2022 Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions have now closed for 2022

Information for 2022 Presenters

  • 2022 Abstract Information Sessions
    You only need to attend one session and they will be recorded if you are unable to attend
Thursday 28 July4.00 - 4.30pmRegister
Monday 1 August10.30 - 11.00amRegister

We are seeking presentations on the specialist practice of mental health nursing across the breadth of service settings: public, private, clinical, community and non-traditional.

2022 is a new year for mental health nurses and we are aiming to inspire our mental health community to thrive through change.

First time presenters are strongly encouraged to apply and will be eligible to win the First Time Presenters Award.

Presentations that are co-produced with consumers will be eligibile for the Collab Co-Production Prize

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and all presentations are expected to be 20minutes in duration including questions.

Topic Suggestions

Submissions are not restricted to just these topics:

  • Innovations in practice | Trauma-informed care | Change *encouraged topic* | Leadership
  • Recovery - oriented  | Substance use | Resilience + self care for MH nurses *encouraged topic*
  • Child + Youth MH | Clinically-based research + evaluation | Carer perspectives | Consumer Perspectives
  • Therapeutic approaches | Peer Work | Co-Production *encouraged topic* | Forensic Mental Health
  • Aged Persons Mental Health | Responding to reforms | Cultural + Indigenous Issues in MH nursing
  • Experiences of early-career MH nurses | Dual Diagnosis | Dual Disability | Reducing restrictive practices
  • Perinatal + infant mental health

Graduate nurse and/or post-graduate nursing students

Graduate nurses and post-graduate nursing students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts.

First time conference presenters

The Collab 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 2022 First Time Presenters Prize.

Co-Produced conference papers

The Collab strongly encourages Abstract Submissions that are co-produced (written and presented) with a consumer or person with a lived experience. All co-produced presentations will be eligible for the 2022 Co-Production Prize.


All abstracts should not exceed 200 words and presentations are expected to be invited for 20-minutes in duration.  Please keep your abstract title as brief as possible.

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.

If you’d like to present as a group, please submit only one abstract per ‘group’ and outline in the abstract details section your group presentation format

All abstract presenters must purchase a 2022 Collab Ticket to be able to attend and present.

Abstract are to be submitted with the required information by Wednesday 15 June

Required Information:

  • Lead Presenter (if you are presenting in a group, please select one person to be the 'lead' contact for administration purposes
  • Title, Name, Address, Email, Mobile Phone, Employer/Organisation, Current Role information for ALL presenters/co-presenters
  • Please advise of all First Time Presenters by ticking the selection box
  • Theme (this may be changed/re-allocated by The Collab Committee
  • Abstract Title (please keep this brief)
  • Abstract Details (200 words maximum)

All abstracts are reviewed by The Collab Committee and if  selected to present you will be allocated a time on either Thursday 11 or Friday 12 August to present. Your time/day is subject to change.
You will receive written confirmation of acceptance and you will  be given a strict deadline to:

  • Accept your offer
  • Edit your Abstract (please done the Abstracts are not proof read or edited by anyone else. The text you  submit is what is printed in the Abstract Booklet.
  • Complete the Presenters Information forms (just the one form for ALL presenters)
  • Presenter Bio. This will be read out by your Chair at the introduction of your Abstract. Please keep to the strict 100 word limit  (anything over will be cut off) and if presenting in a group all presenter bio's must fit into the 100 word limit.



If you are interested in presenting a paper but would like further guidance or have any other general enquiries please email the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing a cmhn-info@unimelb.edu.au

Collaborative partners

The Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference is jointly hosted by collaborative partners:

The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing
The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation
Health and Community Services Union
Health and Community Services Union
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Vic Branch) logo
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Vic Branch)