Call for Abstracts

The 42nd Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care and the 23rd Annual Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Conference invites submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers, oral posters and static posters.

Submission Process

To be selected to present you are required to submit an abstract online. All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Faxed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 21 July 2017.

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Key Dates

Abstract Submissions Open: 20 March 2017
Abstract Submissions Close: 21 July 2017, 18.00 EST
Abstract Acceptance Emailed: August 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 11 August 2017

All presenters must register to attend the ASM. Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance in early August 2017 will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate.

Abstract Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below carefully. Abstracts not submitted in this format may not be considered for review. If you have any difficulties or queries about the abstract format, please contact the ASM Secretariat by email

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) only via the ASM website, and in the specified format – please refer to the sample abstract template.
  • Text should be single spaced throughout, in Arial 10 point font.
  • Text within the body of the abstract should contain subheadings for sections: Introduction, Objective(s), Methods, Results and Conclusion(s)
  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words. Word count does not include title or address; all numbers are included in the word count. Word count is verified using Microsoft Word.
  • Abstracts should not have been published in any English language medical or nursing peer reviewed journal, and in general should not have been presented at more than one meeting from which such publications arise. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted, presented and published a second time, but rewritten abstracts on the same study should not.
  • Each abstract will only be eligible for one (1) award only.
  • Each abstract must nominate the preferred journal for publication – Australian Critical Care or Anaesthesia and Intensive Care or no journal publication. Only one journal may be selected. Australian Critical Care must be selected as the journal if applying for Best Adult Nursing Free Paper, Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Free Paper, Best Nursing Poster or Best Nursing Review Paper.

Abstract headings should contain the following:

  • Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout.
  • Wherever possible the title should be precise so that it conveys a message – eg “High Dose Adrenaline does not Improve In-Hospital Survival from Cardiac Arrest”.
  • One line space prior to text commencement.

Please note that a blind review process will be conducted. You will be asked to provide author names and affiliations in the online submission process (authors must be listed in order of involvement), however please do not include this information on your Word document abstract.

Abstracts should contain brief but complete statements of:

  • Introduction
  • Study Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion(s)
  • The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented in the text; abstracts stating “will be discussed”, “will be described” or “will be presented” will be rejected.
  • Abstracts should be written in the past tense, stating what was done, not what is being, should or will be done.
  • Use only standard abbreviations (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals”). Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than 2 non standard abbreviations should be used and should only be used to replace words appearing 4 times or more in the text. Use International System of Units except for pressure; use cmH2O or mmHg with kPa units in brackets (optional).
  • Abstracts containing graphs, diagrams, or tables will not be accepted.
  • References are not to be included.

Abstracts received after the closing date will not be accepted.

It is the responsibility of the submitting author to view and proof the PDF file to ensure your abstract has been uploaded successfully. In addition you may submit an additional abstract; replace your abstract with a revised copy; or when available, register for the Conference.

All Free papers will be judged on: abstract quality, methodological merit, work involved, standard of presentation and question handling, relevance, originality.

Free Paper Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in duration plus 5 minutes discussion. Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons and presentations in excess of 10 minutes may be ineligible for an award.
  • Presentations must be provided in PowerPoint format.
  • Presenters should arrive at their session room at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement in order to introduce themselves to the chairperson, familiarise themselves with the audio-visual facilities and check their presentation.

Abstract Resources

Poster Presentations

  • Posters must be portrait size A0 841mm wide x 1189mm high.
  • Mounting fixative will be supplied by the ASM organisers.
  • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced landscape are unable to be accommodated.
  • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  • All posters must be mounted by the author during an allocated time period (of 1-2 hours) prior to the beginning of the poster display, and removed by the designated time.
  • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1″) at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
  • Remaining contents may be displayed in columns (usually 2 columns).
  • Contents should contain the study background, objective(s), methods, results and conclusion(s).
  • Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted).
  • All contents  should  be  simple  and  not  overburdened  with  detail  –  “minimising  detail  maximises information transfer”.
  • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.


1. Best Medical Free Paper
The primary author must be the presenter and must be medical.

2. Matt Spence Medal
The primary author must be the presenter and must be a financial trainee ANZICS member. Authors may only submit one paper for consideration of the Matt Spence Medal. Authors who have previously received this award are not eligible for this award.

3. Best Paediatric Medical Paper
The primary author must be the presenter and must be medical.

4. Safety & Quality Best Paper
Awarded for the best free paper on safety and quality; may be medical, nursing or other author. Only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The ANZICS Abstract Review Committee should recommend that the paper is suitable for this award.

5. Best Medical Poster
The primary author must be medical.

6. Best Adult Nursing Free Paper
The primary author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. Verbal presentations only, presented during the adult component of the ASM, will be considered for this prize.
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7. Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Free Paper
The primary author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. Verbal presentations only, presented during the paediatric component of the ASM, will be considered for this prize.

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8. Best Nursing Poster
The primary author must be a nurse and a member of ACCCN. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest.

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9. Best Allied Health Paper
Awarded for the best Allied Health Free Paper presentation of any discipline. The primary author must be the presenter.

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10. Nursing Scholarship
Awarded for the best free paper based on research completed as a component of a Masters or PhD. The main author of the paper must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest. The paper must be presented as a free paper (10-minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion).