ABSTRACT DEADLINE – ABSTRACTS ARE NOW CLOSED
11:59am AEST Monday 28 June
Before submitting your abstract, please ensure you read the abstract guidelines and use the appropriate template below:
APSAD has provided the following terminology resources to assist you with your abstract submission and delivery of your presentation. We recommend familiarising yourself with both documents prior to submitting your abstract. The resources available are:
Time Allocated: 10 minutes | In person and virtual
Description: Oral presentations on original research findings, case studies, completed projects and theoretical analyses. Presentations should be well structured, rigorous and demonstrate a novel contribution to knowledge.
Time Allocated: e-Posters will be digital and all poster presenters will have the option of recording a 3-minute audio presentation to be included with the e-Poster
Description: e-Posters can present research in progress, case studies, divisional projects or clinical topics.
Practice Based/Service Delivery Oral Presentations
Time Allocated: 10 minutes | In person and virtual
Description: Oral presentations analysing issues and solutions to problems in clinical practice, community engagement, education, health promotion and policy. Presentations should be well structured, rigorous and demonstrate a novel contribution to knowledge
Time Allocated: 60 or 75 minutes. | In person only
Suggested timings: 10 minutes for each presentation, 5 minutes for the discussant, and a total of 15 minutes allocated for discussions
Description: Symposia provide an opportunity to present on one topic, often from multiple standpoints, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.
Time Allocated: 60 minutes | In person only
Description: Workshops should facilitate and engage discussion with the participants. Consider the objectives for your participants and the learning outcomes. Lecture-style presentation should be kept to a minimum keeping in mind that a workshop is a facilitation exercise.
Food for Thought
Time Allocated: 5 minutes (including question time) | In person and virtual
Description: Food for Thought presentations are for case studies, clinical perspectives, new services and consumer viewpoints. These presentations do not require the same rigorous research basis as standard oral presentations, and must be submitted on the Food for Thought template
Before submitting your abstract, please ensure you read the abstract guidelines carefully. Any abstracts that do not conform to the guidelines will not be considered.
Be prepared to communicate your intent to present in-person or virtually.
Service Delivery/Practice Based
This option is designed to allow delegates to report on projects that are not research-driven but are critical reflections on policy and practice, including clinical practice, community engagement, education, health promotion, and service delivery. In all cases we are looking for analyses and projects that are completed and have concrete results to report. The practice-based abstract template asks delegates to describe the analysis and arguments used, and then specify outcomes, results and implications for policy and practice. We encourage our community, nursing, policy, health promotion and other colleagues to try the template and submit abstracts.
Presenters are reminded that some of the best learning happens during discussion and are requested to ensure that they manage the length of their presentations to suit this timeframe. Due to time constraints presenters are asked to keep their introductions brief and to only include the speaker’s name, occupation, and organisation.
Interactive electronic posters (e-Posters) provide an opportunity for authors to present information that may not be possible to convey with a traditional printed poster. e-Posters enhance visualisation to attract interest of attendees through the use of videos and other embedded media.
60 minutes = 3 Presentations 75 minutes = 4 Presentations.
Symposia should be submitted on one template and not as separate presentations. Each submission must include a Chair, Discussant (if different from the Chair), state the aim, and describe the interactive element of the symposium. In symposia sessions a number of speakers discuss a common topic or theme in a manner that brings new insights to the subject. There are two types of symposia: Presenter Symposia and Panel Symposia.
Presenter symposia involve a series of authored papers on a present theme. In a Presenter Symposium, titles and authors / presenters are associated with each presentation. Presenter symposia can involve co-authored presentations. Co-authors will be listed in the printed program.
Please note: that all symposia submissions will be automatically considered for individual oral/poster presentations if they are not selected as a symposium.
The purpose of a Panel Symposium is to engage a group of panellists in an interactive discussion. There are no titles associated with the panellists’ presentations. Proposals for panel discussions should include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among panellists and with the audience.
When you submit an abstract for a Workshop you will be required to complete a run-sheet which details the interactive nature of the workshop and outlines the structure and program for review by the Scientific Advisory Committee. Failure to submit a run sheet will result in your workshop not being considered.
Points to consider when submitting for a Workshop
- What are you hoping to achieve from the Workshop?
- What can the participants expect to take away from the Workshop?
Download the Workshop Run Sheet
The Oral template is divided into two sections that you may use subject to the nature of your work. Please select the relevant section (A or B) from the two options within the template, details below.
