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Call for Abstracts: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference 2022

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2022 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC22).

The NATSIEHC22 will be held on 24-26 May 2022, and we are inviting abstract submissions for Oral, Tabletop, 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. Abstract submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presenters and co-presenters will be prioritised.

Conference Theme

The theme for this year's conference is Our Vision in Our Hands representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and ownership of eye health.

Theme- Our Vision in Our HandsBackground: The conference theme for 2022 has been set by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  Conference Leadership Group overseeing NATSIEHC22 and invites consideration of how best to approach efforts to close the gap for vision and end avoidable vision loss and blindness. It calls for greater leadership and ownership of eye health by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people along with the shift in power that is necessary to produce the outcomes that we are all working towards.

The activities delivered as part of this theme will support the sector to purposely move towards assuming the roles that are required to advance eye health outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates the conference will aim to empower, inform and inspire, enabling First Nations peoples to play a key role in leading the eye health initiatives designed to improve eye health outcomes in their 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 future contribution to ending avoidable blindness. This will include seeding some early ideas on how they, their colleagues and their non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations may wish to begin adjusting their approaches to supporting eye care. The goal is to permeate the thinking across all levels of the sector from the national policy landscape to funding bodies, service providers and the communities themselves.

Topics of Relevance

Topics should be relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health, and support the 2022 conference theme. Topics for abstracts could include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership of eye care; community-led 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 25 February 2022.

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

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open Monday 20 December 2021
Call for Abstracts Close Friday 25 February 2022
Acceptance Notification Friday 25 March 2022

Presentation Types

The 2022 conference will include opportunities for presentation in several formats. Additional details to support preparing your 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 may propose a different abstract 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 and practical knowledge exchange, and will be allocated up to 90 minutes.
  • Poster presentation: The conference also welcomes posters, which will be displayed throughout the conference.

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);
  • Preference will be given to abstracts with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander presenters and co-presenters;
  • Please indicate whether you prefer to deliver your paper as an Oral, Table Top, Workshop or Poster presentation;
  • Please complete an additional submission form for each abstract;
  • The deadline for abstracts is Friday 25 February 2022.

For questions, additional information, or support with your submission, please contact us at Indigenous-EyeHealth@unimelb.edu.au or contact IEH staff Guy Gillor guy.gillor@unimelb.edu.au or Rachael Ferguson rlf@unimelb.edu.au

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