Presenter Information

Presenters or organisations are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.  All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Presentations will be selected that provide a program offering a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Symposium topics.

In order to submit your abstract we require:

  1. Create a login with your contact details
  2. A title for your presentation (10 word limit)
  3. Select the topic/subject your presentation best fits into (as per the list of topics below).  If there is not a particular topic that suits you can submit in open
  4. Your bio (100 word limit)
  5. Details of any co-authors/presenters and their bio
  6. Your abstract / description of presentation (300 word limit)
  7. Accept terms and conditions

There are 3 options for presentations which you can select in the online submission form:

  1. 20-minute oral presentation (with 25 min Q&A at end of session block)
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Poster presentation

Oral Presentations

Your abstract submission should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

20 Minute Oral Presentation (with 25 min Q&A at end of session block)

The time that has been allocated to oral presentations is a total of 20 minutes. At the end of the concurrent session (3 x 20-minute presentations) a panel discussion with the 3 speakers in the stream will be held (Q&A for 25 minutes). This 25 minute panel discussion will allow time for delegates to ask questions about your presentation and encourage discussion between delegates and other presenters.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Open: February 2018
  • Abstracts Close: Monday 25 June 2018
  • Notification to Authors: Monday 2 July 2018
  • Author Acceptances Due: Friday 6 July 2018
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 9 July 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: Monday 3 September 2018

Speakers accepted to present will be required to register for the symposium and pay.

Symposium Topics

  • Community programs
  • Evidence based updates, challenges and trends in rural & remote locations
  • Behaviour and conduct management within schools
  • Early intervention and the role of the family
  • Employment opportunities for those experiencing mental health issues
  • Development of the peer support network
  • Practitioners’ emotional health
  • How to meet demand for clinicians in Rural areas
  • Increasing skills of general health workers in rural areas
  • Incentives and recruitment strategies that are being used or developed to attract staff to Rural and Remote areas.
  • 5th National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan
  • NDIS transition and delivery in remote regions
  • Building partnerships between agencies, inter-agency collaboration
  • Mental health access, service delivery and support
  • Designing programs and services from the ground up
  • Preventive programs to encourage wellness
  • Wellbeing initiatives
  • Workers compensation and insurance
  • Reducing stigma of mental health in the workforce
  • Programs that address the correlation of dual diagnosis
  • Treatment within a rural and remote context, service delivery
  • CALD, LGBTI, Aged care
  • Role of stigma
  • Stepped care model
  • Public Health Networks (PHN) challenges
  • Strategy for physical health to improve mental wellness
  • Evidence based research, solutions
  • Rural and remote community solutions and practices
  • Social justice, fairness and equity
  • Carers and families and the roles they play
  • Implementation of low intensity service
  • Moving from stepped care to low intensity care
  • Tele-psychology
  • Psychology practice in rural areas
  • E-health, learnings

Panel Presentation

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues.

The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the session. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and facilitate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster Presentation

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Symposium themes.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibitor space or venue foyer and for the duration of the Symposium. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Terms and Conditions

All presenters will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Symposium material, including but not limited to, the Symposium Blog, Association Journal and social media channels.

The presenter is responsible for the accuracy of the content. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Symposium Secretariat for further options.