Call for Abstracts - Closed

The call for abstracts for the virtual Australian Public Health Conference 2020 have closed.

The Australian Public Health Conference (formally the PHAA Annual Conference) is a national conference held by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) which presents a national and multi-disciplinary perspective on public health issues. PHAA members and non-members are encouraged to contribute to discussions on the broad range of public health issues and challenges, and exchange ideas, knowledge and information on the latest developments in public health.

Through development of public health policies, advocacy, research and training, PHAA seeks better health outcomes for Australian’s and the Conference acts as a pathway for public health professionals to connect and share new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for local communities. 

The 2020 Conference theme will be: ‘Public Health action: Response to bushfires, climate and coronavirus’. The theme responds to a series of realities which, in different ways, are ‘crises’ impacting on public wellbeing. The public health sector has much to contribute to developing responses to these crises which are measured, effective and socially equitable, and are based on evidence and scientific thinking. Each of our conference’s three headline crises represents serious public and community challenges. They bring risks of lost wellbeing, illness, and even death. They damage our environment, disrupt our economy and diminish social equity creating a significant impact on physical and mental health. “2020” now feels like a tipping point into a new world. One of the dominant societal reactions is anxiety, felt individually and collectively, and this anxiety itself emerges as a public health issue.

What will be the public health response to these events? How do we influence government and private decisions for the better wellbeing of our community? How do we marshal scientific evidence to build persuasive cases? How do we communicate public health messages quickly and effectively? These and other issues will be the subject of this year’s Australian Public Health Conference, at which a range of national and international experts will share wisdom with Australia’s public health community. 

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health care significance will be considered and accepted in association with the Conference theme and outcomes of the presentation.

 

Papers will be accepted and considered in two domains:

  • Research

       Context and aim; Methods and analysis/research findings; Translational outcomes; Future actions.

  • Policy / Practice
    Context and aim; Methods and analysis; Translational outcomes; Future actions.

Abstracts should be submitted as a response to the following questions (maximum of 300 words):

  • What is the problem/issue that requires public health action? [Context and aim]

  • What do we know or have we learned to address this problem/issue, and how has this finding been derived? [Methods and analysis/research findings]

  • How has this been used in practice? [Translational outcomes]

  • What actions should we take in the future to address the problem/issue? [Future actions]

Please note, that while the submission questions are a departure from the traditional scientific approach to abstracts, the text in the squared brackets indicates the corresponding traditional structure. The purpose of this change is to shift the focus to be more action/future orientated.

We encourage presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health to be presented or co-presented with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. We also encourage abstracts submitted to note if authors identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Presenters of research focusing on particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the research findings. An additional 50 word paragraph is permitted in addition to the 300 word maximum.

 

Abstracts submitted must clearly show how the virtual presentation will present key learnings and outcomes in association with the conference themes.

We encourage submitters to think about the story they are trying to relay, and how they will make the presentation dynamic to keep the audience engaged.


All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the abstract submission portal link below. 

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts. 

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.


Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not submit a version with ‘track changes’ active.

Where relevant, we will also require a 250 word summary of methodology to be written and made available during the conference for people who take an interest in your session. Please do not include this in your abstract submission. If relevant to your presentation, your methodology summary can be uploaded with your final presentation.  

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

Abstract Presentation Awards

 

The abstract presentation awards have been created to highlight the great work presented at the Australian Public Health Conference and recognise the contribution presenters have to the program and public health sector.

The Conference Advisory Committee will appoint reviewers for the virtual Australian Public Health Conference 2020 to review the abstract presentations and mark them against set criteria. The winners of the awards for each category will be announced during the virtual Conference.

Categories:

  • Public Health Research Award

  • Advocacy & Leadership Award

  • Capacity Building Award

  • Early Career/Young Professional Award

  • First Time Presenter Award

  • Best e-Poster Award

For more information on the abstract presentation awards, please click here.


Conference Topics

The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in public health. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following conference topics:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

  • Planetary and Climate Health

  • Health Communication

  • Public Health Action

 

Sub-Themes

Abstract submissions are asked to consider the below sub themes in relation to ONE of the Conference Topic listed above and their relation to public health implications.

  • Challenges, failures and successes in public health;

  • Planetary health and environmental determinants of health, including disaster (all hazards) and community resilience;

  • Strategic health communication and promotion;

  • Prevention, protection and intervention: action and investment;

  • Social epidemiology and social determinants of health: action and investment;

  • Health equity: Principals of diversity and human rights, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, racism; culture; religion and spirituality; gender, sex and sexuality; physical and mental (dis)ability; socio-economic status; rural and remote health; and ageing;

  • Commercial determinants of health.

 
Presentation Types

Long Oral
Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 10 minutes each. Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Due to the volume of Long Oral presentations, Q&A sessions will not be available. 

Short Oral (Rapid Fire)
Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 6 minutes each. Presentations must contain no more than 4 PowerPoint slides (
1. context and aim 2. methods and analysis/research findings 3. translational outcomes 4. future actions). Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Due to the volume of Rapid Fire presentations, Q&A sessions will not be available. 

e-Poster Presentations
e-Posters will be PDF files uploaded to the virtual conference site for participants to view for the duration of the virtual Conference. These are limited to one (1) page per poster. Time will be allocated during the Conference program for e-poster presenters to answer some questions.

 

Abstract Requirements

 

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review. Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual submission form for requirements.

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.

  • Papers will be considered in two domains: 

    • Research [Context and aim; Methods and analysis/research findings; Translational outcomes; Future actions]

    • Policy/Practice [Context and aim; Methods and analysis; Translational outcomes; Future actions]

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the abstract presentation questions:

    • What is the problem/issue that requires public health action? [Context and aim]

    • What do we know or have we learned to address this problem/issue, and how has this finding been derived? [Methods and analysis/research findings]

    • How has this been used in practice? [Translational outcomes]

    • What actions should we take in the future to address the problem/issue? [Future actions]

  • For each abstract submission, authors must identify as either a researcher or practitioner and select at least one topic.

  • If there is more than one presenter (long oral presentations only), all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered first with the abstract.

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author. All abstracts must be original work and submitted in English. 

  • Abstract presenters must be able to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation, guidelines will be provided, by the due date.

  • Presenters are encouraged to include a contact details page at the end of their presentation for follow up discussion on their presentation.  

  • Identify 2-3 learning objectives significant to the presentation.

  • When abstract presentation offers are sent out, authors need to accept the offer to present. If no response is received within the specified time frame, another abstract can be offered in its place.

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 5 July 2020 

Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance of the offer to present and pay the conference registration fee.

 

Workshop Expressions of Interest - Now Closed

 

There will be limited opportunities to host a workshop as part of the Australian Public Health Conference 2020. Expressions of interest will be considered for the program where they align with the conference objectives and topics.

 

Workshops will be held during selected Conference dates and will run for up to 90 minutes each, with a maximum of 50 virtual participants. Workshop content and structure must be engaging and suited to the virtual format.

Please note; workshops accepted into the Australian Public Health Conference 2020 program will be supplied with a dedicated presentation time during the virtual Conference dates. Registrations for the workshop will be collected by the Conference Secretariat and online access will be provided to these participants. Any costs incurred to facilitate the workshop including graphic design or visual props are at the expense of the workshop organiser.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

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