The annual 'Collab' celebrates and showcases the specialist practice of mental health nursing, and the ways in which this practice contributes to better health outcomes for consumers of mental health services. It's an accessible, ‘grassroots’ event that welcomes early, mid-career and veteran mental health nurses, nursing academics, researchers and nursing students alike.
19th annual Vic Collaborative Conference: Sharing knowledge, support practice
This year's Collab Conference will be held on Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd of August 2018 at The Valley in Melbourne's Moonee Ponds, a venue chosen for its ease of access to public transport and major arterial roads, plus free onsite parking. Keynotes will be announced during March and April 2018. Full program will be released in mid-May.
Early Bird registrations are now open.
Call for abstracts
The Conference is seeking abstracts for presentations on the specialist practice of mental health nursing across the breadth of service settings: public, private, clinical, community and non-traditional. We welcome abstracts from practising clinicians at any stage of their career, as well as from nursing academics, students & researchers. We also encourage abstracts from consumers, carers & allied health professionals with a perspective on the ways that mental health nursing practice contributes to better outcomes for service users. Suggested topics are listed at the foot of this download (you are not restricted to this list).
Submissions are now open; access the template and submit your abstract here. Deadline for submission is Thursday 5 April 2018.
Are you a graduate nurse and/or post-graduate nursing student? Graduate nurses and post-graduate nursing students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. The guidelines below outline the additional ‘short form’ presentation formats open to you, as well as ways to access guidance and support on your abstract submission.
Are you a first time conference presenter? The Collab Conference provides an accessible and supportive environment for first time presenters and/or early-career nurses to gain presentation experience, as well as contribute their perspectives to the program. All first time presenters will be eligible for the 2018 First Time Presenters Prize.
Guidelines: General submissions
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and are invited for 20-minute paper presentations. Please keep your abstract title as brief as possible.
You can access the submission template and submit your abstract here. You will be advised of the outcome of your abstract submission in early May.
Guidelines: Grad nurse & post-grad student submissions
Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and are invited for either 20-minute paper presentations, 10-minute ‘brief’ presentations, or 5-minute ‘Rapid Fire’ group presentations. You’ll find more detail on these formats below.
Option to present as a group: Consider ‘teaming up’ with one or more of your fellow graduate nurse or post-graduate colleagues, to deliver a series of shorter-format presentations in one back-to-back 'slot' in the program. Note that the 5-minute ‘Rapid Fire’ format is only available for group presentations. See ‘About presenting as a group’ (below) for more detail.
*** If you are interested in presenting a paper but would like further information or guidance, please seek support from your education team or contact the Collab Conference Committee’s Dr Val Goodwin at email@example.com***
About presenting as a group
If you’d like to present as a group, please submit only one abstract per ‘group’ and outline in the abstract details section: 1) the topic each person will present (include both a 50 - 80 word description & a title for each topic), and 2) which presentation format you’ve opted for (ie: either 20-minute paper, 10-minute ‘brief’ or 5-minute ‘Rapid Fire’)
Please note that, for programming purposes: 1) group presentations must consist of an even number (either two, four or six presentations), 2) all members of the group must choose the same presentation format, and 3) the total running time of each group session proposed must not exceed 40 minutes.
About 5-minute ‘Rapid Fire’ presentations:
- This format is only open to group presentations with four presenters or more. See ‘About presenting as a group’ (above) for more detail.
- Each ‘Rapid Fire’ presentation is strictly 5 minutes long, and you are restricted to a maximum of three slides in this timeframe.
- If your group choses to invite questions from the audience, then one 5-minute Q&A session will open up once the final member of your group has spoken
About 10-minute ‘brief’ presentations:
- You are welcome to submit an abstract for a single 10-minute presentation, or you can submit a ‘group’ abstract where the group delivers multiple 10-minute presentations in succession. See ‘About presenting as a group’ (above) for more information.
- If you choose to invite questions at the end of a 10-minute presentation, you must finish your presentation early in order to allow one minute for each question & answer. Eg: for two questions, finish your presentation at 8 minutes allowing two minutes of Q & A.