Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed



Abstract submissions open
Abstract submissions close
Notification to authors
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Author acceptance of offer
Friday 2 August 2019
Author registration deadline
Friday 2 August 2019



Authors will be required to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract. The available presentation types are:

  1. Oral presentation
    An extended oral presentation is typically a 15 – 20 minute oral presentation. The presentation will include time for questions.
  2. Symposium presentation
    A symposium presentation consists of a maximum of six individual presentations submitted by one author on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Please ensure all information relating to each individual symposium presentation is included in the one abstract submitted. The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes.
  3. Combination poster and oral presentation
    Authors have the option to be considered for both a brief oral presentation and poster presentation. 
  4. Poster presentation
    A poster presentation constitutes a visual display of research projects. Your poster must not extend beyond the boundaries of your display board – one display board will be allocated per poster. The poster display will be an integral part of the program with dedicated times for delegates to interact with poster authors and ask questions. More information regarding the logistics of the poster presentations will be advised upon acceptance.


The FCAP 2019 Conference Scientific Program Committee are seeking papers that are clinically relevant to psychiatrists, paediatricians and other mental health professionals in the area of infant, child, adolescent and youth mental health. The following themes are broad and inclusive and may provide guidance for submission:

  • Public health – access and equity
  • Child psychiatry services – focus on priority populations, regional and rural
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, disability and neurobiology
  • Indigenous mental health
  • Perinatal and infant mental health
  • Trauma and psychological therapy
  • Psychopharmacology


The Connell Werry Prize is an annual prize awarded to an Advanced Trainee in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the most outstanding paper or poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Prize honours Dr John Werry and Dr Helen Connell, who were pioneers in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in New Zealand and Australia.

Advanced Trainees who meet the criteria and whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting will be automatically considered. The prize may be given to one person, or if there are no suitable applicants, the prize will not be awarded in that year.

The prize consists of a certificate together with AU$1,000 to be spent attending a Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Scientific Meeting or an international conference in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Abstract submissions are a three step process. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is uploaded into the portal correctly.


Populating the abstract template

Download the relevant template via the below links, save it to your desktop and populate your abstract in to the template in the required format.

Abstracts submitted not using this template will be returned to the author for correction.

  • Text must be in Arial, 10pt font, single-spaced and left aligned.
  • Your abstract text should be no more than 250 words, including references.

  • Your abstract should clearly and concisely outline the CONTENT of the presentation and should include key points/issues to be addressed.

  • Where applicable, the abstract should include the subheadings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Findings and Conclusions.

  • After completing the template, move onto step 2.


Creating an account and logging into the abstract submission portal

Firstly you must create an account in order to upload an abstract. To begin, please click on the button below.

Click “Create New Account” and enter your contact details. These details are required to create the account.

Once you have created an account within this portal you can proceed with your abstract submission, and you will later be able to use this log-in to view speaker briefing notes and register your attendance at the conference.


Submitting your abstract

Once you have logged into the abstract submission portal, click on “Abstract Submission” in the top menu bar. You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Presentation type (preference only)
  • Theme
  • Name and organisation of all co-authors
  • A brief biography of the presenting author (max 200 words)
  • Your completed abstract

Once you have entered in this information you will then be able to submit your abstract.

Please note:

  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be re-submitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.

  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.

  • You will be able to access the speaker portal account to edit draft submissions and submit additional abstracts. To change successfully submitted abstracts please contact the Conference Office.

  • Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields.


You are required to double check your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact the Conference Office via T +61 3 9645 6311 or E


Notification of the outcome of your submission will be communicated to the presenting author on Wednesday 10 July 2019. Please note the details provided, as the author contact should be for the presenting author of your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-authors as applicable.


The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register for the conference by Friday 2 August 2019 in order for the presentation to be included in the conference program.

For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Conference Office.

Fiona Geoghegan
Program Coordinator

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia
D + 61 3 9907 8641
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322

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