Western Alliance Annual Symposium

Western Alliance’s Fifth Annual Symposium will highlight efforts to improve and promote health and wellbeing in western Victoria through evidence-based interventions and research. It is an opportunity to showcase research results and studies currently underway in western Victoria. Health-service based research is of particular interest.

This year, Western Alliance is collaborating with the National Centre for Farmer Health, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a one-day conference to be in conjunction with the Symposium.

The call for abstracts is now closed. Registration will open in mid to late June.

The first keynote speaker for the Symposium has been announced, click here to read more.


Symposium theme and topics

Good health and wellbeing: It matters to rural and regional communities.

Abstract submissions must address the theme and any of the following topics:

  • Ageing in place: Dream or reality?
  • Service delivery models in rural and regional health
  • Innovations in overcoming accessibility and remoteness
  • Equity and equality in rural health and health care
  • Indigenous health in rural Australia

The National Centre for Farmer Health’s conference program is designed to encourage and continue relationships across sectors, to reflect the true diversity of health, wellbeing and safety outcomes in farming communities across Australia.

Conference theme and topics

Good health, wellbeing and safety: Making a difference to farmers’ lives.

Abstract submissions must address the theme and any of the following topics:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Climate change and health in rural communities
  • Supporting mental health in farming communities
  • Innovative engagement
  • Service delivery models in farming communities.

Presentation formats (both days)

  • Invited keynotes
  • Long presentations (20 minutes)
  • Short presentations (12 minutes)
  • Poster presentations – with lightning presentations during lunch breaks.

At least one author must register and attend the conference to present the work submitted.

Abstracts with no presenting author are not accepted.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Invitations for oral and poster presentations will be forwarded by email to the presenting author by late June.

Each submission must include:

  • Presenting author’s title, name, position & affiliation, email address and phone number (Note: if there is to be more than one presenter, all correspondence will be sent to the presenting author.)
  • A title – no more than 13 words
  • Abstract text, clearly outlining the topic to be presented – a maximum of 300 words in simple text paragraphs that follow the format of the subheadings. For research abstracts these are Background/aim (60 words), Methods (90 words), Results (100 words) and Conclusion (50 words); for Policy/practice abstracts the subheadings are Context (60 words), Process (90 words), Analysis (100 words) and Outcomes (50 words).
  • Up to three keywords for indexing
  • Name and primary/main affiliation of each author
  • Indication of which conference day you wish to present.

Oral presentations

  • Presentation rooms will be equipped for electronic presentation, including slideshow, video and audio presentations.
  • Presentations must be provided in advance – details will be provided in the invitation email.

Poster presentations

  • Presenters will be invited to attend their posters for a facilitated lightning presentation during the lunch break.
  • Details of poster size and other requirements will be provided in the invitation email.
  • Presenters will need to set up their posters at the venue no later than 9:30 am and remove them by 4:00 pm.
  • We are unable to arrange for printing and/or transportation of posters.

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Conference Convenor, National Centre for Farmer Health: Prof Susan Brumby

Symposium Convenor: Dr Renee Otmar, tel. 0409 792 799

Administrative Officer: Ms Cassandra Hamilton, tel. 03 4215 2900