Call for Abstracts

Suicide Prevention Australia invites submissions of abstracts for presentation at our National Suicide Prevention Conference 2020 – One Voice – One Vision.

The 2020 conference theme, One Voice – One Vision reflects the need for a unified approach in our quest to reduce suicide rates. The five program streams for 2020 are policy, research, programs and services, innovation and priority populations.

The conference program will showcase evidence-based solutions, bold ideas and community-led innovation.

Abstract submissions have now closed.

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Submission Guidelines

The invitation to submit is for short poster presentations, workshops, oral presentations, soapbox speeches and three-minute thesis presentations.

Short Poster Presentations: Poster presentations allow for interaction with the audience and for presenters to answer questions one-on-one. Each five-minute oral presentation will be accompanied by a poster which will be on display for the duration of the conference.

Pre-Conference Workshops: Pre-conference workshops have a practical focus and need to be interactive, with time for participation and discussion with those in attendance. These workshops will be scheduled for either 60 or 90 minutes.

Oral Presentations: Oral presentations showcase evidence-based solutions, bold ideas and community-led innovation. There are options for presentations which could include a 20 minute allocation with 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions from the audience, a half hour symposia, 5 minute rapid-fire style presentation and the involvement in a panel discussion.

Soapbox Speeches: Soapbox speeches will be scheduled during break times and should aim to stimulate discussion or be provocative (following principles of safe practice in suicide prevention). Presenters will be allocated 5 minutes to present as they wish.

Three-minute Thesis Presentations: Three-minute theses presentations are open to students and early career researchers, providing an opportunity to discuss their research in a way that is accessible to people outside of their field as well as provide the audience with a quick overview of a current research. These will be included as part of the workshop offerings.

Those wishing to submit an abstract for submission will need to prepare a justification statement, highlighting important concepts and facts to explain the presentation’s contribution to the conference theme and program streams. A brief overview will need to be provided which includes the following:

  1. Importance to the advancement of suicide prevention;
  2. Alignment to conference theme – One Voice – One Vision;
  3. New information – what new and/or novel approaches, initiatives or research is being presented?
  4. Inclusion of lived experience of suicide

Prior to submitting the abstract, please ensure the following has been clearly identified:

  • Preferred program stream
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract text (no more than 300 words)
  • Justification statement

Key Dates

Submissions are due by 5pm AEDST on Friday, 6 December 2019.

Announcement Date
Call for abstracts open 14 October 2019
Call for abstracts close 06 December 2019
Abstract authors notified of outcome January 2020
Registration opens 10 February 2020
LiFE Awards nominations open 17 February 2020
LiFE Awards nominations close 13 March 2020
Bursary applications open 16 March 2020
Bursary applications close 17 April 2020
Early bird registration closes 24 April 2020
Bursary recipients notified 28 May 2020
Last day for speakers to register 28 May 2020
LiFE Awards finalists announced May 2020