Melbourne to host meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT)

The world’s leading Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have chosen Melbourne as the place to exchange knowledge, share research and celebrate innovation within the neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy sector. IFOMPT is an international body made up of 23 groups specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and the IFOMPT conference is held every four years.

The IFOMPT Committee have put together a prestigious international conference that will be hosted by the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s national group, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA).

The 2020 Meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT 2020) will take place in Melbourne on 6 – 8 October 2020 at the award winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Register your interest to receive further details regarding IFOMPT 2020, whether as a delegate, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor!

Conference details:
5 October 2020Pre-conference workshops
6 - 8 October 2020Conference programme
9 October 2020Post-conference workshops


Advanced orthopaedic manipulative therapy provides INNOVATIVE, unique, personalised management of the client by INTEGRATING techniques and approaches. It’s time for us to celebrate the huge advancements that have been made in physiotherapy and those that are yet to come as we continue to INNOVATE.INTEGRATE


Don’t miss the incredible lineup of speakers joining us at IFOMPT 2020.


Associate Professor

Oxford University,
United Kingdom



    University of Birmingham,
    United Kingdom



      The University of Queensland,



        The University of Melbourne,

          MARK HANCOCK

          Associate Professor

          Macquarie University,

            PAUL HODGES


            The University of Queensland,

              TANIA PIZZARI


              Latrobe University,
                Discover more about our invited speakers


                The IFOMPT 2020 Conference Committee is putting together a dynamic programme exploring innovations for the Musculoskeletal profession. Keep an eye out for further programme details as they are announced.

                SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

                The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is excited to invite you to be involved with the APA in presenting IFOMPT 2020, a prestigious international conference held every four years. IFOMPT 2020 will celebrate innovation and research within the neuromusculoskeletal field of physiotherapy. Showcase and expose your products and services to not only Australia’s leading physiotherapists but international physios as well.

                Experience a day in Melbourne

                DON’T MISS IFOMPT 2020
















                IFOMPT 2020 is supported by:

                Associate Prof Annina Schmid is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Neuroscientist affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK.

                She qualified as a Physiotherapist in Switzerland in 2001 and obtained a Master in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia before completing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland in Brisbane in 2011.

                Annina’s research is an exciting and unique combination of basic and clinical science which is aimed to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies to ultimately improve management of these patients.

                Annina has presented her work at leading international and has published her work widely including publications in leading clinical (e.g., Brain, JOSPT, Eur J Pain) and basic science journals (e.g., eLife, Nature Genetics). Dr Schmid’s research contribution is recognised by the award of several grants, awards and competitive fellowships including the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

                In addition to her research activities, Dr Schmid teaches postgraduate courses related to pain and neuroscience internationally. She also maintains a weekly caseload as a specialist musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Further information can be found at www.neuro-research.ch.

                Professor Deborah Falla is Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham, UK and is the Director of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine).

                Her research focuses on optimizing the management of musculoskeletal disorders with a particular interest in spinal pain. She has published over 170 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, more than 200 conference papers/abstracts including over 30 invited/keynote lectures and has received several recognitions and awards for her work including the German Pain Research Prize in 2014, the George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award in 2009 and the Delsys Prize for Electromyography Innovation in 2004.

                Professor Falla is an author/editor of three books including the latest entitled “Management of neck pain disorders: a research-informed approach” (Elsevier).

                Professor Falla acts as an Associate Editor for Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. She was President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) from 2016 to 2018.

                Kim is an academic physiotherapist. She is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor & NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  She is also Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine as well as the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain.

                Kim’s research has focused on the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis with a focus on non-drug treatments including exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy, acupuncture, footwear, manual therapy amongst others. She is also evaluating different models of delivering care for people with osteoarthritis including the use of digital technologies.

                Kim has published over 360 peer-reviewed journal articles and has supervised 29 PhD students to completion.

                Michele Sterling is Professor in the Recover Injury Research Centre, Program Lead of the Designing Better Therapies research program and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Road Traffic Injury Recovery all at The University of Queensland, Australia.

                She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain after injury, predictive algorithms for outcomes and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain.

                She has conducted numerous cohort studies and clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of various treatments and their combinations including exercise, psychological treatments, manual therapies and multidisciplinary care.

                She has received over $13M in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC and industry partners. She has editorial roles with several leading journals and textbooks and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications.

                Michele is an elected member of the leadership Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

                Mark Hancock is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Macquarie University. He has over 20 years of clinical experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

                His research focusses on the diagnosis and management of low back pain. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and received over $4.5 million dollars in funding to support his research. He has published in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and British Medical Journal.

                Mark is a Journal of Physiotherapy board member and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy International editorial board review member.

                Paul Hodges PhD MedDr DSc BPhty(Hons) FACP is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Professor and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health.

                Paul has 3 doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, movement control, incontinence, breathing and rehabilitation. His multidisciplinary research centre bridges the gap between basic science and clinical practice and is supported by a Program Grant and Centre of Research Excellence grant from the NHMRC.

                His own research spans from basic research including studies of cellular physiology and brain mechanisms to the translation of research to online resources for people with pain.

                He has received numerous international research awards (including the premier international prize for back pain research two times) and published >350 papers and book chapters.

                He is one of the most highly cited physical therapy researchers in the world with almost 17,000 citations. Paul has presented >220 keynote lectures at major conferences in >40 countries and received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.

                In 2013 he was made an Honoured Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

                Dr Tania Pizzari is a principal physiotherapist and co-owner of a physiotherapy practice in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and researcher in the La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre.

                Since completing a PhD in 2002, Tania has worked part-time as a lecturer and researcher at La Trobe University. Her research interests include assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries, hip and shoulder muscle structure and function, management of hip osteoarthritis, and soft tissue injuries in football and basketball.

                Tania is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia and regularly presents her research Nationally and Internationally.