closingdateIAYMH 3rd International Youth Mental Health Conference

Call for Abstracts and Presentations

The IAYMH welcomes abstracts from a range of individuals and organisations either working or connected to the field of youth mental health. We are looking for a broad range of abstracts that address research, practice, policy, advocacy and community and youth engagement from the many different sectors that work across young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee.

Considerations before submitting

  • Presentations will need to reflect the diversity of conference participants. Simply trolling through lots of power point slides packed with data will not win you any friends. Remember less is more.
  • Think of how you can utilise other forms of technology to engage the audience, remember that technology and young people’s wellbeing is a key theme of this conference
  • Papers, posters and table top presentations will need to broadly address one of the conference themes and specifically focus on one of the listed streams
  • Oral presentations will have 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Please ensure that what you outline in your abstract can be presented within this timeframe, or alternatively be applicable for a poster or table top presentation
  • Think about the type of presentation your abstract is best suited to given its content and the intended audience. Options include oral, poster or table top presentations.

Conference themes

  • Young people and emerging technologies: issues and opportunities
  • Youth engagement and participation in services and research
  • Innovative and optimal models of care
  • Families, Friends and Society: the scaffolding for transition
  • Causal and moderating influences on young people
  • Building the next generation workforce

Streams for Oral, Posters and Table Top Presentations

  • New service models, care culture and workforce
  • New biotherapies and psychosocial treatment options
  • Brain development and functioning
  • Social media, e-health and new technologies
  • Strength-based approaches resilience and recovery
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Employment and vocational recovery
  • Community engagement
  • Substance use and addictions
  • School and Campus-based mental health initiatives
  • Measuring what works: Outcomes and outcome measures
  • Mental health literacy and stigma
  • Vulnerable and diverse population groups
    • Youth in contact with the criminal justice system
    • Mental Health of Indigenous young people
    • Mental health of LGBTQI young people

Presentation Types

Presentations can be in the form of a summary of research findings that impact at a practice or policy level; innovations in practice or service development and how this impacts on the sector to adapt to address the challenges it will face in the future.

In addition, young people are encouraged to submit an abstract about particular programs or activities that they are involved with that they believe others would want to hear about.

Participants will be able to submit their abstract as an:

  1. Oral presentation – this will require delegates to submit an abstract and, if selected, an interactive oral presentation will be required.

All oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length which includes 5 minutes for questions.

  1. Poster presentation – this will require delegates to submit an abstract and, if selected, a poster is to be prepared and displayed for the duration of the conference. At least one author must be present on the day of poster session.
  2. Table Top Presentation – this will require delegates to submit an abstract, and if selected, a brief 10 minute presentation will be presented to a table nine delegates at a time. The presenter is required to give the same presentation at up to eight tables during the session. More information about Table Top Presentations can be found below.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference handbook exactly as they are submitted and MUST NOT exceed 400 words in length. Abstracts will not be proof read or edited by the conference managers or conference organising committee. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly. The conference managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the online submission process, or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events. Faxed or mailed abstracts on diskettes/CD will not be accepted. Authors whose papers are accepted for inclusion in the conference program will be advised in good time, well in advance of the conference and will at that time receive detailed instructions regarding the requirements for presentations at the conference.

Please note that no abstracts will be accepted via email in either word or PDF format. Should you have problems submitting your abstract please email the conference organiser and advise as such.

Poster Presentations

Participants wishing to submit an abstract for a visual poster display instead of an oral presentation will need to ensure that their actual poster display does not exceed 1.2m high x 1m wide.

These will be mounted on a panel in the Trade Exhibition area, with relevant poster presentation time allocated in the program. Full poster preparation guidelines will be provided to interested parties on the conference website once abstracts have been selected.

Table Top Presentations

Participants wishing to submit an abstract for a table top presentation should read the information below regarding table tops as many people may not be familiar with this newer style of presenting which encourages and promotes greater networking opportunities.


Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presentations will be a total of 10 minutes’ duration, with five minutes to present, and five minutes for extension, adaptation and discussion of the presentation.

How it works

The room will hold up to 20 tables each with a table number allocated. Each table will have seats for up to 9 delegates and 1 speaker.

Each speaker will sit at a seat marked with a ‘reserved for table top speaker’ sign. There will be a total of 20 presenters in each session.

The initial table you sit at is based on the number allocated by your name in the Conference Program.

Each presentation has been allocated 10 minutes. It is up to you how you wish to divide your 10 minutes between presenting and discussion time.

Once your 10 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation.  If you are located on Table 20 you move to Table 1 and continue.

Presenters will present approximately 6 to 7 times during a session.

Only 1 speaker is able to present a table top. Dual presenters are not permitted.

What to Bring

What you bring with you needs to be easily moved from table to table in a short amount of time.

We encourage all presenters to provide visual aids such as folders, promotional material, handouts etc.

If you are using an electronic device, it will need to be cable free and have full charge. Power points will not be available to charge devices before, during or after the session. No cabling can be used during the session for the safety of presenters and delegates.

It is recommended that business cards are readily made available by speakers for delegates.

Remember that your presentation should be short, engaging and interactive.

Abstract Submission Terms & Conditions

  • Your abstract must be structured to include: Introduction or Rationale, Objectives (of project and or research), Methods or Approach, Results or Practice/Policy Implications and Conclusion.
  • Submitting author to nominate their abstract theme and stream.
  • The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
  • The acceptance of an abstract for the Conference does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the Conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract, or any costs associated with attendance at the Conference.
  • All authors presenting at the Conference must register and pay to attend.
  • You give us permission to publish your abstract submission on the Conference website, in the Conference book of abstracts and for consideration of publication in a professional/academic Journal to be advised. (Authors will be contacted after the conference to seek their interest in submitting a paper)
  • If the author(s) have any commercial interests or associations that might pose a conflict of interest regarding this submission, they must be declared. If accepted for presentation, the commercial interest or association must be declared on the title slide or the slide immediately following the title slide.
  • You give us permission to film or photograph your presentation at the Conference.
  • You confirm that the submission has been approved by all authors.
  • All abstracts submitted must be original work.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English and via the online submission site.
  • Other forms of submission e.g. by post, email or fax will NOT be accepted.
  • 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.
  • The abstract will be reviewed by members of the Conference Program Committee and assessed on the results, interest and the merit of the study or project as presented in the abstract. If there are no or insufficient clarity in the results then the abstract will be rejected. The Committee’s decision is final.
  • At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the Conference Organiser if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed.

Abstract Submission is Closed.

Additional information about each of the presentation formats will be uploaded to the website once abstracts have been selected and authors notified to assist with preparation of your presentation