DAY 1: Monday February 10th (Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, Te Aro, Wellington)
TIME TITLE CHAIR
4:00 pm Executive meeting  
4:45 pm National Joint Replacement Registry meeting Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales, Sydney
5:30 pm ECR social networking function (for registered attendees only) Dr Ben Darlow, University of Otago
DAY 2: Tuesday February 11th (Small lecture theatre, University of Otago, Wellington)
TIME TITLE PRESENTER
9:00 am Registration (tea and coffee available)
9:30 am Mihi whakatau and meeting opening Professor William Levack, Dean and Head of Campus, University of Otago, Wellington
Session 1: Maori health advancement in MSK Research Chair:  Associate Professor William Taylor,  University of Otago
9:45 am Maori health advancement in MSK Research Dr Sarah-Jane Paine, Tomaiora Research Co-Director, University of Auckland
  10:15 am Maori health advancement in MSK Research  Professor Nicola Dalbeth, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
  10:45 am Discussion  Dr Sarah-Jane Paine Professor Nicola Dalbeth 
11:00am Morning tea (lobby) 
Session 2: Updated ANZMUSC endorsement process, endorsed trial updates and early and developing trial ideas Chair: Professor Rana Hinman, University of Melbourne
11:25 am ANZMUSC endorsement process update  Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales, Sydney
11:45 am Endorsed trial updates session #1    Update on the feasibility of NUDG-ED: a trial of a behavioural intervention to reduce unnecessary lumbar imaging in Emergency Departments Dr Adrian Traeger, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney 
11:55 am A Combined Randomised and Observational Study of Surgery for Fractures In the distal  Radius in the Elderly (CROSSFIRE) Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales, Sydney  
12:05 pm SUcceSS: SUrgery for Spinal Stenosis – a randomised placebo-controlled trial Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, The University of Sydney 
12:15 pm Proposal session #1 – Early and developing trial ideas seeking feedback and discussion PeOple’s Self-management Stories to Improve public BeLiefs and provide pain Education (POSSIBLE) – A pragmatic online randomised controlled trial Dr Hemakumar Devan, University of Otago  
12:30 pm Reduction in pain and opioid use after discharge from the Emergency Department  Dr Stephanie Mathieson, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney
12:45 pm   PhysioDirect OZ Dr Josh Zadro, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney
1:00 pm Efficacy of an exercise therapy programme for individuals with partial rotator-cuff tear Dr Daniel Ribeiro, University of Otago
1:15 pm Lunch (lobby) 
Session 3: Endorsed trial updates and more advanced trial proposals Chair: Dr Bethan Richards, Institute of Musculoskeletal Health / Sydney Local Health District
2:00 pm Endorsed trial updates session #2 Best pRactIce surGical and refracTive management of cataract: the BRIGhT randomised controlled trial pilot study Professor Lisa Keay, UNSW, The George Institute 
2:10 pm Effectiveness of an electronic patient-centred self-management tool for Gout sufferers: a cluster randomised controlled trial Dr Matthew Coleshill, University of New South Wales  
2:20 pm Oral steroids in sciatica: The OASIS Randomised Controlled Trial Professor Chris Maher, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney 
2:30 pm OPAL – OPioids for Acute spinaL pain     Ms Caitlin Jones,  Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney
2:40 pm WalkBack: Preventing recurrence of low back pain Ms Tash Pocovi, Macquarie University
2:50 pm Implementation of an evidence-based model of care for low back pain in emergency departments: the Sydney Health Partners Emergency Department (SHaPED) trial Professor Chris Maher, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney   
3:00 pm Proposal session #2 More advanced trial proposals DISTINCT: Dual mobility versus standard total hip arthroplasty in femoral neck fractures, a registry-nested, cluster-randomised trial Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales, Sydney 
3:15 pm Efficacy of a tailored rehabilitation programme for shoulder subacromial pain: a protocol for a randomised, placebo controlled trial Dr Daniel Ribeiro, University of Otago
3:30 pm Afternoon tea (lobby) 
Session 4: Research prioritisation tools and frameworks Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales 
4:00 pm   ACTA’s Research Prioritisation Framework for Clinical Trials Networks and Funders Professor Rachael Morton, Director, Health Economics – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre  
