Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts has now closed.

6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium Outback Infront: 20 years of rural and remote health research


Presentation types

General presentations: allocated in 20-minute time slots on the program. These presentations will share and celebrate research undertaken in rural, regional and remote health during the last 20 years since the first rural and remote health scientific symposium (Infront Outback) was held in Toowoomba.

As this Symposium reflects on 20 years of activity as well as contemporary practice and development in research, papers may share new or prior research that has been instrumental in shaping issues and outcomes in the rural and remote health sector.

Lightning talks: fast paced lightning talks can be accompanied by no more than 5 powerpoint slides that summarise the presentation. Author(s) speak to their presentation for 5 minutes only, followed by 10 minutes of discussion with delegates.

Lightning talk presentations are aimed to support early career academics and the next generation of rural health researchers.

Rogano sessions: facilitating critical conversations and scholarly debate on current projects, a rogano presenter will have 10-minutes - not to present research results, but to provide an overview of their active research project.

At the end of this brief presentation, they will outline specific issues or dilemmas they are having with their research. The discussion leader(s) and the audience (who will have read the abstract prior to the session) will explore these issues for the remainder of the time (20 minutes). The audience will offer questions and comments that will prompt discussion and provide constructive feedback.

Active researchers, students and postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration for a rogano session.


Categories and potential topics

The list of categories and potential topics is provided below to illustrate the breadth of interest of the Symposium. Categories and topics will be considered by the Abstract Review Committee when selecting program content.


Abstracts are sought in the following categories:


Research reports, using quantitative and/or qualitative methods that contribute to the evidence base.

Service review

Practical research exploring the successes and failures of projects on the ground and models of successful service delivery.


Analysis of public policies, including but not necessarily exclusively in the health sector and its workforce


The collection, use and development of data to track problems and successes and enable insight and development.


Potential topics

The scope of the Symposium is broad and the list of potential topics is provided to illustrate some of the areas that abstracts might address.

  • Innovations that have impacted on the field in rural and remote health
  • Translating research into practice: better rural and remote health services
  • The contribution of university departments of rural health and rural clinical schools to research
  • Implementation science: adoption of ideas from other contexts
  • Data informed development
  • Workforce development
  • Educational and service learning innovation
  • Educational insights and challenges
  • Models of delivery: successes and challenges

Abstract selection criteria

Abstract topics and categories will be considered by the Abstract Review Committee when ranking abstracts.

The criteria used by the Abstract Review Committee will be as follows:

  • Symposium theme and topics: it will offer something significant or unique relating to one or more of the Symposium themes.
  • Current and relevant: the presentation will have an emphasis on and/or relevance to current issues in research in rural and remote health
  • Analytical:­­­ the presentation will provide more than a description of a research project; it will draw out insights, what was learned, recommend new approaches and/or actions.
  • Broadening research knowledge: it may promote understanding of the range of factors and disciplines that impact on research and workforce development and education.
  • Quality: it is of high quality scientifically and/or in other ways.
  • Reflective: it will draw together prior insights or activity with the view to developing more effective approaches


Program allocation

Abstracts will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse focus on issues related to the Symposium topics.

The Conference Program Committee will then determine the final themes, the number of concurrent sessions, and the mix of presentations.


Format of abstracts

An abstract should summarise the important points of the proposed presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. Abstracts should be concise yet informative, and contain an outline of the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work undertaken.

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Abstract titles should be no more than 12 words.
  • Abstracts should not include author details. The blind review process requires the abstracts to be anonymous. However, as part of the online submission process, you will be asked to provide author details separately.
  • Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.


Successful abstracts terms and conditions

Authors of successful abstracts will be offered a place on the Symposium program and will be required to:

  • confirm acceptance of a place on the program in writing;
  • provide a 200-word biography for inclusion in the Program; and
  • register and pay for attendance at the Symposium.


Key dates

4 August 2017

Call for abstracts opens

30 September 2017

Call for abstracts closes

1 November 2017

Authors receive notification of outcome of abstract –
successful, waitlisted or unsuccessful

30 November 2017

Successful authors confirm acceptance and provide 200-word biography

11-12 April 2018

6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

Submitting your abstract

Abstracts should be submitted online via this website where they will be redirected to the abstract submission portal.

Authors who are not able to submit their abstract online are asked to contact

Questions about the abstract process may be directed to or by phone on 02 6285 4660.