Abstract Guidelines & Submission - CLOSED


Important Dates

**Poster Abstract submission deadline has now been extended - Oral Abstract submission CLOSED**

Oral Abstract Submission Deadline                                                          CLOSED

POSTER - Abstract Submission Deadline                                                 CLOSED

Oral Authors Notified of Acceptance                                                       10 April 2018

PCNA 2018 Grant Application                                                                      CLOSED

Author Registration Deadline (Oral and Six-minute speed talks)    15 April 2018

Author Registration Deadline  (Poster Submissions)                           27 April 2018

Early Bird Registration Deadline                                                                13 April 2018

Poster PDF Submission Deadline                                                                7 May 2018

Photograph/Image Submission                                                                   7 May 2018


Presentation Categories

The Conference Program Committee is inviting abstracts for the 7th Biennial Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference Fostering Excellence in Palliative Care to be held in Brisbane on the 20-21 May 2018. With this theme in mind, the Scientific Committee encourages submission of abstracts reporting on in-progress or completed nursing research studies, or other scholarly activities in the following presentation categories:

Fostering the Workforce
This theme looks to the development of the specialty, future workforce and the next generation of nurses as well as the variety of settings of end-of-life care. Abstracts could include education and training, mentoring and leadership, aged, acute and primary care, multidisciplinary teams and professional issues.

Evidence into Practice
This theme will provide insight into the depth of nursing research in palliative care. Abstracts could include collaborative practice and novel partnerships, clinical practice including symptom management, chronic disease, quality and safety, family/carers and ethics of care.

Embracing Community
This theme focuses on projects and work that engages with and links to the communities in which we practice. Abstracts could include rural, regional and remote, digital health, innovative projects, death literacy and arts, mental health, disability and community linkage.


Presentation Types & Guidelines

Oral 20 minute concurrent podium presentation

  • Individual papers will consist of a 15-minute presentation plus 5 minutes for questions.

Six minute speed talk – concurrent presentation

  • Six minute presentations that are repeated to small groups of people multiple times in a session. PowerPoint slides are not permitted at these presentations.
  • New quality improvement initiatives and/or recently commenced projects or research projects are invited to be submitted as six-minute speed talks.

Poster presentation - submissions close 30 March 2018

  • Static poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. Presenting authors will be expected to discuss their poster informally during one of the refreshment breaks. Posters are A0 portrait size and will be displayed on poster boards in the exhibition area.

In-progress research

  • Eligible for a poster presentation and/or a 6 minute speed talk.  Please note that completed research is eligible for consideration as an oral presentation

Photographs & images

  • PCNA is keen to showcase images showing the variety of settings, programs and qualities of contemporary palliative care in Australia from a nursing perspective. With the sub-theme of palliative care nurses in action, entries can be photographs, paintings or drawings. The terms and conditions are attached here.

Links to Online Tutorials

To assist you with writing an abstract and then presenting, links to a number of short videos are included below.  These videos include one that our colleague, Prof Patsy Yates has prepared for the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care on writing an abstract and presentation skills which may be helpful for new presenters.


Poster Presentations

The Scientific Committee encourages creativity in presentation of posters while maintaining scientific rigour. Posters will be displayed on a free standing vertical board. Poster displays will be available throughout the conference. Authors are encouraged to be creative within the space allocation for poster presentations, such as the following:

  • Short PowerPoint presentations on laptop (please provide your own laptop)
  • Short practical demonstrations (please provide your own materials)
  • Photographic displays
  • Hard copy material (paper-based/DVD/CD) for delegates to enhance dissemination of your work (please provide your own materials)

Posters are to include:

  • Title of poster
  • Name and organisation of all contributing authors (titles are not required)
  • Introduction, methods, results, conclusion, implications for practice, funding acknowledgement
  • Text should be kept to a minimum
  • Be creative in the graphical and pictorial representation of your research

Other guidelines and instructions are as follows:

  • Maximum poster size is AO (841mm wide x 1189mm high)
  • At least one author is to be present at their poster display during scheduled discussion time in order to discuss their findings with delegates and answer questions. This provides valuable feedback for the authors about their work
  • The posting and dismantling of the posters are the responsibility of the author(s) and no responsibility will be accepted by the Conference Organisers for their collection or safe-keeping
  • Dismantling: All posters should remain in place for the duration of the Conference where possible. Posters are to be dismantled on 21 May by 3:00 pm.

Abstract Submission Guidelines: How to Prepare Your Abstract

Abstracts are to be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual.
  • The presentation is to be evidence or practice based with practical application.
  • It is a condition of having your abstract accepted and included in the Conference Program that you are a registered and paid delegate. The presenting author(s) will be required to register for the Conference by 13 April 2018 in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program.
  • Only abstracts submitted online will be accepted.
  • Submission constitutes consent to publication of the abstract in the Conference Proceedings publication, which will be uploaded to the PCNA website.
  • Following acceptance of the abstract, poster presentations are to be submitted online, in A4 PDF format, by 7 May 2018, so that they can be uploaded to the PCNA website following the conference. Instructions for submission will be sent to successful authors. 

Abstract Format:

Abstracts are to be no more than approximately 300 words including sub-headings (exclusive of title, author(s) names, institutional affiliations).

Abstracts are to be written using the following sub-headings:

  • Introduction/Background/Significance
  • Aims/Objectives/Hypothesis/Goals or Problem
  • Approach/Methods/Procedure
  • Results/Findings/Outcomes
  • Discussion/Implications for practice
  • Conclusion
  • Conflict of interest (where applicable)
  • Funding acknowledgement (where applicable) 

Please note: Abstracts are to be free of typographical and grammatical errors as they will be published as submitted.

Abbreviations are to be avoided. Where considered appropriate, 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.

Please provide a short biography of no more than approximately 100 words of the presenting author(s) with your submission.

Please nominate your preference for poster, 6-minute speed talk or 20 minute oral presentation. In-progress research is eligible for a poster presentation and completed research eligible for consideration as an oral presentation.

You should keep all emails sent to you regarding your abstract submission. Once you have made your submission you can return and edit it until the closing date for submission 9 March 2018. After this date no amendments will be permitted.

It is the responsibility of submitting authors to verify that their submission has been received. You will be sent an automated confirmation email to confirm receipt of your submission. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact the Conference Managers


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