Guidelines for Abstract Submission






Important Dates

Call for Papers Open:
February 2013

Online Registration Opens:
June 2013

Paper submission deadline extended:
7 August 2013

Authors Acceptance Notification:
1 September 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
15 September 2013

Registration Deadline Date for Authors:
30 September 2013



AAAH invites the submission of abstracts on original work for consideration for the Conference Program.
Participation in the AAAH Conference can take a number of forms:

  • Presenting an oral presentation
  • Presenting a Poster
  • Presenting a Workshop

Abstracts are invited on original research in the following areas or streams:

  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health/Sexuality
  • Policy/Advocacy
  • Service Delivery
  • Indigenous Youth Health
  • Physical Health/Chronic Illness
  • Substance use
  • Working with at risk young people
  • Youth participation
  • Education
  • Youth Justice
  • Other


General Policies and Requirements

  • All abstracts submitted for presentation at the AAAH Conference must contain original research that has not been previously presented, scheduled for presentation or published. Research that has been submitted for review or is in press at the time of submission can be submitted for presentation
  • All abstracts must be submitted online using the conference website
  • Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words
  • The abstract should provide sufficient detail to represent accurately the intended presentation but should not include diagrams or graphs
  • Completing the ‘theme’ and ‘type’ sections on the submission will assist the committee in allocating the presentation, if accepted
  • 3 learning objectives must be included if requesting a workshop presentation
  • At least one author for each abstract that is accepted for presentation in the Conference Program is expected to register and pay to attend the Conference to present their research. All of the costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be paid by presenters. AAAH does not pay honoraria for any presentations
  • Presenters of oral presentations will have 10 minute timeslots, plus 5 minutes for discussion. Workshops will be allocated 45 minute timeslots
  • During the conference, a climate of free exchange and constructive criticism is encouraged. It is also important to demonstrate respect for colleagues/presenters with different perspectives and methodologies/methods
  • For those presenting their abstract in poster format, it is expected that one of the authors be present at their poster during specified poster viewing times to discuss their research with fellow delegates
  • The organising committee has the right to refuse or accept any submission as well as allocating the presentation type even if this differs from that applied for


Note to Authors

Each presenting author will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program. Authors who do not register by the deadline will be removed from the Conference Program. All costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be met by presenters.

Only the presenting author will be contacted by email regarding acceptance or otherwise of the submitted abstract.

All Conference Abstracts accepted for the AAAH Conference Program are made available to delegates in the conference program.

Please note that the copyright of the conference proceedings belongs to AAAH, but the copyright of the individual abstracts belongs to the authors.


Abstract & Poster Review Process

Abstracts submitted for oral and poster presentation at the Conference will be reviewed and authors will be advised of their acceptance and presentation type during August 2013.
The review criteria include:

  • Significance/importance of the topic
  • Aims and objectives
  • Quality of analysis/coherence of argument
  • Relevance of findings for theory/policy/practice
  • Clarity/readability
  • Overall evaluation (including contribution)



The AAAH Conference Program also includes Workshops focused on professional development topics to increase the value of the conference for participants. These sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes during the concurrent stream sessions.

Presenters of workshops should submit a 250 word abstract outlining the topic and relevant issues.

Workshop Review Process
The criteria for selecting Workshops for inclusion in the Conference Program include:

  • Relevance to AAAH’s purpose
  • Relevance to conference topic
  • Relevance of presenter’s expertise
  • Professional development value for participants or research quality
  • Topicality


Audio Visual Information

Oral Presenters
Please note that for all oral presentations the following equipment will be available in each session room for use by speakers – Data Projection (PowerPoint), laptop (PC compatible), lectern and microphone.

Poster Presenters
For those selected to present their paper in poster format, it is expected that one of the authors be present at their poster during specified poster viewing times to discuss their research with fellow delegates. More information on the required format of posters will be provided to the submitting author should the abstract be accepted for a poster presentation.