CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Call for Abstracts - Now Open

We invite abstract submissions for long oral, rapid fire, conversation starter and poster presentations at the Population Health Congress 2022, being held from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 September 2022. 

Congress Theme


The 2022 Congress theme is: Towards a just, safe and sustainable future for Australasia.

The Population Health Congress 2022 is more important in this moment than it has ever been. As practitioners and researchers, we are working in unprecedented times. We need to find safe, just, and sustainable solutions to local, regional, and global challenges.

 

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is requiring us to be agile and adaptable because we are dealing with a new and dangerous virus that has taken the lives of millions. Regionally, Pacific Island and Torres Strait Islander communities are calling on governments to commit to genuine solutions to address climate change. Australia has already experienced devastating consequences of climate change, including unprecedented bushfires and prolonged drought. When it comes to Indigenous peoples, they remain the sickest, die much younger and continue to experience unjust social inequalities.

 

These are some of the “wicked problems” that the Population Health Congress 2022 aims to tackle, as we talk about the global challenges of justice, safety and sustainability. Throughout the Congress we ask our community to reflect on our contributions to these humanitarian, environmental and socioeconomic issues and their health consequences. How do we strive for justice, safety and sustainability in such uncertain times, now more than ever?

Congress Topics

The three-day program is designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from people integral to maximising the health of populations. We invite you to submit abstracts related to practice, policy, research, or evaluation under the following Congress topics.

Justice

 

Justice is central to the mission of population health. Redistributing power, wealth and resources is key to reducing health inequities within and between countries. Now more than ever we require strong institutions and civic participation to achieve a socially just and healthy population. This theme explores how justice applies to population health and asks, in an unequal society, whose interests are served and whose interests matter in upholding the status quo, what change is necessary and what and who is needed to effect the required change. Justice plays a central role in the outcomes of our individual and collective socioecological circumstances. What are the conditions for a good society? What population health strategies make society fairer and improve conditions in which everyone is able to lead flourishing lives? How we shape society, in health and beyond, is a matter of justice.

Safety

 

Everyone has a right to feel safe. Enabling physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing, and cultural safety, and striving for a health system free of racism is required to achieve this fundamental human right. Through a series of interlinked sub-themes, this theme explores safety across all domains for individuals and communities, set within environments and health and political systems that purportedly support health for all. There are strong links to justice and sustainability, pre-requisites for safety.

Sustainability

 

A sustainable human society is environmentally sound, economically adequate, and ethically acceptable. Developing and maintaining an ecologically sustainable social and economic system is a prerequisite for maintaining a safe environment and fair society, reflecting the interconnectedness of the conference themes. The pursuit of sustainability is complex, requiring action across sectors, complemented by political decisions and practical solutions. Technological advancements and the global sustainable development agenda provide opportunities to restore and improve a sustainable health ecosystem, but the landscape is rapidly changing. Population health must keep pace. Our global community faces challenges in balancing social, environmental and economic development with issues raised by climate and environmental change. We are at a tipping point. We understand the critical interconnectedness of planet, population, places and people, and the relevance of Indigenous knowledges, world views and cultural ways of being, knowing and doing. Real action is essential.

Abstract submissions close on Sunday 6 March 2022, at 11:59pm AEDT

​To view the abstract flyer please click here.

Please note, no further extensions will be granted.

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the Congress themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment related to the theme questions.  
All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility and abstract submission form on the Population Health Congress 2022 website. You will be also asked for a 150 word bio for each presenter.


You may either complete the form then submit directly online (preferred) or download and submit by email using the manual submission form and return it to events@phaa.net.au by 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday 6 March 2022.


It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.

 

Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

All presenters (and co-presenters) must register at the time of confirming their presentation offer and pay the Congress registration fee.

Domains

Abstract submissions will be accepted and considered in four domains. You will be asked to select ONE:

  • Research 

  • Practice

  • Policy 

  • Evaluation

Congress Sub Themes

Abstract submissions are asked to consider the three Congress Topics: Justice, Safety and Sustainability, outlined above and their relation to population health, then select ONE sub theme under ONE of the core topics that their abstract focuses on.

