The Permanent Scientific Programme Committee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the 22 - 25 September 2019 Conference at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre

Abstracts submissions have now closed

The Association’s Te Tiriti relationship model of weaving tangata whenua and tangata tiriti in true partnership under which Te Tiriti o Waitangi was intended.  We therefore, invite abstracts that incorporate leadership from a tangata whenua perspective revealing the authentic aspects of being leaders/rangatira.


The overarching vision for the 2019 Conference is Tu mai e nga rangatira, tu mai hei mataariki, tu tei tirohanga mo te ao. Leaders: Stand, be seen & shine”

The following Conference themes have been developed to showcase this vision and we welcome abstracts to reflect :

  • Leading others / Te ārahi i te tangata kē
  • Leading practice / Te ārahi i ngā mahi tiaki
  • Leading research / Te ārahi rangahau
  • Leading innovation / Te ārahi auahatanga
  • Occupational therapists as leaders / Ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau hei kaihautū
  • Leading in partnership / Te ārahi i roto i te mahi kōtui
  • Pathways to the present / Ngā ara o mua iho ki nāianei
  • Leaders leading leaders / Te kaihautū hei ārahi i te kaihautū
  • Leadership and equity / Te hautū me te ōritetanga


  • Education / Te Mātauranga
  • Children & families / Ngā tamariki & ngā whānau
  • Adults / Ngā Pakeke
  • Mental health / Te hauora hinengaro
  • Physical health / Te hauora tinana
  • Kaupapa Māori / Ngā Kaupapa Māori
  • Indigenous services / Ngā ratonga iwi taketake
  • Older adults / Ngā pakeke kaumātua ake
  • Community / Te Hapori
  • Consumer engagement / Te tūhono ki te kiritaki
  • Health and societal systems / Ngā pūnaha hauora, pāpori hoki
  • Occupational therapy profession / Te tira ngaio o ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau
  • Aoteaora New Zealand society / Te pāpori o Aotearoa New Zealand


Oral presentations – 15 minutes or 20 minutes

Present research, theory development, practice experience or policy experience related to one or more of the Conference themes. Authors may be offered 20 minutes (15 minute presentation + 5 minutes questions) or 15 minutes (10 minute presentation + 5 minutes questions) at the discretion of the abstract committee. Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation may be considered for a poster presentation.

Workshop – 40 or 90 minutes

Lead a full breakout session via

a)     Panel: An interactive presentation by three or more presenters focused on one or more of the themes;

b)     Interactive Workshop: An interactive knowledge or skill-building workshop with specific learning objectives related to one or more of the themes; or

c)     Roundtable: Presenters will introduce a specific topic of interest related to one or more of the themes, facilitate in-depth discussion by audience participants, and document discussion outcomes

Poster presentation

Present research, practice experience, or policy experience related to one or more of the themes in an interactive posters session with viewing available for a full conference day. Once accepted, further instructions regarding time allocation and poster preparation will be provided, although: The poster must be no larger than A0 size (A0 size is 841mm x 1189mm).  Orientation of your poster must be in PORTRAIT style (vertical).

Author notification

Authors will receive notification of acceptance from 16 May 2019. 

Upon notification of acceptance, authors will be asked to confirm their intent to participate/present at the conference before 24 May 2019. Authors who do not complete this request may be withdrawn from the programme. 

Abstract review (scoring)

The aim of the review process is to develop a program that:

  • is of high quality and excites attendees;
  • reflects innovation and diversity of occupational therapy research, practice and professional issues across local and international contexts;
  • reflects a balance between research, practice, professional issues and education;
  • reflects a balance between the themes

Abstracts Review (scoring) Criteria

a)     Quality of Presentation Content

b)     Educational Value

c)     Quality of Written Abstract

Abstract Review Process

  1. Each submitted abstract is matched anonymously to reviewers by the PSPC committee, based on self-declared knowledge and expertise of reviewers.
  2. Abstracts are reviewed using a standard abstract review process.
  3. Individual reviews are submitted to the PSPC committee prior to being finalised. Final review scores are used to rank all submitted abstracts.
  4. Following award of a final review score, abstracts are then assigned a rating of 1) accepted for oral/workshop presentation; 2) accepted for poster presentation; 3) provisionally accepted; or 4) not accepted by the abstract committee. This rating is based on overall ranking of the sum of final scores, and reviewer comments.
  5. Accepted presentations will then be assigned a timeslot in the programme by the abstract committee. 


Please forward all enquires to the event manager, Lu Budden 

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