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Brisbane, QLD, Australia


14-15 November 2017

6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

Conference |
Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Peoples |

We are pleased to announce the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, which this year will be co-hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Lowitja Institute. Under the theme "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change", the Symposium will present an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia's First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice. It will also be a forum to share knowledge of what successful research looks like at community level and what the key elements of success are.

The Symposium is for anyone with an interest in improving the health and wellbeing of Australia's First Peoples through the better use of high quality research in practice and policy. It will include researchers, policy makers, health care practitioners, community health workers, community members and consumers.

Symposium participants will have the opportunity to network with, learn from, and establish collaborations with others committed to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

All aspects of the symposium will have a sound cultural frame and reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural values.

Call for abstracts

Choose from: Workshops (90 minutes); oral presentation (15 minutes); or poster

We invite abstracts on "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change ".  We would particularly encourage the submission of abstracts that translate the knowledge authors have gained from their community groups, workplace, research and policy environment into action for positive change. In particular, abstracts that:

·         demonstrate the embedding of the principles of research knowledge translation throughout the research

·         celebrate accomplishments

·         facilitate nurturing and support of early career researchers and community members

·         facilitate collaboration between experienced and less experienced researchers

·         engage Centres of Research Excellence

·         involve allied health, clinical, and community health personnel; and

·         engage policy makers.

Four workshop sessions of 90 minutes duration are available. Workshops must be focused educational sessions relevant to the Symposium theme and relevant audience. They should provide participants with engaging, interactive participation opportunities. The workshop should also have clearly stated aims and provide participants with valuable skills, strategies or knowledge that will be implementable in their respective work or community settings.

Workshop abstracts must include:

  • The names of the facilitator and other presenters
  • A clear description of the workshop aims and the methods that will be used to actively involve participants
  • A clearly stated learning objective for participants
  • Be of no more than 500 words in length

The program committee may ask for further information after initial consideration of a workshop abstract.

Abstracts involving presentation of the results of a research project should be submitted as oral or poster presentations. 

Themes and life course
Authors are encouraged to consider their abstracts under the following broad themes in conjunction with the life course stages in which projects may reside. The five stages of the life course are maternal and child health, children, youth, adults and older adults and are aligned with the priorities described in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023. The themes are:

  • Capacity building
  • Social and cultural determinants of health
  • Data sovereignty: Capturing, storing and managing knowledge
  • Indigenous knowledges and community engagement: receiving and interpreting knowledge
  • Translation and impact: integrating knowledge to shape outcomes

Successful authors will be offered either an oral or a poster presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words for oral and poster abstracts and no longer than 500 words for workshop abstracts. Submissions must follow the relevant oral and poster abstract template, workshop abstract template and be submitted by 23 June 2017. Abstract acceptances will be notified by August 2017. 

The Scientific Committee of the Symposium will assess each abstract for:

  1. Originality
  2. Relevance to the theme of the Symposium
  3. Scientific quality and embedding the principles of knowledge translation throughout the research
  4. Clarity of content


Registrations for the Symposium will open in June 2017. All accepted authors must register for the Symposium. Further information, including details regarding the Symposium program, will be provided in the coming months.

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