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This year we are inviting abstracts from researchers, academics, professionals and activists who might be interested in presenting at the conference. In order for abstracts to be considered, the abstract guidelines must be followed.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted by COB on Friday 10 March 2017 and successful abstract presenters will receive an offer to present by 31 March 2017. Abstracts should provide new evidence or extend existing knowledge and skills for conference attendees and address at least one of the conference streams listed below. There is no limit on the number of abstracts that can be submitted but each abstract must be submitted separately.  The following presentation formats are available:

  • Plenary guest speaker presentation (30 min max);
  • Breakout workshops (60 min max);
  • Rapid fire presentations (15 min max).

All abstracts will be assessed by a committee and in balancing the program the committee may require authors to present their work in an alternate format to their preferred preference. Indigenous submissions are encouraged across all streams.

All abstracts must:

  • Address at least one of the conference streams;
  • Be submitted by Friday 10 March 2017;
  • State presentation preference;
  • Include a disclosure of conflict of interest if applicable; *
  • Specify all abbreviations in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, thereafter abbreviation only should be used;
  • Be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar;
  • Be written in English;
  • Not include references; and
  • The body of the abstract must not exceed 300 words.

* If accepted, presenters will be requested to disclosure any conflict of interest in their presentation.

By submitting an abstract all authors agree to release the license to the Conference organisers and give permission to publish the abstract in the conference handbook, website, etc. and in so doing certify that the abstract is original work. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.

Abstract Submission 

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the online MyBookingManager system

Please contact us if you are unable to lodge your abstract via the website or if you have any queries. We recommend using Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari as your browser. You will be required to enter:

  • Preferred conference stream;
  • Preferred presentation type;
  • Abstract title;
  • Body of abstract;
  • Short biography of presenter (maximum 50 words); and
  • Any applicable conflict of interest.

Suggested body of abstract (maximum 300 words):

  • Background: study objectives, hypothesis tested, or description of problem;
  • Methods: method used or approach taken;
  • Results: in summarized form, must include data but do not include tables, graphs or pictures;
  • Conclusion: description of main outcomes of the study. Include knowledge or insight that conference attendees will gain from the presentation, explanation of how conference attendees can apply the skills and/or knowledge within their communities and how the study contributes to evidence-based knowledge.




  Possible topics

 Facilitating and improving  access to abortion


 Abortion decriminalisation, the impact of the law on access, reducing barriers to access, financial  supports, public abortion provision, best practice models, abortion care advancements, etc.


 The intersection between  unplanned pregnancy, abortion  and domestic violence


 The link between DV and unplanned pregnancy, supporting women experiencing DV, screening, dealing  with disclosures, financial control, reproductive coercion, sexual assault, etc.


 Unplanned pregnancy  prevention and contraception


 Advancements in emergency contraception, male contraception, post abortion, increasing uptake of Long  Acting Reversible Contraception, optimism bias, contraception, sexuality education, etc.


 Ethical issues and best practice  counselling



 Abortion stigma, taboos, religion,  repeat abortions and late presentation, decision making, mental  health, post abortion counselling, working with marginalised women, including LGBTIQ women, young  women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, etc.



 Clinical stream: Reproductive  health and abortion provision



 Medical abortion, surgical abortion methods, clinical research, best practice systems, medical education,  quality assurance, telehealth, etc.




 Topics that do not fit into above categories
 e.g. Workforce issues/ collaboration models.



Conference Registration

Abstract presenters will be required to register for the conference but will be eligible for the early bird registration price.  Sponsored registrations may be available upon request and preference will be given to those who do submit abstracts, however authors should ensure they are able to fund their own travel. To request a sponsored place please email Pamela at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


More information 

Contact our Education and Training Coordinator Pamela Doherty:  07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last modified on: 18 January 2017
Call for abstracts
18 January 2017

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