Call for Abstracts - Opening Soon

We will soon be opening the call for abstract submissions for long oral presentations, rapid fire, conversation starter and e-posters 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 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.



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.



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.

The call for abstracts will open soon

Presentation Format

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

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.

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 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.

More Information

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