Abstracts: call for submissions

Invitation to submit

If you’re a physiotherapist with interests in practice, business, education and leadership, this is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, initiative, achievement or research, while encouraging innovation and professional development collaboratively among the physiotherapy profession. The APA and the Conference Program Committee are keen for members and non-members to be a part of the program as abstract presenters. By presenting to your peers you are contributing to the profession, establishing your expertise in your field and increasing your visibility and credibility.

The conference theme, NEXT sets the foundation for the profession to develop, encourage, lead and break new ground in physiotherapy. When considering your abstract submission, please ensure you have something new and relevant to share with your peers. The committee is looking for a mix of research, how-to sessions and case studies. Only high-quality submissions will be included in the 2018 program. Please aim for relevance to one of the three streams of the conference:

Practice—application or use of an idea, belief, or method within the practise of physiotherapy.

Business—the business of physiotherapy, focusing specifically on management and leadership within a physiotherapy business or workplace.

Education—building expert skills in the areas of learning, teaching, supervision and research with a focus on both patient and professional education.

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Types of presentations

Free papers – oral presentation of 15-minutes duration, inclusive of question time.

How to – oral presentation of 30-minute duration, describing how to do or achieve something, inclusive of question time.

These presentations are moderated by a chair as a concurrent session within the relevant theme or topic of the conference (as determined by the committee).  Presentations are to be given via PowerPoint slides and are not designed to be practical in nature.

Key dates
Date Activity
26 February Abstract submissions open
26 March Early bird registrations open
30 April Abstract submissions close
Late May All submitting authors notified of submission outcomes
18 June Deadline for authors to decline presentation offer
June Authors contacted with presentation time
31 July Early bird registrations close
31 July Date by which presenters must be registered in order for their presentation details to be included in the printed conference program
5 – 7 October 2018 Conference
Submit an abstract

Before submitting your abstract, please ensure you have read the Abstract submission guidelines, and the information below.

Abstracts MUST be submitted to at least one of the three themes of the conference:

Practice—application or use of an idea, belief, or method within the practise of physiotherapy.

Business—the business of physiotherapy, focusing specifically on management and leadership within a physiotherapy business or workplace.

Education—building expert skills in the areas of learning, teaching, supervision and research with a focus on both patient and professional education.

Following the abstract submission deadline, each submission will be scored by a reviewing committee, with accepted abstracts considered for the final program.

Deadline for submissions is midnight Monday 30 April 2018 (AEST), editing of submitted abstracts will NOT be permitted after this date. Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference e-book as submitted.

Preparation:
• all abstracts must be prepared in English
• abstracts MAY NOT:

– advertise a commercial product
– contain tables or graphics.


Format:
• your abstract should be formatted in upper and lower case. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT IN CAPITALS
• the title of your abstract should be no more than 15 words
• co-authors: you may enter a complete list of co-authors. Affiliations should be included, however you should only use institutional names and country (no postal addresses)
• body: no more than 250 words (including sub-headings).

Submission:
• abstracts must be submitted using the online submission system
• all abstracts must be submitted online by the deadline – midnight Tuesday 30 April 2018 (AEST). Late submissions will not be accepted
• by submitting an abstract you agree to it being added as part of a downloadable e-book (featuring program and abstracts) both on the conference website and in the conference app.

General Information:
• accepted authors must be a registered and paid delegate
• all presentations will be via PowerPoint slides.


Submission process:

The submission process is online, with easy to follow steps. The process will work with any browser and the system will let you know if there is a problem with your browser version. You are able to submit an abstract without registering as a delegate, however it is a condition of having your abstract accepted and included in the conference program that you are a registered and paid delegate.

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