Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submitting an abstract

  • The abstract document must be submitted through the online submission process

  • Click here to commence online abstract submission

  • Create an author account, complete details and follow the instructions to submit an abstract

  • Note that “document” refers to an “abstract”

  • The document title should reflect the abstract title

  • Summary/Description of the abstract is to outline the key message of the abstract in up to 200 words

  • Authors can select their presentation format preference: oral and/or poster

  • The abstract to be uploaded must be in a Microsoft Word document

  • The word count for an abstract is up to 500 words maximum, including headings

  • The abstract must be written in English

  • Abstracts must include the following sections:

Background/Introduction: State the current issue/challenge/situation and why it needs to be addressed.

Methods/Strategies: Explain and justify the methodology/course of action taken for your intervention/project/case study/research.

Results/Outcomes: Evaluate and present the results/outcomes of the intervention/project/case study/research.

Conclusions/Implications: Explain what the main implications are for your intervention/project/case study/research. This could include implications for practice, policy, structural change, or future research relevant to primary health care nursing. Present any recommendations where suitable.

  • You can make changes to your submission up until the close of abstract date 

  • Once abstract submission is complete, the author will receive a confirmation email

  • Abstract submission closed at 11.59pm on Thursday 31 October 2019

  • Contact the APNA conference team at conference@apna.asn.au or calling (03) 9322 9519 with any queries

Further Information

Abstracts will go through a rigorous peer review process and will be cross-marked by at least three APNA endorsed reviewers applying the following criteria:

  1. Provides innovative approach to an issue in primary health care nursing.

  2. Offers relevant implications for practice, policy, structural change or research in the field of primary health care nursing, e.g. the potential for replicable models.

  3. Intervention/project/case study/research applies appropriate methodology and measurement of change/improvement.

  4. Quality content and writing of the abstract.

  5.  Embracing the conference theme - Valued, Visible and Respected theme or area of interest; Innovative Models, profile & Policy, patient engagement and communication, Aged Care, Correctional Health, General Practice, Leadership, Rural and Remote, Health Across the Ages, Consumer Nursing, Quality Improvement, Chronic Disease Management and Health Aging, Building Nurse Capacity, Transition to Practice and Community Health. 

APNA is working diligently to develop a broad and thought-provoking program featuring workshops, keynotes, panels and breakfast sessions that are valuable and relevant to the daily practice of primary health care nurses. Pivotal to a diverse program are the punchy and pertinent abstract presentations which will explore interventions, projects, case studies and research that impact primary health care nursing.

Successful abstracts will showcase innovative and replicable models of care, explore how the profile of nurses' role can be better understood and recognised, touch on policy issues impacting primary health care nursing, highlight quality improvement in practice, investigate workforce capacity building, and identify proficient health care across the life of a patient.

Examples of nurse clinics thriving in primary health care settings are also strongly encouraged, as well as Primary Health Network run initatives that support the work of nurses.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, interventions, projects, case studies or research. Abstracts detailing creative, forward-thinking projects aimed at fostering a healthier future for all Australians, or examples of models of care that optimise the role of the nurse are encouraged. Both clinical and non-clinical aspects of primary health care nursing can be explored, including population health priorities, quality and safety in practice, workforce development, health literacy, coordinated care, social determinants of health, justice and equality.

Nurses from all settings are invited to make a submission; general practice, community health, midwifery, schools, corrections, aged care and beyond. Authors need not be a nurse – as long as the submission is pertinent to primary health care and the role of nurses, it will be considered.

APNA strongly encourages nurses who have not presented an abstract before to make a submission. In addition to being beneficial to peers and broader primary health care, the feedback is unanimous that the experience is professionally and personally rewarding, often leading to further career opportunities through leadership, mentoring and peer education.APNA will make the final selection of abstracts to be included in the conference program.

Authors of selected abstracts will receive further guidance relating to their oral or poster presentation from the APNA conference team.

By submitting an abstract, the author(s) agree to the following:

  • At least one author will register to attend and present at the conference if the abstract is accepted.

  • APNA has permission to publish the abstract and related presentation materials and/or poster on the APNA website and in the APNA 2020 National Conference Handbook.

  • Authors are responsible for all costs associated with preparing, attending and presenting at the APNA 2019 National Conference.

  • Oral presentations will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 20120 during the concurrent Abstracts sessions scheduled from 11.00am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Each presenter will be provided 15 to 20 minutes to present their abstract with the aid of PowerPoint slides.

  • Poster presentations will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall across Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2020. A hard copy of the poster in A0 size needs to be sent to the conference venue by Monday 18 May 2020.

  • Further details for the authors of the successful oral and poster abstracts will be made available at a later date.



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