Justice

  • Research, evaluation and skills for Justice

  • Governing Justice

  • Scope of Justice

  • Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Safety

  • Health systems for COVID recovery and futures

  • Cultural safety

  • Mental health safety

  • Physical safety

  • Political safety/government stability

  • Healthy environments

  • Technology safety and security

  • Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Sustainability

  • Increasing the knowledge base: how the environment impacts health

  • Building capacity and participation in sustainability research and program implementation

  • Strengthening leadership, governance and policy in sustainability

  • Solutions and priorities for action for a sustainable future

  • Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Indigenous Presentations

The term Indigenous is used collectively and with respect to refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the lands now known as Australia, Māori from Aotearoa New Zealand, Pasifika peoples from the Pacific Island nations, and all Indigenous peoples around the globe.

To mark growing recognition of and support for privileging Indigenous voices including decolonisation of research about Indigenous health and wellbeing, the Congress program will offer a category for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. 

Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category:  

1) Any abstract about Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, Pasifika, and/or other members of Indigenous or tribal communities globally, or other Indigenous health and wellbeing issue MUST be clearly marked by selecting the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category within the relevant topic (located within the submission portal).
2) Any abstract which the Congress Advisory Committee considers to be about Indigenous Health and Wellbeing that has not been submitted under the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category will be rejected without further correspondence being entered into.
3) Abstracts submitted under the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category will need to comply with two conditions:

  • either a single presenter who must be Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, Pasifika, and/or other members of Indigenous or tribal communities, globally; OR

  • co-presenters one of whom must be Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, Pasifika, and/or other members of Indigenous or tribal communities, globally.

4) Applicants submitting these abstracts will be required to confirm their compliance with these conditions prospectively, at time of submission.

5) An additional 50 word paragraph is allowed for abstracts in this category outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the work, involvement in the research process, including authorship.
6) A random sample of abstracts presented under the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category will be audited for compliance during the Congress.

This category will be readily identified in the abstract submission process and will be distinguished in the Program.

Presentations

We are asking abstract submitters to express interest in your preferred presentation method. Please note, this cannot be guaranteed:

Face-to-face Presentation 

By selecting to present at the face-to-face conference in Adelaide, speakers must be willing to present at the venue (restrictions permitting) and provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation to be uploaded to the virtual Congress Portal. 

Virtual Only Presentation 

By selecting a virtual only presentation, speakers must be willing to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation to be uploaded to the virtual Congress Portal. Due to the volume of abstract presentations, Q&A sessions will not be available.

Virtual Presentation Types

Long Oral Presentation 

Presenters have a total of 10 minutes to present. Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes. All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. Face-to-face presenters will have a 5 minute allowance for audience questions. Please note, places are limited.


Rapid Fire (short oral) Presentation 

Presenters have a total of 6 minutes to present using up to 6 PowerPoint slides (including title slide). All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. Face-to-face presenters will have a short 1 minute allowance for one audience question. Please note, face-to-face places are limited.


Conversation Starter Presentation 

Presenters have a total of 3 minutes presentation time using a maximum of 4 PowerPoint slides (including title slide). Presenters should give the ultimate elevator pitch. Think about how to best engage the audience to continue the conversation with you out of session. All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. There is no opportunity for audience Q&A. 


Poster Presentation 

Posters will be PDF files uploaded to the virtual portal for participants to view for the duration of the Congress. At specific times, poster sessions will be open for delegates to view and talk with presenters. These are limited to one (1) page per poster. Face-to-face presenters will also be required to print their poster for display at the Congress. 

 

Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the nominated presentation format, the Scientific Advisory Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if appropriate. Also a combination of presentation types may occur in the one stream.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review.

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements.

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables. Additional 50 word paragraph allowed for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category.

  • Any abstract about Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, Pasifika, and/or other members of Indigenous or tribal communities globally, or other Indigenous health and wellbeing issue MUST be clearly marked by selecting the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing category within the relevant topic.

  • The abstract should include sub-headings (if applicable) in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:
                   - Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Learning Outcomes
                   - Practice, Policy or Evaluation: Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes, Learning Outcomes

  • If there is more than one presenter, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract.

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author. All abstracts must be original work and submitted in English. A maximum of 2 presenters per abstract. 

  • Abstract presenters, excluding posters, must be able to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation, guidelines will be provided, by the due date.

Abstract submissions close on Sunday 6 March 2022, at 11:59pm AEDT

Presentation offers will be advised in late April 2022.

All presenters (and co-presenters) must register at the time of confirming their presentation offer and pay the Congress registration fee.

More Information

For further information contact the Congress Secretariat:
PHAA Events Team

E: events@phaa.net.au