Your abstract should be submitted online via the abstract submission portal. After filling in your personal details, you will be required to submit the following items:

  • Your abstract (300 words max for oral papers and posters) not including references or learning objectives
  • Three (3) key words to help describe your paper (see a list of keywords below)
  • A personal biography for up to two (2) presenting authors (Up to 50 words per person).

See below for more detailed instructions on preparing and submitting your abstract.

Abstracts are accepted on the following conditions:

  • ALL PRESENTERS MUST REGISTER & PAY FOR AT LEAST THE DAY OF THE CONFERENCE ON WHICH THEY ARE PRESENTING.
  • Confirmation of abstract acceptance is contingent on registration for the conference.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Word document format.
  • There are a limited number of oral and poster positions, priority will be given to original submissions.
  • Papers must be presented by the author/s. Proxies will not be permitted except in an emergency such as illness or misadventure.
  • By submitting an abstract, the author/s agree to have the abstract published in the Conference Abstract Handbook and other online and printed materials related to the Conference.
  • The Committee reserves the right to allocate a session time or presentation type, which differs from that applied for.
  • The Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any paper.
  • The Committee’s decision is final.

PLEASE NOTE that the first author will be the main contact for all correspondence about the abstract. However, please include other authors contact details.

Length of Abstract

  • Abstracts for all papers and posters should be a maximum of 300 words.

Content of Abstract

Abstracts for oral papers can be submitted with reference to one of the following themes:

  • Embracing New Opportunities Criminal Justice – papers should describe innovations, research and evaluation programs, outcomes, effective practice, creative services or partnerships as they relate to alcohol and other drugs and the criminal justice system including prisons, community corrections, criminal law and policing.
  • Leading the Way in Practice papers should describe innovations, research and evaluation programs, outcomes, effective practice, creative services or partnerships as they relate to practice, including alcohol and other drug treatment, prevention or workforce development.

Abstracts for posters can be submitted under any of the Conference’s three themes:

  • Leading the Way in Policy – Harm Reduction – posters should describe policies, programs, innovations, research and evaluation programs or outcomes, as they relate to alcohol and other drug harm reduction.
  • Embracing New Opportunities  Criminal Justice – posters should describe innovations, research and evaluation programs, outcomes, effective practice, creative services or partnerships as they relate to alcohol and other drugs and the criminal justice system including prisons, community corrections, criminal law and policing.
  • Leading the Way in Practice posters should describe innovations, research and evaluation programs, outcomes, effective practice, creative services or partnerships as they relate to practice. 

The abstract should:

  • Use clear language easily understood by lay-people. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Be as informative as possible and truly represent the intended presentation.
  • Include any results you intend to discuss in the presentation in your abstract.
  • Be written in the past tense, for example “We conducted the research…” or “The program achieved the following results…”
  • Include a statement of the aims of the presentation; sufficient information to allow a delegate to learn what may be gained by attending the presentation; a strong concluding sentence in summary of the abstract.
  • Not include tables, diagrams or graphs.
  • Be submitted in Word document format.
  • Use the template supplied.

Abstracts will be used both for selection purposes and if selected will be used in the online program, abstract handbook and other conference materials.

Key Words

When you are submitting your abstract online, please select the most appropriate three (3) key words from the given list.

  • Advocacy
  • Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander
  • Clinical/ practice
  • Change, innovation, reform
  • Co-occurring AOD and mental health
  • Diverse populations
  • Harm reduction
  • Lived experience, recovery
  • Partnerships
  • Prevention
  • Policy, strategy
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination
  • Research and evaluation informing practice
  • Service systems, delivery, implementation
  • Technology, e-health
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Workforce

Types of Presentations 

Oral Papers: 15 minutes.

  • The paper is grouped with 2 or 3 other papers by topic, and presented in a 45 or 60 minute session conducted by a chairperson who is selected by the program Committee.  Presentation of papers can include audio-visual material.
  • Oral papers may focus on research, showcasing a program or project, or cross-sector partnership.
  • Oral papers are not limited to PowerPoint presentations. If you have an interesting idea for presenting your information (for example, music or dance) please describe your idea in your abstract submission for consideration.

Posters

  • Posters can be in either electronic or paper formats. A poster must be focussed on one of the three Conference themes.
  • If a poster is accepted it is expected that authors will be present at the poster display to discuss their poster with Conference delegates during designated times.
  • All posters must have an abstract submitted using the abstract submission portal and template.

Paper and Electronic Poster layout
Please use the same template for both paper and electronic posters.

Electronic Posters

  • An electronic poster is an electronic version/PDF of a poster presentation. An electronic poster may include text, figures, charts, tables, images, and artwork but does not include any audio, video, web links or animation.
  • Please use high-resolution images in one of these formats: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF.
  • Electronic Posters will be displayed on a video screen in a rotating display during the Conference.  Electronic posters will also be included on the website containing conference presentations and available for download.
  • Please use the template provided for the development of the poster.

Paper posters

  • Posters must be portrait size A0- 841mm wide x 1189mm high. There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced in a landscape layout are unable to be accommodated.
  • Please use the template provided for the development of the poster.
  • Mounting fixative will be supplied by the Conference organisers.
  • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  • All posters must be mounted by the author during an allocated time period (of 1-2 hours) prior to the beginning of the poster display, and removed by the designated time. Posters not removed by the end of the Conference will be disposed of.
  • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the organisation(s) of origin.
  • All content should be simple and clear with limited detail to maximise impact.
  • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.
  • Please use the template provided.

There will be one prize for the best poster.