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2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting In the IASP Global Year About Back PainConference: 19 - 20 April 2021 | Pre-Conference Workshops: 11 April 2021 | Virtual

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Now Closed

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) invites the submission of abstracts on original work. Abstracts can be submitted for consideration for an oral or a poster presentation You will be asked to identify all co-authors, but the presenting author should submit the abstract. Presenting authors must be paid registrants at the ASM. All abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website using the online submission form/portal.

The SPC have agreed that abstracts published as a digital presentation as part of APS 2020, can be resubmitted for inclusion in the APS 2021 program.

COVID-19 Statement

The Australian Pain Society is 100% committed to bringing you a conference in 2021. 


We are currently working towards a hybrid format in order to give delegates the opportunity to meet in either the traditional face to face setting, or via an online platform.  


We are also developing a virtual program so that we are prepared, should it be necessary to convert to a fully online platform.  


Generally speaking, the APS expects all presenters to attend the conference and present in person.  Should this not be possible in 2021 due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the APS will work with presenters to convert their presentation to be streamed via an online platform. 


No matter the format, we will make sure all delegates have an opportunity to network, collaborate and learn. 


Please submit your valuable contributions with full confidence that the APS will do whatever needs to be done in order to deliver the ASM in the safest possible way in April 2021.

 Abstract Submission Key Dates

Abstract submission opens

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Abstract submission 


Notification of acceptance

December 2020

Presenter registration deadline

Tuesday 23 February 2021

 Categories for Abstract Submission

Experimental Studies (Clinical Studies, Basic Science, Public Health) and Clinical Trials
For further information, an abstract template and the submission portal please click here

Clinical Practice & Service Delivery (Poster Only)
For further information, an abstract template and the submission portal please click here

Case Reports (Poster Only)
For further information, an abstract template and the submission portal please click here

General Instructions 

  • Only online abstracts will be accepted.
  • Abstract TITLE should be in BLOCK CAPITALS
  • Authors’ names should be on the next line
  • Submitting author must be the person who will be presenting the paper at the conference, substitutes will not be accepted
  • Submitting author accepts full responsibility for the accuracy of all content
  • Submitting author assures that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published
  • In case of more than one author please underline the name of the presenting author
  • Do not include degrees, post-nomials, or titles
  • Authors’ organisations/institutions should appear on the next line and should include the suburb/city, state and country of the organisations/institutions
  • Authors should state the word count at the end of the abstract
  • Free Communications Presenters will have a time slot of 9 minutes for their presentation, followed by 3 minutes for questions
  • Poster Presenters will be required to attend their poster during the scheduled poster walk around sessions. 


  • Research shouldn’t already be published or have been presented at another conference. The only exception to this is if it was accepted and published as a digital submission for the cancelled APS 2020 conference.
  • Authors who were accepted into the APS 2020 program, need to resubmit their abstract into the APS 2021 portals.
  • If the abstract has been presented before, it needs to include some new and original elements 
  • The data that will be presented at the meeting needs to be consistent with what was included in the submitted abstract. It is understood some progress may have been made between the abstract submission and presenting the content at the conference, however if the data is new or unrelated to the original abstract the SPC must be consulted prior to presentation
  • All presenters and chairs must register for a minimum of one day of the conference by the Early Bird Registration Deadline Tuesday 23 February 2021, or the Topical Session will be withdrawn from the program.
  • There is no funding or discounted registrations available for submitted topical sessions.

Abstract Body Format

  • Must be 500 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. 
  • Care should be taken to ensure high quality English expression and grammar. 
  • All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format.

 Rapid Communication Sessions

Experimental Studies and Clinical Trial poster presenters may be offered an opportunity to present their posters in a 90 second rapid communication session. Authors of accepted abstracts will receive information regarding the processes involved in a rapid communication prior to the meeting. Please indicate on your submission if you wish to be considered for the Rapid Communication Session.

Prize for the Best Paper and the Best Poster

The prize for the best paper will be $2000 and for the best poster $500. Assessment will be based on content and presentation. The judges will be appointed by the Scientific Program Committee and their decision will be final. The awards will be presented in the Closing Plenary of the ASM.

EOI for Travel Grant Applications - APS Members only

Delegates wishing to apply for a travel grant must be the major contributor and submitting author of the abstract. Only delegates who have ticked 'yes' to the Travel Grant section of the abstract submission process AND completed the associated application form will be considered. For further information on the seperate Travel Grant Application Form process and to ensure you meet the terms and conditions please click here.

For further information please contact the APS Conference Secretariat
DC Conferences Pty Ltd

P: 02 9954 4400