Current Committee Projects

Current Committee Projects

Project Last UpdatedCurrent StatusResponsible Person
Constitution08/08/23We are updating our constitution to bring it in line with the Model Constitution provided for Associations. The revised Constitution was circulated to members for consideration at AGM on 26 August. A key change is a new name – Pilates Association Australia – to reflect a new era of a single strong Pilates voice in Australia. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM in August or send a proxy. Karen Goh, Meredith Brooks, Mary McArthur
PAA Conference 202308/08/23Fri 25 - Sun 27 August 2023 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne VIC.

We have now launched an On Demand ticket for the conference which will give access to recordings of 17 of the live workshops. An 'Online Add On' ticket will also be available for attendees of the live event. This will be released on the last day of the conference (27/8/23). Ticket holders will receive more details soon.

Bruce Hildebrand is chatting with each of the presenters on the PAA Podcast and highlighting key messages from their workshop, what you will learn, and why to select this workshop.

Saturday night we will host a cocktail party and exhibition for everyone to get together, catch up and celebrate our amazing industry. More details to be released soon.

The Exhibitor Prospectus is still available Prospectus

Confirmed Exhibitors include Elements, COM marketing, Toesox, BMS, Focus GDT and The Pilates Link.

Sharan Simmons
Mentoring Program08/08/23

The structure for a formal Mentoring program for members was recently agreed to by the committee. A proposal is currently being finalised to consider remuneration and PDPs to be associated with the program.

Donna Oliver

With the help of Sharan, the Education committee continues to liaise with Training Providers interested in getting their courses PAA approved. The PAA CCC are a great way for the PAA to promote and encourage rigorous comprehensive training that involves adequate n work experience. Our goal is to encourage as many TP’s as possible to bring training standards to the highest possible level, whilst also giving potential student teachers or Pilates clients more information on why comprehensive training is so important.

Christine Lavelle, Sharan Simmons

The new series of podcasts featuring interviews with 2023 Conference presenters now has 19 episodes.

Click to listen and see the full list of podcasts

Bruce Hildebrand
Website redesign08/08/23

Our goal is to improve navigation and refresh the look of our website.

The updated, modernised and simplified website will be developed following the adoption of a new CRM system later this year. We will share more about the new CRM system and launch date shortly after the conference. The CRM system is used for maintaining your qualifications, PDPs, membership history, etc.

Meredith Brooks, Kerry Haywood, Karen Goh
Circular 69/1808/06/23Advocacy regarding breaches of health fund rebates.

We continue to lobby for action to be taken against people openly claiming health fund rebates for Pilates, which is in breach of this circular.

Robyn Rix
Advocacy & Regulation08/06/23Robyn Rix was interviewed by Shannon Schubert from ABC Central Victoria. The resulting article focused on the need for regulation of Pilates in Australia, generating lots of interest on social media.Robyn Rix
Natural Therapies Review08/06/23

The review is to determine if health fund rebates should be reinstated for Pilates and other “natural therapies”.

A meeting was held on Tuesday 30 May to update stakeholders on proceedings at the seventh Expert Advisory Panel meeting on May 19. The final evidence evaluation on Pilates is due for completion in December. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer will then report to the government. This step is anticipated in early 2024. If the outcome is positive, Circular 69/18, which prohibits the payment of health fund rebates for Pilates, would be removed. Thank you to Dr Penny Latey for her continued hard work on the Expert Advisory Panel.

More information

Robyn Rix
Media coverage08/06/23Committee member Daniela Di Fabio contributed to an article published by the House of Wellness explaining the different types of Pilates that are available.Daniela Di Fabio
APMA: One strong voice08/06/23The APMA held their final workshop on 28 May presented by Penny Latey and have officially closed for business. Penny kindly donated both her time and the venue for the event. It was followed by farewell drinks. We are planning a newsletter dedicated to the APMA – history & reminiscences - in the near future.Robyn Rix, Sharan Simmons
Membership Admin System08/06/23The internal updates to the Admin system we have been working on since Christmas were released on 20 May. Thank you for your patience while we worked out the kinks during the first week of release.

Sales of the Member Insurance Program have also been transferred to BMS Insurance, in accordance with best practice for compliance.

Kerry Haywood
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Pilates14/04/23Research has been completed in regards to registered and non-registered NDIS providers, along with costs for audits to become a registered provider. Information will be exclusively available to members, via the member portal.Simmone Cser-Pratzky
Pilates Science Website (Curated Research)14/04/23The website now has 617 studies listed, separated into categories with an excellent search facility. A review of a study from 2018, entitled The influence of surface angle on muscle activity during Pilates based exercises by Asia V. Yates et al has also been added.Robyn Rix
Monthly Masterclasses24/01/23

A program to bring our members together on a monthly basis. This PAA community-based initiative values inclusivity, encouragement, movement and fun. It promotes all Pilates approaches and is a great way for instructors to set time for themselves to move under the guidance of a colleague at an affordable cost.

We are currently working on the schedule for April onwards in 2023.

Email if you have a suggested presenter or would like to be involved yourself.

2023 Masterclass Schedule

21 JulyJulia FrankishSpiralling through Mat Work
18 AugustMelissa TurnockFeeling the dance between Pilates and Yoga
15 September, 2pm AESTJoanna Littlewood-JohnsonHappy Shoulders & Hips Band Class
NovemberHelen FletcherTBC
15 DecemberSarah EgglestoneTBC
Eve Fairbairn
Revamped Instructor Search on website20/9/22The instructor search function on the website is undergoing a complete rebuild to replace the out-of-date plugin currently being used. Phase One of the project, which is nearing completion, is designed to improve efficiency, security and accessibility with member details data called directly from our database.

Phase two of development will introduce new features, with members and registered studios able to update and share more information about themselves on their profile, such as specialist areas, additional qualifications, etc.

Kerry Haywood & Sharan Simmons