Submission of abstracts is now closed 

Our theme: Mauriora: Empowerment, Control, Choice reflects our commitment to improving participation and wellbeing among people with disabilities across the life span.

We are looking for presentations related to wheeled mobility, seating and postural management including innovative models of service delivery, research findings, outcomes and evidence based practice, advances in technology, policy and advocacy.

Types of Presentations

Instructional Course Sessions / Workshops

Instructional sessions will be 60 minutes or 90 minutes in length including Q&A. There will be 4-6 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 3 hrs for a limited number of more in depth workshops.

Paper Sessions

Paper presentations will be 10 minutes plus 5minutes 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.

Tips for writing your abstract

A great abstract is one that is engaging and easy to follow. It should clearly identify the challenge or opportunity explored in the paper, and summarise key insights that the paper will contribute to as well as 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.

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 session/poster? Outline 3 objectives

Session description: A 300 word summary of the session/poster.

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.

Session type: Paper, poster or instructional sessions/workshops. Instructional sessions and workshops need to indicate length of session preferred – 60mins, 90mins, 3 hours.  Proposals for 3 hour sessions must include rationale for the time required.

Session 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 31 March 2017

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

Publishing of abstracts

Abstracts will be made available on the OSS 2017 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 2017 the abstract may or may not be published at the discretion of the programme committee. This applies if your abstract is accepted or declined).

Noticifications of abstract acceptance

Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted or declined from 21 April 2017.

(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

Early bird registration - Now  
Abstracts submission close -  31 March 2017 (NZDST)
Notifications of outcome of abstracts  - From 21 April 2017
Late registration - 30 September 2017
OSS     20 – 22 November 2017 

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