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MICHAEL KLIM 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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A multiple Olympic and World Champion, Michael Klim was part of the star-studded group that has taken Australia back to the top of world swimming. Named Australian Swimming Rookie of the Year in 1995, Klim won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics. His star continued to rise in 1997 when he took the World Record in the 100-metre butterfly on the way to being named World Swimmer of the Year.

At the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth, Klim’s record haul of seven medals in seven events including four gold rates as one of the most outstanding performances by an Australian at an international swim meet. The 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur saw Klim exert his dominance, winning seven medals including four gold once again. Klim was one of the undisputed stars of the Sydney Olympic Games with two gold and two silver. He was instrumental in the Australians’ thrilling 4x100m relay victory, unleashing a world record lead off swim to win his first gold on the first night. Klim later helped smash the world record in the 4x200m relay to win his second gold.

Back in the pool in 2001 at the FINA World Championships, Klim showed he had not lost his golden touch, winning two gold medals and setting a world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay. An amazing effort for a man who only days earlier had seriously injured his ankle. In a win for perseverance, Klim returned to the Australian team for the 2004 Athens Games. One of three triple Olympians in the squad, Klim won his sixth medal as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. Klim’s return to the upper echelon of the sport became official at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, with a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle. He continued his spectacular comeback at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, silver in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay and 100m Butterfly and bronze in the 50m Butterfly.

After a great career, Michael announced his retirement from the sport in June 2007 with his body unable to continue through to a fourth Olympic Games. Michael now focuses his energies on his business MILK skin care, and guest speaking.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 8:45am

 

GARY BERTWISTLE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Gary Bertwistle has always had a passion for innovation and creativity. His career has spanned the retail, music, media, corporate education and radio industries. Gary’s drive comes from having people and organisations think differently to generate new ways of doing things. 

As a thought leader in innovation and creativity, Gary has helped companies, teams and individuals in companies of all sizes, in all industries and categories, to look at how they currently do things and address what needs to change in order for them to think differently and maximize their potential. He is often called upon when companies or individuals lose their mojo. 

Through easy to understand, fun, interactive speeches and sessions, he presents to a wide variety of clients in the areas of creative thinking, mojo, marketing, strategic facilitation, and innovation to improve performance and help individuals be their best. He has built his reputation helping

companies and leaders unlock great ideas. 

Gary’s portfolio of work.

• Opened Australia’s first ever creative thinking venue, The Ideas Vault, in Sydney

• Won the TEC Speaker of the Year in 2007, 2008 and again in 2012, plus multiple winner of the Mick Robertson Award voted by Australian CEO’s.

• Hosts the successful podcast series on iTunes and iHeart Radio, The Mojo Radio Show

• Published 6 books including the best sellers: Who Stole My Mojo? and The Vibe

• Publishes a weekly blog for thinkers called The Espresso

• Co-founded Australia’s leading cycling foundation, the Tour de Cure which since 2007 has raised over $26 million for research, support and prevention of cancer

• Successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Mojo Journal, the thought provoking journal

 

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 9:45am

ABSTRACT – Who stole my Mojo?

 

 

BRAD BEER
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Brad’s been competing in sport since the age of nine, in tennis, martial arts, triathlon and distance running. He’s also been involved in physiotherapy from a pretty young age too, having founded My Back Physio in 2006, starting a franchise for Back in Motion in 2009, before setting up POGO physio in 2014. This company’s allowed Brad to flex his entrepreneurial muscle too, and his unique approach and delivery of content across a variety of mediums have seen the company become a seven-figure business as well as disrupt the industry in a really positive way. 

Brad’s experience as a serious triathlete means that he’s able to apply his first-hand knowledge of competitive sport to his career in physiotherapy. He and his team at POGO Physio specialise in helping people to perform at their physical best, using innovative strategies such as his “finish line percentage” to make sure clients leave pain-free and at the top of their game. There are plenty of gems in this show and it’s sure to be really useful for anyone in the lifestyle business or building a business and brand around personality.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 3:30pm
ABSTRACT - Stop selling time and start selling outcomes

 

ADRIAN FACCIONI
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Throughout his career in sports science and elite sports performance, Adrian has been a leader and an innovator. 

Adrian completed a Masters of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) at the University of Canberra in 1994 and worked as a University Lecturer and Course Convener for the University of Canberra Sports Coaching degree from 1990 to 2000.

