Call for Abstracts


The Program Sub-Committee of the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference invites you to submit abstracts for consideration in the Conference Program. We are planning the Conference Program so that it will be interactive, innovative, dynamic and stimulating.

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The Conference will have four concurrent themes – Legal, Health, Social, Policy – that explore the complexities of elder abuse. The social and cultural changes necessary to prevent elder abuse will happen with long-term, multi-faceted, culture-wide approaches. Academics and researchers, community members, policy makers and government agencies, public servants, those with lived experience, service providers, and community workers who have contact with older people, will come together in a vibrant and robust exchange of ideas, solutions and responses to elder abuse.

Elder abuse affects all aspects of people’s lives, and involves many service and support sectors. Abstracts might address more than one theme to reflect the complexity of elder abuse and potential responses. We are particularly interested in innovative, collaborative and evidence-based responses. 

Please note that the closing date for Abstract Submission is 1 September 2017.

Successful abstract authors/s will be required to register and pay by the presenter registration deadline of 19 November 2017.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for the 2018 TMC Conference can be emailed to the 2018 TMC Conference Secretariat on [email protected].


Dates and deadlines

Call for Abstracts opens May 2017
Abstracts Submission Deadline 1 September 2017
Notification of Abstracts to Authors 29 September 2017


Abstract submission details

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • Abstracts must be submitted using the template, by the presenting author and as a word file. An example can be found here.
  • Alternatively, once you have written your Abstract using this template, you may copy and paste the text straight into the submission site.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations)
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.



  1. LEGAL ­­­­­­­­­­­­– How does Australia’s legal system respond to elder abuse? Are police responses adequate? Is financial abuse recognised? How are financial services responding to elder abuse? Are changes to laws and/or enforcement needed to better address elder abuse?
  2. HEALTH ­­­­­­­­­­­­– How are people working directly with older people responding to elder abuse? What interventions or programs have made real differences to the lives of older people? How can the health sector improve its response to elder abuse?
  3. SOCIAL ­­­­­­­­­­­­– Are there innovative programs that support older people to exercise their rights in the community? Do cultural understandings about ageing affect the incidence of elder abuse, and how can they be changed for the benefit of older people? What role does ageism have in elder abuse? How can people be better supported to report elder abuse?
  4. POLICY ­­­­­­­­­­­­– How do Australia’s various levels of government respond to elder abuse? What policies are needed to better address elder abuse? What systemic changes are needed to better respond to elder abuse as our population ages? Is there adequate funding? How are other countries responding to elder abuse?



The Program Sub-Committee is committed to ensuring the Conference reflects the diversity of Australia’s older people. Within and across the abstract themes are ‘threads’ that relate to priority populations including:

  • Disadvantaged and vulnerable older people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people


Presentation types

Speakers are encouraged to use a variety of media platforms and other modes of presentation delivery to ensure the conference is as motivating as possible.  Presentation sessions that include collaborations, debates, narratives, videos, YouTube clips, Q&As and performances are particularly encouraged. Formats that include single oral presentations with PowerPoint will also be accepted.

The usual presentation slot will be around 15 minutes. This time may change slightly as the program takes shape. Innovative collaborations may be offered longer periods of a number of 15 minute slots that are provided back-to-back.

Also, the Program Sub-Committee will consider shorter five or 10-minute ‘snapshot’ presentations of emerging research or evaluation regarding innovative prevention activity.

The Program Sub-Committee will group some presentations to be part of concurrent workshops during the Conference. If your abstract is accepted it may be identified as potentially being part of one of these formats. The Program Sub-Committee will contact you prior to the program being finalised to see if your presentation might work in one of these presentation types.


General information

  • Limited references should be used (e.g. Smith 1999) and only if necessary.
  • Only those abstracts formally accepted will be published in the Conference Proceedings as submitted. Changes and amendments can be made via the Abstract Portal until the submission deadline.
  • Accepted authors who do not register and pay by 19 November 2017 may have their abstract/s withdrawn.


Evaluation criteria

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the Conference theme
  • General quality of the material presented – ensure that the paper is consistent with the structure outlined in the Call for Abstracts.


Terms and conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in the 2018 TMC Conference:

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the 2018 TMC Conference Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.

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