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Call for Abstracts – 2020 Conference

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2020 Vision for Performing Arts Healthcare

At this time, due to the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASPAH Executive Committee has made the decision to postpone this year’s conference until 2021. The 2021 conference will go ahead at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre, as was planned for 2020, but with revised dates of  20-21 November, 2021. Our current call for abstracts will therefore be put on hold until early 2021. We thank all ASPAH members for their ongoing support during this difficult time and look forward to hosting an inspiring and thought-provoking conference in 2021.


In the meantime, we are busily planning a series of online webinars for 2020, with the aim of keeping our members feeling connected and engaged with all aspects of performing arts healthcare. We’re keen to hear from members about specific topics you’re interested in, so please send any suggestions for webinar topics to  Please stay tuned for more details on our upcoming online activities.

This Call for Abstracts is now on hold until 2021, however the details remain here for the reference of potential presenters.

There are 3 presentation categories in 2020 outlined below. Each category has a description and a template for formatting, including subheadings and word count. Please ensure you read the general guidelines and specific guidelines for each category. Submissions which do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

General Abstract Submission Guidelines

These instructions relate to all categories of abstracts for submission.

  • Each abstract should have a maximum word limit of 300 words and must use the headings provided in the relevant template for your proposed presentation. Abstracts submitted in any other format will not be accepted.
  • To ensure blinded review of abstracts, do not include any identification information in the abstract section of the submission templates. That is: no presenter/author names or affiliations. Please also remove any references in the abstract that could identify the presenter by replacing with XXXX (e.g. the Jane Smith School of Dance, would become the XXXX School of Dance).
  • In cases where abstracts have multiple authors, please provide the name and contact information for the author/s who intend to present the research at the conference, if invited.
  • Please keep a copy of your abstract as a Word (or other) document to safeguard against loss of work in the case of any technical problems with the online submission process.
  • Please note that the biography requested will only be published if your paper is accepted for presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted for presentation, you will be required to register and pay for the event in order to present your work.
  • If you are interested in applying for a Career Development Award, you can do this through the abstract submission process.

Presentation format(s) available:

  • Lecture Presentation: 20 minute lecture presentation (15 minute presentation + 5 minute question-time)


  • 5 × 5 Presentations: 5 minute lecture presentation using only 5 slides, followed by panel discussion.


  • Workshop/Movement sessions: 40 minute interactive practical session, including question-time.

Abstract Categories and Submission Portals

Interventional and Descriptive Research

This includes original research that studies i) the effect of an intervention to improve the health, well-being and performance of performing artists (i.e. including but not limited to surgical, pharmaceutical, physical and psychological interventions), ii) descriptive studies including normative, epidemiological, and correlation studies, as well as non-intervention case studies and qualitative studies, and iii) literature reviews.



Educator and Practitioner Insights

Teachers, coaches, educators, rehearsal directors, physicians and clinicians can gather profound insights into the psychological and physiological problems faced by performers. This wisdom, which is often supported by education and research, can be instructive to other performing arts practitioners and clinicians. This category of presentation offers those with an extensive history of working with performing artists an opportunity to share insights based on their personal experiential knowledge.



Workshops/Movement Sessions

These sessions should be interactive in format. They should offer participants practical experience and insight into clinical and training strategies that support the health, well-being and performance of performing artists.

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