ASPAH Conference 2023: 25 - 26 November Online & In Person at the Pacific Hotel Brisbane

Call for Presentation Abstracts & Outlines

Conference 2023

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare is announcing our 14th Annual Conference, to be held on 25-26 November 2023.

This conference will be held both face to face and online with live presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops/ movement sessions and break-out networking opportunities.

Keynote Speaker: Dilshani Weerasinghe

The Conference Working Group 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 2023 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 & Outline Submission Guidelines

These instructions relate to all categories of abstracts and outlines for submission. Please note that we are encouraging any person with professional experience, wisdom or science related to the health and wellbeing of performing artists to present at the conference.

  • To ensure blinded review, do not include any information that could identify you in the abstract / outline section of the submission templates. That is:
    no presenter/author names or affiliations. Please also remove any references that could identify the presenter by replacing with XXXX (e.g. the Jane Smith School of Dance would become the XXXX School of Dance).
  • Please include the names and affiliations of all authors, and provide the name and contact information for the author who intends to present the research at the conference, if invited.
  • All original research that involves human participants must have institutional human research ethics committee approval, and must state as such in the abstract submission. Any research submissions that do not state that they have appropriate ethics approval will not be accepted to present.
  • Please keep a copy of your abstract/outline 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 submission is accepted for presentation.
  • If your abstract/outline is accepted for presentation at the conference, you will be required to register for the event in order to present your work.
  • Abstract/outline submissions close 5pm AEST on Friday 2 June, 2022. Corresponding authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission in approximately 6 weeks of this deadline.

    Abstract/Outline Categories and Submission Portal

    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. Please note that all submissions need to comply with jurisdiction privacy laws when using names, images or videos of other people. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.

    Interventional and Descriptive Research
    This includes any original research that studies the effect of any intervention to improve the health, wellbeing 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. Please note that all original research that involves human participants must have institutional human research ethics committee approval, and must state as such in the abstract submission. Any submissions that do not state that they have appropriate ethics approval will not be accepted to present. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.

    Literature Reviews/Conceptual Analysis
    This includes systematic, narrative and scoping reviews of the literature relevant to the health, wellbeing and performance of performing artists. It is important to translate the results of the review/analysis to the practice of performing arts practitioners. Presentations will be 20 minutes in duration including 5 minutes for Q&A.

    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, wellbeing and performance of performing artists. Presentations will be 40 minutes in duration including Q&A.



    The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare 12th Annual Conference was held online on 20-21 November 2021 with live presentations, Q&A sessions, workshops/movement sessions and break-out networking opportunities.

    Please contact if you would like to access recordings of sessions.

    Nutrition for Optimal Performance

    15 February, 2021
    7pm (AEST)/8pm (ADST)

    Learn more about the optimal approaches to nutrition for performing artists with renowned dietitian, Fumi Somehara. This session is suited to performing artists, teachers, educators, clinicians or anyone interested in the health of performing artists.

    FLOCK #24
    4 February, 2021
    3pm (AWST- in person)
    5pm (AEST- on zoom)
    6pm (ADST- on zoom)

    FLOCK #24, presented by ASPAH and FLOCK as a recipient of the Paulette Mifsud Memorial Grant. FLOCK present a creative roundtable- connecting independent & freelance artists with health professionals who focus on artist wellbeing.

    Faciliated by Shona Erskine and Daisy Saunders, this will be an invigorated. shared exploration of how best to understand and support the health and well-being of independent artists.

    Intentional Resilience and Playful Attunement: – Renewing our Creative Attachments to each other

    15 December 2020
    7pm (AEST)/8pm (ADST)

    Dr Mark Seton (PhD) will assess the effects of Covid19 on our personal, interpersonal, social and artistic connection. Join Mark as he offers valuable insights and introduces practical steps to re-attune oneself and build intentionality into our current, rapidly changing circumstances. Suitable for teachers, students, health workers and practitioners in the performing arts sector.

    What’s New – An informative session for teachers and educators in the performing arts

    23 November, 2020
    7pm (AEST)/ 8pm (ADST)

    5 short presentations from Australian researchers and/or clinicians in performing arts on reducing injury, hypermobility, perfectionism and optimal nutrition.

