Call for Abstracts

The 38th Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care and the 19th Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference invites submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers, oral posters and static posters.

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Application Process

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

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 12 July 2013.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens - Monday 25 March 2013
Abstract Submission Closes - Friday 12 July 2013 18.00 EST
Abstract Acceptance Emailed - August 2013

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 early August 2013 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: michelle.bye@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 - click here to view the sample abstract template.

  • Text should be single spaced throughout with black Arial 10 point font.
  • Text should not contain subheadings, underlines or bold type.
  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 250 words. Word count does not include title or author details; 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.
  • 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".

Please note that a blind review process will be conducted. You will be asked to provide author names and affiliations in the online submission process, however please do not include this information on your Word document abstract.

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.

A resource list is available to assist in writing your abstract.

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Abstracts received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Submit Abstract

When you have read the instructions above thoroughly and saved your abstract in the correct format, you are ready to upload your abstract onto the submission site - click the "submit abstract" button below.

Submit Abstract

Once you have submitted your abstract, you will receive an email containing your personal access key. This access key can be used to enter the 'Speaker Zone'. As part of the upload procedure, your abstract will be converted to an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

It is the responsibility of the submitting author to view and proof the PDF file to ensure your abstract has been uploaded successfully. In addition you may submit an additional abstract; replace your abstract with a revised copy; or when available, register for the Conference.

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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 chairperson/s - presentations running over 11 minutes will not be considered for prizes.
  • 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 and familiarize themselves with the audio-visual facilities including checking their presentation at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement.

Poster Displays (Nursing and Allied Health Submissions Only)

  • Each poster board is 2.4m high x 1m wide, mounted vertically. Posters must be 1.5m H x 1.0m W.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Oral-Poster Presentations (Medical / Nursing Submissions)

Authors of abstracts selected for an 'Oral-Poster Presentation' will be required to:

a) Make a poster for display during the Conference
b) Present your "poster" at the scheduled poster walk around session

  • Each poster board is 2.4m high x 1m wide, mounted vertically. Posters must be 1.5m H x 1.0m W.
  • 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)
  • 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 1 minute 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

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Prizes

Accepted abstracts may be eligible for one of the following prizes.

Medical & Nursing 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 either ACCCN or ANZICS and the sponsor.

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

Matt Spence Medal
CovidienThe 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.

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

Safety & Quality Best Paper
BaxterAwarded 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.

CORE Best Paper
ANZICS COREAwarded 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.

Best Nursing Presentation
Mayo HealthcareThe Best Nursing Presentation is awarded to the Best Nursing Paper at the ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care ASM. Verbal or poster/oral presentations only, presented during the adult component of the conference, will be considered for this prize. The main author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The winner receives $1000.

Best Nursing Poster Prize
Mayo HealthcareMay be awarded to the author of a paper presented as a poster. The main author must be a nurse and a member of ACCCN. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest. The winner receives $500.

Nursing Scholarship Prize
Mayo HealthcareAwarded for the best free paper based on research completed as a component of a Masters or PhD. The main author of the paper must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest. The paper must be presented as a free paper (10-minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion). The winner receives $500.

ElsevierBest Nursing Review Paper
Awarded for the best judged literature review of an aspect of critical care nursing practice. The ACCCN Board coordinates judging of submission for the Best Nursing Review Paper prior to the ASM according to guidelines developed by the ACCCN Board. The winner will be notified in time to take advantage of early bird registration. The winner receives $2500.

Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Paper
Mayo HealthcareVerbal or poster/oral presentations only will be considered. The main author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The paper must be presented as a free paper (10-minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion). The winner receives $500.

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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Submit Abstract

When you have read the instructions above thoroughly and saved your abstract in the correct format, you are ready to upload your abstract onto the submission site - click the "submit abstract" button below.

Submit Abstract

Once you have submitted your abstract, you will receive an email containing your personal access key. This access key can be used to enter the 'Speaker Zone'. As part of the upload procedure, your abstract will be converted to an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

It is the responsibility of the submitting author to view and proof the PDF file to ensure your abstract has been uploaded successfully. In addition you may submit an additional abstract; replace your abstract with a revised copy; or when available, register for the Conference.

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