Proposals are now invited to present at the 2nd Oceania Seating Symposium being held 12 – 14 November 2019 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. 

Submission deadline: 5 April 2019

Our theme: Innovation Through Partnership

Reflects our commitment to both improving quality, access and supports for participation and wellbeing amongst people who use wheeled mobility and seating and the collaboration that is needed for innovation in knowledge and practice

Types of Presentations

Instructional Course Sessions / Workshops

Instructional sessions will be 30 minutes or 60 minutes in length including Q&A. There will be 4 instructional sessions running concurrently. As we are not having pre-symposium workshops at the inaugural event, we will have flexibility in the programme to enable a combined session time of 2 or 3 hours for a limited number of more in depth workshops if deemed suitable.

Paper Sessions

Paper presentations will be 12 minutes plus 3 minutes for Q & A. These sessions provide an opportunity for succinct presentations of innovative approaches, research findings or case studies. 

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held during the morning and afternoon meal breaks.  You will need to be by your poster at your appointed session time.  The abstract submission should describe the research or clinical application.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts need to be formatted as per below: 

  • Title: A presentation title, not exceeding 15 words which captures the sessions intent
  • Author/presenter information (name, email, country, organisation /affiliation)
  • 150 words or less about each author. Please provide relevant biographical information on up to five authors/presenters
  • Keywords: Between 5-10 to help classify sessions
  • Learning objectives: What are the goals of your presentation? Outline 3 objectives.
  • Presentation description: A 300 word summary of the presentation.
  • Content references: A minimum of 3 references less than 10 years old, if possible, are required for each session to ensure content is based on the best available evidence related to the topic.
  • Presentation type: Paper, poster or instructional sessions/workshops. Instructional sessions and workshops need to indicate length of session preferred – 30 or 60mins.  Proposals for longer sessions (up to 3hrs) must include rationale for the extended time required.
  • Presentation level: Beginner – Intermediate or Intermediate – Advanced.
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure: This includes (but is not limited to) those who work for a manufacturer or supplier, or receive an honorarium or travel expenses from manufacturers or suppliers to speak at the conference.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English
  • Must be submitted by 5 April 2019


  • Images, tables, diagrams, graphs cannot be accepted in the abstract submission process

Tips for writing your abstract

A great abstract is one that is easy to follow and engaging. It should clearly identify the challenge or opportunity explored in the paper and summarise key insights that the paper will contribute to and any interesting questions or ideas that others might explore in the future.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives must be written as measurable behavioural objectives that specify what you expect the participant to learn. The hierarchy of behavioural learning is knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.


Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 3 wheelchair adjustments that improve efficiency for self-propelling
  • Compare and contrast 3 different assessment tools for power wheelchair users
  • Identify 4 outcome measures of a postural management programme that are relevant for children with cerebral palsy GMFCS Level V.

Publishing of Abstracts

Abstracts will be made available on the OSS 2019 website and may be published in the symposium handbook which could be either a hardcopy or pdf version.

(Note: When submitting an abstract for the OSS 2019 the abstract may or may not be published at the discretion of the programme committee. This applies if your abstract is accepted or declined).

Notifications of abstract acceptance

Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted or declined from 14 May 2019.

(Note: only the primary author per abstract will be contacted. It is their responsibility to notify all contributors)

Presenter registration fees

All presenters will be required to pay the relevant registration fee to attend OSS and to meet their own travel and/or accommodation costs.

Key Dates






Registration Open

Now open

Call for Abstracts Close 


Early Bird Registrations Close

30 September 2019

Late Registrations Apply

1 October 2019

Oceania Seating Symposium 

12 - 14 November 2019

Arrow ...