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Women’s value in society, the work of mothers and midwives are all intrinsically linked.

The time has come for midwives and women to once again stand together knowing that they are stronger when united in their pursuit of gender equality.

Call for abstracts

We are inviting you to submit an abstract to be a voice within the conference programme.

We welcome abstracts reflecting the theme of the conference and midwifery practice. On the online submission, please identify a category from the list below (where possible).

  • 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

You will be required to set up an online profile.

Please ensure you have your abstract ready to upload in the correct format (see below), as well as a short biography (50 words) for presenting authors will be required to complete the process.


Presentations Types

Oral Presentations:

If your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation you will have 25 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes for discussion and questions.

Poster Presentations:

If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to produce a poster. Poster Guidelines will be provided at time of acceptance.


Closing date of Abstract Submission – Friday 16 February 2018

Notification of Acceptance – Friday 02 March 2018

Format for Abstracts

Title – In bold

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

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

Abstract text

  • Microsoft Word document
  • Arial, 12 point
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • Single spacing without justified margins
  • You will be required to enter a short biography (maximum 50 words in total) on all presenting authors, during the abstract submission process.

Click here to see an example of an abstract

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.

If you are having troubles submitting your abstract, then please contact the Conference Organisers on 03 332 4537 or email your submission to