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Abstract Submission Guidelines

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the Conference theme and sub-themes.


All abstracts will be put through the filter of Evidence, Accountability, Actionwith the expectation that at least two of those three will be prominent in every abstract. 


Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.


Papers that have clear public health significance in association with the Conference theme will be considered.


Presentations by and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly welcome. Presentations by and with people who have lived experience of incarceration are also encouraged. 


As is the case in most healthcare contexts, we expect presenters to use person-first language when referring to justice-involved people. Please refer to suggested terms below:


Terms to avoid                                  Preferred terms

Convict, Con, Inmate, Prisoner        Person who is incarcerated; person in prison/custody

Offender, Criminal                            Person in pre-trial or with charge; Justice-involved person  

Parolee                                              Person on parole or probation

Ex-Con                                               Formerly incarcerated person

Ex-prisoner                                       Person released from prison; person who has experienced incarceration


Abstracts submitted must clearly show how the virtual presentation will present key learnings and outcomes in association with the conference themes.


We encourage submitters to think about the story they are trying to relay, and how they will make the presentation dynamic to keep the audience engaged.


All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the Abstract Submission Portal button below. A manual submission form can be downloaded here if required. It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.


All presenters must register at the time of accepting their presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.


Presentation offers will be advised in late August 2021.

Abstract Requirements


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

  • 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.

  • The abstract should include sub-headings where relevant, suggested headings are below:

    • Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Learning Objectives

    • Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes, Learning Objectives

    • Background, Body, Summary, Learning Objectives

  • Abstract presenters must be able to provide a pre-recorded video presentation by the due date. Guidelines will be provided.

  • A maximum of two (2) presenters per long oral presentation. Maximum of 1 presenter for rapid fire presentations. If there is more than one author, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract.

  • Presenters must be registered to attend the virtual conference in order for their presentation to be included in the program. 

Abstract submission closes on Sunday 25 July 2021 at 11:59pm AEST

No further extensions will be granted

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