Pre Conference Workshops

Workshop 1: Brain, Body, and Balance for Older Adults, Wed 28 Aug | 8.30am - 10.00am


Kris Tynan (Exercise as Medicine Programme Director)

Dr Lara Vlietstra (School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago)

Explore the theory and practice behind three effective physical activity interventions for healthy ageing. In this dynamic workshop, we will explore the intersection of neuroscience, physical activity, physiology, and ageing. Led by leading experts in the field of gerontology and exercise for older adults, this workshop offers a scholarly and practical exploration of three holistic physical activity modalities that are appropriate for all older adults. This workshop offers a hands-on approach to empower you with practical tools and combines theoretical insights with practical applications to foster a comprehensive understanding of physical activity for overall well-being and quality of life in older adults.

• Brain: Dive into the neuroscientific principles underpinning the Ronnie Gardiner Method, with a focus on neuroplasticity.

• Body: Investigate the physiological mechanisms driving age-related changes in strength, flexibility, and mobility, and learn about evidence- based exercise prescriptions to optimize physical function.

• Balance: Examine the biomechanical and sensory components of balance control to reduce fall risks.

Workshop 2: Falls prevention in aged residential care, Wed 28 Aug | 8.30am - 10.00am


Dr Lynne Taylor, University of Auckland

Dr Sue MacDonell, University of Auckland

Building on the World Guidelines for Falls Prevention (2022), our discussion will cover the recommended strategies to prevent falls in aged residential care. Topics will include personalized multicomponent plans, nutrition to prevent fractures and falls, and the role of exercise.
We’ll explore how these strategies can be practically applied in your setting, with plenty of time for group discussion.

Leading the workshop are Lynne Taylor, a physiotherapist with expertise in exercise and falls prevention research in aged residential care and Sue MacDonell, a dietitian with expertise in nutrition research in aged residential care.

Workshop 3: Fun for Health: using recreation intentionally to enhance wellbeing, Wed 28 Aug | 10.15am - 11.45am


Orquidea Tamayo Mortera, RDRTh – MProfPrac, National Therapeutic Recreation Lead – Summerset Retirement Villages, NZSDRT Inc. President.

Indulging in fun hobbies, leisure or recreational activities like dancing, painting, or singing increases the production of positive hormones, namely oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters that improve brain activity.

Generally having more fun in our lives can benefit our mental health in lots of different ways. Many people underestimate how important fun is to their resilience, happiness, and mental and physical state.

During play, the brain engages in simulations and creates connections that did not exist before. This workshop will show you how we all need to find a wat to be in the movement, to find a restorative state that allows us to put down our burdens – and one of the best ways to do this is through using recreation as a therapeutic tool in an intentional way.

Workshop 4: Student and Early Career workshop: Going beyond academic publishing, Wed 28 Aug| 10.15am - 11.45am


Dr Jessica Young (School of Health, Victoria University) & Shanika Koreshi (School of Psychology, Massey University)

In today’s academic landscape, the focus on impact and public engagement offers a myriad of avenues for sharing research beyond traditional publishing. Our interactive workshop delves into strategies for disseminating research to diverse audiences. From crafting compelling blogs to harnessing the power of social media and engaging with the media, we’ll explore various platforms and techniques for broadening your research reach.

Plus, hone your elevator pitch skills for succinctly conveying your work and take the opportunity to network prior to the conference launch. Bring your questions and your keyboards for an engaging session that transcends the academic realm.

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Key Dates

  • 8 March: Abstract Submission Open
  • 8 April: Symposia Submission Deadline – CLOSED
  • 12 April: Registration Open
  • 28 April: Symposia Review Results Expected
  • 7 May: Oral and Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 June: Oral and Poster Abstract Review Results Expected
  • 12 July: Early Bird Registration Closes
  • 19 July: Presenter Registration Deadline
  • 28 – 30 August: Conference

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