New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Conference 2021


17-19 September 2021 | Rotorua

Nau mai, haere mai! Ngā mihi nui ki a tatou katoa.

On behalf of the organising committee, you are warmly invited to Rotorua, 17-19 September 2021, to participate in a national hui to discuss, debate, and share knowledge about rehabilitation in Aotearoa.

This past year has been a signification period of change. We have been challenged by a global pandemic that has fundamentally altered the way we think about our place in the world, and about how we live and work. These events, which have been devastating in many regards, have also provided us with an opportunity to question things we have previously taken for granted or assumed to be true.

At the same time there has been growing awareness of problems with inequity in our health sector – inequities that relate to culture, ethnicity, wealth, disability, and the geography of urban versus rural communities. We are therefore excited to invite you to a conference where there will be significant kōrero on the place of rehabilitation in creating solutions to these problems, with a vision of creating a pathway towards a just, inclusive, engaging society. Like our previous highly successful national events, this conference will provide an opportunity to learn from locally grown world leaders in rehabilitation research and clinical practice. In addition, our conference will provide opportunities to learn from and discuss grassroots innovations in clinical practice and to engage in debate about what needs to happen in the rehabilitation sector to provide better, more responsive services to our communities.

The tohu (logo) for our conference was created to capture the kōrero we want to create through this conference. It represents growth, development, commitment, courage; a bringing together of ideas and an opening up of spaces for dialogue. We invite you to join us to take up this opportunity and challenge. Come share your ideas and learn from others.

Me mahi tahi tātou. See you in Rotorua in 2021.

Dr Rachelle Martin
Conference Convenor

Professor William Levack
NZRA President

Key dates

  • Call for abstracts open - 2 February 2021
  • Registrations open - 8 April 2021
  • Call for abstracts close - 16 April 2021
  • Notification of abstract acceptance/declined - 28 May 2021
  • Early bird registration closes - 30 July 2021

Whakapapa of our tohu

The kaupapa around our tohu | logo comes from our intention to work relationally as tangata Tiriti. We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua. We aspire to be mana-enhancing in how we work and to be actively pro-equity and anti-racist in our actions.

The logo was developed in response to the korero | story we want to create through this conference – a new approach to rehabilitation, working together in new ways to improve equity.

We chose green as it signifies growth and development , alluding to new ways of seeing, being and doing.

The weaving style is known as raranga and often seen in weaving of kete.
It symbolises the bringing together of ideas, and opening up spaces for dialogue.
Learning and listening from each other. Honouring each other.
But also working together in true partnership to make something stronger.
This is what we seek to facilitate through this conference.

The waharua | double mouth, diamond-shaped pattern represents commitment and courage. The attributes we need to enact individually and collectively as we move forward.

Me mahi tahi tātou.