Invitation to Submit an Abstract

The local Programme Committee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the Healthy Futures / AsPac Conference 2018 to be held at the Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland 31 October to 1 November 2018.

This conference is a forum for sharing national and international models of culturally responsive services including peer services and profiling how the voices of lived experience have created new paradigms for addressing mental health and addiction challenges. It will examine zero suicide and zero coercion strategies, trauma informed responses across health and social services and showcase ways to strengthen communities including responses to promoting positive mental health and reducing homelessness across diverse cultural and global contexts.

Abstract Guidelines

An abstract is a short document that is intended to capture the interest of a conference attendee.  The abstract should tell participants what you are going to say and interest them in coming to hear you say it.

Short attention-catching titles are the most effective, ensure that the title describes the subject you are writing about and no more than 12 words.

In the body of the abstract you need to make a clear statement of the topic of your paper and if relevant the research question. If your paper is research focused, you need to say how your research was/is being undertaken. For example, is it empirical or theoretical? Is it quantitative or qualitative? Perhaps it follows the critical research method. What value are your findings and to whom will they be of use? If your paper is not research focused you need to clearly state why your paper is of interest to others, and what it adds to our knowledge and understanding.

The Abstract should then briefly describe the work to be discussed in your paper and also give a concise summary of the findings. Finally your abstract should not include diagrams and in general references are not required in the abstract.

Keywords and Key Phrases

Although not part of the abstract as such, most journals and conferences now expect authors to provide key words at the same time as the abstract. Key words or phrases are used by Internet search engines to locate the paper. Somewhere between 5 and 10 Key Words are normally required and they should be the words which most closely reflect the content of the paper.

12 points used in the Selection Process

During the abstract selection process the following 12 points are used as a guide. We strongly recommend that you ensure your abstract satisfies these points:

  1. Does the abstract capture the interest of a potential reader of the paper?
  2. Is the abstract well written in terms of language, grammar, etc.?
  3. Does the abstract engage the reader by telling him or her what the paper is about and why they should read it?
  4. Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?
  5. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the abstract and if relevant the research question?
  6. Does the abstract indicate the value of the findings and to whom will they be of use?
  7. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the paper?
  8. Does the abstract give a concise summary of the findings?
  9. Does the abstract conform to the word limit of 150 to 250 words?
  10. Does the abstract have between 5 and 10 keywords or phrases that closely reflect the content of the paper?
  11. Does the abstract reflect the theme of the conference?
  12. Does the abstract reflect the chosen theme e.g. cultural, trauma, addiction, lived experience or innovation?


Submit your abstract electronically via this website before 5pm 6 July 2018. 


Your abstract should be between 200 - 250 words.  Maximum of 250 words.
Your presenting authors bios should be less than 100 words.

Please use template provided on the Healthy Futures this website.


  • Avoid using abbreviations such as e.g, i.e, etc.  Spell out the words
  • Avoid using slang or jargon.
  • Do not included footnotes in your abstracts
  • Do not include references in your abstracts

Submit Abstract

Please read the information below carefully and ensure you have completed the Abstract Template prior to submitting. 

To submit your abstract click the button at the bottom of this page to begin the online process. Once you have completed the process, you will receive an email acknowledging your abstarct has been submitted, if you do not receive the email, please contact the Conference Organisers.

Key Dates

  • Abstracts open - Now
  • Abstracts close - 6 July 2018
  • Review process completed by - 23 July 2018
  • Notification to Author - 30 July 2018

Submission Types

We want to encourage interaction and the sharing of ideas, so we have two types of presentations available.

1.   Interactive Symposia Presentation

Present research, theory development, practice experience, or policy experience related to one conference theme. Authors will be offered 40 minutes (20 minute questions)\

2.   Oral Presentation

Present research, theory development, practice experience, or policy experience related to one of the conference themes. Authors will be offered 15 minutes (with a further 5 minutes for questions)


Please choose one of the following themes:

  • Cultural
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Lived Experience
  • Innovation


  • Please use templates provided here and then upload online
  • Submissions to be submitted online (title, author details, biographies of presenting authors) via the button at the bottom of the page 

 It is a requirement that all submissions include (in order of submission process):

  • Author/presenter information (name, email, country, organisation);
  • 100 words or less about each author. Please provide relevant biographical information on up to five authors/presenters;
  • A presentation title, not exceeding 15 words; and
  • A 250 word abstract.

 Please Note:

  • References, images, tables, diagrams, graphs cannot be accepted in the abstract submission process.
  • The presenting author(s) must register and attend the AsPac Conference 2018. Presenters are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and registration fees.
  • While authors may indicate their preferred presentation style on the abstract submission process, the Abstract committee reserves the right to allocate session types based on review scores for each abstract, and the programme schedule.

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