The SARRAH 2020 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentations that address the conference theme ‘Sharing stories: shaping success’.

We invite abstracts on topics relevant to allied health professional practice, services, policy & planning, workforce, education & research in regional, rural and remote areas.  Abstracts that describe solutions for common challenges or highlight opportunities for sharing successful strategies and innovations are particularly encouraged.

The 2020 Conference will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of SARRAH.  The conference will be held at The Ville, Townsville and we are expecting over 250 delegates to attend.

Please refer to the presentation formats and guidelines below when preparing your abstract.

The call for abstracts is now open.

14 February 2020

Call for Abstracts/Papers Open

3 June 2020

Call for Abstracts/Papers Closes

July 2020

Notification of Results

July 2020

  • First draft of Scientific Refereed Papers due
  • Provisional Program released
  • Presenter Registrations due

Accepted submissions will not be confirmed in the program until at least one presenting author is registered for the conference.

23 September 2020

Early Bird Registration Closes

Abstract Submission Portal

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

To submit a presentation you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password.

Once you have created an account you can submit abstracts.  You can log back in to submit more abstracts and register for the conference.

Presentation Formats

Authors are invited to submit an abstract including their preferred presentation format from the selection below.  While the author’s preferred presentation format will be considered, the Committee may recommend a different format based on additional factors such as balance of the program.

(12 minute presentation + 3 minutes questions)

The author can request a peer review of the abstract for research projects by selecting the Scientific Refereed Paper option. A full written paper will be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings for all Scientific Refereed Papers that are selected.

Note: a written paper is not required for a standard presentation abstract that does not include a scientific review.

This presentation is suited to:

  • An evaluated service development project or research study
  • Presentations of significant impact or importance for regional, rural and remote allied health
  • Topics requiring discussion of context or complex methods prior to delivering the results and conclusion

Oral Presentation (5 minutes) + interactive discussion with delegates (15 minutes)

The Rapid 5 session structure is 5 x 5-minute presentations that may be linked by a theme.  Following the last presentation, the 5 presenters are positioned at stations in the room and delegates can approach the presenter/s of their choice to ask questions and discuss the topic further.  Presenters are encouraged to show and share resources with interested delegates.

This submission style is suited to:

  • Quality improvement or service innovation activities or pilot projects
  • Presenting and sharing evaluated resources (clinical tools, patient education resources, service coordination tools)
  • Forming collaborations and identifying contacts and colleagues doing similar work

Facilitated panel and audience discussion (45 minutes)

45 minute seminar hosted by a facilitator and with 3-4 panel members. The seminar presenters will discuss and work with the audience members on a key topic for regional, rural and remote allied health i.e. a wicked problem or a system priority.  The seminar structure should include:

  • A brief overview including key data and summary of issues
  • Panel members providing concise insights from practice, policy and research
  • Facilitated discussion with the audience contributing their perspectives, experiences, learnings, solutions and strategies
  • Facilitated development of seminar outputs including recommendations

The seminar should be action-orientated and stimulate discussion and one or more recommendations that can be reported as part of the conference outcomes and progressed by stakeholders.

The organising committee may work with potential presenters to address priority topics.  Seminars on the following topics are particularly welcomed:

  • Digital transformation in regional, rural and remote healthcare
  • Building “career enrichment” opportunities to enhance retention in regional, rural and remote health services including education, research, leadership
  • Building successful and sustainable partnerships including integrated care, and service/business viability in regional, rural and remote areas

This submission style is suited to:

  • Current and emerging issues and priorities for regional, rural and remote healthcare
  • Collaborative discussion focussed on opportunities, scaling and spreading local/regional solutions, defining priorities for action and practical strategies that audience members and SARRAH can progress

A0 Portrait Posters

An A0 portrait size poster that will be displayed for the duration of the Conference.

  • The abstract and a PDF of each accepted poster will be included in the conference app for delegates to view on their smart devices
  • The poster presenter will be allocated a 20 min “presentation time” in a scheduled conference meal break
  • Poster presenters, at their allocated presentation time, stand by the poster and can provide a short outline and discuss their poster with delegates
  • Presenters are encouraged to include a web link or QR code on their poster so delegates can access further information if available

This submission style is suited to:

  • Traditional poster topics such as local projects, quality improvement activities, small research projects (honours research, dissertation)
  • Topics that have narrower relevance than those proposed for other submission styles or lend themselves better to a visual presentation (data, charts, graphics)

A0 Poster Measurements

841 mm wide x 1189 mm high

33.1 inches wide x 46.8 inches high

The author is responsible for the printing and production of the poster.

Abstract Details (Standard presentation, Rapid 5 & Poster)

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

  • Presentation title
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Preferred theme
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter(s)
  • Short biography of the presenter(s)
Title

A descriptive presentation title of up to fifteen words; please only capitalise the first word and proper nouns in your title.

Abstract
  • An abstract of up to 300 words that provides sufficient details to understand the content of your proposed presentation
  • Structure: there is no set structure but one of the following options is recommended
    1. Traditional (required format for Scientific Refereed Paper submissions)
      • Background
      • Purpose/Aim
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusion and Recommendation
    2. Project Report
      • Title
      • What we did (methods, activities)
      • What we produced (description of the change/ improvement, new resources or process)
      • What we learned (evaluation findings and outcomes)
      • Recommendation
  • Abstracts should include some results or outcomes. For projects that are not yet completed, intermediate results/outcomes should be reported
  • Although presentations of formal research are highly regarded, local projects with demonstrated practice and service improvement outcomes are valued and submissions are encouraged
  • Abstracts that relate to research or evaluation of health services in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities should reference the methods used to support cultural safety.

Abstract Details (Seminar)

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

  • Presentation title
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Preferred theme
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter(s)
  • Short biography of the presenter(s)
Title

A descriptive presentation title of a up to fifteen words; please only capitalise the first word and proper nouns in your title.

Abstract
  • An abstract of up to 300 words that provides sufficient details to understand your proposed presentation and includes:
    • Seminar outline including a brief description of the issue/problem and rationale for presenting it as a priority for the conference
    • proposed seminar format
    • expected outcome
  • The presentation group should provide diverse perspectives and experience of the topic such as different:
    • sectors (e.g. public, private, NGO, community controlled)
    • roles (e.g. clinicians, managers, policy, education, research consumer, advocate, associated industries such as vendors/suppliers)
    • career stages (students/early career, mid-career, “venerable colleagues”), and/or
    • locations and service settings (national or international, urban/rural/remote)
  • Abstracts that relate to research or evaluation of health services in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities should reference the methods used to support cultural safety.

Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your abstract
    Prepare your abstract text (up to 300 words). This applies for all 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 a brief biography of the presenter(s) (100 words maximum).
  4. Enter your abstract details
    Cut and Paste’ the abstract text (up to 300 words) into the relevant field in the Presentation Portal.

Review Process

All abstracts will undergo a peer- review process by the program committee. The program committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.

Scientific Refereed Papers

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration for a Scientific Refereed Paper please select the Standard Presentation option and Scientific Refereed Paper option.

If your abstract submission is accepted use the following instructions to prepare your full paper submission.

SARRAH Scientific Paper Guidelines

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 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 lecture 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.