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Call for Abstracts – 2020 Conference

2020 Vision for Performing Arts Healthcare

12th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare

28 – 29 November, 2020

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Keynote Speaker: Professor Paul Hodges (The University of Queensland)

The conference subcommittee of ASPAH has prepared a set of guidelines to assist potential presenters with preparation and submission of abstracts.

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.
  • Submissions close 5pm on Friday 12 June, 2020. Corresponding authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks of this deadline.

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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