Abstract submission guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Gambling Harm Conference 2020: Every conversation counts. Please follow the guidelines on this page for the submission of your abstract.

Abstracts for oral presentation (15 minutes with five minutes for Q&A), poster presentation and other presentation formats must be submitted no later than 18 October 2019.

Other – NB: could include performance or anything not covered by oral or poster.

Conference streams

Abstract guidelines

Abstract text

  • An abstract is an outline/summary of your presentation. It should have an introduction, body and conclusion. It must be understandable to a wider audience than your specialist area. For example, the conference will have attendees from across community services so please keep this in mind. It may help to specify who you think would most benefit from attending the session.
  • Abstracts should be written in plain English text and no more than 300 words.
  • Figures and tables cannot be included.
  • Abstracts should be carefully compiled and thoroughly checked before submission, to avoid last-minute changes.
  • Abstracts will appear in the conference program and are intended to attract delegates to attend your presentation so please ensure they clearly outline the purpose and expected learning outcomes from the session.


  • The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it is presented at the conference by the author or, by at least one of the co-authors.
  • Submission of the same abstract to more than one session is not allowed. Duplicates identified will be rejected.
  • The official language of the Gambling Harm Conference 2020 is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided. It is therefore expected that authors can present in English.
  • Abstracts must fall under one of the chosen streams.
  • Presenters will be required to send in a brief biography and headshot together with the abstract.
  • All presenters will be required to register by 6 March 2020.
  • If you are accepted as a presenter to the Gambling Harm Conference 2020, you agree to having your presentation recorded in part, or full, in the form of photo or video and used on the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s website, social media channels, and other communication channels.

Review process

  • Your abstract will undergo a review by the Gambling Harm Abstract Review Panel within two weeks after the abstract submission closing date. All abstracts will be reviewed by the panel who reserve the right to reject any abstract it considers as not having met the conference criteria.
  • Due to time restrictions in the conference program, it may not be possible for all proposals to be included in the program this year.
  • Results of the abstract review will be sent to the author within four weeks of abstract submission closing date.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will receive further correspondence and instructions from the Conference Organiser.
  • If you want to withdraw an abstract, please contact the Conference Organiser in writing via email to conference@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au no later than 4 November 2019. Please note that withdrawals need to be communicated in writing by the author who originally submitted the abstract, and in doing so, the Conference Organiser assumes that all other authors/presenters have been informed of the withdrawal.

Key dates

  • Call for abstracts open – 9 September 2019
  • Call for abstracts close – 18 October 2019
  • Notification of abstract acceptance – 1 November 2019
  • The presenting author(s) must register and pay the registration fee by – 6 March 2020
  • Provide full presentation - 6 March 2020

Important information for co-authors

  • Please note a single registration permits only one person to attend the conference.
  • If any co-authors would like to attend the conference, their registration and payment, if applicable, is required independently.

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