2021 congress call for abstracts

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Call for abstracts  for the 2021 Congress is now complete

Call for abstracts for the 2022 congress will open in November 

The Australasian College of Health Service Management invites executives, managers, consultants, clinicians, planners, policy makers, academics, researchers, and those involved in health governance, leadership and policy to submit an abstract for the 2021 Annual Congress.

The overall 2021 congress theme will be Health Leadership, with these streams, however authors are not limited to these stream topics: 

  • Digital and Technology Driven Transformations
  • Workforce of the future
  • Burnout in clinical staff
  • Transitions from clinician to clinician/leader and manager
  • Leadership development
  • Aged care, home care, disability care – integration
  • The role of academic research in health transformation
  • Remote and rural health care delivery
  • Mental health leadership
  • Aboriginal health – will we ever close the gap
  • Migrant health
  • Facility design and management

ACHSM is particularly interested in presentations around the impact of leadership and direct experience gained in leadership.

We now invite abstracts setting out potential contributions to this program outlining key areas of experience and expertise:

  • Sector or industry case studies provide an opportunity for practitioners; leaders and managers; consultants, vendors and those involved in governance to present experience, learning and ideas from the delivery and application space.
  • Leadership case studies are presentations about experience, ideas, application and transferrable successes focusing on the key areas of responsibility in vision setting; engaging with stakeholders and transforming health, aged care and social care organisations.
  • Workshop or masterclass provides the opportunity for more in depth learning facilitated by experienced leaders
  • Academic & Scientific papers provide research and development work and projects as well as evaluation and application of research experience to the field

There are 4 types of presentation opportunities available at this international event for 2021 that will attract attendees from all over Australia. 

Please submit one or more abstracts as:

  1. Short Paper Presentation – 20 minutes 
  2. Poster Presentation –Electronic posters are presented at the Congress for delegates to view at all breaks in the exhibition area
  3. PechaKucha Presentation - PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format with 20 images, each for 20 seconds. 
  4. Workshops or Masterclasses – 90 minute full concurrent or pre-congress session workshop focussing on a specific health leadership implementation challenge or issue

The suggested focus areas for the 2021 Congress will be practical explorations of how to survive and thrive current and future challenges for health leaders.

SHORT PAPERS - Concurrent Session Oral Presentations

Each oral presentation will be a maximum 20 minutes in length followed by five minutes for questions and discussion at the end of all presentations. Oral presentations should have a coherent structure, a clearly stated purpose, descriptive information, including necessary contextual detail, and report on research findings, evaluation results, lessons learned, or other evaluative assessments. The room will be equipped with a data projector, screen and laptop computer.


  • Posters should be created in a 16:9 (wide screen) aspect ratio
  • Recommended poster dimensions are 3840px x 2160px (1920px x 1080 minimum)
  • Instructions on setting your poster size in PowerPoint for Keynote can be downloaded from HERE
  • Smaller poster sizes will still display but the zoom function may not work as expected
  • Posters should be a single image submitted as PNG or JPG             

If your poster is accepted, one author must register for the Congress (at a discount rate). A time slot will be allocated during the congress for you to be present and answer questions on the poster. 


PechaKucha presentations enable you to present new, innovative and successful ideas and initiatives in a focused, concise and structured way. This format of presentation means an overall 6½ minute presentation involving 20 pictures/slides which automatically advance and live narrative. (www.pechakucha.org).  

WORKSHOPS/Masterclasses - Concurrent and Pre-Congress Full Session Implementation Workshops/Masterclasses

These 90-minute sessions provide an opportunity for a more in depth approach to one of the topics listed above. Presentations should have a coherent structure, a clearly stated purpose, descriptive information, including necessary contextual detail, and report on research findings, evaluation results, lessons learned, or other evaluative assessments such as workplace or other outcomes. The room will be equipped with a data projector, screen and laptop computer. Abstract submissions should indicate if the authors are willing to present a similar / contracted paper in the shorter oral presentation format. In addition to the information required for all abstracts, authors should attach a file of up to 10 x A4 pages outlining the expertise of all presenter(s) and other information to support the submission.  

