Abstract submissions are now open for the 2021 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference – The Gap and Beyond.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC) 2021: The Gap and Beyond will be held virtually on 20 – 22 April 2021 and we are inviting abstract submissions for Oral, Table Top, Workshop and Poster presentations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.

We welcome abstracts from all working in or interested in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. Topics should be relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and efforts to close the gap for vision and ultimately eliminate avoidable vision loss and blindness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia. This could include eye care in primary care; eye care stakeholder collaborations; community-led and cultural engagement approaches and initiatives; workforce development; challenges in coordination and case management; improving outcomes and access to services; health system changes and reform.

The conference will bring elements from the postponed Close the Gap for Vision National Conference 2020 and, in 2021, will be delivered fully online.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please submit your abstract below. Closing date for abstract submission is Monday 18 January 2021. We particularly welcome and encourage submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and presenters.

We hope to see you at the conference and thank you for considering sharing your experience and knowledge.

For questions, additional information, or support with your submission, please contact us at Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au or contact IEH staff members Guy Gillor (guy.gillor@unimelb.edu.au) or Nick Wilson (nick.wilson@unimelb.edu.au).


Call for Abstracts Open Thursday 26 November 2020
Call for Abstracts Close Monday 18 January 2021
Acceptance Notification Friday 19 February 2021


The 2021 conference will include opportunities for presentation in several formats and we have adapted presentation formats to fit the online environment. Additional details to support these virtual presentations will be provided.

You may indicate your preferred format with your submission. Please note that there are limited spaces available for each type of presentation, and the organisers reserve the right to accept a proposed presentation in a different format than proposed by the authors.

  • Oral presentation: up to 20 minute presentation, to be advised.
  • Table Top presentation: A virtual adaptation of the Table Top presentation format, which provides opportunity in a smaller group setting for sharing of information and exchange directly with no more than 15 delegates. Each Table Top presentation will be for up to 10 minutes only, including questions and discussion.
  • Workshop: suitable for skill-sharing and practical knowledge exchange, and are allocated up to 90 minutes to be presented to no more than 60 people.
  • Poster presentation: The digital conference platform allows for a display of virtual posters including interactions with individual delegates.

Abstracts should be a summary of the presentation with no more than 200 words (not including title and authors).