Call for Abstracts - Closed

Late submissions should be emailed to the Secretariat

This conference will provide a forum for discussion on a wide variety of topics in bioethics and health law in the context of clinical practice, research and public health. We welcome submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds and encourage submissions from students. Although priority will be given to abstracts that broadly fit within the conference themes, all high quality abstracts will be considered.

The following topics are intended to be suggestive only and not exhaustive.

Clinical Ethics Health Law
  • What matters, or should matter most, when health professionals make decisions?
  • How do patients decide about their treatment?
  • What role should external constraints play in this process?
  • How does “respect for autonomy” sit alongside shared decision-making?
  • How should we decide for those who cannot decide for themselves?
  • When and how should we involve experts in clinical ethics when making decisions in health care?
  • Is there a role for clinical ethics support in Australian health care? If so, what form should it take?
  • How should courts decide normative causation and the appropriate scope of liability in medical negligence claims?
  • What is the place of statistical evidence in deciding whether harms are caused by negligence?
  • How do we decide whether hospitals should be liable for sexual assaults committed by people who work in hospitals?
  • When should a court overrule the treatment decision of a competent minor?
  • Should the law permit parents to choose the gender of their children using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis?
Research Ethics Teaching Ethics
  • How do we decide about the level of risk to participants in research?
  • How should participant competence be assessed?
  • What is and what is not good clinical evidence?
  • What should and should not be published?
  • Who should be responsible for monitoring research?
  • How should research misconduct be investigated and regulated?
  • How has ethics review effected decisions about indigenous research?
  • How is and should assessment be made in ethics education?
  • How and when should we teach ethics?
  • Why do words matter: competency v capacity?
  • Teaching and Learning Methods of Capacity Assessment


Online Portal - Call for Abstracts Now Closed

Click here to enter the Online Portal where you can:

  • View the status of your submitted abstracts
  • Replace or delete a previous abstract
  • Register for the conference


Click here to download the abstract template


Presentation Formats

The Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts for consideration as a Bioethics/Bio-Law and Student Orals, Cafés and Workshops for AABHL 2014. All abstracts will undergo a peer review process by the program committee. The Program Committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.

Bioethics/Bio-Law Oral Presentations

Bioethics/Bio-Law Oral Presentations will be allocated 20 minutes presentation time. Presenters are advised to include sufficient time within the 20 minutes for questions and discussion from the audience.

Student Oral Presentations

Student Oral Presentations will be allocated 15 minutes presentation time. Accepted student oral presentations will be scheduled in a special student sessions designed to foster and encourage novice presenters. Students are advised to include sufficient time within the 15 minutes for questions and discussion from the audience.

Bioethics/Health Law Café

The “Ethics Café” has been adopted from the Philosophy Cafe concept but directed at a health-law and ethics audience.  Cafes aim to be both sociable and serious and provide an opportunity for beginning and experienced clinicians, health lawyers and ethicists to discuss with true collegiality some of the most challenging clinical cases that we treat.  They should be organised around a specific case/theme/policy/legislative development and will be allocated 90 minutes.

Conference workshops will be allocated 90 minutes. Workshops are working sessions with defined objectives, such as defining the scope and nature of an issue, developing a plan of action, solving a problem, or demonstration of innovations with hands-on experience


Guidelines for Submission:

  • All abstracts are to be submitted via the on-line submission process on this website. Submission by email, fax or post will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 300 words in length
  • Do NOT include symbols, tables, pictures or diagrams within the abstract.
  • Any abbreviations must be spelt out on first use.

The receipt of all abstracts will be confirmed by an acknowledging email. All applications will be considered by the AABHL 2014 Stream Leaders. All applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their application within plenty of time to register within the Early Bird Registration phase.

Please note that the space available for presentations is limited and preference will be given to papers of the highest quality as judged by the Program Committee. The AABHL conference attracts a large numbers of submissions and the Program Committee will look favourably on high quality abstracts.

Prepare your abstract

Prepare your abstract in a Microsoft Word document using the abstract template above.

To be considered for presentation your abstract must include:

  • A descriptive presentation title of a up to fifteen words. Use upper and lower case in the title, not only upper case.
  • The names, organisations, suburbs, states and email addresses (optional) for each author. Indicate the presenting author in bold.
  • The presentation abstract of 300 words.


Register your abstract

Go to the Presenters Zone to register your contact details and the abstract title. You can enter multiple presentations.

Upload your abstract

At the end of the registration process you will be asked to upload your Microsoft Word document

Audiovisual Equipment

Each lecture room will be equipped for the presentation of Power Point slides and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides. Whiteboards or flip charts will be provided for workshop presentations on request. Other audiovisual aids, such as Overhead Projectors, are not available.

Presenters will take their Power Point slides and associated media files to the conference on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation. All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.


Presenter Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference by Monday 7th July 2014 and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.


Important Dates

Abstracts Due 30 May 2014
Abstract Notifications Late June 2014
Presenter Registration 7 July 2014
Student Essays Due 18 July 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 August 2014
Conference 2 Oct 2014

Organising Committee

Judy Allen
Stephen Honeybul
Felicity Flack
Camilla Scanlan

Committee Members
Brian Stafford
Dale Pugh

Stream Leaders
Wendy Rogers
Ainsley Newson
Bill Madden
Andrew Crowden
Katrina Bramstedt
Karolyn White