Abstract content

Abstracts for the Scientific Program of the Congress should address the aims of the Congress to: 

  • Provide a forum to enrich health services management and leadership practices and innovations; 
  • Showcase leading practices and the factors leading to success through case studies in health management, leadership and policy. 
  • Address the challenges facing policy-makers and health managers and leaders in enhancing health service delivery related to Aboriginal and indigenous health, aged care, mental health, primary care, public and private sectors, rural health and quality and safety; infrastructure and  
  • Highlight innovation in governance, workforce and technologies that can help to transform health systems and services. 

Submission process

The submission and review of papers for the ACHSM 2021 Asia Pacific Congress is managed through an online conference paper management system called ‘EasyChair’ (www.easychair.org). The submission web portal is found at 


  • This link will take you to the EasyChair log in page. 
  • You need to be currently registered or create a new registration to be able to access and submit your abstract(s) 
  • EasyChair has all the necessary information and prompts for you to access and register in the system.

The EasyChair website for the ACHSM 2021 Congress is the only way in which you can submit your abstracts – email or hardcopy abstract submissions will not be accepted. 

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed according to how well they meet the Congress aims and the following:​

  • Learning objectives and outcomes clearly articulated and relevant to the aims; 
  • Evidence that the practice achieved its objectives; 
  • Practical implications; 
  • Originality and innovation; and  
  • Results and lessons learned.

Submissions close Friday 5 February 2021

  • Authors will be notified of program acceptance decisions in the week commencing 1 March 2021.
  • If your paper is accepted, an online speaker prep form will also need to be completed by 30 April 2021 with your bio and photo. If it is not received by this deadline, there is no guarantee your audiovisual requirements will be available, and your bio and photo will not feature on the Congress app.

General information - applies to oral, full session and poster presentations 

  • The presenting author's contact details, including a valid email address and mobile phone number, are to be used when submitting the abstract 
  • All abstracts must be submitted no later than close of business Friday 5 February 2021
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English and limited to 300 words, covering:
    • Learning objectives and outcomes clearly articulated and relevant to the aims; 
    • Evidence that the practice achieved its objectives; 
    • Practical implications; 
    • Originality and innovation; and  
    • Results and lessons learned.
  • The presenting author’s speaker preparation form biography and a suitable headshot, which will be required by 30 April 2021 to be used in the Congress app. The biography must be in complete sentences within 100 words and should contain information about current work role, career history and professional achievements
  • Multiple abstract submissions are permitted. However, a separate abstract submission with author details and biography etc must be provided for each separate submission
  • The abstract will appear in Congress materials as submitted. Please ensure the abstract is checked carefully before submitting, as changes or additions will not be accepted after the call for abstracts closes on 5 February 2021.

Terms and Conditions 

Authors submitting an abstract agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • A photo and bio will be provided by 30 April 2021
  • A online speaker prep form completed by 30 April 2021
  • Confirmation that each author listed agrees with the content of the abstract and has given permission to be listed as an author presenter or author, 
  • Confirmation of the accuracy of the information and referencing within the abstract, 
  • The presenter will be required to complete a Congress registration if the abstract is accepted for presentation. The abstract will not be published until registration and full payment has been received, 
  • Permission granted for the Congress organisers to publish the author’s photo & bio as provided for the presenting author and authors (as listed in the abstract) in the Congress app.
  • Understanding that the abstract will be published, if accepted, as submitted and that no editing to grammar or spelling will be undertaken by the Academic Committee.

Abstract enquiries only:
Mark Avery, achsm@griffith.edu.au

Program and registration enquiries:
Melissa McLennan, melissa.mclennan@achsm.org.au or +61 2 8753 5130

The 2021 ACHSM Asia-Pacific Health Leadership Congress has been listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on Austrade’s website.

Planning to exhibit at an upcoming trade fair, exhibition, or conference? A reminder, you still might be an eligible business to cover 50% of your costs!

Applications will be submitted through the Business Grants Hub and on 11 March 2021 the Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grant program. The current program will close 30 March 2021 but will re-open mid-April 2021 through to 30 June 2021.

Click to view the program guidelines.