In 2000, Adrian left university life to establish GPSports Systems in Canberra, and introduced a world-first GPS Athlete Management System to the market. Adrian’s invention, which includes both hardware and software components, has revolutionised the ways in which high performance athletes and sports teams can monitor their athletic workloads to improve their ability to meet the strenuous demands of elite sport.

This technology has been a game changer for sport at the highest levels both domestically and internationally. Some of the best teams in the world (NFL Superbowl champions the Seattle Seahawks, Spanish football champions Barcelona, UK Premier League champions Chelsea, the Australian Kangaroos (NRL), the Australian Wallabies (ARU)), and a growing list of rugby league, rugby union and other sporting professions are using the product designed by Adrian and his team.

Adrian has now focused his attention on performance analysis for the sub-elite & talent Identified athlete with a new product set expanding on the technology he developed for the elite and professional sports markets.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 9.30am
ABSTRACT: Utilising wearable technologies for improved outcome

 

LEANNE WELLS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

     

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Leanne is the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia – the peak body for Australian healthcare consumers and those with an interest in healthcare consumer affairs. She is a health advocate and service executive with over thirty years’ experience. Leanne has held executive positions within federal government and in national and state non-government organisations, most recently as CEO of a state-based primary care organisation.  Throughout her career, she has worked in the health and social care sectors. Leanne is a Board Director of Coordinare South East New South Wales Primary Health Network, the Ozhelp Foundation, and PainAustralia.

She is the Independent Chair of Coordinare’s Community Advisory Committee.  Leanne has tertiary qualifications in communications and business. She is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 8:30am
ABSTRACT: Consumer Centred Care, national directions, your workforce and your practice

 CONCURRENT SPEAKERS

ZOE BICKERSTAFFE – EXERCISE & SPORTS SCIENCE AUSTRALIA

Zoe’s passion for spreading the right message to the right people in the right way has shaped her career to date. Over the past 10 years Zoe has helped numerous associations and not-for-profits shape their communication efforts into effective targeted messaging – often on very small budgets.

With a keen interest in social media and digital marketing, Zoe has worked as Marketing and Communications Manager for Exercise & Sports Science Australia over the last three years. Through creative campaigns and a ‘think outside square’ attitude, Zoe has helped raise the profile of ESSA and its professions across a number of difference channels. Zoe loves a challenge and is looking forward to sharing her ideas on how allied health businesses can create an effective, and creative, marketing strategy on a budget.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 11:45am
ABSTRACT: Public Relations – It’s not all champagne and spotlights. How to build an Integrated PR Strategy to support your allied health business

KEVIN CONLON - KINNECT

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Kevin describes his success an overnight one that merely took 20 years. Kevin founded KINNECT in Townsville Queensland in 1996 with his best friend, after realising in his second year after a practicum placement there existed an opportunity for AEP’s. After selling everything he owned, KINNECT started under a house while he lived in a caravan out the back. The reason to start the business was in fact not about the business but simply about a fundamental focus of helping people, which to this day drives both Kevin and KINNECT.

KINNECT has grown from a sole practitioner Physical Conditioning and Injury Prevention Service (he acquired his best mates share after 6 months) with a staff of 1 to now over 120 people in 12 offices providing Full Service Occupational Health across Australia and New Zealand.

During this time KINNECT has not only helped hundreds of thousands of people be healthy safe and productive at work but also grown to be recognised as one of the best places to work in Australia. KINNECT was ranked 18th in 2015 and 9th in 2016 in the Great Place to Work Awards. The KINNECT group includes three other businesses also in the health industry (KINNECT Training, No More Pain Ergonomics and software company CloudHealth/Escendo). Kevin will share with you his experience on decisions around growth, that next office and the multitude of opportunities (some call them mistakes!) he has had over the years.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 11:15am
ABSTRACT - Opening a second office is really proof of my Insanity? 

JULIE GILBERT - SOLUTIONS WITH FOOD

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Julie started her working career as a Secondary Physical Education teacher before going back to uni to become a Dietitian. Upon graduating Julie’s desire to excel was recognised by the Queensland University of Technology when they awarded her the Faculty of Health; Equity Award for exceptional application and determination. With a new qualification and a young family of 4 children, Julie started Solutions with Food from her home. Fourteen years on, Solutions with Foods has expanded to include 20 clinical locations, contracts to Mater and Ramsay hospitals and aged care facilities. In 2015, Julie decided to expand the business further by opening her own Medical Practice which now employs 5 doctors, 3 nurses and other allied health professionals.

