The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare is announcing our
14th Annual Conference, to be held on 25 – 26 November 2023.
This conference will be held both face to face at the Pacific Hotel Brisbane and online with live presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops / movement sessions and break-out networking opportunities.
REGISTRATIONS FOR THE ASPAH 2023
CONFERENCE ARE OPEN!!
|Early bird (reg by 27 Oct 2023)||Standard|
|Full (2 days)||$395||$495||$450||$550|
|Full Concession (2 days)||$335||$390||$380||$440|
|One Day Concession||$250||$290||$285||$330|
|Early bird (reg by 27 Oct 2023)||Standard|
|Full (2 days)||$235||$275||$255||$295|
|Full Concession (2 days)||$205||$235||$225||$255|
|One Day Concession||$145||$165||$165||$185|
****#ASPAH2023 Conference event recordings will be made available to REGISTERED delegates. Only events that were consented to be recorded by their presenter will be distributed***
Executive Director, Queensland Ballet
Dilshani is currently Executive Director at Queensland Ballet, a company in the inspired depths of vision renewal under Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO.
An enthusiastic and tenacious enabler, Dilshani has worked alongside visionary leaders to facilitate strategic growth and renewal in the NFP sector since 1996. She has held positions as Development Manager at Malaghan Institute in New Zealand, Head of ROH2 Development at Royal Opera House in London, Head of Partnerships at Sydney Opera House, Sponsorship and Philanthropy Manager at Brisbane Powerhouse and Development Director at Queensland Ballet.
Passionate about change-maker initiatives with significant societal impact, Dilshani has held Directorships in various sectors including child safety, independent schools, multicultural arts, sports, youth, broadcasting and international performing arts.
In her role at Queensland Ballet, Dilshani has been a part of the leadership team that has driven an ambitious growth vision demanding excellence on-and-off the stage, in artistic and enabling-business capability. Since 2013, Queensland Ballet’s world-stage dreams have created partnerships with English National Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Texas Ballet, The Royal Ballet and West Australian Ballet. Sold-out seasons, increased season ticket holders, enhanced student enrolments, community health priorities and far-reaching engagement initiatives have deepened connections with international, national and Queensland, both metro and regional, markets.
Today, over 80 per cent of QB’s income is self-generated from commercial activity, corporate partners and philanthropy efforts, with additional capital campaigns undertaken to facilitate a three-site: one vision strategy. This strategy has seen the opening of a world-leading $20M centre of excellence, the Queensland Ballet Academy, at Kelvin Grove State College in 2020, and the completion of the $100M Thomas Dixon Centre WELLTM refurbishment as Queensland Ballet’s West End home. The third site, a Production Centre, is in the pipeline and will be underpinned by community engagement and training programs to inspire people of all ages and to provide unexpected career pathways for those most in need.
Dilshani is dedicated to instilling wellbeing at the core of high-performing teams, inspiring entrepreneurial attitudes and considering legacy at every step of change. A mother-of-three and a partner to a frontline health worker, Dilshani is an advocate for workplace flexibility and associated team contentment, believing that people-centric workplaces inspire strong personal and professional outcomes. Crucially, she believes in the immense power that comes with living and working with purpose and is forever driven to inspire shiny eyes in as many people as possible.
Dr Renee Appaneal
Sports and Exercise Psychologist
Renee is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist in Canberra ACT and the team psychologist for the ACT Meteors and Cricket Australia’s National Disability Teams. Renee’s expertise falls across sport/performance psychology as well as behavioural health. For over two decades, she has worked with adolescents and adults, across able-bodied and para sports as well leaders in sport, healthcare, academia, and finance. Renee completed her training in the USA and first established a career in academia as a scientist-practitioner. She was an Associate Professor at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and led graduate training in sport psychology consulting and psychological aspects of sport injury. Upon migrating to Australia, she began a new career path as a Senior Sport Psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). She traveled across Australia and internationally with national teams in both winter and summer sports in support of their preparation and performance at benchmark events. In 2018, she joined the AIS Athlete Performance Health team who were charged with assisting sport organisations to design and implement healthcare systems centred around the specific needs of their athlete populations. In the last few years, Renee enjoys working for herself and continues to consult with sport and academic organisations. She supports individual performers both in and outside of sport, a professional women’s cricket team, and is committed to stewarding the sport psychology profession through professional service, graduate student supervision, and mentoring psychologists.
Call for Presentation Abstracts & Outlines
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare is announcing our 14th Annual Conference, to be held on 25-26 November 2023.
This conference will be held both face to face and online with live presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops/ movement sessions and break-out networking opportunities.
Keynote Speaker: Dilshani Weerasinghe
The Conference Working Group of ASPAH has prepared a set of guidelines to assist potential presenters for the annual conference to prepare and submit abstracts.
There are 4 presentation categories in 2023 outlined below. Each category has a description and a template for formatting, including subheadings and character count. Please ensure you read the general guidelines and specific guidelines for each category. Submissions which do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSED 5pm AEST on FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2023
General Abstract & Outline Submission Guidelines
These instructions relate to all categories of abstracts and outlines for submission. Please note that we are encouraging any person with professional experience, wisdom or science related to the health and wellbeing of performing artists to present at the conference.
- To ensure blinded review, do not include any information that could identify you in the abstract / outline section of the submission templates. That is:
no presenter/author names or affiliations. Please also remove any references that could identify the presenter by replacing with XXXX (e.g. the Jane Smith School of Dance would become the XXXX School of Dance).
- Please include the names and affiliations of all authors, and provide the name and contact information for the author who intends to present the research at the conference, if invited.
- All original research that involves human participants must have institutional human research ethics committee approval, and must state as such in the abstract submission. Any research submissions that do not state that they have appropriate ethics approval will not be accepted to present.
- Please keep a copy of your abstract/outline as a Word (or other) document to safeguard against loss of work in the case of any technical problems with the online submissions.
- You must use the headings provided in the relevant template for your proposed presentation.
- Please note that the biography will only be published if your submission is accepted for presentation.
- If your abstract/outline is accepted for presentation at the conference, you will be required to register for the event in order to present your work.
- Abstract/outline submissions close 5pm AEST on Friday 2 June, 2022. Corresponding authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission in approximately 6 weeks of this deadline.
Abstract/Outline Categories and Submission Portal
Teachers, coaches, educators, rehearsal directors, physicians and clinicians can gather profound insights into the psychological and physiological problems faced by performers. This wisdom, which is often supported by education and research, can be instructive to other performing arts practitioners. The Practitioner Wisdom category of presentations offers those with an extensive history of working with performing artists an opportunity to share insights based on their personal experiential knowledge. Please note that all submissions need to comply with jurisdiction privacy laws when using names, images or videos of other people. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.
Interventional and Descriptive Research
This includes any original research that studies the effect of any intervention to improve the health, wellbeing and performance of performing artists. These include but are not limited to surgical, pharmaceutical, physical and psychological interventions. Descriptive studies include normative, epidemiological, and correlation studies, as well as non-intervention case studies and qualitative studies. Please note that all original research that involves human participants must have institutional human research ethics committee approval, and must state as such in the abstract submission. Any submissions that do not state that they have appropriate ethics approval will not be accepted to present. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.
Literature Reviews/Conceptual Analysis
This includes systematic, narrative and scoping reviews of the literature relevant to the health, wellbeing and performance of performing artists. It is important to translate the results of the review/analysis to the practice of performing arts practitioners. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.
These sessions should be interactive in format. They should offer participants practical experience and insight into clinical and training strategies that support the health, wellbeing and performance of performing artists. Presentations will be 40 minutes in duration including Q&A.