Abstract Submissions

Share your experience and your work with a presentation at TheMHS Conference 2018.

Anyone involved in, or interested in mental health services is invited to submit an abstract for consideration for the 2018 program. All abstracts will be reviewed and assessed according to the Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts.

The Call for Abstracts has now CLOSED.

If you wish to submit a late abstract for consideration in the second round of reviews, please email Alexis Linton, Events Manager at info@themhs.org for instructions.
It is essential that you read the Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts.
If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your abstract please email info@themhs.org or call +61 02 9810 8700.

You will be advised about the status of your abstract in May 2018.

What will you present in Adelaide?

TheMHS Conference is multidisciplinary and so we are pleased to welcome abstracts from across all areas of the mental health sector – clinicians, managers, consumers, carers, researchers, academics, policy makers and more. First time presenters are strongly encouraged.

The first round application deadline is Friday 4 May, 2018. First offers will be made the week of 14th May, with a second round to be offered dependent on availabilty.

Submit for any of the following presentation types:

  • 20 minute paper
  • 10 minute snapshot paper
  • Workshop of 1-1.5 hours
  • Symposium of 1-1.5 hours
  • Roundtable discussion
  • ePoster
Some questions to consider when preparing your short abstract:


How can we listen to people and communities? What works and what doesn’t?

What are the best ways for people to access the help they need earlier rather than later – why do we focus on the roar, not the whisper?

Reform, Reflect, Review

How can lived experience workers become lived experience leaders?

How do we promote, educate and supervise the mental health workforce using best practice for mental health service development?

Research, Innovate, Verify

How do we build and maintain individual-centred recovery systems when this may clash with funding models?

How do we create and foster best-practice services to ensure that people have control over the services they receive?

Presenter Tips

Want to submit an abstract but unsure of where to start? Check out the links below for some useful tips designed to improve your writing. There are also tips for how to improve your presentations and posters, and how to run a workshop.

With thanks to our friends at PHCRIS for the resources

Abstract Writing & Language

How to Write Great Abstracts
Writing great abstracts will help the reader decide whether to read your work or attend your presentation. It is thus worth the effort to do this well. We provide tips to assist you with this exercise.

Introduction to Plain Language
Plain language improves communication by using clear terms that are easily understood. This guide provides you with tips on using plain language to reach your audience.

Oral Presentations

How to Design a Great Multimedia Conference Presentation
Providing you with guidelines to assist you with designing a great multimedia presentation

How to Oral Presentations: Preparation and Delivery
Prepared to assist you with the planning and delivery of your next paper presentation


How to Conduct Effective Skill-Building Workshops
Learn how to conduct workshops. Covering planning, during and after the workshop.

Poster Presentations

How to Design Posters for Maximum Impact
Providing you with tips on how to maximise the impact of your poster presentation

Registrations for TheMHS Conference 2018 are now open.


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