Call for abstracts

Abstracts closed

The call for abstracts for the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Shaping the Future is now closed.

Presentation options

Abstracts are invited for a variety of presentation types including 20-minute oral presentations, 15-minute lightning talks, 30‑minute rogano sessions, poster presentations and interactive panels/workshops.  The final program will be determined after the abstracts received have been reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee.

Oral presentations:   are open for all researchers, who will be allocated 20-minute time slots on the program.  Oral presentations provide an opportunity to share current research, including systematic reviews and primary research projects that address rural, regional and remote health issues.

Lightning talks:  aim to support early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers. Fast-paced lightning talks can be accompanied by no more than 5 PowerPoint slides summarising the presentation.  Authors speak to their presentation for 5 minutes only, followed by 10 minutes of discussion with delegates.

Rogano sessions:  facilitate critical conversations and scholarly debate on current projects. A rogano presenter will have 10 minutes to provide an overview of their active research project, rather than their results.

At the end of this brief presentation, they will outline specific issues or dilemmas they are having with their research.  The discussion leader(s) and the audience (who will have read the abstract prior to the session) will explore these issues for the remainder of the time (20 minutes).  The audience will offer questions and comments that will prompt discussion and provide constructive feedback.

Active researchers, students and postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration for a rogano presentation.

Note: there is a separate timeline for submission of rogano abstracts - opens 13 January and closes 28 February 2020.

Interactive panel discussion/colloquium: panel presentations provide the opportunity for a panel comprising up to three experts to deliver related presentations followed by interactive discussion with participants.

Panel presentation sessions will be 90 minutes long, with 45 minutes for the presentation and 45 minutes for discussion.

The abstract should summarise the theme of the session, as well as details for each panel member. The abstract should describe questions that will be addressed by the panel, and list any underlying issues to be discussed.

Workshop:  allocated 90 minutes in a concurrent session. Abstract to include details of topic, presenter(s), process and desired outcome.

Poster presentation:  AO portrait (841mm x 1189mm) posters will be on display during the Symposium and authors should be available to discuss the poster’s content with delegates at the Symposium.  Where possible, an electronic version of the poster (in pdf or jpg format) should be provided for inclusion on the Symposium website.

Categories and potential themes

The following lists of categories and potential themes are provided below to illustrate the breadth of interest of the Symposium.  Categories and themes will be considered by the Abstract Review Committee when selecting program content.


Abstracts are sought in the following categories:


research reports, using quantitative and/or qualitative methods that contribute to the evidence base

Service review

practical research exploring the successes and failures of projects on the ground and models of successful service delivery


analysis of public policies, including but not necessarily exclusive to the health sector and its workforce


the collection, use and development of data to track problems and successes and enable insight and development

Potential themes

The scope of the Symposium is broad and a list of potential themes is provided to illustrate some of the areas that abstracts might address:

  • innovations that have impacted in the field of rural, regional and remote health
  • translating research into practice
  • the contribution of University Departments of Rural Health and Rural Clinical Schools to the changing face of research and education
  • digital health and technology
  • reducing rural health inequalities (including adoption of ideas from other sectors)
  • data systems to inform development
  • the future workforce
  • successful models and service designs
  • strategies for addressing ecological and social challenges
  • evaluation and implementation science
  • other future thinking.

Abstract selection criteria

Abstract themes and categories will be considered by the Abstract Review Committee when ranking abstracts.

The criteria used by the Abstract Review Committee will be as follows:

  • Symposium theme and topics:  it will offer something significant or unique relating to one or more of the Symposium themes.
  • Current and relevant:  the presentation will have an emphasis on, and/or relevance to, current issues in research in rural and remote health.
  • Analytical:­­­  the presentation will provide more than a description of a program, service, or research project; it will draw out insights, what was learned, recommend new approaches and/or actions.
  • Broadening research knowledge:  it may promote understanding of the range of factors and disciplines that impact on research and workforce development and education.
  • Quality:  it is of high quality scientifically and/or in other ways.
  • Reflective:  it will draw together prior insights or activity with the view to developing more effective approaches.

Program allocation

All abstracts will be blind reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee.  The Program Committee will then select presentations on the basis of forming a program with a comprehensive and diverse focus on issues related to the Symposium themes.

The Program Committee will determine the number of concurrent sessions, and the mix of presentations based on the abstracts received.

Format of abstracts

An abstract should summarise the important points of the proposed presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. Abstracts should be concise yet informative, and contain an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work undertaken. Abstracts should:

  • be no longer than 500 words.
  • have titles no more than 12 words
  • not include author details the blind review process requires the abstracts to be anonymous. However, as part of the online submission process, you will be asked to provide author details separately
  • not include tables, figures or references
  • be provided as a word document ending in .docx
  • Invalid characters not to be included in the file name eg. "*\ /[ ]:;=,"
  • be accompanied by a 200-word biography for the presenting author.

Successful abstract terms and conditions

Authors of successful abstracts will be offered a place on the Symposium program and will be required to:

  • confirm acceptance of a place on the program in writing
  • provide a 200-word biography for each presenter (if not already provided)
  • register and pay for attendance at the Symposium.

Submitting your Rogano abstract

Rogano abstracts should be submitted online Abstracts closed

Authors who are not able to submit their abstract online are asked to contact

Questions about the abstract process may be directed to or by phone on 02 6285 4660.

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