Abstract Submission

Deadline: 11:59pm AEST, Monday 20 May 2024 -CLOSED

Abstract Guidelines

Abstract guidelines and templates are provided below. You must ensure you follow the guidelines and use the correct template in order for your abstract to be submitted for review.

View Abstract Guidelines Document
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Abstract resources 

Conference resources have been developed by ASHM Conference & Events Division to assist you with your abstract submission and delivery of your presentation. The resources available are:

APSAD encourages the use of person centred language throughout the conference. Please refer to the language guides before submitting your abstract.

Research Abstract: 

10 minutes
Abstracts on original research findings, case studies, completed projects and theoretical analyses. Presentations should be well structured, rigorous and demonstrate a novel contribution to knowledge. 

Please use the Research Based Abstract Template.

Practice Based /Service Delivery Abstract: 

10 minutes
Abstracts analysing issues and solutions to problems in clinical practice, policy, community engagement, education, and health promotion. 
Presentations should be well structured, rigorous and demonstrate a novel contribution to knowledge.

This option allows you to report on projects that are not research-driven but are critical reflections on policy and practice, including clinical practice, community engagement, education, health promotion, and service delivery. In all cases we are looking for analyses and projects that are completed and have concrete results to report. 

The practice-based abstract template asks delegates to describe the analysis and arguments used, and then specify outcomes, results and implications for policy and practice. We encourage our community, nursing, policy, health promotion and other colleagues to try the template and submit abstracts.

Please use the Practice Based Abstract Template.

5 Minute Oral (Formerly Food for thought): 

5 minutes 
5-minute Oral presentations allow for a succinct overview of findings. These could be presentations of original research, clinical practice, community engagement, education, health promotion and policy. This presentation type could be used for case studies, clinical perspectives, new services, and consumer viewpoints. 

These presentations do not require the same rigorous research basis.

Please use either the Research or Practice Based Abstract Template. 


Permanently displayed during the conference. Presenters must stand with their posters during the dedicated Poster Sessions. 

Posters are a key component of the APSAD Conference offering an interactive platform for delegates to view and discuss achievements, ideas, and developments face-to-face.

Posters are ideal for data that works better visually, projects and research being proposed or currently in progress, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, case studies, divisional projects, or clinical topics.

All posters will be available on the conference website and in the app.

Please use either the Research or Practice Based Abstract Template. 

Presenter Symposium : 

60 mins 
(Suggested timings:  10 min presentation / 5 min discussant / 15 mins discussion) 

Symposia provide an opportunity to present on a common topic or theme from multiple standpoints or disciplines, to provide a coherent flow for discussion and bringing new insights.

Symposia should be submitted on ONE template and not as separate presentations. Each submission must include a Chair, Discussant (if different from the Chair), state the aim, and describe the interactive element of the symposium.

Please note: All symposia submissions will be automatically considered for individual oral / poster presentations if they are not selected for a symposium.

Please use the Presenter Symposium Abstract Template.

Panel Symposium: 

60 mins 

Panel Symposia provide an opportunity to engage a group in an interactive discussion.

Panel Symposia should include a clear description of the topic to be discussed and outline how the discussion will be managed between the panellists and between the panellists and the audience.

Please use the Panel Symposium Abstract Template.


30 - 60 mins 

Workshops are interactive information /training sessions and should facilitate discussion, and engage with the participants.

Lecture-style presentation should be kept to a minimum, workshops are a facilitation exercise. Consider the participants’ objectives and the desired learning outcomes, i.e. What is being taught, or what is the specific skill development?

Workshop presenters must provide an outline of the structure/plan for the session, including learning objectives and how they will minimise presenter talk and maximise participant hand on experience and discussion /interaction.

Abstracts that do not fit the above requirements will not be considered.

Please use the Research or Practise Based Abstract Template.
Workshops must also include a Workshop Outline Template.


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