Abstract submissions are now open for the 2023 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC23).

NATSIEHC23 will be held on 24-26 May 2023, and we are inviting abstract submissions for Oral, Tabletop, Workshop, Quick Yarn 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. Abstract submissions which include at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander presenter will be given preference for inclusion.

Conference Theme

The theme for this year's Conference is Our Vision in Our Hands: Finding Our Voice. Building on the 2022 Conference which first introduced ‘Our Vision in Our Hands’, this year’s theme will allow us to further explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and leadership in eye care. The theme connects our sector’s work with the wider movement towards First Nations self-determination, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and the movement to establish First Nations voices into future policy making.

conference theme: finding our voice

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates the Conference will aim to empower, inform and inspire, enabling First Nations people to lead eye health initiatives designed to improve eye health outcomes in communities. For non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates, the Conference will aim to deliver knowledge, guidance and some practical skills to help shape their contribution to ending avoidable vision loss. This will include advancing conversations about how they, their colleagues and their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations may reflect and adjust their own approaches to supporting eye care.

Topics of Relevance

Topics should be relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health and support the 2023 Conference theme. Topics for abstracts could include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership of eye care; community-led and innovative approaches to improving eye health outcomes;  effective commitment, communication, and advocacy in eye care; working collaboratively and interculturally to improve eye health; cultural safety in eye care and in the eye health and vision sector; eye care in the primary health care setting; community and/or cultural engagement initiatives; workforce development; overcoming challenges in coordination and case management; improving outcomes and access to services; health system changes and reform.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please submit your abstract below. The closing date for abstract submission is Friday 3 March 2023.

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

Key Dates

Abstract submission has been extended by two weeks, and will now close on Friday 17 March

Call for Abstracts Open Monday 16 January 2023
Call for Abstracts Close Friday 3 March 2023 Friday 17 March
Acceptance Notification Friday 31 March 2023 Friday 14 April

Presentation Types

The 2023 Conference will include opportunities for presentation in several formats. Additional details to support preparing your presentations are also 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 may propose a different presentation format than proposed by the authors.

  • Oral presentation: up to 20 minute presentations, with or without slides.
  • Table Top presentation: An opportunity for sharing of information and exchange in a smaller group setting. Each Table Top presentation will be for up to 10 minutes only, including questions and discussion, and repeated in front of changing group of delegates.
  • Workshop: suitable for skill-sharing, interaction and practical knowledge exchange, and will be allocated up to 90 minutes.
  • New to 2023: Quick Yarn presentation, featuring short, informal yarning presentations (3-5 minutes, First Nations presenters only). See more details below.
  • Poster presentation: The conference also welcomes posters, which will be displayed throughout the Conference.

Quick Yarn session: This is a new presentation format, included in the 2023 Conference for the first time. The session aims to support emerging First Nations people working in the sector to share stories, perspectives, and experiences. Each presenter will have up to 5 minutes to share ideas, perspectives, and emerging projects. The Session Chair will also be able to support the presenter by asking previously agreed questions. Please contact us for expressions of interest and with any questions about this session.

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

Submission Instructions

  • Please submit an abstract of up to 200 words, and a title (no more than 15 words);
  • Please include a short bio for each presenting author (no more than 50 words);
  • Please note that abstracts with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander presenting/ co-presenting authors with be prioritised in the program;
  • Please indicate whether you prefer to deliver your paper as an Oral, Table Top, Workshop, Quick Yarn, or Poster presentation;
  • Please complete an additional submission form for each abstract;
  • The deadline for abstracts is Friday 3 March 2023

Abstract submission has been extended by two weeks, and will now close on Friday 17 March

Download Abstract Preparation Support Document

Download Abstract Submission Form

For questions, additional information, or support with your submission, please contact us at  Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au