Call for Abstracts - Closed

The call for abstract submissions has now closed.

The 2022 Preventive Health Conference theme is: Accelerating Action’.

This year’s theme is designed to leave you feeling inspired and equipped to make meaningful changes that will lead to action. Whether this action starts small, such changes to how you work, communicate or network, or bigger, such as leading policy change, identifying critical research or campaigning for change, this conference is designed to give EVERYONE new skills or ideas to take away and implement. In a time that has felt overwhelming and unpredictable for many, it’s time to focus on the things we can do, and need to do now to advance public health. This conference will give you tangible actions that can be implemented at all levels of the public health workforce - from graduate to politician - that will have an impact on the health of Australians.

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 21 November 2021
About the Hybrid Conference


What is a hybrid conference?

A hybrid conference combines a "live" in-person event with a "virtual" online component.



Depending on the restrictions at the time of the conference, delegates will have the option of attending the conference in Brisbane or participating virtually.


Face-to-face delegates will have access to all of the content live in the venue as well as the virtual on demand content.


Virtual delegates will have access to and be able to participate in the live plenary sessions, and view the content on demand.


Where possible, keynote speakers will present live at the venue and plenary sessions will be broadcast through the virtual platform and enable virtual and face-to-face delegates to ask questions directly to the keynote speakers. Plenary sessions will also be recorded and made available on demand through the virtual portal.

Abstract presenters that have been accepted for a face-to-face presentation will present live at the venue (restrictions permitting). In addition to presenting live, speakers will also provide a pre-recorded presentation to be made available on demand through the virtual portal. Concurrent session content will be released at the same time as the live version. Abstract presenters that have been accepted for a virtual only presentation will provide a pre-recorded presentation to be made available on demand in the virtual portal.

The virtual portal will be available to registered delegates for an extended time following the conference dates, to catch up on any presentations you have missed.

What happens if restrictions increase?

Potential restrictions could mean that the hybrid conference is pivoted to a virtual only conference. This would mean that all delegates will access the content through the virtual portal and the conference would not proceed with the face-to-face component.


Delegates will be kept updated throughout the planning process and will be advised on how the conference will proceed depending on the restrictions.

For more information about how the hybrid conference will run, please click on the FAQ's page.

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference theme and sub-themes.

Submitted abstracts must clearly show how the presentation will present key learnings and outcomes in association with the conference themes.

We encourage submitters to think about the story they are telling, and how they will ensure the presentation is dynamic and engaging.  

We encourage presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health to be presented or co-presented with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. We encourage abstracts submitted to note if authors identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Presenters of research focusing on particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should provide an additional paragraph with their abstract outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the research findings. An additional 50 word paragraph is permitted in addition to the 300 word maximum.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically using the online abstract submission portal. A manual abstract submission form has been also provided here.​

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure the correct version of the abstract is uploaded.

Abstracts submitted should be checked for spelling and grammar as they will be published exactly as received. 

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference Topics


The Preventive Health Conference will be guided by the below sub-themes. We invite you to submit abstracts under the following session topics:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in prevention
    How can we in public health bring a sharper focus to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility? Where are we actively addressing issues such as white privilege, racism, gender, and ableism within our workforce and work? Where are these issues being addressed through an intersectional lens to create more equitable and inclusive spaces? 


  • Creating change from where you stand: looking within and looking outwards
    When it comes to creating change in public health, we rightly point to the need to address systemic issues. How often, however, do we as individuals, teams, and organisations shift our attentional frames to focus on what actions we can also take closer to home, within our own hearts and minds? Where can we place greater emphasis on our own reflection and learning cycles to enact change within our sphere of influence? Arguably, if we seek to change the larger system, we also need to change ourselves.


  • Getting your message right - accelerating action by getting heard
    With messaging overload through social media platforms, effectively communicating public health issues to prevent disease is critical. Abstracts are welcome on methods and experiences of how we can be better and effective storytellers and resonate strongly with the public.  


  • Policy informed research and rapid translation
    Research informs policy but going the other way, how can policy makers, non-government organisations and community groups drive the research agenda, tailor the questions that need answering for rapid adoption in policy and practice.


  • Harnessing knowledge from our success stories
    Preventive health professionals are achieving outstanding outcomes for our communities every day, through their program delivery, thoughtful research and policy influence. Share your insights and experiences, with a focus on sharing ‘what works’ and broader implications for colleagues, supporters, funders and policy-makers.


  • Strengthening the business case for prevention
    In a competitive funding and policy environment, it can be difficult to convince decision-makers of the value and importance of preventive health. It’s important that we use a combination of tools and tactics – including those from other disciplines and spheres – to we strengthen the business case for prevention and achieve meaningful change.


  • Revisiting communication 'about risk'
    Clear, trusted, and evidence-based risk messaging to promote health and engage the public in health decisions is the hallmark of public health. Abstracts are welcome on effective communication within public health and framing health risks.


  • COVID lessons and successes in public health
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many Australians, we’d like to hear about challenges and lessons learned and the positive outcomes of our work. What can we learn from COVID-19 to prepare us for next time? How can we best recover and what worked well?


  • Empowerment and change in all organisations
    How can we bridge the divide between rhetoric and action within public health? How best can we empower our workforce to live in alignment with what we seek to do? For example, we aspire towards health equity but often find ourselves in a state of inertia not moving towards action. What role do actions such as distributed leadership models have in empowering individuals and teams to act in influential ways within networks and organisations?

Presentation Types

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 10 minutes to present. Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes. All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. Face-to-face presenters will have an additional 5 minute allowance for audience questions. Please note, places are limited.


Rapid Fire (Short Oral)

Presenters have a total of 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to 6 PowerPoint slides (including title slide). All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. Face-to-face presenters will have a short 1 minute allowance for one audience question. Please note, places are limited.


Conversation Starter Presentations

Presenters have a total of 3 minutes presentation time using a maximum of 4 PowerPoint slides (including title slide). Presenters should give the ultimate elevator pitch. Think about how to best engage the audience to continue the conversation with you out of session. All presenters must provide a pre-recorded presentation. Face-to-face presenters will not have an allowance for audience Q&A.

Presentation Preference

We are asking abstract submitters to express interest in your preferred presentation method. Please note, this cannot be guaranteed.

  • Face-to-face presentation and recording of presentation
    By selecting to present at the face-to-face conference in Brisbane, speakers must be willing to present at the venue (restrictions permitting) and provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation.


  • Virtual only presentation (recording of presentation)
    By selecting a virtual only presentation, speakers must be willing to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review.

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.

  • If there is more than one author, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract.

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author. All abstracts must be original work and submitted in English. A maximum of 2 presenters per abstract. 

  • Abstract presenters must be able to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation, guidelines will be provided, by the due date to be made available on demand for virtual attendees.

  • When abstract presentation offers are sent out, authors need to be accepted the offer to present. If no response is received within the specified timeframe, another abstract can be offered in its place.

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 21 November 2021

Please read the abstract submission guidelines and requirements, prior to submitting an abstract. 

Presentation offers will be advised in December 2021.


More Information


For further information contact the PHAA Events Team on:


T: 02 6285 2373