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Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 14th National Conference of Allied Health 2021.

The National Allied Health Conference provides an excellent opportunity for allied health professionals from across Australia to showcase their work, engage in networking, critical thought and discussion to encourage innovation in clinical practice, research and service delivery. The audience at the conference will consist of a broad variety of allied health stakeholders from different parts of the health sector in clinical practice, research, education, policy and workforce development.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract summarising interesting and topical research, quality or other initiatives within any of the conference themes listed below. Submissions are sought for Oral Presentations, Lightning Oral Presentations (with ePosters) and ePoster presentations. All abstract submissions not accepted for oral presentation will be considered for an ePoster display.

Submissions must include a 300-word abstract. The abstracts will be assessed by the conference program committee for quality and applicability to the below themes. Submissions are due by midnight Wednesday 10th February 2021.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically as plain text via the Presentation Portal.  You do not need to prepare a word document abstract for upload.  The receipt of submissions will be confirmed by an acknowledgment email. All applicants, successful or otherwise, will be notified by Wednesday 31st March 2021, within an appropriate time frame to allow registration during the Early Bird Registration phase.

The NAHC 2021 Program Committee encourages submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students, researchers and educators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community workers.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed.


“Realising our value through…”

Aged care Mental health
Clinical education National Disability Insurance Scheme
Consumer engagement Optimising scope / expanding scope / extending scope / models of care
Digital health (and technology) Paediatrics
Indigenous health Rural health
Interprofessional education and practice Value based healthcare
Integrated healthcare Workforce development
Leadership Workforce management
Measuring value Workforce planning

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

It is anticipated featured oral presentations will be allocated 15-20 minutes for presentation, including question time.  Accepted presentations will be informed of the length of the presentation slot they have been offered at notification.

Lightning Talk presentations will be given a 3-minute presentation showing a maximum of 3 PowerPoint slides.

Electronic posters (ePosters) will be prepared in PowerPoint (1 slide 16:9) and displayed during the conference on large flat screen monitors in the exhibition area. The ePosters will rotate automatically and each poster will be shown for around one minute. Delegates will be able to pause individual posters to view them in more detail. There will also be an index to allow delegates to find an individual poster.

The abstract and a PDF of each accepted ePoster will be included in the Delegate App for delegates to view on their smart devices.

How to write an abstract

An abstract is  a short document that is intended to capture the interest of a potential attendee of your session.

The first rule of abstract writing is that it should engage the reader by telling him or her what your presentation is about.  Although not part of your abstract body, the title of the proposed presentation is also important. Short attention-catching titles are the most effective, however, it is also important to ensure that the title describes the subject you are writing about.

10 Guidelines for writing an abstract:

  1. Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential attendee of the presentation?
  2. Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
  3. Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the presentation is about and why they should attend it?
  4. Does the abstract title describe the subject being presented?
  5. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the presentation and the research question?
  6. Does the abstract say how the research was/is being undertaken?
  7. Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use?
  8. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the presentation?
  9. Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
  10. Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 300 words?

While the format of your abstract will vary with the topic and type of information you are presenting, most abstracts will include:

  • background of the project or initiative,
  • the method of research or project implementation,
  • the project results and
  • a discussion of the outcomes and implications.

Finally your abstract should not include diagrams or images and in general references are not required in the abstract.

Abstract Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your abstract
    Prepare your 300 word abstract text. This applies for oral, Lightning and ePoster submissions
  2. Enter your contact details
    Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.
  3. Enter Presenter and Author details
    Enter names and affiliations of the presenter and authors.  Also enter brief biography of the presenter(s), 100 words is sufficient.
  4. Enter your abstract details
    ‘Cut and Paste’ the abstract text 300 words and into the relevant field in the Presentation Portal.

Abstract Submission Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Theme
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter
  • Short (100 word) biography of the presenter(s)

Abstract Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present a poster..

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

At the time of the Conference


  • Session Chair Guidelines – to come
  • Presenter Guidelines – to come

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.