CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submissions for Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference are now CLOSED

Dietitians Australia and the 2021 Scientific and Social Program Committee (SSPC) invites the submission of abstracts for consideration in the scientific program at the Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference to be held in Melbourne, in July 2021. Submissions are encouraged to explore the 2021 theme “What’s possible?” and incorporates the key academic themes of transform, reinvent, and diversify.

Submissions are sought in a number of presentation styles, either:

  • Research presentations, encompassing
    • Oral presentation
    • Rapid Fire
    • Pecha Kucha
    • E-poster
    • Pitch your Project
  • Symposia and Seminars, and
  • Workshops

Please see below for more information on each presentation type.

The 2021 Conference will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person and virtual attendance options, COVID permitting. We will be keeping abreast of developments and provide updates as needed.

The expectation is that speakers will present in-person, however submitting speakers are asked to keep in mind that, should your submission be accepted into the program, you may be asked to, and must be prepared to present virtually if required.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference has been listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on Austrade’s website

This means eligible businesses can apply for funding under the Business Events Grants Program to cover up to 50% of the costs of participating in Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference.   

Grants from $10,000 to $250,000 per entity are available. Applicants are able to apply for multiple events listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events. 

Grant applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on 30 March 2021 or earlier if funding is exhausted.  

For further information or to apply please go to business.gov.au

Important information regarding submissions

  • Abstract submissions will only be accepted via the online portal
  • Please read the Call for submission guidelines PDF and Evaluation Criteria before you submit.
  • Templates have been developed to assist you in preparing your submission.
  • All abstracts submitted must be original work, with proposed studies significantly advanced or completed at the time of submission
  • All submissions will be blind reviewed by the Scientific and Social Program Committee, with the committee’s decision deemed final
  • By submitting your abstract, you agree to have your abstract (if accepted) published on the Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference website, in the Conference App, and any marketing materials
  • Acceptance does not imply provision of travel, accommodation, costs or registration
  • Submissions and editing close on Friday 5 February 2021, 5pm AEDT

Regarding 2020 Abstracts

All abstracts that met the submission guidelines for the 2020 conference were published in a Nutrition & Dietetics supplement in August 2020.

Research published in this supplement can be resubmitted to the Dietitians Australia 2021 conference (to be held in July in Melbourne) for an opportunity for research to be peer-reviewed and presented. Alternatively, abstracts published in the 2020 supplement can be updated and submitted with new data in 2021 or authors may submit on a different topic.

Abstracts submitted in 2020 will NOT automatically be carried over to the 2021 conference.

Key Dates

Call for submissions closes: 
Friday 5 February 2021, midnight AEDT

Registration opens: 
February 2021

Author Notification:
March 2021

Business Events Grant Applications close: 
Tuesday 30 March 2021

Early bird registration closes: 
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Presenter registration deadline: 
Wednesday 12 May 2021, midnight AEST

DA2021 Conference:
Sunday 11 - Tuesday 13 July 2021

Area of Practice

In 2021, presenters are required to select one Area of Practice that their abstract applied to:

  • Aged Care
  • Corporate
  • Disability / Rehab
  • Food Production / Primary Industry
  • Government Department / Agency
  • Hospital (Public)
  • Hospital (Private)
  • Mental Health
  • NGO
  • Primary / Community Care
  • Private Practice
  • University
Content Area

Presenters are required to select the one Content Area which most accurately represents your abstract:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Corporate Nutrition
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Dietitians in the Private Sector
  • Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Food and Environment
  • Food Service
  • Gastroenterology
  • Health, Behaviour and Weight Management
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Indigenous Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition Support
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics and Maternal Health
  • Public Health and Community Nutrition
  • Rehabilitation and Aged Care
  • Renal

Evaluation Criteria

In 2021 presentations will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Offers new data/knowledge or demonstrates innovation or has the potential to challenge/change current practice or foster professional debate
  • Is highly relevant to nutrition and dietetic practice and CPD for APDs
  • Clearly states the problem
  • Indicates aims or hypothesis of the research/paper
  • Describes appropriate methods/methodology
  • Describes relevant results/describes main findings
  • Draws valid conclusions from results/findings
  • Comments on relationship or recommendation to practice where suitable
  • Is relevant to the Conference audience
  • Offers new data/knowledge or demonstrates innovation or has the potential to challenge/change current practice or foster professional debate.

