Call for Abstracts

Abstracts will be accepted online from 26 March 2012

The 37th Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care and the 18th Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference invites submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers, oral posters and static posters.

Application Process

To be selected to present you are required to submit an application via the website. All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Faxed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

The final deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 13 July 2012. No abstracts will be accepted after this date.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens - Monday 26 March 2012
Abstract Submission Closes - Friday 13 July 2012. 18.00 EST
Abstract Acceptance Emailed - August 2012

All presenters must register to attend the Conference. Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance in July 2012 will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate.

Abstract Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below carefully. Abstracts not submitted in this format may not be considered for review. If you have any difficulties or queries about the abstract format, please contact the Conference Secretariat by email emmap@eecw.com.au.

Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format only and in the specified format - please view the sample abstract template.

  • Text should be black Arial 10 point font.
  • Text should not contain underlines or bold type.
  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 250 words. Word count does not include title or author details or subheadings (i.e. Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conculsions(s); number strings count as one word.
  • Abstracts should not have been published more than once in any English language medical or nursing peer reviewed journal and should not have been presented at more than one meeting. If the study has been published in full as a manuscript it cannot be submitted for presentation at this meeting. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted for presentation.

Abstract headings should contain the following

  • Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout.
  • Author(s) name(s) (title, first name, surname). Underline the surname of the presenting author.
  • Institution(s), state and country of origin.
  • One line space prior to text commencement.
  • Wherever possible the title should be precise so that it conveys a message - eg "High Dose Adrenaline Does Not Improve In-Hospital Survival From Cardiac Arrest"

Abstracts should contain brief but complete statements of:

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion(s)
  • The abstract must contain sufficient information so that, if it is published in the proceedings of the ASM or in a journal, it will be a complete report independent of the presentation.
  • The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented in the text; abstracts stating "will be discussed", "will be described" or "will be presented", will be rejected.
  • Abstracts should be written in the past tense, i.e. should state what was done, not what is being, should or will be done.
  • Use only standard abbreviations ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" http://www.icmje.org/). Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than two non-standard abbreviations should appear and these should only be used to replace words appearing four times or more in the text. Use SI units except for pressure; use cmH2O or mmHg with kPa units in brackets (optional).
  • Abstracts containing graphs, diagrams, or complex tables will not be accepted. Simple tables are acceptable.
  • Brief acknowledgments of supporting institutions or funding may be made at the end of the text and are not included in the word count.
  • References are not to be included.

Abstracts received after the closing date will not be accepted

Free Paper Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations
(Medical / Nursing Submissions)

  • Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in duration plus 5 minutes discussion.
  • Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons - presentations running over 11 minutes will be cut short and will not considered for prizes.
  • Presentations are encouraged to practice talks and timing.
  • Presentations must be checked by the presenter with the audio-visual technician in the speakers' preparation room as soon as possible after registering at the Conference venue.
  • Presenters should arrive at their session room, introduce themselves to the chairperson adnd familiarize themselves with the audio-visual facilities including checking their presentation at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement.

Poster Displays
(Nursing Submissions Only)

  • Each poster board is 1.2m wide x 1.8m high, mounted vertically. Posters must be portrait size, 1m wide x 1.5m high.
  • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced landscape are unable to be accommodated.
  • Velcro will be supplied by the Conference organisers.
  • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  • All posters must be mounted by the author during an allocated time period (of 1-2 hours) prior to the beginning of the poster display, and removed by the designated time.
  • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1") at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
  • The abstract should be displayed at the top left hand corner.
  • Remaining contents may be displayed in columns (usually 3 columns).
  • Contents should contain the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).
  • Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted)
  • All contents should be simple and not overburdened with detail - "minimising detail maximises information transfer"
  • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.

Oral-Poster Presentations
(Medical / Nursing Submissions)

YOU WILL NEED TO

  1. Make a poster for display during the Conference
  2. Present your "poster" at the scheduled poster walk around session
    • Each poster board is 1.2m wide and 1.8m high, mounted vertically. Posters must be portrait size, 1m wide x 1.5m high.
    • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced landscape are unable to be accommodated.
    • Velcro will be supplied by the Conference organisers.
    • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
    • All posters must be mounted by the author during an allocated time period (of 1-2 hours) prior to the beginning of the poster display, and removed by the designated time.
    • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1") at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
    • The abstract should be displayed at the top left hand corner.
    • Remaining contents may be displayed in columns (usually 3 columns).
    • Contents should contain the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).
    • Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted).
    • All contents should be simple and not overburdened with detail - "minimising detail maximises information transfer".
    • A poster oral session will be scheduled where you will be required to be in front of your poster to present your findings to an audience including a session chair & judge. You will be allocated 4 minutes presentation time, with another 2 minutes for questions and discussion.
    • Authors must attend their poster for a designated 1-2 hour period for informal discussion with conference registrants and judges.
    • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.
  3. Velcro will be supplied by the Conference organisers.
  4. Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  5. All posters must be mounted by the author during an allocated time period (of 1-2 hours) prior to the beginning of the poster display, and removed by the designated time.
  6. Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1") at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
  7. The abstract should be displayed at the top left hand corner.
  8. Remaining contents may be displayed in columns (usually 3 columns).
  9. Contents should contain the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).
  10. Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted)
  11. All contents should be simple and not overburdened with detail - "minimising detail maximises information transfer"
  12. Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.

Medical Prizes

Accepted abstracts may be eligible for one of the following prizes. The award of prizes is at the discretion of the judging panel and the Organising Committee. The value of each prize is at the discretion of the Organising Committee and the sponsor.

1) Best Medical Paper

The primary author and presenting author must be medical. The winner receives $5,000.

ANZICS

2) Matt Spence Medal

The primary author must be a trainee in Intensive Care medicine and must be a financial ANZICS member. The winner receives the Matt Spence medal and $5,000. The prize is sponsored by Covidien.

Covidien

3) Best Paediatric Medical Paper

The primary author and presenting author must be medical. Only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The winner receives $2,500.

ANZICS

4) Safety & Quality Best Paper

Awarded for the best free paper on safety and quality; may be medical, nursing or other author. Only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The winner receives $5,000 kindly donated by Baxter.

Baxter

5) ANZICS CORE Best Paper

Awarded for the best paper making use of data from ANZICS CORE databases (APD, CCR, ANZPICR). Only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The winner receives $1,000.

The prize is sponsored by ANZICS CORE.

ANZICS               CORE

All free papers will be judged on: abstract quality methodological merit, work involved, standard of presentation and question handling, relevance, originality.

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