Please note:  Abstracts are now closed.

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Call for Abstracts

The theme for the 2016 conference is ‘Navigating the Future – Opportunities through Engagement’. The conference will explore the future health promotion response to viral hepatitis in Australia and look at how the sector workforce can maximise engagement and support people affected by viral hepatitis. Community workers, health workers, educators, researchers and volunteers are invited to submit abstracts for oral or posters presentations.

 Abstracts are being sought for the following conference sub themes. Abstracts will not be accepted after 18 March 2016

 Creating a future without stigma and discrimination of viral hepatitis.Seeking abstracts that demonstrate successful health promotion projects, strategies and or research, and the lessons learned around dealing with stigma and discrimination of viral hepatitis across a range of age groups.

 Opportunities for meaningful engagement in custodial settings. Seeking abstracts that demonstrate successful engagement strategies and lessons learned with delivering successful health promotion in custodial settings, including juvenile detention centres.

 Making Connections: Expanding our reach and engaging the undiagnosed. Seeking abstracts that demonstrate successful health promotion projects and strategies that have engaged with the undiagnosed through outreach settings and public awareness activities.

 Exploring the future of PIEDS: Risks, engagement and prevention. Seeking abstracts that demonstrate successful health promotion projects and or research around the risks, engagement and viral hepatitis health prevention strategies for people who use performance and image enhancing drugs.

 Opportunities to engage and educate frontline workers about viral hepatitis.  Seeking abstracts on successful viral hepatitis health promotion projects and, or, research around engaging and educating frontline workers about viral hepatitis and its associated issues. Frontline workers include all people who work directly with people living with viral hepatitis, within community and healthcare settings.

  Innovative strategies to engage rural and remote communities. Seeking abstracts on health promotion projects that have used innovative strategies to engage with rural and remote communities. 

 Health Promotion for people living with advancing liver disease. Seeking abstracts on health promotion projects that have demonstrated successful strategies to support people who are living with advancing liver disease.

  Exploring avenues of non-conventional funding. Seeking abstracts on health promotion projects that have been funded by non-conventional funding (i.e. non-government), that can provide an overview of the application and reporting processes.

Abstracts Guidelines

  • Abstract submission limit: There is no limit on the number of abstracts an individual or organisation can submit

  • Presenting author: The person submitting an abstract is assumed to be the presenting author, and if this is not the case please notify Hepatitis Australia via email at

  • Abstract submissions: Need to include a brief overview of the following:

o   The rationale of the project.

o    Description of the project.

o    Description of how the project was evaluated.

o    The strengths, weaknesses, challenges and key findings of the project.

 Submission Deadline: All abstracts must be submitted no later than COB 24 March 2016

Note: Selected abstracts will be reproduced in the conference program verbatim. To ensure maximum participation and to encourage presentations from novice presenters, no more than two abstract presentations will be allocated to each individual.

 Poster Presentation Guidelines

Visual presentations of projects for display in print or electronic form in the conference hall will need to adhere to the following guidelines:

·         Clearly organised.

·         Easy to read from at least 2 metres away.

·         All posters should fit into a 1m x 1m display space.

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and be available for viewing at break times. Authors of posters are not required to formally present their posters, however, authors are encouraged to be accessible and near their posters during morning and afternoon tea breaks to discuss their poster with other delegates.

 To submit your poster for review, please send a pdf version to conference2016

Evaluation process and criteria

Please note that this conference is a health promotion conference, therefore clinical abstracts will not be accepted.

 What is health promotion?

[The Ottawa Charter (1986) defines health promotion as:

"…the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realise aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy lifestyles to wellbeing.]

 Abstracts will be considered by an inter-agency selection committee and will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • ·       Conference aim: Does the abstract support both the aim of the conference and the aim of the sub theme it issubmitted under?
  • ·         Abstract format: Is the abstract structured as requested?
  • ·         Originality: Has the abstract been presented previously?
  • ·         Innovation: Is the project new and does it use innovative approaches?
  • ·         Overall quality of the abstract.


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