Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission for the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference are now closed. 


The Program Committee of the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference invites the submissions of abstracts for consideration as an oral or mini oral presentation in the program.

The aim of the Program Committee is to design a program which is dynamic, interactive and stimulating for the delegates.

Where possible, speakers are encouraged to use different formats and mediums (other than the usual PowerPoint Presentation model) to present at the Conference. Narratives, videos, YouTube clips, performance and similar will be considered.

Oral presentations are of 20 minutes duration. Mini oral presentations are of 5 – 10 minutes duration and are a way to provide a snapshot of ground-breaking research or evaluation, a dynamic preventative activity or an innovative program. Mini oral presentations also provide an opportunity for less-experienced conference speakers to gain skills presenting to a larger audience.

The Program Committee intends to group some presentations to be part of symposiums or workshops during the Conference. If your abstract is accepted and identified for either of these you’ll be contacted by a member of the Program Committee when the final program has been decided.

Abstract Deadline Dates

 Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts   12 August 2015 
 Authors Notified of Acceptance  23 September 2015
 Author Registration & Early Bird Deadline  13 November 2015

Summary of Abstract Submission Instructions

Please read through the submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract:

Step 1: Read the General Policies and Requirements for the submission of abstracts.

Step 2: Write your abstract following the Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines.

Step 3: Download the Abstract Template and insert/add your abstract text. Save as a .doc or a .docx document to your computer. Please note: Abstracts must not exceed a 250 word limit. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions.

Step 4: Click on the button below to complete the Abstract Submission Form. It will be necessary to attach/upload the .doc or .docx copy of your abstract.

Notification of Acceptance

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 23 September 2015. Abstracts submitted for 20min oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered for 5min mini oral presentations.

Accepted abstracts will be published in a smartphone application available to all conference attendees. The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

Themes for Submission

1. Prevention

Ultimately, we do not want elder abuse to exist. How can we prevent it from occurring? What has been successful in facilities, at the local community level, or more broadly? We want to hear about research, practice and stories.

2. Collaborative and Innovative Responses

Elder Abuse doesn’t sit within one service sector. It touches many areas of an older person’s life and can involve a variety of service and support sectors: health, law and justice, policing, financial services and banks, family and community. We want to hear about innovative and/or proven collaborative responses.

3. Decision Making – By, With, and For the Older Person

Respect for the decisions of older people is critical to observing their rights. In an environment of ageism, where younger generations can display a sense of entitlement, how can we support older people to exercise their rights and preferences? How are the issues of the dignity of risk and the duty of care managed?


Within each of the abstract areas are ‘threads’ that are woven throughout the conference. These relate to

• hearing the direct voices and stories of older people;

• the diversity of older people, who, like the general population, include Indigenous people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people;

• education and communication;

• research and innovation; and

• the interventions of different sectors such as health, law, policing, finance, etc.

General Policies and Requirements

• All abstracts must be original work. An abstract should not be submitted if the work is to be published/presented at a major national or international meeting prior to the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference.

• An abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published it will be a complete report independent of presentation. The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented within the text.

• Submission acknowledges consent to publication of the abstract in the Conference mobile smartphone application.

• The person submitting an abstract should be the presenting author. Abstract submissions on behalf of presenting authors are not permitted.

•  The presenting author will be required to register for the Conference in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final programme. Deadline for presenting author registration is 13 November 2015.

• All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission facility. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Managers at or phone: +61 3 9417 0888 for further information.

• All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Abstracts will only be accepted and published if submitted using the supplied template.

• There is a limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual: Authors can submit up to two abstracts for review and inclusion in the conference program.

• Splitting of a body of work into multiple abstracts is discouraged and consolidation into one abstract is preferred. 

Abstract Format and Layout Guidelines

•Abstracts must not exceed a 250 word limit. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions.

•Tables or graphics are not to be included in the abstract.

•Font type must be Arial Font 11pt. Formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (ie ± , µ, ß) may be used.

•Use single line spacing.

•The submission system will allow a title of up to 100 characters in length. Abstract titles are not to be included within the abstract document.

•Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.

•Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms only. Otherwise, any abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.

•You will be asked to provide a short biography (up to 100 words) with your submission.

•You will be asked to nominate your preference for oral or mini oral presentation and format.

Abstract Template and Sample Abstract

Authors must prepare their abstract in advance using the template provided below. Authors can then upload the completed abstract via the online form. All abstracts will be checked and if you do not follow the guidelines, your abstract may be declined.

Click here to view abstract template.

Click here to view abstract sample.

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Key Dates

Conference Dates:
23 -25 February 2016
Early Bird Registration Close:
25 November 2015

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