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Call for Abstracts

The 39th Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care and the 20th Paediatric and Neonatal Meeting invites submissions from those interested in intensive care presenting oral papers 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 4 July 2014.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens - Monday 24 March 2014
Abstract Submission Closes - Friday 4 July 2014, 18.00 EST
Abstract Acceptance Emailed - August 2014

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 2014 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.

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

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) only via the ASM website.
  • Text should be single spaced throughout, in Arial 10 point font.
  • Text should not contain subheadings, underlines or bold type.
  • Please do not list authors and affiliations in your abstract, as a blind review process will take place. Instead, author names and affiliations are entered as part of the online submission process.
  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words. Word count does not include title or address; all numbers are included in the word count. Word count is verified using Microsoft 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 from which such publications arise. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted, presented and published a second time, but rewritten abstracts on the same study should not.

Abstract headings shall contain the following:

  • Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout.
  • One line space prior to text commencement.

Abstracts shall contain brief but complete statements of:

  • Introduction
  • Study 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, stating what was done, not what is being, should or will be done.
  • Use only standard abbreviations ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals"). Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than 2 non standard abbreviations should be used and should only be used to replace words appearing 4 times or more in the text. Use International System of 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.
  • Acknowledgment of supporting institutions may be made at the end of the text.
  • References are not to be included.

Abstracts received after the closure date will not be accepted.

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Free Paper Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in duration plus 5 minutes discussion. Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons.
  • Presentations must be provided in PowerPoint format.
  • Presenters should arrive at their session room at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement in order to introduce themselves to the chairperson, familiarise themselves with the audio-visual facilities and check their presentation.

Poster Presentations

  • Each poster board is 1.2m wide x 1.95m (4' x 6') high, mounted vertically. Posters must be portrait size, 1m wide x 1.5m high. Materials and Velcro will be supplied by the PCO.
  • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced landscape are unable to be accommodated.
  • 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".

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

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 and register for the Conference from within the Speaker Zone.

Awards

Please note that each abstract submitted can only be nominated for ONE prize.

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

Matt Spence Medal
The primary author must be the presenter and must be a financial trainee ANZICS member. Authors may only submit one paper for consideration of the Matt Spence Medal. Authors who have previously received this award may not receive it again. The winner receives the Matt Spence medal and $5,000.

Sponsored by
Covidien

Best Paediatric Medical Paper
The primary author must be the presenter and must be medical. The winner receives $2,500.

Sponsored by
Ikaria

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 ANZICS Abstract Review Committee should recommend that the paper is suitable for this award. The winner receives $5,000.

Sponsored by
Baxter

Best Medical Poster
The primary author must be medical. The winner receives $500.

Sponsored by
Bard

ANZICS CORE Best Paper
Awarded for the best paper making use of data from ANZICS CORE databases (APD, CCR, ANZPICR, CLABSI) to seek to improve intensive care practice. Open to all health professionals and only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The winner receives $2,500.

Sponsored by
iMDsoft

Best Nursing Free Paper
The primary author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. Verbal presentations only, presented during the adult component of the conference, will be considered for this award. The winner receives $2,500.

Best Nursing 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 $1,500.

Sponsored by
Ikaria

Nursing Scholarship
Awarded 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 $2,500.

Best 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.

Sponsored by
Elsevier

Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Paper
Free papers only will be considered. The main author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The winner receives $500.

Sponsored by
Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Best Allied Health Paper
Awarded for the best Allied Health Free Paper presentation of any discipline. The primary author must be the presenter. Award is $2,500.

Best Nursing Review Paper
Awarded for the best literature review of an aspect of critical care nursing practice. Submission requirements and the application form are available on the ACCCN webpage. Submissions should be made as per the instructions on the application form, NOT via the "submit abstract" link on the ASM website. The winner will be notified in time to take advantage of early bird registration and receives $2500. The deadline for submissions is 1700 hrs, 27 June, 2014.

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