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The Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference in 2018 focuses on Sustainability for Health Professions Education. We will explore three major sub-themes including: What do Health Professions need to know and do about Sustainabilty, the sustainabilty of our models of Health Professions Education, and the sustainabilty of our health systems. Of course, Sustainability is central to the consideration of almost everything that we do, and at this conference we will seek to explore the full range of potential applications. Our societies are constantly challenged with issues of sustainability, and evidence of its impact on health is rapidly emerging.

The 2018 ANZAHPE conference with its theme of Sustainability is relevant to all health professionals involved in education. In being about ensuring the continuity of the growth in the health of our communities, the theme of Sustainability is critical to our essence. We invite you to participate in a multi-professional conference sure to be alive with big ideas, thorny dilemmas, engaging debates and new vistas. And, what better place to do it than Hobart, gateway to an array of World Heritage Sites and fantastic environments?

Conference Theme - Sustainability for Health Professions Education

Although we have not stipulated subthemes the Scientific Committee will group presentations on similar topics into sessions and this will be reflected in the final program.

Program Outline

Pre-Conference Workshops

Half day or shorter Pre-Conference Workshops will be held Sunday 1 July 2018 at the Universtity of Tasmania Medical Science Precinct.

Call for Abstracts

The ANZAHPE 18 Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract to the conference. All abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm Australian Central Standard Time 8 December 2017. Please plan your timetable for preparation and submission carefully.

Authors are requested to submit abstracts for the following style of presentation:

  • Poster presentation (3 + 2 minutes)
  • Oral presentation (10 + 5 minutes)
  • PeArL session (5 + 40 minutes)
  • Symposium (75 + 15 minutes)
  • Pre Conference Workshop/Demonstration (up to 3 hours/half day)

While authors may indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation, the final decision is made by the Scientific Program Committee. While every attempt will be made to program abstracts according to the requests of authors, requests for oral presentations cannot be guaranteed. Poster presentations carry the same status as oral presentations and will be subject to the same selection process by the Scientific Committee.

Presentation Formats

ANZAHPE values communication and active participation. Conference presentations strive to embody effective communication and encourage interaction between Association members, guests, presenters and attendees. Presentation formats are designed to inform active participation with specified time allocation for group discussion and interaction.

Poster presentations

Poster presenters will be given 3 minutes to present and 2 mins to answer questions at a dedicated in-conference session (8 posters per group, multiple groups). Poster presentation details and specifications will be provided on the website.

Personally Arranged Learning Sessions (PeArLs)

PeArL sessions will be allocated 45 minutes – 5 minutes to define the topic plus 40 minutes for open discussion. PeArL sessions will be limited to 3 concise presentation slides. They allow an opportunity for those who are developing ideas, those who are taking ideas from development into implementation and those who are planning evaluation of their ideas, to share, discuss and gain insight into their positions by tapping into the wisdom and experience of others.

Oral presentations

Oral Presentations will be allocated 15 minutes. This will include 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.


These short symposia will be allocated 90 mins. A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 3 or 4, organized around a topic of interest that is discussed after the presentations. Proposals should include a lead presenter who will introduce the topic, chair the presentations and facilitate the discussion between audience and presenters. Symposia provide an ideal venue to present work from scholarly collaborations or big ideas that involved a range of stakeholders. The Conference organising committee reserves the right to invite symposia and these will have priority in the program.


Pre-conference Conference Workshops/demonstrations will be held on Sunday 1 July 2018 and allocated either up to half a day (approx. 3 hours) or a shorter time as requested by the presenter(s). Full day workshops can be requested. Workshops are working sessions with defined workshop outcomes achieved through participant activities. Typically workshops provide new ideas, perspectives or practices with skills to apply these in each participant’s own context. They may provide demonstration of educational innovations with hands-on experience. The Conference organising committee reserves the right to invite pre-conference workshops and these will have priority in the program.

Submitting an abstract

Abstracts are to be submitted as Microsoft Word documents using the template format below specific to the presentation type for which you are submitting.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Paper Title: Sentence case, Arial, font size 14 Bold.
  • Authors: Authors’ names should be supplied in the surname-last format and should be in lower case, Arial, font size 12. Underline the presenting author.
  • Affiliation: Institutional affiliations should be indicated with superscript numbers following the author name. All affiliations should contain institution, city and country and be in sentence case, Arial font size 10.
  • Descriptive text: Sentence case, Arial font size 10. Single spacing.
  • Do NOT include references.
  • Subheadings must be in Arial 10-point font, lower case and bold. One line space must be left between the end of each section and the next heading.
  • Overall word count, excluding the scientific title, authors and affiliations must not exceed 250 words.
  • DO NOT include dot points, tables, diagrams or graphs in your submission.

Download Oral and Poster Presentation template. Use this template if presenting about new learning, teaching or assessment practices or other innovations, or educational challenges relevant to others.

Download Oral and Poster Research/Evaluation Presentation template. If you have research project methods and results to present use this template.

Download PeArLs Presentation template.

Download Symposium Presentation template.

Download Workshop/Demonstration Presentation template.

Download ANZAHPE Style Guide.

If submitting more than one abstract, information requested in the abstract submission form must be completed and submitted with each abstract.

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Program Committee. The contact author will be advised in writing of the Committee’s decision in March 2018.

Creating an author account and uploading an abstract

Prepare your abstract according to the submission guidelines and click the Submit Abstract button below.

  1. Create an author account with EasyAbstracts
  2. Complete the online submission form
  3. Upload your abstract

If you submitted content to ANZAHPE 2017 you will already have an author account and password. Logon using your email adddress and password.

You will be requested to complete an online form and upload your abstract as a MS Word .doc or .docx file.

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Terms and Conditions

Submissions are accepted on the basis that all presenting authors must register and pay the appropriate conference fee by Monday 30 April 2018. Co-presenters are allowed, but must register for the day of their presentation (as a minimum) if they wish to present. Where there are multiple presenters it is important the presentation time is strictly adhered to so enough time is available for questions. Speakers need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Full paper publication

We encourage all presenters to submit their full papers for consideration for publication in to the ANZAHPE journal – Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal (FoHPE). FoHPE is a peer reviewed publication.

Grants And Prizes

ANZAHPE invites nominations for awards and grants, which are presented and announced at the Conference. Please refer to the ANZAHPE website for further information.

Information for paper reviewers and those submitting abstracts

The 2018 ANZAHPE conference will use a double review process that meets requirements for peer review of publications.

Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts
    • CLOSED
    • March 2018 - Acceptance emailed
  • Registration
    • Registration open
    • Monday 30 April 2018 - Author registration deadline
    • Monday 14 May 2018 - Early bird registration close

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