CRANA – Abstract Submission

2020 CRANAplus 38th Conference

Passion. Purpose. Influence. Impact.

14th – 16th October 2020

QT Canberra

In this, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the theme of our conference is Passion. Purpose. Influence. Impact.

The aim is to build on our strengths to improve the health and wellbeing of rural and remote Australians. By sharing experiences, learning together and inspiring one another we will foster passion, maintain purpose, build influence and increase impact.


The Call for Abstracts CLOSES


Please contact the team at Conference Design for all abstract submission enquiries or assistance.


Foster Passion


  • new projects, programs and initiatives
  • the future workforce
  • successful models and service designs
  • education – preparation for practice and professional development

Maintain Purpose

Clinical update

  • clinical best practice/evidence-based practice
  • digital health and technology
  • culturally safe clinical practice

Build Influence


  • building community capacity
  • campaigning for change
  • reducing remote/rural health inequality

Increase Impact

Research and Evaluation

  • emerging and published research
  • translating research into practice

Abstracts welcome from all health disciplines and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract.

Presentations on topics that are of particular interest to our members are encouraged:

  • the safety and security of the remote health workforce
  • the health impacts of a changing climate
  • improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • multidisciplinary workforce recruitment and retention
  • social and cultural determinants of health, particularly community housing.


Abstracts are invited for a variety of presentation types. The final program will be determined by the Abstract Selection Committee and Chair of the Conference Committee.


Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minute time slots in the program, including time for questions. There will be no concurrent sessions so all delegates will be available to attend all presentations.

Presentations will be lecture style with questions invited at the end.


Hotspot presentations aim to spark interest, introduce new ideas or present a summary of a project, clinical case, experience or research. Open to all but special consideration will be given to early career professionals and those with limited presentation experience.

Each presentation will be allocated a 5-minute time slot and slides will be limited to a total of 3, with one presenter. Hotspot presentations will be ‘clustered’ in the program with questions invited at the end of each session.


Portrait orientation display poster AO Size (H1189mm x W841mm) will be on display in a dedicated area during the conference.

A morning tea session will be identified for poster presentations and authors should be available to discuss the poster’s content with delegates. There will be an incentive for delegates to visit each poster during the conference to go into a prize drawer.

How to Submit

Submissions are due by Wednesday 15 April and can be submitted via the presentation portal on this website. Abstracts received after this date will not be accepted.

Presentation/poster abstracts should include:

  • The purpose of the presentation
  • The nature and scope of the topic
  • The issue or problem under consideration
  • The outcome or the conclusion reached
  • References

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.

Presenter Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present a Poster

Abstract selection criteria

The Abstract Selection Committee will use the following criteria for scoring abstracts:

  1. Clarity and quality of abstract (the abstract communicates a clear, significant message)
  2. The abstract relates to one of the themes or subthemes of the conference
  3. The topic has relevance and application to the remote/rural health context
  4. The topic relates to the current health agenda (professional/policy/clinical)
  5. The abstract offers something new or builds on what we already know


A strict word limit (100 words) will apply for biographies.  The conference website and app will present biographies in full (providing they do not breach the word limit). A briefer version may be used by the MC when verbally introducing your presentation during proceedings. Delegates want to hear from you, not about you!

Interested but not confident?

CRANAplus is committed to supporting early career professionals and those who have limited prior experience of presenting at conference.  Past conference delegates have told us that hearing these people tell authentic stories ‘from the ground’ often proves to be a conference highlight for them. The CRANAplus conference always is always a respectful, collegial, warm and friendly space. It provides the perfect opportunity for those new to conference presenting to ‘dip their toe in’ and have a go. If you would like advice or assistance in preparing your abstract don’t hesitate to contact Marcia Hakendorf Professional Officer – Workforce Development