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Abstract Submission

The WAFA 4th Biennial Conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley, 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide from 26-28 July 2012.

The Conference Program will comprise a variety of sessions.

Proffered Papers

The Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a proffered paper that addresses one or more of the Conference sub-themes. Abstracts will be grouped according to the focus areas listed below.

The central theme of the 2012 Conference is ‘Achieving Success: Courage and Confidence Under Fire’. There are four themes under this overarching banner that will be explored within the Conference:

  • Barriers – real or imaginary? – some barriers to promotion are very real eg family responsibilities, deficits in skills/experience and others are imagined but no less effective such as a lack of self belief – discover strategies to break down career barriers and to deal with the demons within;
  • ‘Bull at a gate?’ – we all know the expression, but we also know that there’s almost always more than one way to approach a situation – find out how the cows can find another way around and get where they want to go in their careers;
  • Networkingnetworking is more than just a ‘buzz’ word – find out out to make it work for you in your personal life and for a health career.
  • 'Stories of Success' - Within this theme, we will have the privilege of hearing first-hand the achievements of colleagues within our industry in often challenging and stressful situations.

Key dates

15 June 2012

Abstract submission closes

22 June 2012 Notification of selection for presentation


Abstract Submission Information

  • STEP ONE is to complete your abstract using the abstract template provided and save as instructed
  • STEP TWO is to complete the online abstract submission form
  • For each abstract you need to complete an online abstract submission form AND the abstract template
  • Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.
  • Submission of an abstract implies the author(s) agreement to the publishing of the abstract in the Conference program.
  • The person submitting the information must be one of the presenters.
  • Where there is more than one presenter all correspondence will be sent to the person who submitted the abstract.
  • The presenting authors must indicate when completing the online Abstract Submission Form the preferred method of presentation.
  • The Conference Committee and a review panel will be responsible for evaluating abstracts.
  • Every effort will be made to accommodate the author(s) presentation preference however the Committee reserves the right to allocate the presentation to best suit the program.
  • Presenting authors must register to attend the conference for a minimum of one full day of the conference on which they are presenting.

Content and Format

Please complete the abstract template, which will assist you in formatting, structuring and naming your abstract correctly. Click here to download the template. Authors unable to submit online should contact Conference
Co-ordinators on 02 6292 9000 to make alternative arrangements.

  • Do NOT alter the structure/formatting of the template. Simply click and enter your title and abstract where instructed.
  • If you alter the structure/formatting of this document your submission will not be processed correctly.
  • Must clearly state the objectives and outcomes of the proposed presentation
  • Abstracts are not to be more than 250 words
  • The title is clear and concise and limited to 15 words
  • Abstracts submitted must be submitted as a 30 minute oral presentation or a 60 minute interactive workshop
  • A short biography of the author (maximum 100 words)
  • Abstracts that do not contain sufficient information will be rejected.
  • All authors should be listed, followed by the authors’ organisation and state.
  • The name of the presenter must be underlined, e.g. Elizabeth Smith, Country Fire Authority, Victoria; Jennifer Brown, University of Western Sydney, NSW etc.
  • Font – Times New Roman or Arial is recommended, Font size 12; single spacing (DO NOT use all CAPITALS)
  • Use one return between paragraphs

Saving your Abstract

Your abstract document must be saved in Microsoft Word format. The file must be “surname_initial”.doc (e.g. Smith_J.doc).

If submitting more than one abstract add a number after your initial,1 for your first abstract, 2 for the second abstract etc (e.g. Smith_J1.Doc, Smith_J2.doc).

Download abstract template here
Once you have saved your abstract, proceed to the abstract submission page. You will be asked to complete your details on the form.  Attach your saved and appropriately named abstract template when completing your submission on line.

Proceed to the online abstract submission form