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Building Hope Together: The Journey After Suicide – Call for Abstracts Form

  • Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  •  June 13, 2019   — June 15, 2019
  • 09:00 am — 05:00 pm

The Conference Organising Committee are proud to present ‘Building Hope Together: The Journey After Suicide’, to be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre on Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June 2019.

The Conference, held each biannual year, aims to reduce the impact of suicide by establishing a network that provides best practice, holistic, physical, emotional and spiritual support, comfort and understanding for the health and well-being of all Australians affected by suicide death.

The Conference Organising Committee anticipate 300+ delegates from across Australia to attend, primarily in support for those bereaved by suicide and service providers working with them.

Bereaved by Suicide

Special bursaries will be available upon request for the bereaved by suicide who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Lived Experience Speaker

There is the opportunity for several lived experience speakers to share their story before plenary presentations. The duration of the speech is 5 minutes. Please ensure that your speech complies with the Mindframe guidelines which can be found on the below link.

The speech will need to be submitted in full to alanstaines@optusnet.com.au for review by the Conference Organising Committee. We recommend that your speech includes the following:

  • the circumstances of loss and the impact your loved ones suicide had on you and your family
  • your personal healing journey and what has helped in your ‘recovery’
  • what you think is important for people (professional and non-professional) to know / understand about suicide
  • your hope for the future

Poster Presentations

Should your abstract be of high quality and not be successful for an Oral Presentation, you may be offered the opportunity to present a Poster Presentation. The poster will be a concise summary of the abstract submission and will be on display for the duration of the Conference. The Committee will contact you with further information should your abstract be successful as a Poster Presentation.

Submission of Abstracts

The 2019 Conference Organising Committee invites authors to submit an abstract for inclusion in the conference program as an oral presentation. When submitting an abstract you will be asked to note your preferred abstract theme number (1 – 6) and presentation topic number (1 – 8) stated below.

Research focused abstracts are not restricted to the research stream alone and can be submitted into any stream depending on content.

Conference abstracts will be based on at least one of the following themes and relate to at least one of the following presentation topics.


Theme 1: Children and Youth
Theme 2: Men and Women
Theme 3: Defence Forces
Theme 4: Emergency Services
Theme 5: Rural and Remote
Theme 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


Topic 1: Lived Experience
Topic 2: Indigenous Trauma & Healing
Topic 3: Trauma Survivors & Bereavement
Topic 4: Service Delivery
Topic 5: Research & Clinical Practice
Topic 6: Spirituality – hope, meaning and direction
Topic 7: LGBTIQ Community
Topic 8: Workplaces


Abstract Format

Your 300 word abstract must use the following format/template when submitted:


Important Information for Authors

  • The abstract will have a maximum of 300 words and be formatted in Microsoft Word, single space, Arial 11 point, in simple text paragraphs without tables or figures
  • Authors should prepare their abstracts using the above format/template then upload the completed abstract when prompted in the form below
  • First time presenters are encouraged to submit
  • An Abstract Review Panel will select the abstracts to be presented at the Sydney Masonic Centre
  • Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author late March 2019
  • All authors accepted will be required to register and pay the Conference registration fee in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in the Conference proceedings and on the Conference website exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.
  • Abstracts must be original work
  • All presenting author/s will be required to submit a brief biography (100 words) upon submission
  • Please ensure abstracts submitted and presentations comply with Mindframe Guidelines, more information about this can be found on the below link

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 above layout upon submission. Inquiries about content of submissions, contact: Alan Staines, 0412 164 575, alanstaines@optusnet.com.au

Inquiries about all other aspects of the Conference, please contact:

Isabella Mee
Congress & Events Manager
Alignment Event Solutions
02 4267 2225 or 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 Conference Booklet for delegates to choose their preferred concurrent sessions.

(See streams below)
Theme 1: Children & Youth
Theme 2: Men & Women
Theme 3: Defence Forces
Theme 4: Emergency Services
Theme 5: Rural & Remote
Theme 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

(See streams below)
Topic 1: Lived Experience
Topic 2: Indigenous Trauma & Healing
Topic 3: Trauma Survivors & Bereavement
Topic 4: Service Delivery
Topic 5: Research & Clinical Practice
Topic 6: Spirituality – hope, meaning and direction
Topic 7: LGBTIQ Community
Topic 8: Workplaces


Should your abstract be successful, your biography will be included in the Congress Program Booklet.

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  1. Presenters are responsible for own accommodation, transportation, disbursement and conference fee. Submission and acceptance of an abstract does NOT entitle authors to a complimentary registration. All speakers are required to register for the conference
  2. Presentation must be presented by the named presenter, proxies and replacement are not permitted except for unforeseeable circumstances and illness
  3. First presenter on the form will be the main and only contact for the Conference Organising Committee
  4. Submission and selection of an abstract transfers the copyright of the content to the Conference Organising Committee for marketing purposes in relation to the ‘Building Hope Together: The Journey After Suicide’ Conference
  5. The Conference Organising Committee reserves the right to accept and refuse any abstract, and is not obligated to provide any feedback to the author(s)/presenter(s) on their abstract submission
  6. Presenters commit to presenting the content as per the abstract on the allocated date and time if their abstract is accepted
  7. Presentations must be provided in their final format ready for presenting one week prior to the Conference, ensuring approval is received from the Conference Organising Committee to proceed

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