AOPA Congress 2015


Date: 25 Sep
Time: 8:30 AM -5:00 PM
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide SA
CPD Points: 25 points (AOPA Accredited Activity)


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Coinciding with our 40th birthday celebrations, we are pleased to bring the 5th annual AOPA Congress to the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September. Professor Robert Gailey (PhD, PT) will be headlining for the first time in Australia as our key-note speaker. This anticipated 2-day event of clinical presentations, AOPA forums, and Exhibitor symposiums is essential for your 2015 calendar.

The main theme “Enhancing quality and performance” aims to provide a professional setting where delegates can share knowledge and experiences, with presentations that will assist implementing theory into practice, enhance clinical skills and promote the continued advancements within our profession.

The ‘Congress App’ for smart phones and tablets will again be utilised as the main information source for updates on the program, presenter biographies and Exhibitor details.

Topics covered during this year’s Congress include:

  • Neuro-muscular orthotic prescription;
  • Treatment for the post-polio client;
  • O&P service improvement;
  • Osseointegration experience;
  • Innovations and technology.





After the popularity of last year's AOPA Forums, we're very pleased to be providing delegates two new professional sessions during this year's Congress.

AOPA Forum DAY 1

AOPA Course Accreditation Standards: member and stakeholder consultation - click here to download further details, including present bios.

AOPA Forum DAY 2

Working within the NDIS: training workshop for P&Os - click here to download further details, including presenter bios.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Delegates can look forward to interacting and engaging with our Exhibitors at our extensive trade display. Come along to find out about the latest and greatest O&P technologies to hit the market. We'd like to thank all our Exhibitors and Sponsors for participating in this year's Congress.

Interesting in joining the list? A few Exhibitor & Sponsorship options are still available. View the full prospectus here. Contact the AOPA Office for further details (

AOPA goes green - download the App

The Congress program, abstracts, speaker biographies and Exhibitor details will be available electronically via the Congress App. This is your one-stop information source for this year's Congress so make sure you log-in regularly to check for updates and announcements.

Access the App by following these steps:

  1. Open your internet browser on your laptop, tablet or smart phone (google chrome, firefox & safari work best);
  2. Type in to your internet browser;
  3. Add our mobile App to your Homescreen for quick and easy access;
  4. Method 1: bookmark the page then, from the bookmark menu, tap "Add to homescreen";
  5. Method 2: select "Add Shortcut to homescreen";
  6. The Congress App should now be saved to your homescreen.

Congress updates will also be made via our Twitter account. Follow us @AOPA_News and join the online conversation in the lead up to and during the event by using #AOPA15



fun & active social events

Stay active, healthy and have some extra fun during this year's Congress by participating in some of our free social events. Just remember to pack your sneakers and sweat towel!

Run along the River Torrens

Kick-start your day and clear your mind with an energetic run prior to Day 1 of the Congress. Meet at 6:30am on Friday 25th September in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel.

Join us for Yoga

Find your inner zen in preparation for Day 2 of the Congress as we salute the sun in Victoria Square. Meet at 6:30am on Saturday 26th September in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel.

AOPA member cpd points

The AOPA Congress has been accredited for 25 CPD points which will be automatically entered into your CPD log. That’s almost a year’s worth of CPD in one event!

Registration Fees

AOPA Members


Full Registration (Early Bird - closes 31st July)
Full Registration (Non-early Bird)
Day Registration
Full Registration (Student)
Day Registration (Student)



Full Registration $695
Day Registration $550

All Registration categories include a complimentary ticket for the Social and Networking Event on Friday evening following the AOPA AGM. Please indicate during the registration process if additional Social Event tickets are required.

When completing Full Registration, please select both days on Sessions Preferences Tab for invoicing.

When completing One Day Registration, please select which day you are attending on the Sessions Preferences Tab.




The Social & Networking Event will be held on-site at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, on Friday 25th September from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Drinks and canapés will be served in the Exhibitor hall for the duration of this event.

Attendance at this event is complimentary with your Congress Registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase at $80 per person. Please select additional ticket when completing your registration.

Professional Breakfast: Enhancing Private Sector Growth & Services

Want to enhance your Congress experience? AOPA is also hosting a Members Only breakfast event on Saturday 26th September at 7:30am. We will be discussing the big issues of Private Health Insurance and GST over morning coffee. This breakfast is most applicable for private orthotic practitioners, but all AOPA Members are welcome. Attendance costs $50 and you must register via a separate event page - click here for further details and to complete your registration.


On site accommodation is available at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. The Hotel is located within Adelaide CBD, with only a 15 minute drive from the airport.

Click here for directions to the hotel.

Please contact the Hilton Hotel direct for pricing.

Click here to book your accommodation at the hotel. You can also book accommodation over the phone on toll free (08) 8217 2000 or email

A number of alternative accommodation options within walking distance to the Congress venue are also available. For further information and bookings please follow the links below:

Transport & Parking


From the Adelaide Airport turn right onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive and continue along here until it turns into Grote Street. Continue into Victoria Square, turning right for the Hilton Adelaide hotel.

  • Hotel to Adelaide Airport 7.6km (15 min)

Car Parking

No on-site car parking is available at the Hilton hotel. However, there is parking available at the Adelaide Central Market U-Park at a rate of $29 per car, per day (7:00am – midnight). Subject to availability. Accessible from both Gouger and Grote Streets.