Thank you for your interest in submitting an abstract for the APSAD 2019 Hobart Conference. The contribution of presenters is critical and we value your input greatly. Please create a new account below or sign into the Abstract Portal with your account email address and password.

Please note that there will be no extension on the abstract submission this year.

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 8204 0770.

Abstract Submission Deadline: CLOSED
Late Breaker Abstract Submission Opens: CLOSED Monday 15 July 2019
Late Breaker Abstract Deadline: CLOSED 11.59pm (AEST) Sunday 18 August 2019


Abstract Guidelines
Language Matters – Terminology Resource
Oral/Poster/Workshop Presentations Abstract Template
Symposium Abstract Template
Workshop Runsheet
Practice Based/Service Delivery Abstract Template
Food for Thought Abstract Template

Submission Deadline: 11.59pm, Sunday 26 May 2019 AEST.

We are calling for abstracts for the following presentation types;

Presentation Types

Presentation Type Time allocated Description
Oral Presentation 10 minutes 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.
Poster Presentation Permanently displayed during the conference.
Authors must be standing with their posters during the dedicated Poster Session
Posters can present research in progress, case studies, divisional projects or clinical topics. A poster viewing session will take place for delegates to discuss the posters with their authors
Practice Based/Service Delivery Oral Presentation 10 minutes 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
Symposia 60 or 75 minutes.
Suggested timings: 10 minutes for each presentation, 5 minutes for the discussant, and a total of 15 minutes allocated for discussions
Symposia provide an opportunity to present on one topic, often from multiple standpoints, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.
Workshop 60 minutes 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 5 minutes including question time 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.

Service Delivery/Practice Based

The Scientific Advisory Committee is delighted to continue the new presentations in 2019 for applicants who want to submit PRACTICE-BASED analyses. 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.

Oral Presentation

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.

Poster Presentation

The Poster Session is one of the core events of the APSAD Conference, as selected abstracts from all disciplines, from research to clinical, are presented by colleagues from across Australasia and the world. The poster session offers a platform for viewing and discussing achievements, ideas and developments face-to-face


60 minutes - 3 Presentations: 75 minutes - 4 Presentations.

Each submission should nominate a Chair for the symposium, state the aim of the symposium and describe the interactive element of the symposium.

Please note: that all symposia submissions will be automatically considered for individual oral/poster presentations if they are not selected as a symposium.


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

  1. What are you hoping to achieve from the Workshop?
  2. What can the participants expect to take away from the Workshop?

Download the Workshop Run Sheet


We expect all presenters to be aware of the potential of language to be stigmatising, here is the recommended guide put together by NUAA and NADA to start you thinking on this issue.

Abstract Templates

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.

Selection Criteria

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.

Addiction reconceptualised Adolescents / youth
Aetiology (including genetics) Alcohol
Blood-borne viruses (incl. STI) Cannabis
Children & families Coercive treatment
Cognitive impairment training Comorbidity
Consumers & peers Crime, justice & legal issues
Cross culture & international Drug monitoring/novel psychoactive -
Drug policy reform Ecstasy & emerging psychoactive substances
eHealth – behavioural change Epidemiology
First Peoples Gambling
Harms & harm reduction Health policy & reforms
Health services & systems Health, law & human rights
Heroin & opioids Injecting drug use
Innovative prescribing – medicinal cannabis, e-cigs, etc. LGBTIQ
Methamphetamine & psychostimulants Neuroscience
New technologies & e-interventions Older adults
Other AOD issues Overdose
Over the counter codeine rescheduling Pharmaceuticals (consumption)
Prescription opioid treatment Prevention & early intervention
Primary Care - pharmacy in primary care Prisons & prisoner health
Psychopharmacology & psychobiology Regional challenges & innovations
Social & community issues Special populations
Tobacco & Tobacco Cessation Translational research
Treatment & interventions Treatment settings
Well at Work Women & maternal issues
Workforce issues

Notification of Acceptance

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 7 August 2019. Abstracts submitted for oral will also be considered and reviewed for a 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.

Before submitting your abstract, please ensure you read the abstract guidelines and use the appropriate template below:

If you have any concerns or issues with your abstract submission, please contact the Conference Secretariat at apsadconference@ashm.org.au or phone: +61 2 8204 0770.