Call for papers

FearLess National Conversation on PTSD 2019 - Call for Papers


Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a poster presentation at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD, to be held at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, 21 – 23 August 2019. The abstract should address evidence-based research or programs relating to PTSD and its treatment.

The conference will seek to initiate a national conversation on PTSD and explore with participants the development of a community-owned and community-operated PTSD management protocol and what should be contained within it.

The aim of the National Conversation is to highlight the impacts of PTSD on sufferers and those who support them, as well as exploring how we can best develop a national strategy to mitigate its devastating impacts on the Australian community. Critical to this will be the opportunity to discuss a wide range of factors involved in developing a comprehensive PTSD protocol that will help sufferers self-manage their condition.

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission open: 17 June
  • Abstract submission close: 15 July 2019
  • Abstract review period: 15 July – 22 July 2019
  • Notification to authors: Week commencing 22 July 2019
  • Successful authors must register by: 02 August 2019

Presentation type

  • All presentations will be in printed poster format with a maximum of 20 poster presentations.
  • Posters will be stationed around the conference venue for the duration of the National Conversation on PTSD 21 – 23 August 2019.
  • Poster presenters are to prepare a printed poster and must be available at a designated date and time to discuss and engage with delegates.

Themes and topics

Poster presentations should address evidence-based research or programs relating to PTSD and its treatment.

Abstract submission guidelines

All abstracts should include::

  • Presentation title – This will appear in the program (no more than 10 words)
  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation:
  • The abstract should be no more than 300 words and it should outline the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by the online portal
  • Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 300 words in length.
  • Abstracts should outline the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation.
  • Please use the official abstract submission portal. Submissions provided outside the abstract submission portal will not be considered.
  • Submissions must include a hi-res headshot of the speaker(s), 100 word biography of the speaker(s). If accepted, your biographic information and presentation title will be listed on the conference website.
  • If you submit an abstract for consideration, you must intend to register for the conference. Discounted registration rates are available for successful poster presenters ($499 full conference rate).
  • Where an abstract is accepted, revisions or changes of emphasis to match the conference themes may be requested.

Poster guidelines

  • Posters must be suitable for a general audience
  • The required size for posters is size A0 (841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation
  • Ensure texts and graphics are clear
  • Include all authors, affiliations and logos.
  • A maximum of 20 poster presentations will be allowed at the conference

Terms and Conditions

  • All accepted authors are required to purchase their own registration to ensure they appear in the final program.  A discounted registration is available to all accepted presenters. The deadline for registration is 02 August 2019.
  • All costs (e.g. travel and accommodation) to attend the conference must be covered by the accepted author and co-authors (if applicable).  
  • At least one author of the accepted abstract is expected to attend and present at the conference.
  • Authors will be notified via email of the outcome of their abstract submission week commencing 22 July 2019.
  • By submitting an abstract you give consent for the publication of the abstract and author’s details in all conference material including (but not limited to) conference website, blog posts, newsletters, social media and conference app.
  • Presentations and speaker notes will be collated and provided electronically to conference delegates on request.
  • Material used at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD will be published on the website following the conference.

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