    Online Round Table Discussion – Translating Research in to Practice in the Performing Arts

    2 November, 2020
    7pm (AEST)

    Join us for a friendly, supportive, and collegial Online Round Table Discussion Group on “Translating research in to practice in the performing arts”

    WEBINAR: Integrating Psychological Wellbeing into Performing Arts Training

    with Dr. Margaret Osborne, Prof. Gene Moyle & Dr. Fleur van Rens

    18 August, 7.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST)

    WEBINAR: Understanding the embouchure – structure, function and managing common issues

    14 July, 8pm – 9pm (AEST)

    with Assoc. Prof. Bronwen Ackermann


    Bridging the gap – Addressing the healthcare needs of performing artists

    Tuesday 16 June, 2020
    7pm – 7.40pm (AEST)


    A Lifetime in the Performing Arts

    30 November – 1 December, 2019

    Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC)


    Performance Preparation and Recovery

    December 1st-2nd, 2018

    Sofitel Wentworth (Sydney NSW)


    November 25th, 2017

    Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff NSW

    WEBINAR: More than muscles and bones: Influences of explicit cueing and naïve beliefs on movement

    Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm – 8pm AEST

    Janet Karin

    A brief outline of the way the neuromotor system produces voluntary movement, including the impact of various cueing systems, explicit and implicit learning modes, and naïve beliefs. A case study demonstrates several causes and a new rehabilitative approach to a dancer’s chronic spinal injury.

    WEBINAR: Performance Psychology & Wellbeing for Performing Artists

    Wednesday, August 2nd, 7pm – 8pm AEST

    A/Prof Gene Moyle

    The career of a performing artist can often present challenges not just to an individual’s physical wellbeing, but to their mental health and wellness. The understanding and application of performance psychology strategies across all areas of an artists’ life, not just the performance side, has been observed to assist in supporting the development of holistic approach to supporting individuals be the best they can be – both on and off stage. This webinar looks to explore a range of key performance psychology and wellbeing topics, with the opportunity for questions and further discussions regarding this important area of performing arts healthcare.

    WEBINAR: Biomechanical video analysis for the clinic and the classroom

    Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm – 8pm EST

    Dr Luke Hopper

    The explosion of video capture technology has made the use of video a highly accessible feedback tool for patients and students. This webinar will cover biomechanical approaches to video analysis that can provide structured feedback to aid movement rehabilitation and pedagogy. Through a structured approach to video analysis patients and students can feel empowered through the learning process towards improving movement quality for performance.

    WEBINAR: The price of love: What are the wellbeing costs of pursuing an acting career

    Wednesday, September 21st, 7pm – 8pm EST

    Dr Mark Seton

    A Webinar featuring a review of findings of the 2013 Australian Actors Wellbeing Study by Dr Mark Seton, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney, and Creative Director, Actors Wellbeing Base Camp, Sense Connexion.

    Dr Seton, with colleagues Dr Ian Maxwell and Dr Marianna Szabo, in collaboration with Mary Cotter of the Equity Foundation, initiated a national online survey of professional actors – the first comprehensive study of its kind in the world. 782 actors participated in this survey and shared both their ups and down of making a career. The survey explored physical and psychological wellbeing as well as possible stressors that could upset an actor’s long-term productivity.

    Mark will outline many of the crucial findings of the Study, suggest next actions that the industry needs to take, and offer some of his own practical strategies for actor wellbeing and resilience that he has been teaching both working and student actors.

    WEBINAR: Reframing performance anxiety within an artist’s practice

    Monday, July 25th, 7pm – 8pm EST

    Dr Shona Erskine
    BADance MPsych/PhD MAPS
    Performance psychologist and dance artist

    Shona will talk about the relationship between arousal and performance and how this can be understood as a function of the rehearsal and theatre environments to help performers manage anxiety.

    WEBINAR: The Singer with a Vocal Injury … Must the Show Go On?

    Wednesday, June 8th, 7pm – 8pm EST

    Dr Jonathan Livesey
    MA (Oxon), BM BCh, FRACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed)
    ENT Surgeon and Voice Specialist

    Jonathan will talk about the nature of vocal and non-vocal injuries sustained by singers and how to help manage a return to best health through a multidisciplinary approach.


    Keynote speakers: Professor David Howard, Royal Holloway, University of London Dr Bronwen Ackermannn,University of Sydney

    Saturday 10 December 2016,

    Wyselaskie Auditorium, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052