Call for abstracts

Medicines Management 2017 | The 43rd SHPA National Conference invites you to submit abstracts for consideration for an oral and/or poster presentation for the conference.

All pharmacists, technicians, researchers, academics, residents, interns and students are encouraged to submit an abstract.


If you are considering submitting an abstract for the conference, please ensure that you read the below and the official abstract preparation requirements carefully.

If you are looking for some additional tips and pointers to assist with your abstract submission please click here.

Submission requirements and information

Submission categories

Abstracts are welcomed in the following categories:

  • Case study
  • Clinical research
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Other



In 2017 submitters will be able to enter keywords to help classify their submission.  We ask that all submitters select a minimum of 1 keyword and a maximum of 3 keywords.

The following keywords have been selected for the conference:

  • Communication
  • Critical care
  • Education
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Paediatrics
  • Quality
  • Redesign
  • Rural
  • Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Technician
  • Technology
  • Therapeutics


Review Criteria

What are we looking for?
We are looking for abstracts which demonstrate creativity, leadership and excellence in professional pharmacy practice.

  • Relevant: relevance to hospital or clinical pharmacy, or potential for impact on further research policy or practice
  • Well conducted: clarity of purpose and appropriate research design, methodology, analysis and results present
  • New/Novel: originality
  • Well written: Appropriate spelling and grammar and clearly and concisely written


Abstract preparation information

Abstract submissions which do not confirm to the official abstract preparation requirements will be excluded from consideration. Abstracts will only be accepted via the online abstract submission portal.

  • Abstracts should describe work which has not been presented as a previous SHPA National Conference

Selection of oral and poster presentations is dependant on the content and presentation of the abstract. If this work has been published or presented already, please provide details (this is not a criterion for exclusion).

  • Abbreviations and statistical results should conform with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use
  • References are not required but may be included. References should follow the reference citation guide located here.
  • Author details MUST NOT appear on the abstract to allow for blind reviewing
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding title, but including headings)
  • Abstract titles must not exceed 15 words
  • The abstract should be arranged in a logical order, be informative and contain the following information

Title: should be brief and clearly state the nature of the study. The title must be typed in bold, upper and lower case

Text: you must not identify the institution or affiliation of the authors in the main body of the text


Clinical research reports

Aim: a one sentence statement of the study’s specific objective(s)
Methods: a brief statement of the method
Results: a summary of the results obtained
Conclusion: a statement of the conclusion(s)


Case reports

Objective: state why the case is being reported
Clinical features: please include the patients age, sex, ethnic background, occupation, relevant medical history, presenting problem and diagnosis as relevant
Interventions, Case progress and outcomes: these may be presented together or separately
Conclusion: please state the lessons learnt from the report


Key dates

Abstract submissions close – 1800 hours AEST, Wednesday 12 July 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance or otherwise – Early September 2017
Conference earlybird registration close – 22 September 2017


Abstract submission checklist

⇒ My abstract contains the required information for clinical research reports (Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion) or Case Reports (Objective, Clinical Features, Interventions, Case Progress and Outcomes, Conclusion)
⇒ My abstract title does not exceed 15 words
⇒ My abstract text does not exceed the maximum 300 word count (excluding title but including headings)
⇒ I have not put author details / affiliations into the abstract text
⇒ My abstract does not contain tables, pictures or diagrams