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Call for Abstracts – 2019 Conference

Lasting the Distance: A Lifetime in the Performing Arts

11th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sue Mayes (The Australian Ballet)

30 November to 1 December, 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


The conference subcommittee of ASPAH has prepared a set of guidelines to assist potential presenters for the annual conference to prepare and submit abstracts.

There are 4 presentation categories in 2019 outlined below. Each category has a description and a template for formatting, including subheadings and character 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.

  • 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 who intends 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 submissions.
  • You must use the headings provided in the relevant template for your proposed presentation.
  • Please note that the biography will only be published if your paper is accepted for presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted for presentation at the conference, you will be required to register for the event in order to present your work.
  • Submissions close 5pm on Friday 7 June, 2019. Corresponding authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks of this deadline.

Abstract Categories and Submission Portals

Interventional and Descriptive Research

This includes any original research that studies the effect of any intervention to improve the health, well-being and performance of performing artists. These include but are not limited to surgical, pharmaceutical, physical and psychological interventions. Descriptive studies include normative, epidemiological, and correlation studies, as well as non-intervention case studies and qualitative studies.


Literature Reviews/Conceptual Analysis

This includes systematic, narrative and scoping reviews of the literature relevant to the health, well-being and performance of performing artists. It is important to translate the results of the review/analysis to the practice of performing arts healthcare practitioners.


Practitioner Wisdom

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. The Practitioner Wisdom category of presentations 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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