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2014 PHC Research Conference: Call for abstracts

Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes

Notification of acceptance of abstracts 2 April 2014

2014 PHC Research Conference 23–25 July Canberra

The theme for the 2014 Primary Health Care (PHC) Research Conference, Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes, seeks to foster a culture in which knowledge exchange becomes automatic, a part of core business for everyone who wants to contribute to the improvement of primary health care outcomes. The value of any evidence is enhanced when the key stakeholders work together with a common purpose that encourages them to capitalise, from the outset, on their different perspectives, expertise and skills. Such a focus on partnerships and co-creation of knowledge can become a part of ‘the way we do things here’.

The PHC Research Conference is the place to foster such a culture of knowledge exchange. PHCRIS understands the importance of bringing people with different skill sets together to enable the initial face-to-face communications that underpin the development of trust and collaboration.

Clearly, delegates value interaction with policymakers. As a previous delegate commented, “the conference gave me more understanding of research to policy processes and timelines”. In response to this strong interest in the research/policy interface, it has been decided to hold the conference in Canberra every second year. 2014 is the year to be in Canberra, to be a part of the conversations and contribute to collaborations about improvements to our primary health care system. Whether you are working in research, policy, practice, or a primary health care organisation—whether you are a consumer representative or a student, the three days of the conference will be among the most important of your working year.

We invite submissions of abstracts on research and evaluation covering all aspects of primary health care including allied health, general practice, nursing, multidisciplinary teams, Medicare Locals, multimorbidity and preventive health. The theme Integrating knowledge exchange to improve primary health care outcomes provides a framework for abstracts that relate to the health reform agenda under the following themes:

  1. Children and young people’s health
  2. Chronic conditions and multimorbidity—what might work?
  3. Healthy ageing
  4. Indigenous health
  5. Integrated health systems and services
  6. Knowledge exchange and translation
  7. Local, national and international collaboration
  8. Mental health care
  9. Migrant and refugee health
  10. Preventive health and hospital avoidance
  11. Primary health care workforce
  12. Priorities for local planning and delivery
  13. Remote and rural health
  14. Research methodologies and methods
  15. Theories of primary health care
  16. Women’s and men’s health


Guidelines for submission of abstracts

Research findings can be powerful tools for persuasion, can inform the development of policy, directly impact on practice, inspire further research and add to the body of knowledge. As a contribution to knowledge exchange, the Call for Abstracts asks researchers to consider the potential uses and users of their research.

You can submit an abstract for the following:

  • 15 minute paper (concurrent) presentation
  • Poster presentation (including NEW 3 minute presentation category)
  • Symposium
  • Skill building workshop
  • Primary Health Care Futures Café (a NEW option allowing a combination of symposium and workshop)
  • AAAPC Most Distinguished Paper

This year, rather than uploading a paper, you will be submitting your abstract in a text box on the website.

Abstracts will be accepted online until 5.00pm EDST Friday 28 February 2014. All abstracts must be uploaded and all changes finalised by this date.

  • Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission process.
  • Do not include graphs or tables in the abstract.
  • Do not include author names or organisational details in the abstract so that the abstract can be blind peer-reviewed.
  • Authors are invited to submit more than one abstract however only one can be presented as a paper, others will be allocated to posters.

If you have multiple abstracts simply use your access key (this will be emailed to you after your first submission) to log into your Speaker Zone and submit additional abstracts using the online submission process.

Notification of acceptance: Authors will be notified via email from 2 April 2014.

15 minute paper (concurrent) presentation (10 minute presentation with 5 minutes question time)
Your abstract (250 words) must include Title, Aims and rationale, Methods, Findings, Potential uses of this research. Preference for paper presentations is given to completed research.

