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2019 H.E.L.P. Conference – Call for Abstracts Form

  • Brisbane Marriott Hotel, 515 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
  •  August 19, 2019   — August 20, 2019
  • 09:00 am — 05:00 pm

Ronald McDonald House Charities are proud to host the 5th International Health, Educators, Learners, Parents (H.E.L.P.) Conference on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th August, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel Brisbane.

Every year, thousands of children are treated for serious illnesses. The impact of hospitalisation, medications and lengthy rehabilitation is often the tip of the iceberg for these families. Together, we can bridge the gap between Health and Education to improve future outcomes for students with serious illnesses and their families.

On behalf of the Conference Steering Committee, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2019 H.E.L.P. Conference. The theme of the Conference is ‘Partners in Excellence’.

There are two levels of presentation:

Oral Presentation: Speakers will have the opportunity to present their abstract during concurrent sessions. Speakers will be expected to speak for 20 minutes which includes 5 minutes for question time.

Poster Presentation – Participants will become familiar with your research/content topic through a poster presentation which will be displayed during the entire length of the conference program. Presenters will have an opportunity to discuss and explain their poster content in direct contact with the audience during catering breaks.

This is an outstanding opportunity for you to network with your colleagues and share latest research and practices from a health, education, learners and parent’s perspective. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral and/or poster presentation.

Abstract Streams for “Partners in Excellence”

The 2019 H.E.L.P. Conference will include four abstract streams. When submitting your abstract you will need to select one abstract stream and one or two keywords from the lists below. All abstracts will be allocated into four different concurrent streams with the keywords allowing us to cluster similar presentations together in the program.

For more information about the four abstract streams, please click on the appropriate theme below that best suits the abstract you are submitting.

Abstract Streams

  • Paediatrician’s and allied health professionals working and researching
  • Chronic health or mental health issues for children and young people
  • The role of medical and allied professional teams in improving outcomes for children and young people
  • The effects of illness on learning
  • Clinical improvements using technology
  • Policy and advocacy that bridges the gap between health and education sectors from a medical perspective
  • Educational research projects focused on children and young people with chronic health and/or mental health issues
  • The effects of illness on learning
  • Using technology to keep children and young people connected
  • Advancing outcomes through technology and innovation
  • Policy and advocacy that bridges the gap between education and health sectors from an educational perspective
  • Negotiating the pathways and obstacles through ealth and/or education whilst coping with illness
  • Managing transition points in health and education
  • Strategies and initiatives that improve the hospital and education experience
  • Navigating the maze to success for parents with serious ill children
  • Support programs/structures available for parents and families while their child in undergoing treatment
  • Strategies and initiatives that improved the hospital and education experience for you and your child


  • Research Methodology
  • Integrating Care
  • Mental Health
  • Technology
  • National Health Priority Areas
  • Curriculum Areas
  • Educational Accommodations/Adjustments
  • Transition
  • Educational Impact
  • Innovation
  • Pathways
  • Policy
  • Advocacy
  • Support
  • Case Studies

Abstract Template

Abstracts must use the template below, include the following headings and be no longer than 350 words in length.

Concurrent Stream: Choose the most relevant from One) to Four) above
Keywords:                              Choose one or two from the list of keywords
Abstract Title:                No more than a short sentence explaining the abstract required
Author/s:                       Authors’ first and last name with the presenting author in bold. Primary position title and organisation including City, State and Country
Background:                       Describe the issue/problem and its relevance to Health and/or Education for children and young people with serious illness
Approach:                             What methods/strategies were used to address the issue? Please spell out acronyms in full the first time they appear
Take Home Message:   What did you learn? What should others know?

click on the image to download the abstract template

Dates and Deadlines

Call for Abstracts Open Thursday, 27 September 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline Friday, 21st December 2018
Notifications Sent Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Presenter Registration Deadline Friday, 15th March 2019

Abstract Submission Details

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed
  • Abstracts must be original work and submitted using the template provided, by the presenting author as a word file
  • Submissions must include a biography of the presenter/s of up to 100 words and a description of the presentation of up to 100 words
  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author
  • Abstracts must not exceed 350 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations) and will follow the instructions on the template
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use
  • Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for correct spelling and grammar
  • Abstracts must be submitted by 21 December 2018 for consideration by the H.E.L.P. 2019 Program Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 6 February 2019
  • To be formally accepted, abstract authors must be registered and paid to attend the Conference by 15 March 2019. Registration rates will vary between $250 – $500 per person depending if you’re registering for one or two days.

Abstract Submission Form

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 Conference Program Booklet for delegates to choose their preferred concurrent sessions.

(See streams below)
1) Health Professionals
2) Education and Wellbeing
3) Learners
4) Parents

Research MethodologyIntegrating CareMental HealthTechnologyNational Health Priority AreasCurriculum AreasEducational Accommodations/AdjustmentsTransitionEducational ImpactInnovationPathwaysPolicyAdvocacySupportCase Studies


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

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Terms & Conditions

  1. I agree to have the above abstract included for consideration in the program of the 2019 H.E.L.P. Conference
  2. I understand that the paper will be reviewed against standard criteria and may be selected for an oral/poster presentation or may not be accepted
  3. If accepted, I agree to have our names and submission published in the Conference registration materials, website and proceedings
  4. If accepted, I agree to register and forward appropriate fees by Friday, 15 March 2019 (registration rates vary between $250 – $500 per person)
  5. If accepted, I agree for the finalised PowerPoint presentation to be circulated post event saved as a PDF document

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