Julie is the Senior Media Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is regularly asked to comment on the latest research in food and nutrition by the media and has a great way of delivering practical advice in a user-friendly language. Her media work includes being the Dietitian for Brisbane Extra and guest appearances on A Current Affair, Today Tonight, Channel 7,9,10 and ABC news. She has been a guest columnist for the Courier Mail and regular comments for Sydney Morning Herald, Body and Soul, Nine MSM, Good Health Magazine, etc and is a regular presenter on ABC radio

Currently she is the Queensland Branch President of Sports Medicine Australia. With her love of sport and 4 children actively involved, Julie wanted to ensure athletes had the best medical care available and to ensure they participate in a safe environment.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 2:15pm
ABSTRACT: Tendering and Winning

 

VICKY GRAHAM - TRUE NORTH WELLNESS

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Vicky has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years and has been an AEP for the last 5. Her life and industry experience she brings to her role as an exercise physiologist enables her to understand the broader complexities of client’s health and wellness. As a business owner she understands the challenges of wearing many hats as both a clinician and business director. True North Wellness exemplifies Vicky’s passion towards helping people achieve their true health potential. Vicky has created an Exercise and Health Clinic that provides the opportunity to support people to start moving in a non-intimidating environment. She has a team of multidisciplinary allied health professionals who compliment each other and share her vision of providing personalised wellness to their clients. 

Vicky practises what she preaches in her life. She enjoys running and triathalons and her goals this year are to complete the Gold Coast Half Marathon and Noosa Tri. 

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 1:30pm
ABSTRACT: The first 3: Surviving the tough years

 

TAYLOR HARRISON - ACTIVE SENIORS HEALTH CENTRE

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Dr Taylor Harrison is a man on a mission. He is dedicating his life to helping the over 60 population achieve the health they deserve. He is a health practitioner, speaker, author, philanthropist and owner of the Active Seniors Health Centres, Australia’s largest and most successful Seniors Health Centres. In 2006 he opened his first Active Seniors Health Centre. Since then, Taylor and his team of EP’s have helped thousands of Seniors achieve their own exercise, fitness and wellbeing goals and all of this with little to no advertising. They now have a 2-3 month waiting list for new clients.

Taylor believes that the true success of the centres is the result of a creating a great community that encourages his clients to focus on what they can achieve and how they can improve rather than focusing on their limitations. Treating each of their members with individualised care, respect and a specific dedicated approach is absolutely essential while being in a friendly environment.

Taylor has also presented at conferences across Australia on a range of health topics. He has also appeared on TV and radio as well as major print media talking about Health and Wellbeing. Taylor holds numerous post graduate qualifications and has sat on numerous boards. He has also written a book on Seniors Health to be released in September 2017. In late 2015, Taylor also established a charity ‘Giving Health’. He manages all this while still having time to spend with his wife and daughter as well training and competing in Ironman triathlons.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 2:15pm
ABSTRACT: How I built a busy, fun and rewarding Allied Health Professional clinic

 

ANITA HOBSON-POWELL – EXERCISE & SPORTS SCIENCE AUSTRALIA

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Anita Hobson-Powell is the CEO of Exercise & Sports Science Australia. She has been with the organisation since 2006. She is also a board member of Allied Health Professionals Australia, the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions and Gymnastics Australia and sits on the Nominations Committee for the Brisbane South PHN.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 1:30pm
ABSTRACT: Insider trading – what’s in the current intel on the future direction of our industry 

 

BRENDAN JOSS – HFRC

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Brendan Joss is the Managing Director of Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic (HFRC), specialising in exercise rehabilitation for complex musculoskeletal injury or surgery. Brendan completed a degree in Human Movement, with Honours in Exercise Rehabilitation in 2001.  On completion he started his career as an Exercise Physiologist at HFRC. He then completed a PhD in joint replacement biomechanics and rehabilitation in 2006, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Queens University, Canada. Currently Brendan’s focus is on growing and developing a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals to deliver optimal patient care to orthopaedic patients, and those with musculoskeletal injury.  The model of care is developed on an evidence based approach, with much of the available research been conducted by HFRC staff. 

From this approach Brendan and the team have developed and delivered on strategies to position HFRC as one of the leading providers in their felid and creating new markets with excellent potential for growth. Brendan is keen to share is journey and strategies to see those in the Exercise and Sports Science profession grown and succeed in their business.  