The submitting presenter will be notified of the results of the review of abstracts before the end of March 2021.

Video 1 – How do I increase my chances of my abstract getting accepted?

Video 2 – What happens to my abstract after submission?

Presentation types

Expand each section for an overview of each submission type. For detailed information about each submission type download the Submission Guidelines

Research - Oral Presentation

Standard 10 minute presentations (8mins + 2mins Q&A) reporting original research or project findings, papers reporting work-in-progress, methodological papers, case presentations or professional practice issues.

Main Conference program

Presentation length: 8 minutes presentation, plus 2 minutes Q&A

Number of speakers: 1

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • Sharing findings from research or other projects
Research - Rapid Fire

A 5 slide, 5 minute oral presentation of an electronic poster followed by small group discussion grouped by themes. Please note Rapid Fire presentations will be offered to high scoring poster submissions.

Main Conference program

Presentation length: 5 minutes presentation, plus small group Q&A

Number of speakers: 1

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • An oral presentation of a traditional poster format
  • Electronic presentations on plasma screens and an online portal
Research - Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a presentation form of 20 images for 20 seconds. The slides change automatically and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images. The entire presentation always lasts for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Main Conference program

Presentation length: 6 minutes 40 seconds presentation, plus 2 minutes Q&A

Number of speakers: 1

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • Sharing findings from research or other projects
Research - E-Poster

An e-poster is an electronic poster and in 2020 replaces the traditional hard copy poster format. The e-poster presentations are submitted via an online portal prior to the conference.

Main Conference program

Presentation length: 5 slides

Number of speakers: 1

Room setup: NA – digital delivery

Key features:

  • Electronic presentations on plasma screens and an online portal
  • In-lieu of traditional poster format
  • 1 title slide and 4 content slides
Research - Pitch your project

Emerging dietitians (including students) present a brief 3 min presentation on a research or quality improvement project that has just commenced, is partially completed or finalised.

Pre-conference program

Presentation length: 3 minutes presentation

Number of speakers: 1

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • To be held in the Emerging Dietitians workshop stream
Symposium

A detailed exploration of a topic and feature speakers 3-4 who are experts in their field, including outside of dietetics.

Main Conference program

Presentation length: 90 minutes

Number of speakers: 3-4

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • Detailed exploration of a topic
  • Inclusion of presenters from outside dietetics to provide a different perspective
Seminar

A larger forum which aims to increase knowledge in a specific area of practice via information sharing.

Main conference program

Presentation length: 90 minutes

Number of speakers: 1-6

Room setup: Theatre

Key features:

  • Information sharing
Workshop - Emerging Dietitians stream

An interactive forum which supports specific skill development with smaller number of delegates. This stream offers workshops for emerging dietitians or for dietitians looking to upskill in a new area or seeking a career change. 

Pre-conference program

Presentation length: 2 hours

Number of speakers: No limit

Room setup: Cabaret

Key features:

  • Active learning opportunities
  • Content aimed at dietitians with 0-4 years’ experience in an area of practice.
Workshop - Advanced Education stream

An interactive forum which supports specific skill development with smaller number of delegates. This stream offers workshops for dietitians looking to extend skills in an area.

Pre-conference program

Presentation length: 3 – 4.5 hours

Number of speakers: No limit

Room setup: Cabaret

Key features:

  • Active learning opportunities
  • Content aimed at dietitians with more than 5 years’ experience in an area of practice.

Glossary of Terms

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference content regarding products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
Commercial Interest: as any proprietary entity producing food or health care goods or services, with the exemption of government organisations and non-health care/food production or processing related companies.

Financial relationships: Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.

Withdrawal

Withdrawals must be communicated in writing by the submitting presenter to the conference office via da@thinkbusinessevents.com.au. In doing so, the conference office assumes that all presenters/presenters have been informed of the withdrawal. Once an abstract is withdrawn, it may not be reinstated.

Contact

For further information, or enquiries regarding your submission please contact the Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference Office:
Think Business Events
Ph: 03 9417 1350
Email: da@thinkbusinessevents.com.au

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