On behalf of the 2017 NZ Rehabilitation Conference organising committee and the NZ Rehabilitation Association, I have the honour of inviting you to join us for our biennial conference. The 2017 conference is to be held from 8 to 10 September at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch, New Zealand. This year's conference is being held in partnership with AUT University and the University of Otago, both leaders in rehabilitation education and research in New Zealand.
Our conference theme "Making an impact: putting knowledge to work in rehabilitation" aims to explore the interface between rehabilitation research and practice and the related challenges and opportunities. Research currently takes up to 20 years to find its way into practice – a figure that never fails to astound me! It is clear that we need to develop strategies for more timely and efficient uptake of knowledge into practice if we are to continue to advance the field and make a difference to those living with the disabling consequences of injury or illness.
Our three-day programme aims to foster critical debate and discussion amongst delegates regarding knowledge mobilisation, and strategies for supporting uptake of new ways of working in a rehabilitation context. The programme includes plenary sessions from some of the world's leaders in implementation science research, opportunities to get up close with our keynotes, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, a panel discussion and networking opportunities.
The conference venue, Rydges Latimer, is situated overlooking Latimer Square, just a few steps from Christchurch's 'Cardboard' Cathedral and a short stroll from the beautiful Avon River. Also included in your registration price is the welcome function and conference dinner. The Atrium at The Tannery will provide the perfect backdrop for those informal networking conversations at the conference dinner.
We look forward to bringing both local and international rehabilitation researchers, clinicians, managers and funders together in Christchurch in September, 2017!
Associate Professor Nicola Kayes