Chair of Panel on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 2:15pm

 

GLENN KEYS - ASPEN MEDICAL

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Glenn Keys is the co-founder and co- Executive Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions.  Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Glenn had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His service saw him undertake a range of tasks from training to test flying and engineering to logistics support for Army aircraft.  In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen with his long-time friend, Dr Andrew Walker. A decade on and Aspen has a team of over 2,000 and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK. Today the company has customers in the Government, Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas and Humanitarian sectors. This multi award-winning company has most recently been voted ACT Exporter of the Year 2013 and the national winner of the Health and Biotechnology category at the Australian Export Awards 2013. Both Glenn and Andrew were inducted into the EY Entrepreneur Global Hall of Fame in 2014.

A passionate advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Glenn has placed social responsibility and community involvement at the heart of Aspen Medical’s culture. A percentage of the company’s profits are allocated to the Aspen Foundation, which was established in 2009 and today is dedicated to the eradication of the eye disease Trachoma and scabies in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

On a personal note, Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the International Test Pilots School in the UK. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn also sits on a number of Boards in the healthcare sector, disability sector and social businesses. In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In November 2014, Glenn was awarded the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and represented the ACT at the National Australia Day Awards in January 2015. He is an active Board Member of the National Capital Authority and was appointed Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber in February 2015.
Glenn is the founder and Chair of Project Independence, a housing initiative for people with intellectual disabilities, which was officially launched in Canberra in February 2015. Glenn’s passion for innovation, guaranteed outcomes, superior customer service and inspired leadership make him a regular speaker at conferences both at home and overseas.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 12:00pm

 

ELAINE KILLEN - BACK IN ACTION

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Elaine Killen is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, who has operated her own business Back in Action for over 5 years.

Elaine graduated from Ballarat CAE (now known as Federation University) specialising in the area of Exercise Physiology, and was subsequently employed by the YMCA where she set up one of the first fitness testing facilities in South Australia, providing health counselling and back education classes. Referrals from doctors and the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service expanded the role to include rehabilitation exercise, mainly for work-injured clients.

Elaine then moved into in Return to Work management, providing case management and worksite assessment services for WorkCover Victoria. In this role she covered cases and claims from a raft of industries including power stations, open cut mines, education, manufacturing and retail.

Elaine has worked in the area of Occupational Health for over 30 years, and now operates as a sole trader, contracting and sub-contracting services to a number of different organisations. She currently provides training, fitness testing, worksite and functional assessments, and health evaluations to industry. She has developed a Manual Handling training package, which aims to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries through educating workers how to reduce risk by removing layers of insult to the body.

The ultimate generalist, Elaine has researched the pros and cons of setting up a specialist practice, and is now on the path to determine if that’s for her. 

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 12:00pm
ABSTRACT: To specialise or generalise in your own business? The million dollar question

 

MARIJN KORTEKAAS – PHYSITRACK

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Marijn Kortekaas is Partner & Program Director Asia Pacific with Physitrack, a cloud-based client engagement solution used by 14,000+ healthcare professionals around the world. Physitrack lets AEPs, physiotherapists and others prescribe video-based exercise programs, track client outcomes, have secure Telehealth consultations and educate clients all via one easy-to-use solution. 

The free PhysiApp client app lets clients follow their prescribed exercises, access educational content and stay in touch with their healthcare professional via crystal-clear video consultations. 

Having held positions with various global companies including Nike in Europe and Asia Pacific, Marijn is passionate about improving health outcomes through technology.  

He believes improving client engagement is a critical component in helping clients to achieving better outcomes and building healthier businesses. 

Join Marijn for an interactive session on how readily available technology can help you do exactly this.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 11:00am
ABSTRACT: A day in a life of a Healthcare Professional: using smart technology including Telehealth to improve client engagement and build a more profitable business 

 

TRUDY MCDONALD - TalentCode HR

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Trudy is an established business leader and human resource professional who specialises in empowering businesses to become great by maximising the performance of their people.

She is a multi-award winning speaker having being honoured as “Speaker of the Year” – Australia and New Zealand in 2015 & 2014 and Best New Speaker in 2013 by the world’s largest CEO network – The Executive Connection (TEC).

Trudy has expertise in strategy, leadership development and cultural transformation and has the unique ability to inspire people to think differently.

Her career is founded on an education in Organisational Psychology and spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA and parts of Asia. She has co-founded or played a key executive role in four start-up technology and human resource business, three of which have been acquired by international companies.

