Abstract Submission

If you are an international delegate, please remember to bring any required adaptors. Any presenters using Macs MUST bring their VGA dongles and Mac adaptors.

Please click on the links below to download the presenter or chair guidelines for:

- Oral presenters
- Oral chairs

Notification of submission results have now been emailed to submitting authors. Please contact us if you have not received notification of the outcome of your abstract. All attending authors must be registered for the conference by COB Wednesday 9th September 2015. Click here to register.

The National Allied Health Conference is the premier event on the Allied Health calendar and will be held in Melbourne from 9 - 11 November 2015 at the Crown Convention Centre. The conference theme is 'Allied Health Front and Centre', exploring allied health's place in the health continuum, both now and into the future, and showcasing significant allied health research and projects.

Submissions are now closed. Authors were invited to submit an abstract summarising interesting and topical research, quality or other initiatives within any of the conference themes listed below. Submissions were sought for oral and ePoster presentations. Accepted oral presentations will range from 15 - 30 minutes (including questions), with successful delegates advised of their presentation length following the abstract evaluation process. All abstract submissions not accepted for oral presentation will be considered for ePoster display.

NAHC 2015 Scientific Committee



An author from each accepted submission, oral or ePoster, must be registered for at least one day of the conference (Tuesday or Wednesday) in order for the submission to be included. Submissions cannot be presented or displayed by colleagues or friends who are not listed as an author on the abstract and will be withdrawn after 9th September if an author is not registered by that date.


General Information

  • It is recommended that the presenting author's contact details are used when submitting the abstract to avoid miscommunication regarding the abstract submission and review process
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
  • Biographies are limited to 100-150 words. Your biography should be written using complete sentences and in the 3rd person. Please refrain from using bullet points. Your biography should contain information relative to your position, career history and professional achievements
  • Your abstract will appear in print as submitted. Please ensure you check your data carefully before submitting as changes or additions will not be accepted after the Call for Abstracts closes
  • If you have entered a valid email address you will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your submission
  • Abstracts will be reviewed by the National Allied Health Scientific Committee and Abstract Review Subcommittee against the following criteria; Presentation, Quality, Originality, Significance and Relevance.



Papers are encouraged in the following theme areas:

  • Allied Health Marketing and Profile
  • Assistant Workforces
  • Big Ideas
  • Career Pathways
  • Early Graduate Programs
  • Education / Academics
  • Education Issues
  • eHealth / Technology / Genomics
  • Equity of Access (Indigenous, Growth Corridors, Populations at Risk)
  • Extended scope of practice (Science disciplines)
  • Extended scope of practice (Therapy disciplines)
  • Genomics
  • Health Economics / Financial Sustainability
  • Inter-professional Practice
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Models of Care (Multi-disciplinary)
  • Models of Care (Multi-morbidity)
  • Prescribing
  • Professional Development / Skill Building (Clinical / Advanced Practice)
  • Professional Development / Skill Building (Communications with Consumers)
  • Research and Quality Improvement
  • Rural Health
  • Simulation Based Learning
  • Student / Graduate Projects
  • Workforce Development


Oral Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation (extended)
Oral presentations (extended) will be allocated 30 minutes. Please prepare a 25 minute presentation and allow 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Oral Presentation (standard)

Oral papers will be allocated 15 minutes. Please prepare a 12 minute presentation and allow 3 minutes for questions and answers.

Prepare your presentation in 16:9 widescreen
The audio visual company at Crown Convention Centre recommends presenters utilise the 16:9 aspect ratio of PowerPoint for oral presentations. Below is a downloadable 16:9 PowerPoint template and some handy tips and tricks for designing your widescreen presentation.

16:9 aspect ratio PowerPoint Template
Staging Connections Widescreen Guide

Bring your presentation to the conference on USB to load in the Speakers Preparation room (minimum 2 hours before your a scheduled to present). There will be full technical supprot at the time of the conference.

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. You will not require your laptop. The only exception being if you are using a Mac or a specific or uncommon program. This should be coordinated in advanced and any approved laptop/device must be presented to the onsite technicians on arrival.

ePoster Presentation Formats

ePoster Slide

Electronic posters 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.

ePoster Presentation

ePoster presentations will be allocated 5 minutes to present on the ePoster stage in the exhibition hall during lunch. This provides authors 3 minutes to present on their poster and 2 minutes for questions and answers.

Presenters are not required to prepare additional slides for their presentation.

Accepted ePoster authors must submit their ePoster slide using the correct template by email to the conference secretariat by 9th October 2015.

Right click and 'save link as' on the links below to download the template and instructions.

ePoster Slide Template
ePoster Slide Instructions & Tips

Submission Procedure

1. Prepare your paper

Prepare your abstract on the relevant Word template above.

2. Enter your contact details

Go to the NAHC 2015 Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.

3. Enter your paper details

Enter the details for each paper you are submitting and upload the associated Word document.


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 biography of the presenter


Presentation Files

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

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

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.

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.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Other audiovisual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available



Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.


Abstracts were due by 28 June 2015.


Abstract Acceptance

Authors who submit abstracts and papers will be emailed in late-July/August regarding the status of their presentations.

AUG 2015

Provisional Program

The provisional program will be posted on the website in late-August after the acceptance of presentations have been emailed.


Presenter Registration

All presenters are required to register for the conference. Presentations cannot be included in the program unless at least one author registers to present.

Final Abstract Submission

Final versions of abstracts for accepted presentations are due by 2 October 2015. Abstracts will be included in the conference app.