Home Midwives Conference 2020 Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

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We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation or a workshop to share your research, practice knowledge and experiences and be part of the conference programme.

We welcome abstracts reflecting the conference theme, Embracing diversity and growing stronger together and midwifery practice.


Click here to submit your abstract

Please allow at least 20 minutes to complete the online profile and abstract submission process.

You will be required to have:

Contact details of lead contact – All communications and correspondence regarding this abstract submission will be sent to that person.

  • Abstract written in the correct format (see below)
  • Authors affiliations (organisation, city, region, country)
  • Short biographies of presenting authors (maximum 400 words in total)
  • During the online submission, you will be asked to identify the best fit for your abstract from the categories below:
    • Audits
    • Community Midwifery / Women’s Health
    • Contemporary Social Issues
    • Culture and Health / Gender Equality
    • Hospital Midwifery / Women’s Health
    • Midwifery Education
    • Midwifery Practice
    • Original research
    • Other

Timeframes

Closing date of Abstract Submission – Friday 07 February 2020
Notification of Acceptance – Friday 06 March 2020


Presentations Types

Oral Presentation:

This is a traditional presentation, which may be supported with audio visual aids. Oral presentations will be allocated 25 minutes to present (including time for discussion and questions).

Poster Presentation:

Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g.: photos, charts, graphs, tables). If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you have to make the poster prior to the conference, i.e. the conference will NOT print the poster for you. Poster Guidelines will be provided at time of acceptance.

Workshop

This is an interactive session. It may be supported with visual materials, activities and handouts. Workshops will be allocated up to 90 minutes


Format for Abstracts

  • Microsoft Word document
  • Arial, 12 point
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • Single spacing without justified margins
  • You will be required to enter a short biographies (maximum 400 words in total) on all presenting authors, during the abstract submission process.

Abstracts may about sharing midwifery research, midwifery knowledge or midwifery experiences.

Title – In bold

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Author(s) first and last names (please also identify the presenting author/s in bold), with superscript number referring to the affiliation of the author(s) in the next lines

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Affiliation (Organisation, City and Country (if outside of New Zealand)

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Insert abstract text in the following format:

For research abstracts:

  • Background: A brief overview of why the subject is important for midwives
  • Objectives: The purpose of the research including the research questions
  • Methods: Explain how you did your research and how you analysed the data
  • Results: What were your main findings?
  • Conclusion: Link your objectives and findings
  • Key message: Messages–how are the findings relevant for midwives?

For sharing midwifery knowledge/experience abstracts:

  • Introduction/Background: What is known about topic
  • Purpose: Why this topic is important
  • Project: What you have done and how
  • Discussion: What difference has this made for women in your care
  • Key message: Why this is relevant to midwifery

Click here for Oral Presentation abstract template

A poster presentation summarises information or research in a concise way to generate discussion. Posters are expected to provide an outline of the topic or research using a mixture of brief text, results tables, graphs and pictures.

Title – In bold

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Author(s) first and last names (please also identify the presenting author/s in bold), with superscript number referring to the affiliation of the author(s) in the next lines

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Affiliation (Organisation, City and Country (if outside of New Zealand)

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Insert abstract text to explain poster. The usual template is:

  • Background: A brief overview of why the subject is important for midwives
  • Objectives: The purpose of the research including the research questions
  • Methods: Explain how you did your research and how you analysed the data
  • Results: What were your main findings?
  • Conclusion: Link your objectives and findings
  • Key message: Messages–how are the findings relevant for midwives?

Click here for Poster Presentation abstract template

A skills workshop is designed to support participants to understand and or learn a skill. The abstract will need to explain:

  • Learning outcomes – what the participant is expected to learn during the workshop.
  • Process/activity – Participants are expected to participate in the workshop so you will need to explain the activities you have planned which enable the participant to learn the skill.
  • Timeline – you will need to provide a timeline of what different processes or activities will be undertaken during the workshop by the participants. Refer to the conference website for time limits for workshops.
  • Presentation – you will need to identify how many people will be presenting/facilitating the workshop, the layout of the room and the maximum participants acceptable in the workshop.
  • References – list the references that support your skills/knowledge workshop.
  • Remember the focus is on skills transfer

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Author(s) / Facilitator(s) first and last names (please also identify the presenting facilitator(s) in bold), with superscript number referring to the affiliation of the author(s) in the next lines

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Affiliation (Organisation, City and Country (if outside of New Zealand)

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 Insert Workshop Text using the following template:

  • Learning outcomes: What is the participant expected to learn during the workshop
  • Process activity: Explain the activities planned for the participants
  • Timeline: Provide a timeline of the different process or activities undertaken during the workshop
  • Tools/Equipment: Identify what teaching tools you will use
  • Key references: List the references that support your knowledge/skills workshop topic
  • Audience participation: Workshops should be interactive, explain how workshop will be interactive
  • Maximum number of participants: Identify the maximum number acceptable to support the workshop learning outcomes

 Click here for Workshop abstract template

Criteria for Evaluating Abstracts

 All abstracts are subject to review by the Programme Committee. In evaluating the abstract the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:

  • Abstracts are in plain language, free of specialist jargon, unless it is clearly appropriate.
  • The degree to which the substance for the abstract contributes to the conference theme(s).
  • Innovation and originality or application of existing ideas in ways that provide new insights and progress the field.
  • Usefulness to a significant audience of practitioners.
  • Topics related to the conference theme.
  • If a research project or audit is presented you will also need to specify aims, methods and findings.

Conditions of Submission

 Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • The Programme Committee will review all abstracts and may contact authors or their nominated referees as part of the review process.
  • A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents at the conference.
  • Presenters must register to attend for at least a day of the conference. They are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and registration expenses. Similarly, no speaker fee is paid to authors or presenters.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure the accuracy of the content, spelling, grammar and formatting of the abstract, as it will be published as it is submitted.
  • By submitting an abstract you also grant the committee permission to publish the abstract in the conference proceedings in hard copy and/or electronic format.

Further Information

If you are having difficulty submitting your abstract, then please contact the Conference Organisers, Composition on 03 332 4537/021 519 110 or email nzcom@composition.co.nz