Call for Abstracts – Closed

The Call for Abstracts has closed. Authors will be notified of results at the end of May 2017.

We are inviting you to contribute your voice and submit an abstract to present at the 2017 Australian Palliative Care Conference (2017 APCC).

2017 APCC is the premier palliative care event in Australia and will provide you with great opportunities to hear new information, meet new people and share your ideas.

We are looking for abstracts from anyone with an interest in palliative care – doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, academics, volunteers, carers, researchers, educators, advocates, consumers, families, industry partners, peak bodies and national associations.

Important Deadlines

Call for abstracts CLOSED: Tuesday 18 April 2017
Abstracts under review: Wednesday 19 April – Friday 5 May 2017
Authors notified of results: End of May 2017
Program Publicly Announced: During National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May 2017)
Presenting authors to register by: Monday 12 June 2017
Early-bird Discounts Close: Friday 30 June 2017

The theme of the conference is Connection with Community. This theme challenges us to examine how we connect, who we connect with and how effectively our connections can strengthen and build a community of practice and care within palliative care.

The following sub-themes will feature in the concurrent sessions:

1. Connecting living with dying
This theme refers to the experience of patients, family and community. Abstracts should consider topics such as relationships, sexuality, self-care, living with uncertainty, spirituality and grief and bereavement.

2. Connecting living, ageing and dying well
Focusing on ageing, abstracts should consider topics such as dementia, community support, elder abuse, limitations on treatment, home based, community and residential aged care.

3. Connecting our caring
This theme examines the different groups involved in providing care. Abstracts should focus on general practice, allied health practitioners, pharmacy, community based care, practical models of care, volunteers, planning for the future, education and training and integrated care settings.

4. Strengthening through connection
Addressing the systems within palliative care, abstracts could include advocacy, economics, policy development, future sustainability, standards and quality, socialising dying, using data, compassionate communities and the national palliative care strategy and programs.

5. One size doesn’t fit all – connecting palliative care for specific groups
This theme will include abstracts on providing palliative care for specific population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, children, CALD groups, disability groups, LGBTIQ populations and other vulnerable populations.

6. Connecting clinical practice
Focussing on all types of clinical practice, including pain management, symptom management, wound care, chronic disease and therapeutic treatments.

7. Connecting the dots
This theme provides an opportunity for submissions on new ideas, innovative projects, learning from failures and alternative ways of operating.


Speed talks
Six minute presentations that are repeated to small groups of people six times in a session. PowerPoint slides are not permitted at these presentations.

Twenty minute oral presentations with three presentations in a session and question time at the end of the session.

Static poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. Presenters will be expected to discuss their poster informally during one of the refreshment breaks. Posters are A0 portrait size and will be displayed on poster boards in the exhibition area.

When you submit your abstract, you will be asked what type of presentation you would like to present and what stream your presentation fits into.

An abstract is a 250 word summary of your chosen topic. All submitted abstracts, will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the committee against the following criteria;

  1. Relevance: is the abstract relevant to palliative care?
  2. Learning: Rate the highlighted insights or learning
  3. Conference theme: Rate the abstract’s contribution to Connection with Community
  4. Quality: Rate the scientific, academic or practical quality of the abstract

The people that are nominated as the authors of an abstract retain all propriety rights and patent rights. The authors retain the right to use all or part of their abstracts in future works of their own. The presenting author is responsible for obtaining copyright clearance and authority for all material included in their presentation.

By submitting your abstract you agree that we can publish it in any of our productions and that your presentation can be recorded, distributed and made available online. If you need to adjust your abstract before publishing, or if you do not agree, please let us know.

If your abstract is successful, you must register for the conference by 15 June 2017. If you have not registered by this date, your presentation may be removed from the program. Special speaker registration fees will be made available to you if your abstract is successful, please see them listed below.

Registration Fee
Speaker – Full $965
Speaker – Carer/Student/Volunteer* $400
Speaker – Day** $495


*Student registration is for full time students only. You will be asked to email a copy of your student identification to to verify your full time student status.

**Please select desired day when registering. Day registration covers attendance for the nominated day only and includes conference catering. Social functions are additional.

If you are under the age of 40 and working or doing research in palliative care, you can submit your abstract to be considered for the Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture.

The recipient of the Ian Maddocks Guest Lecture is considered to be the best submission by an author under the age of 40 who is engaged in the study or delivery of palliative care in any of its component disciplines. The winner will be required to present their abstract in a plenary session at the conference.

Eligible presenters may indicate during the abstract submission process if they would like their abstract to be considered for this prestigious guest lecture.

Please submit your abstract by Tuesday 18 April 2017. Successful presenters will be notified of the inclusion of their abstract in the conference program by end of May 2017.

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If you have any further questions, please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624 or email