We recommend using Section A within the template: for work which describes quantitative data or results. Authors should note that the format requires the presence of concrete results, and this will be noted when abstracts are reviewed. In the case of research in progress, where results are pending at the time of submission, we would encourage this to be noted in your submission. Subheadings for Section A are; Introduction and Aims, Design and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.
We recommend Section B: for work which is more descriptive including qualitative research, mixed methods research, policy analysis, methods papers and/or some empirical studies. Subheadings for Section B are; Introduction/Issues, Method/Approach, Key Findings, Discussions and Conclusions.
Presenters using either section of the Template are encouraged to include the two ‘optional’ points in the template; Implications for Practice or Policy and Implications for Translational Research. If you choose to do so you will be granted an additional *50 words to answer them.
Note: Your abstract will not be considered if it does not conform to the guidelines
The Scientific Advisory Committee may reallocate a presentation type on the basis of time, content, space available and applicability to the Conference themes.
Note: Abstract presenters will be required to fund their own attendance at the conference and should not submit an abstract if this is not possible.
Disclosure of Interest/Ethical Statement
APSAD recognises the considerable contribution that industry partners make to professional and research activities. We also recognise the need for transparency of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by acknowledging these relationships in publications and presentations.
For an example of a disclosure of interest/ethical statement please see below
Dr Smith has received funding from Metabolism Corp. No pharmaceutical grants were received in the development of this study.
Note: If accepted into the program you will be requested to include a disclosure of interest slide into your presentation or include such statements in your poster.
Abstracts will be favoured at review if they incorporate:
- Completed rather than future work (i.e., final results)
- Original data of high quality.
- An analysis that extends existing knowledge
- Clarity of methodology, analysis and presentation of results
- Specific rather than general findings
In balancing the program, the committee may require authors to present their work in an alternate format (e.g., as a poster rather than oral presentation).
Note: We encourage abstracts that are based on Indigenous issues be presented by Indigenous persons, or an Indigenous co-presenter be included. If this is not possible, please include some information as to whether any member of the Indigenous community in which the research is based was involved in development of the research protocol or in conducting the research. Where possible this applies to other population groups as well.
Themes for Submission
Authors must select one primary and one secondary theme of the following that their abstract relates to.
Adolescents / Youth
Aetiology (Incl. Genetics)
Blood-Borne Viruses (Incl. STI)
Children & Families
Cognitive Impairment Training
Consumers & Peers
Crime, Justice, & Legal Issues
Cross Culture & International
Drug Monitoring / Novel Psychoactive
Drug Policy Reform
Ecstasy & Emerging Psychoactive Substances
E-Health – Behavioural Change
Harms & Harm Reduction
Health Policy & Reforms
Health, Law & Human Rights
Health Services & Systems
Heroin & Opioids
Injecting Drug Use
Innovative Prescribing: Medicinal Cannabis, E-Cigs, etc.
Methamphetamine & Psychostimulants
New Technologies & E-Interventions
Other AOD Issues
Over The Counter Codeine Rescheduling
Prescription Opioid Treatment
Prevention & Early Intervention
Primary Care – Pharmacy in Primary Care
Prisons & Prisoner Health
Psychopharmacology & Psychobiology
Regional Challenges & Innovations
Social & Community Issues
Tobacco & Tobacco Cessation
Treatment & Interventions
Well At Work
Women & Maternal Issues
Notification of Acceptance
Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 16 August 2021. Abstracts submitted for oral will also be considered and reviewed for an e-poster presentation.
Publication in the Drug and Alcohol Review
Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement of the Drug and Alcohol Review distributed at the conference.
The Drug and Alcohol Review is APSAD’s official journal and is Asia-Pacific’s leading multidisciplinary journal addressing issues related to alcohol and drug-related problems. Publication was increased to 7 issues annually as of 2018, the Drug and Alcohol Review presents original research, policy development and information in the drug and alcohol research field. The journal is an international forum for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in the study of treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. The journal represents an important source of information to clinicians, drug and alcohol agency staff, researchers, policy makers, and alcohol service administrators.
Please consider this when writing your abstract, structure it accordingly (including any relevant data) and proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before submission.
Abstract Mentor Program
The goal of the APSAD Conference Abstract Mentor Program is to provide an opportunity for First Peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori), Community Groups, Consumers and Early Career Researchers to have their draft abstracts mentored by more experienced authors before submitting their abstract to the conference.
Abstracts submitted by authors that have volunteered to be a mentor in the program will not automatically be accepted. The same applies for abstracts submitted by authors that were mentored by the program.
For more information please check the abstract mentor program section.