Abstract submission 2019 - closed

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a:

  • 30-minute oral presentation
  • Visual poster presentation
  • Panel presentation
  • 90-minute workshop presentation

All presentations need to address one or more of the Conference topics.

The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: August 2018
  • Abstracts close: 6 February 2019
  • Notification to authors: 15 February 2019
  • Author acceptances: 22 February 2019
  • Draft program available: 25 February 2019
  • Presentation amendments:22 March 2019
  • Presenter registration and payment: 22 March 2019
  • Full papers for peer review:29 March 2019
  • Full paper for non-peer review: 3 May 2019
  • Early bird registrations close: 29 March 2019

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.  Speaker and poster registrations must be paid by 5pm 22 March 2019.

Conference Topics


  • Identifying risk factors
  • Resilience and resistance to addiction
  • Harm reduction


  • Primary care and brief interventions
  • Residential therapeutic communities
  • Cognitive skills and emotion regulation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Behaviour control, inhibition training, mindfulness
  • Technology and internet assisted treatment
  • Practical models of treatment, comorbidity
  • Complex pain management
  • Peer support

Systematic responses

  • Family support and care
  • Recovery programs
  • Evidence based Interventions

The Worker

  • Support, training, mentoring and supervising
  • Understanding and working with clients

Working with varying populations

  • Gender, age, demographic considerations and implications for treatment
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, considerations
  • New emerging population groups
  • Youth Early Intervention, practice models

Behaviour, Addiction and Mental Health

  • Harm reduction
  • Social isolation – risk factors, outcomes
  • Symptoms, pre-condition, relapse challenges
  • Reducing stigma
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain and addiction

Forensic treatment

  • Prison system
  • Community

Presentation Types

Oral Presentations (13-14 May 2019)

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentation and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.

Panel Presentation (from the 13 – 14 May 2019)

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is comprised of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and at least 3 panellists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Workshop Presentations (15th May 2019)

Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays.

Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Poster Presentations (from the 13 – 14 May 2019)

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with Conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.

Book of Proceedings

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN under the Peer Reviewed or Non Peer Reviewed section. Please indicate on the submission form if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for paper guidelines.

Peer Reviewed Papaers

If you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration of publication in the proceedings for which you require peer refereeing, please forward your full paper by Friday 29th March 2019.

Non Peer Review Papers

All presenters have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference book of proceedings with an ISBN. Papers for the non-peer reviewed section will be accepted Friday 3rd May 2019.

Terms & Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is 22nd March 2019.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference materials, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.