4:45 pm Validation study of ANZMUSC Research Question Importance Tool (RQIT) – does it require further development? Associate Professor William Taylor, University of Otago
5:30 pm Day 1 close  
6:00 pm Informal Networking Event (Bebemos, 88 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington)
 
DAY 3: Wednesday February 13th (Room G22, University of Otago, Wellington) 
TIME TITLE PRESENTER
7:00 am OA SIG Breakfast (for registered attendees only) (sponsored by the Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcome Research, University of Otago) 
OA SIG meeting (for registered attendees only) Co-Chairs: Professor Kim Bennell, University of Melbourne & Professor David Hunter, University of Sydney 
7:30 am New Zealand Government priorities, programmes, initiatives, and plans Ms Laura Seary, Clinical Principal Advisor, NZ Ministry of Health
7:50 am Mobility Action Plan programme Mr Simon Duff, NZ Ministry of Health
8:10 am The impact and management of rising osteoarthritis burden Professor Haxby Abbott, CMOR / University of Otago
DAY 3: Wednesday February 13th (Small lecture theatre, University of Otago, Wellington) 
TIME TITLE PRESENTER
Session 5: Funding opportunities, difficulties and strategies for MSK Research Chair: Dr Sam Whittle, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide 
8:30 am   NZ perspective Associate Professor William Taylor,  University of Otago 
9:00 am Australian perspective Professor Chris Maher, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney 
9:30 am Panel discussion Including Professor Kath McPherson (deputy VC, Auckland University of Technology and former Chief Executive of the Health Research Council) and Mr Ben Horgan (ANZMUSC CAG member)
10:00 am Morning tea (lobby) 
Session 6: Osteoarthritis – Perspectives, priorities and possibilities in Australia & New Zealand Chair: Professor Kim Bennell, University of Melbourne 
10:30 am New Zealand perspective on OA Professor Haxby Abbott, CMOR / University of Otago
11:00 am Research priorities and the National Osteoarthritis Strategy Professor David Hunter, The University of Sydney 
11:30 am Panel discussion Including Associate Professor Justine Naylor (South Western Sydney Local Health District), Dr Sam Adie (UNSW), Ms Jane Clark (consumer, NZ) 
12:00 pm Lunch (lobby) 
Session 7: Osteoarthritis endorsed trial updates and new proposals   Chair: Professor Chris Maher, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney 
12:45 pm Endorsed trial updates session #3 DICKENS – A randomised controlled trial of DIaCerein to treat KneE osteoarthritis with effusioN-Synovitis  Associate Professor Dawn Aitken, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Tasmania
12:55 pm A non-inferiority trial comparing different modes of physiotherapy service delivery and their effect on knee pain and physical function in people with knee osteoarthritis Professor Rana Hinman, University of Melbourne   
1:05 pm Effects of an intensive diet program in addition to exercise in people with hip osteoarthritis who are overweight or obese: a randomised controlled trial  Professor Kim Bennell, University of Melbourne  
1:15 pm Physical activity coaching for adults with mobility limitations: the ComeBACK pragmatic randomised controlled trial  Professor Rana Hinman, University of Melbourne  
1:25 pm Proposal session #3 – Trial proposals for OA Early supported discharge following primary, elective total hip and knee replacements in a private hospital Dr Jason Wallis, Monash University & Cabrini Health
1:40 pm Gait retraining interventions for people with knee osteoarthritis Associate Professor Milena Simic, The University of Sydney 
1:55 pm The Implementation of a Model OsteoArthritis Consultation (MOAC) in Primary in New Zealand Dr Daniel O’Brien, Auckland University of Technology 
2:10 pm NSAIDs and Physiotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis Dr Cathy Chapple, University of Otago
2:30 pm Afternoon tea (lobby) 
Session 8: Registries, Back pain CRE and ECR activities   Chair: Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Monash University & Cabrini Health  
3:00 pm Embedding PROMs in Clinical Quality Registries – experience from a randomised trial in kidney disease Professor Rachael Morton, Director, Health Economics – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre  
3:30 pm AOA joint registry proposal for embedding clinical trials within registries   Professor Ian Harris, University of New South Wales Sydney  
3:55 pm Introduction to ANZBACK   Professor Chris Maher, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney  
4:05 pm Surprises and sapience shared: ECR-Senior Researcher session feedback Dr Ben Darlow, University of Otago
4:30 pm Meeting close