The call for abstracts for the 9th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Connecting research, practice and communities has now CLOSED.

Presentation options

Oral presentations:  presenters 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.

Workshop:  allocated 60 minutes approx 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. 



ResearchResearch reports, using quantitative and/or qualitative methods that contribute to the evidence base.
Best practicePractical research exploring the successes and failures of projects on the ground and models of successful service delivery.
PolicyAnalysis of public policies, including but not necessarily exclusively in the health sector and its workforce
Digital health and technologyThe collection, use and development of data to track problems and successes and enable insight and development.
Communities What benefits and developments will enhance health and wellbeing for communities



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

  • innovations that have impacted in the field of rural, regional and remote health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and health
  • best practice in rural research
  • emerging priorities
  • remote health research
  • improving health equity
  • the contribution of University Departments of Rural Health and Rural Clinical Schools to the changing face of research and education
  • digital health and technology
  • data systems to inform development
  • future workforce
  • successful models and service designs
  • strategies for addressing ecological and social challenges (including climate change)
  • translating research into policy and practice
  • Health service access
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Teaching and training
  • Capacity building in rural research
  • Co-design
  • Partnerships (including industry)

Abstract selection criteria

Abstract themes 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 committee will then select presentations based on 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 beno longer than 500 words.
  • Abstract titles should be no more than 12 words.
  • Abstracts should 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.
  • Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.
  • Be accompanied by a 200-word biography for each presenting author.

Submitting your abstract

Abstracts should be submitted online via abstract submission portal.

Please indicate if your abstract includes Indigenous content to assist with the review process.

Authors who are not able to submit their abstract online are asked to contact [email protected]

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

Successful abstracts 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); and
  • register and pay for attendance at the Symposium.

Key dates

12 December 2022 Call for abstracts is now closed
20 February 2023 Call for abstracts is now closed
1 March 2023 Online registration opens
8 May 2023 Authors receive notification of outcome of abstract – successful, waitlisted or unsuccessful
20 & 21 June 2023 9th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium