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ACM 2018: "Coming of Age" 21st National Conference - Call for Abstracts Now Open

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The Australian College of Midwives 2018 "Coming of Age" 21st National Conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia from 15 to 18 October, 2018.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, you will need to submit an abstract to be reviewed by our Peer Review Panel before March 5. During the submission process, you will need to nominate a theme and sub theme from the options below as well as the mode of presentation you would most like.
 
The key conference themes are:

  1. Sharing the Wisdom
    1. Women and Midwives of the First People
    2. Fostering Life Long Learning
    3. Hidden Gems: Quiet Achievers
    4. Small Towns: Big Ideas
       
  2. Great Innovations: Look How Far We’ve Come
    1. Reflections: Looking Back, Looking Forward
    2. Novel Approaches to Learning and Teaching
    3. Toolkits for Clinical Change
    4. Our Professional Identity in the 21st Century
       
  3. Valuing every Midwife Everywhere
    1. Nurturing yourself and each other
    2. Keeping Midwives in Midwifery
    3. The Many Faces of Midwifery
    4. No Midwife is an Island: Promoting Positive Partnerships

There are three modes of presentation:

1. Oral presentation during a concurrent session
2. Workshop up to 2 hours in length on a specific topic area
3. Poster presentation 

To submit your abstract, go to our Abstract Submission Portal.

Additional Information for Presentation During a Concurrent Session

Each presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion. The word limit for concurrent session abstracts is 300 words.
Abstracts for any of the following types of presentations can be submitted:

  • Research
  • Discussion and Scholarly Debate
  • Innovative practice
  • Drama/stories

 
Research
Abstracts may be submitted that discuss research. Abstracts must provide a brief background to the research; its aim; method/s; key findings; implications for midwifery education, practice and/ or policy, and relevance of the work to this audience. If a presentation is dependent on the findings of research which is still in progress, assurances must be given that the research will be completed in time for presentation at the conference in October, 2018.
 
Discussion and Scholarly Debate
These will be papers that address a range of topical issues of interest to the conference audience. The abstract (and subsequent presentation) must include the aim or rationale for the topic; reference to relevant literature in the field; a clear account of the argument that the author wishes to make; and evidence of the originality of the topic or area of debate. The implications for educators, clinicians, researchers, service users, and/or policy makers must also be considered, as appropriate.
 
Innovative practice
These papers should describe an innovation or new way of working. The abstract must include the aim or rationale for the topic; a clear description of the innovation including its evaluation in practice; evidence of the originality of the practice; a consideration of the likelihood that the innovation could be applied elsewhere; the implications of the practice for educators, clinicians, researchers, service users, and/or policy makers, as appropriate; and the relevance of the work to the conference audience.
 
Drama /Stories
Abstracts may be submitted for presentations that use alternative media and formats to project important insights that are relevant to the aims of the conference. These include presentations based on storytelling and on drama. The abstract must include the aim or rationale for the drama or story; a clear account of the media to be employed and of the content of the work; an account of why the work is important for educators, clinicians, researchers, service users, and/or policy makers, as appropriate; ethical issues arising from the engagement of participants other than the author, and/or from the use of scripts, screenplays, or data drawn from authors other than those presenting; and the relevance of the work to the conference audience.