Poster plus NEW 3 Minute Poster presentation opportunity
Your abstract (250 words) must include Title, Aims and rationale, Methods, Findings, Potential uses of this research.
In addition to a standard poster display, posters are posters are eligible to be considered for inclusion in a 3 minute poster presentation stream. The 3 minute poster presentations will be themed and will allow presenters to give a presentation in front of an enlarged pdf of their poster in the PHCRIS Theatrette in the Exhibition Hall. Please choose “Poster and 3 Minute Presentation” in Step 2: Presentation Type if you wish for your poster to be considered for this additional opportunity. Preference for the 3 minute poster presentations is given to completed research.

AAAPC award for Most Distinguished Paper (for completed projects only)
If you wish to be considered for the AAAPC Most Distinguished Paper award then in addition to your Concurrent Paper submission (i.e. 250 words, as described above) you will need to provide a second, longer abstract (400 words) that includes more methodological detail.

AAAPC, in collaboration with the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) in the UK, are delighted to offer an extra dimension to the winner of the AAAPC Award for Most Distinguished Paper at the PHC Research Conference in 2014 making the award truly international. The winner of the Award will be invited to present their paper in the UK at the SAPC Conference in the "prize presentations" session without needing to go through peer review selection process. The AAAPC will support the award by contributing $500.00 to the expense of attending the SAPC Conference and SAPC will support the winner by funding the registration at their conference. The fostering of links between the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) in the UK, and the AAAPC is seen by both organisations as another step in advancing primary care through research and education.

Skill building workshop
These 90 minute workshops need to focus on skill development relevant to research, evaluation and development in primary health care. Your abstract (400 words) must include Title, Target audience, Aim of workshop, Method and extent of audience participation, Anticipated outcomes.

Please note that each workshop is expected to accommodate a minimum of 50 delegates.

These 60 minute symposia are opportunities to present a substantial body of research findings that incorporate debate and discussion on associated care improvements.

Your abstract (300 words) must include Title, Aim, Content of presentation/s and Relevance to the conference theme.

NEW presentation opportunity - Primary Health Care Futures Café
Complex primary health care issues require integrated knowledge exchange to formulate and implement solutions. The program for 2014 allows presenters to submit an extended abstract for a 2.5 hour session that combines a symposium-style presentation with the interaction of a workshop.

The 2.5 hours can be used not only to present a significant body of work but more importantly to identify wicked problem/s in primary health care in Australia. Each PHC Futures Café is intended to engage delegates at the conference to work together across sectors and disciplines to flag issues and develop potential solutions.

Your abstract (400 words) must include Title, Complexity of issue and significance for primary health care, Aim of PHC Futures Café, Target audience, Content of presentation, Method and extent of audience participation, Anticipated outcomes.

Abstract check list

Over the years PHCRIS has compiled a list of comments from reviewers. The following checklist may be helpful for a quick personal review before you submit your abstract. [NB: For further details on preparing your abstract please view our PHCRIS Getting Started Guide View Guide How to … Write great abstracts]

Do check that…

  • abstract is relevant to primary health care
  • title accurately reflects content
  • aim is clear
  • abstract allows delegates to assess relevance and interest to them
  • abstract adheres to guidelines for length and section headings
  • background clearly states why this study was worth doing
  • method is appropriate for the aims
  • important findings are concisely summarised
  • segment on potential uses of this research answers the ‘So what?’ question
  • abstract is well written – clear, succinct, engaging, grammatically correct, spell-checked.

Our reviewers also suggest that abstracts avoid the following common errors:

  • ambiguous/vague titles
  • titles that are too long and include unnecessary words
  • mismatch between title and content
  • abstracts that only fellow experts would understand
  • excessive jargon/acronyms that are not defined
  • excessive formality
  • too much background,leaving very little room for key findings
  • omission of important terms/concepts/title
  • useless statements such as ‘The findings will be discussed’.

Further information

If you have further questions regarding the online abstract submission or are unable to access the online process please email or telephone Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624.

Key dates

28 February 2014
Closing date for abstracts

2 April 2014
Notification of acceptance of abstracts

9 May 2014
Sponsored delegate applications close
Notification from Monday 26 May

30 May 2014
Early bird registration closes

23–25 July 2014
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2014 PHC Research Conference