Trudy is currently the Managing Director and Founder of TalentCode HR, a strategic human resource consultancy focused on partnering with leaders to drive business performance.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 2:15pm
ABSTRACT: Remuneration Structures for High Performance Teams

 

ADAM MESARIC - SEESAW

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Adam leads the Seesaw Queensland office, bringing our offering to brands in the sunshine state with the same bold creative thinking and less wearing of black. With a background in both design and management, and a passion for strategy, Adam likes nothing more than talking about how creative thinking can work for business. Actually, some things he might like more include sci-fi, piloting drones (which to date has only involved one injury, to himself) and spending time with his beautiful family.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 11:00am
ABSTRACT: Branding 101

DANIEL O’SULLIVAN - Accelr8 Rehabilitation

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Daniel O’Sullivan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Soft Tissue Therapist. His clinical skills have developed over the past 20 years and to leverage these skills he has become proficient in the use of technology to enhance his personal brand. 

Early in his career he developed his customer service skills working in a boutique gym, catering for high end clients.  Daniel then established himself as the go to rehab guy for various gyms in Canberra and networking in various industries to ensure his cliental remained constant. 

Building on his clinical skills, Daniel realised that with a bit of self-teaching and online workshops, he could take control of his marketing and advertising by using the many tools available to practitioners. 

These tools ranged from developing his writing skills, building a website, building an email list and more recently developing an online course. 

In this presentation, Daniel shares his growth and change in his business model which is forever adapting depending on the market. He will give you the tools he utilises to have an effective online presence which will give you control over your future direction.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 11:15am
ABSTRACT: Building a Personal Brand

 

MARK PARKER - KINSHIP DIGITAL

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With over 20 years of B2B and e-commerce sales and marketing experience, Mark Parker has worked in a variety of hands-on and mentor roles for both local and international companies.

For the past 10 years Mark has built a successful e-commerce company that competes and regularly outsells the major Australian/New Zealand consumer electronic retailers. By deliberately avoiding Google AdWords the business instead relies on organic content, community engagement on a variety of owned and earned platforms, along with hyper-local paid campaigns on Twitter and Facebook.

Since 2010, Mark has been the trusted social media expert for Australia’s largest leadership/executive mentoring community – The Executive Connection. In over 135 workshops Mark has educated executives on the need to embrace social media, and mentored hundreds of marketing execs on getting the basics right along with how to demystify social media to those who control the purse strings in business.

Mark is based in Brisbane with his company supporting customers across Asia Pacific.

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 1:30pm
ABSTRACT: Marketing Online Without Spending a Fortune

 

STACEY PINE- PROGRESSIVE MOTION

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Originally from Canada, Stacey travelled to Perth in 2007 to complete her degree from the University of Alberta, and began her career as an Exercise Physiologist in 2008.  Stacey became a Certified STOTT Pilates instructor in 2012 and started her business, Progressive Motion, in 2014. 

With two young children, time was limited to provide supervised services to clients. Wanting to continue to grow her business and reach more people in a time-efficient way, Stacey decided to focus on the online aspect of the business. Following her passion of pre and postnatal health and rehabilitation, she created her first online program “Restore Your Core and Pelvic Floor” for new mothers in early 2016.    

Presenting on Sunday, 7 May 2017 at 11:45am
ABSTRACT: Make Money Whilst You Sleep – how to take your service and sell it online

                                                   

 

RYAN POOLE - PACE Health Management

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Ryan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and founding Director of PACE Health Management. Originally studying human movement, Ryan quickly saw the need in the market for a more clinical approach to help people make sustainable changes through exercise and lifestyle behaviour.   

Established in 1998 PACE Health Management now operates across five clinics throughout the Bayside region of Victoria, and together with his Partners, the business continues to focus on employee development and career pathway definition. PACE’s strengths lie in its adaptability and proven track record in delivering outstanding service and business outcomes in a variety of diverse markets and trading environments.

PACE are also a major supporter of university placements for exercise science graduates. 

Ryan has been a board member of the Victorian Chapter of ESSA, and PACE has twice been awarded AEP Practice of the Year. Ryan speaks regularly to community groups and government organisations about the importance of musculo-skeletal rehabilitation and workplace injury prevention and physical preparedness. 

Balance between business and lifestyle is the key for Ryan, and in his downtime you’ll find him surfing, golfing or searching for vintage cars.

Presenting on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at 1:30pm
ABSTRACT: Building a successful team to develop a culture of growth