Welcome Address

Welcome to attend The "13th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation 2023 (PPCR 2023)" in Chiangmai, a historic Northern city of Thailand that rich with culture charm and hornored as a UNESCO creative city of Crafts and Folk Art

We look forward to welcoming you to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Professor Hector Tsang, Ph.D.

Chair Professor and Head,
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

      I am delighted to invite you to join the 13th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR), which will be held on 23 and 24 November, 2023. We are delighted to announce that the 13th PPCR is co-organized with Chiang Mai University which has been our collaborator for a long time. Since its inception in the 1998, the PPCR has become a signature academic conference organized by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. With the continual success of the previous conferences, this event has been well-regarded by rehabilitation researchers, healthcare professionals and administrators and students in the local and Pan-Pacific regions. The Conference has been providing a platform for exchange of ideas and network building. This enables the development of rehabilitation research, programs and services that can benefit the society.

      With the unprecedent challenges encountered in the rehabilitation community around the world, a range of innovative research areas have recently emerged to meet societal needs. These include telerehabilitation, robotics, physical and cognitive training for COVID-19 survivors. Given the theme of “Health & Well-being Beyond the Era of New Normal” in the 13th PPCR, six distinguished keynote speakers have agreed to provide us with the cutting edge knowledge and research development in different aspects. Meanwhile, participants will have the opportunities to acquire new clinical and research skills in the pre-conference workshops. I hope that we shall make full use of this platform to share our innovative ideas during the conference.

      I look forward to meeting you all in the upcoming 13th PPCR in November to celebrate our success after the impact of the COVID-19. During the two-day conference, we can establish strong international connections and strive for further development of the rehabilitation field in the New-Normal period.

Associate Professor Sam Chan, Ph.D.

The Organizing Committee of the 13th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

      Welcome to all participants joining the 13th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR). We are pleased to co-organize the conference with Chiang Mai University with the theme “Health & Well-being Beyond the Era of New Normal”.

      As the Co-Chairman of the Organizing Committee, I am pleased to organize this prestigious conference involving the local and Pan-Pacific regions. It is a great pleasure to be working with Chiang Mai University to show the importance of cooperation and collaboration in the regions. We have invited renowned speakers from different regions of the world to provide the best insights into the latest research and clinical knowledge. As we embrace the “new normal” and leave behind the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect hundreds of participants will attend the conference in-person. This two-day conference will serve as a venue for delivering presentations and exchanging ideas. I hope that we can reshape the direction of rehabilitation sciences and facilitate community rehabilitation services.

      We look forward to meeting you in Chiang Mai in November, 2023!

Professor Sakorn Pornprasert, Ph.D.

Dean, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences,
Chiang Mai University

      On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to welcome you to join the 13th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR), with the theme of “Health & Wellbeing Beyond the Era of New Normal” being held on 23th-24th November 2023 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The PPCR is an iconic event in rehabilitation biannually hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. For 2023, it is a great honor for the Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences (AMS) at Chiang Mai University to co-organize the upcoming 13th PPCR.

      Rehabilitation plays a critical role in all aspects of healthcare through promotion of good health, prevention of diseases, treatment, and palliative care to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all. The need for rehabilitation worldwide is increasing due to changes in the health and characteristics of the population as people are living longer, but with more chronic diseases and disability. Unfortunately, the demand for rehabilitation is not met, partly due to the disruption of the existing rehabilitation services by COVID-19 pandemic, and an increasing number of cases after severe COVID-19 disease that require rehabilitation services. The theme of the upcoming 13th Pan-Pacific Conference in Rehabilitation is “Health & Wellbeing Beyond the Era of New Normal” and will provide a platform for diversified knowledge exchange and discussion on different innovations and technological developments related to rehabilitations. Topics include: mental health and cognition, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, neuromusculoskeletal health, primary health care, telemedicine/health innovations/robotics, learning/teaching and preclinical/translational research, which will help level-up rehabilitation services. In addition, there will be pre-conference workshops and clinical visits focusing on the current topics of interest and clinical skills of the participants.

      I look forward to seeing you all at the 13th PPCR in Chiang Mai, a historic Northern city in Thailand that blends nature with the local Lanna Culture, and trust that this event will serve as a driving force to strengthen international networks among healthcare professionals, academics, healthcare administrators and students from different institutions and disciplines. Your support and participation will be greatly appreciated.
Supporting Organizations
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai
Government Office
Chiang Mai Provincial
Public Health Office
Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports
Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization
The Occupational Therapist Association of Thailand (OTAT)
The Physical Therapy Association of Thailand (PTAT)
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau