Call for Presentations


Important Dates
  • Registration opens: 30 May 2014
  • Notification of submission results: Early June 2014
  • Scientific Stream first draft full paper: 27 June 2014
  • Presenters registered: 27 June 2014
  • Provisional Program: July 2014
  • Final revised abstracts (if required): 11 August 2014
  • Submission of E-Posters: 20 August 2014
  • Scientific Stream final full paper: 20 August 2014


Oral Presentations: 20 minutes presentation, 5 minutes question time.


ePosters: Please use the template provided to prepare your poster; all posters will have the banner graphic and control bar.

The layout is also at your discretion, however, brevity and clarity are the essence of a good ePoster.  The aim of the electronic poster is to display your project or idea in a concise form, enabling delegates to grasp the essentials of the subject in a short time frame.

It is critical you check your ePoster on a computer other than the one you use to create the ePoster. This allows you to check any photos, audio or videos are embedded correctly and the layout and fonts transfer as you want.

We will not be editing your ePoster but will check for any obvious issues. If we spot anything that clearly doesn’t look correct we will ask you to check your ePoster.

Your saved PowerPoint file must have the .ppt or .pptx suffix.

Your ePoster should be less than 20MB.


All posters must be emailed to the Conference Secretariat by 20 August 2014.

Online Portal

In the ONLINE PORTAL you can;

  • View the status of your submitted presentation
  • Replace an accepted abstract
  • Upload your full paper
  • Register for the SARRAH 2014 Conference - to come
Notes for General Paper Presenters


Guidelines for submission of General Stream & Poster Abstracts
Guidelines for submission of Scientific Stream Papers

E-Poster PowerPoint template

Save this template to your computer to begin designing your poster.

Electronic poster instructions. for further notes and details

Please ensure that you read the instructions before designing your poster

Abstract Word Template

Revised abstracts due 11th August - Extended to 9am 25th August


Conference Theme

Surfs Up, Ride the Waves!!
SARRAH invites abstracts (400 words) on the following basis:

  • Presenting a solution based focus
  • Addressing how the rural and remote Allied Health Professional influences the health of their community
  • How to apply the results of your research in rural and remote settings, rather than just presenting the results
  • Future focussed inspiration

The Conference will have six subthemes into which papers will be grouped. The subthemes are loosely defined along the following lines.



Developing healthy communities, consulting your community, promoting health, challenges for health care delivery in local communities.


Innovative practice and new service models, best practice in a challenging environment, new ways to approach old problems in service delivery.


Extending and blending practice, visionary future practice models, prescribing, new technologies, where could allied health be going?


Developing and driving sustainability, stakeholder and shareholder engagement, stewardship, workforce strategic direction, developing future policy and policy maker engagement.


Growing the allied health workforce, student, clinician and manager engagement for workforce development, clinical placements, rural training and education, early career practitioner support, mentoring.


Zones of conflict for allied health, making a positive impact in times of change, advocacy for allied health, raising the profile and fighting for equity.


Presentation Types

Abstracts may be in the style of a narrative/story (story outline) or traditional (aims, methods, results and discussion/recommendations).

As part of the submission process, authors are asked to indicate if they are interested in presenting:

  • General stream abstracts for oral presentation within the themes of the conference

You may choose to provide a paper of your presentation for publication post conference on the conference website to form part of conference proceedings if this paper is not published elsewhere.

  • Scientific Stream Refereed paper (written paper before the Conference plus oral presentation at the Conference, published after conference).

The peer reviewed scientific stream will again be offered at the 2014 National SARRAH Conference. Authors submitting in this stream will have their papers peer reviewed and will be required to write a full paper prior to the conference. Scientific stream refereed papers will be clearly identified as such on the Conference Program and in the Conference Handbook to assist their authors to obtain academic points. Authors of scientific stream peer reviewed papers may choose to submit their paper for publication to the Australian Journal of Rural Health, or another journal of their choice, or to be published on the SARRAH website as part of the conference proceedings, clearly identified as peer reviewed papers.

  • e-Poster (PowerPoint slide)
    This year for the first time posters will be displayed electronically. Electronic posters will be prepared in 4:3 PowerPoint and displayed for the duration of the conference on 55" flatscreen monitors in the exhibition and catering area. The posters will rotate automatically and each poster will be shown for one minute. Delegates will be able to pause individual posters to view them in more detail.

    Authors are asked to submit an abstract about their poster by the due date. Accepted poster authors will then be sent instructions for preparing their ePoster.

Guidelines for Submission:

Please ensure that you have all your abstract submission requirements ready before you proceed. 
The requirements include the full details of a key contact (the Submitting Author) and details of your abstract, including your abstract title, the names and affiliations of authors/co-authors, your preferred presentation type (paper, workshop or poster), your chosen theme, audiovisual requirements and biographies of the presenting author(s).

If you have questions regarding the online process or if you are unable to submit your abstract(s) online, please contact anna@conferencedesign.com.au for assistance. First-time presenters can seek assistance with their abstracts. Please contact anna@conferencedesign.com.au or call 03 6231 2999.

The receipt of all abstracts will be confirmed by an acknowledging email. All applications will be considered by the SARRAH 2014 Program Committee. 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.

Prepare your abstract

Prepare your abstract in a Microsoft Word document using the templates and instructions above.

Register your abstract

Enter the Online Portal to register your contact details and the abstract title. You can enter multiple presentations on the same record. Record your Access Key for use reaccessing your record at a later date.

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 (set to 16:9 ratio screen) and include a data projector, computer (with external speakers), lectern and microphone. Multimedia clips should be embedded in your slides but also brouhgt separately on a USB in case they need to be re-imbedded. Whiteboards or flip charts will be provided for workshop presentations if requested during the submission process. 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 and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Terms and Conditions

Initial acceptance of an abstract does not automatically mean that it will be selected for presentation at the Conference. Due to usual attrition rates between expressions of interest, abstracts and the selection process, more abstracts may be accepted than can be included in the final program.
If selected for inclusion in the conference program, abstracts will be printed in the Conference Handbook and distributed to delegates. SARRAH will reserve the right to publish full papers and post-conference workshop reports on the SARRAH website after the conference, unless otherwise negotiated with the author.

Important Dates

Abstract Notifications Early June 2014
Presenter Registration Due 27 June 2014
Refereed Papers 1st draft due 27 June 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 Jul 2014
Final Abstracts due 11 Aug 2014
Final Refereed Papers due 30 Aug 2014
SARRAH 2014 Conference 17-20 Sept 2014


Organising Committee

Lindy Swain - Chair
Rod Wellington - SARRAH CEO
Ruth Hawkings
Cate Patrick
Helen McGregor
Annie Nicholls
Luke Schultz

Image credits

Destination NSW
Grenville Turner: Destination NSW
Hamilton Lund: Destination NSW