05 Sep
Time Left

7th Rural Health & Research Congress – Call for Abstracts Form

  • Tamworth, NSW
  •  September 5, 2018   — September 7, 2018
  • 09:00 am — 05:00 pm

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), Hunter New England Local Health District and our Congress partners are proud to present the 7th Rural Health and Research Congress to be held in Tamworth, 5-7 September 2018.

The Congress theme for 2018 “Beyond Distance and Diagnosis” will explore excellence in rural health services and research.

The Congress is held each year in a NSW rural location, providing health staff and researchers with an opportunity to attend a high quality forum showcasing the latest information in rural health.

Delegates and authors come from a wide range of backgrounds including allied health, medical, nursing and midwifery, research, academia, ambulance, justice health and the private health sector.

Submission of Abstracts

The 2018 Congress Organising Committee invites authors to submit an abstract for consideration as either an oral or poster presentation in the program. Abstracts are to address any of the six streams listed below and must contain a predominantly rural focus.

Abstracts focusing on research related to rural health are welcomed and may be submitted for consideration in the most appropriate of the six streams described below. Research abstracts should describe how the results have translated, or could translate, into policy, practice or service delivery.

Abstract Submissions Close Thursday 7 June 2018

Congress Abstract Streams

Please choose the stream that best suits the abstract you are submitting. The concurrent streams provide the framework to discuss new ideas and excellence in rural health practice and research.

In addition, please select one or two keywords from the list below that best describes the area of health care in which your project/research is based. This will allow us to cluster similar presentations together in the program. You will be asked for this keyword when submitting your abstract electronically.



I) Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
(workforce, wellbeing, research projects with Aboriginal people and communities, social determinants of rural Aboriginal health, Closing the Gap initiatives)

II) Diversity & Inclusion
(minority groups, refugee health, gender based health, LGBTQI)

III) Our Workforce
(workforce development and planning, workplace culture, wellbeing, health and safety, resilience)

In Partnership
(equity and access to health care, primary health care, health promotion and prevention, integrated health services, consumers as partners)

V) Unexpected Inspiration
(an open section for any innovative strategies in rural health care and research)

VI) Tech Talk & Ingenuity
(patient safety – system redesign, integrated care, clinical improvement, digital health)


  • Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
  • Palliative Care
  • Aged Health / Residential Aged Care
  • Mental Health
  • Disability / NDIS
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Chronic Care
  • Integrating Care
  • Research Methodology
  • Acute and Emergency Care
  • Technology
  • Workforce
  • Justice Health
  • Refugee Health
  • Women’s Health/ Men’s Health
  • Oral Health
  • National Health Priority Areas (cancer control, cardiovascular health, injury prevention and control, mental health, diabetes mellitus, asthma, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, obesity, dementia)

Abstract Format

Abstracts must include the following headings and be no longer than 350 words in length

Concurrent Stream: Choose the most relevant from I) to VI) above
Keywords:                              Choose one or two from the list of keywords
Abstract Title:                No more than a short sentence required
Author/s:                       Authors’ first and last name with presenting author in bold. Primary position title (one only) and organisation including city, state, and country. Do not include degrees or professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof, etc).
Background:                         Describe the identified issue/problem and its relevance to rural health in your setting. Spell out acronyms in full the first time they appear
Approach:                             What methods / strategies were used to address the problem
Outcomes / Results:    Provide evidence of the impact of your project/research. What was achieved? If research, what were the results?
Take Home Message:   How will your project contribute to excellence in rural health services and research? What did you learn? What should others know?



Important Information for Authors

  • Abstracts should link with the conference theme: Beyond Distance and Diagnosis
  • The abstract will have a maximum of 350 words and be formatted in Microsoft Word, single space, Arial 11 point, in simple text paragraphs without tables or figures. The abstract titles, authors etc. are not included in the 350 word count
  • Authors should prepare their abstracts using the above format/template then upload the completed abstract below
  • First time presenters are encouraged to submit
  • An Abstract Review Panel will select the abstracts to be presented at the Congress using the following evenly weighted criteria:
    • The abstract presents new and important knowledge about clinical or health service practice
    • The abstract is clear and incisively written
    • The abstract promises new information or data to support its case
    • The authors directly address the question of its value in a rural or remote context
  • Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author in late June. Abstracts submitted for oral presentation that cannot be accommodated within the Congress program may be considered for poster presentation
  • All authors accepted for oral and poster presentations will be required to register and pay the Congress registration fee in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in the Congress proceedings and on the HETI website exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission
  • Abstracts must be original work
  • The presenting author will be required to submit a brief biography (100 words).

2018 ACI Award for Excellence and Innovation in Rural Health

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) will be offering one Award for Excellence and Innovation in Rural Health for an outstanding project/program accepted for the oral presentation at the Congress. This award, valued at $2,000, is designed to promote and highlight the value of innovation in clinical practice and will be awarded for use by the project team, at the discretion of their organisation, to help value-add to the project and contribute to sustainability. The winning project will be showcased on the ACI Innovation Exchange.

Award selection criteria are based on projects which demonstrate:

  • An innovative approach to an existing issue
  • Resourcefulness and creativity in design, utilising existing resources
  • Sustainability through embedding the change within the organisation
  • Ability to be taken up by other health sectors

Congress Poster Awards

Awards for the best Poster Presentations will be made during the Congress. Posters will be judged by a panel based on their clarity of content, project/research design, method and appearance. Congress delegates will also have an opportunity to elect their preferred Poster to be nominated for the Peoples Choice Poster Award.

How to Submit

Complete the online form below and press submit at the bottom of the page. Please ensure your Abstract is uploaded using the template provided above. Inquiries about content of submissions, contact: Catherine Helps, HETI Rural & Remote 0467 781 244  Catherine.Helps@health.nsw.gov.au

For inquiries about all other aspects of the Congress, please contact:

Isabella Mee
Congress & Events Manager
Alignment Event Solutions
0420 636 757


SECTION A: Personal Details

Please complete ONE form per abstract.

SECTION B: Abstract Details

Should your abstract be successful, this paragraph will be used in the Congress Program Booklet for delegates to choose their preferred concurrent sessions.

(See streams below)
I) Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing
II) Diversity & Inclusion
III) Our Workforce
IV) In Partnership
V) Unexpected Inspiration
VI) Tech Talk & Ingenuity

Aboriginal Health and WellbeingPalliative CareAged Health / Residential Aged CareMental HealthDisability / NDISDrug and AlcoholChronic CareIntegrating careResearch methodologyAcute and Emergency CareTechnologyWorkforceJustice HealthRefugee HealthOral HealthWomen’s health / Men’s healthNational Health Priority Areas


Should your abstract be successful, the congress organisers will use the biography provided to introduce you when presenting.

Data ProjectorComputerInternet ConnectionNone


Terms & Conditions

1. I agree to have the above abstract included for consideration in the program of the 7th Rural Health and Research Congress
2. I understand that the paper will be reviewed against standard criteria and may be selected for an oral presentation or poster or may not be accepted
3. If selected I agree to the abstract provided above and our names being published in the Congress registration materials, website and proceedings
4. If selected I agree to the terms and conditions above to register and forward appropriate fees by 3rd August 2018

Copyright 2014 © Alignment Event Solutions