Call for Abstracts information

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.

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 1800 AEST.


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 guidance, have a look at our submission tips and pointers.

Submission requirements and information

Submission categories

Abstracts are welcomed in the following categories:

  • Clinical or pharmacy practice research
  • Case study


Submitters are now 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 conform to the official abstract preparation requirements will be excluded from consideration. Abstracts will only be accepted via the online abstract submission portal.

Selection of oral and poster presentations is dependent 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).

  • Abstracts should describe work which has not been presented at any previous SHPA National Conference
  • 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
  • Author details MUST NOT appear on the abstract to allow for blind reviewing, including institution or affiliation of the authors in the main body of the text
  • The abstract should be arranged in a logical order, be informative and fit the following requirements:
    • Title: MUST NOT exceed 15 words. The title should be brief and clearly state the nature of the study.
    • Text: MUST NOT exceed 300 words, excluding titles but including headings i.e. aim, method etc.
Clinical or pharmacy practice research abstract structure

Aim: a one sentence statement of the study’s specific objective(s)
Methods: a brief statement of the methods
Results: a summary of the results obtained
Conclusion: a statement of the conclusion(s)
Background: This is optional and should only be 1-2 sentences framing your study.

Case study abstract structure

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(s): 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 – Monday 11 September 2017

Abstract submission checklist

⇒ My abstract contains the required information for clinical or pharmacy practice research abstracts (Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion) or case study abstracts (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


Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 1800 AEST.