellence in healthcare of older people
  • Take away new activities and ideas to progress their workplace’s services.

Abstract submission closes on 14th August.

Click here for more information, to register or to submit an abstract.

Free Webinar

Introduction to Health Economics for Falls Prevention Researchers

Presented by the ANZFPS Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

Presenters: Dr Alison Pearce & Daniel Treacy

Dr Pearce will introduce how health economists think, and why that might be interesting and/or useful to falls prevention researchers. Alison will give practical guidance for how to find and work with a health economist. Daniel will discuss the practical application of health economics using an example from his PhD study.

When: Thursday 26th March, 2020
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 EDST
Where: Zoom webinar

Please register in advance for this webinar

Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Dr Alison Pearce is a health economist interested in the various costs of cancer, and how people make choices about their health and healthcare. Alison’s research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making. Currently based at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Alison teaches introductory health economics and conducts research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. Alison’s research extends the work previously completed at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, and as a postdoc at the National Cancer Registry in Ireland. Alison’s PhD investigated the costs of chemotherapy side effects at CHERE in 2013, after working in cancer clinical trials and health services research.

Alison’s original training was in occupational therapy, and she remains interested in rehabilitation research. Alison also has keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia. When not being an academic Alison enjoys putting economic theories into practice in her small business – Bean Bar You.

Daniel Treacy is the Physiotherapy Advisor for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and a PhD student through the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney. Daniel has previously worked as a rehabilitation Physiotherapist and has a strong interest in improving the function of elderly people both within the hospital and community setting. Daniel’s PhD topic is “Increasing and measuring physical rehabilitation”

Statistics Webinar

Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial

Presented by the Australian and New Zealand Fall Prevention Society Early Career Researcher Sub-Committee

When: Wednesday 25th September

Time: 1230 – 1330

Where: Zoom webinar (registration details below or for local participants: Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Barker St, Randwick, NSW, John and Betty Lynch Seminar Room, Level 3; if you plan on attending at NeuRA please RSVP to


Register in advance for this webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Topic: Estimating the effect of treatment on people who comply with allocated treatment in randomised controlled trial using CACE (Complier Average Causal Effect)

Presenters: Professor Rob Herbert and Dr Nicola Fairhall. Prof Rob Herbert will provide a brief background on what it means to be a complier, the complier average causal effect (CACE), assumptions needed to estimate the CACE, and approaches to estimating the CACE. Dr Nicola Fairhall will discuss the practical application of CACE analysis using an example from one of her randomised controlled trials.


Prof Rob Herbert

Professor Rob Herbert is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. He initially trained as a physiotherapist and has an interest in clinical research, particularly randomised trials of physical interventions for motor impairment. He is a Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy which maintains the PEDro database (, a unique database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.


Dr Nicola Fairhall

Nicola is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health research theme within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. Nicola worked as physiotherapist for twelve years before completing her PhD in 2013. Her research currently focuses on improving functioning in older people, particularly those who are frail.