Australian College of Nurse Practitioners  2011 National Conference - Nurse Practitioners: Coming of Age

Call for Abstracts



  • Abstracts should be submitted using the guidelines below and in a word document (.doc format)
  • Abstract title should be in BLOCK CAPITALS 
  • Authors’ names should be on the next line 
  • In case of more than one author please underline the name of the presenting author 
  • Do not include degrees or titles 
  • Authors’ organizations/institutions should appear on the next line and should include the suburb/city, state and country of the organizations/institutions.  
  • Presenters will have a time slot of 10 minutes for their presentation; the committee recommends that presenters time their presentations for 7 -8 minutes so that there is time for questions. 

Abstract Body Format-
Must be 300 words or less, inclusive of title, author(s) names, and institutional affiliation(s) and references. Please do not use abbreviations unless defined in the abstract. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format



Content should include the following sections: 

Background and Aims: Include one or two sentences to introduce the broad topic area and provide a reason for the study

Provide a clear statement of the aims of the study

A hypothesis could be included in this section

It may also be appropriate to add references to cited literature here. References will be included in the word limit.  Authors are advised to keep references to a minimum, and to use an abbreviated referencing system, i.e. First author et al., no title, year of publication, abbreviated journal title, volume, pages. 

Methods: In this section information on participants (and /or subjects) should be provided. This may include the number of participants, demographic information such as age and gender as well as the method of recruitment. (ie a random sample or a convenient sample). Study inclusion and exclusion criteria should be included in this section as well as a sample size calculation if presenting a randomised clinical trial. Measures and procedures used in the study are described in this section. Descriptions of analyses appear in the methods section. 

Results: The purpose of the result section is to provide a description of the main findings of the study.  Reference to potential results that were unavailable at the time that the abstract was submitted will not be acceptable. Submitted abstracts must include actual results. Results should be expressed as means or medians and the spread of the results indicated as ranges, standard deviations or 95% confidence intervals as appropriate. Probability values must be included, but are not sufficient of themselves without descriptive statistics (means, etc). 

Conclusions: In this section you should provide statements of interpretation and implication of findings, as well as comparison with previous literature. It should not be a simple restatement of the results.



There are some cases where this format requires modification, although authors should try as best as possible to adapt their abstract to fit within these 4 headings. Narratives or theoretical discussions are usually not suitable for presentation as a poster or free paper given space and time constraints. Authors should consider submitting a topical session for consideration, if the proposed discourse would exceed the limits of a poster or free paper. All abstracts will be reviewed by the SPC within two weeks after the closing date. The ACNP conference is an opportunity for new researchers to present their findings, and the conference organising committee is eager to assist in the development research and education for Nurse Practitioners. All presenters must register for a minimum of one day of the conference by the Early Bird Deadline for registration (1 AUGUST 2011) or the presentation will be withdrawn from the program.