You are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations or workshops, or proposals for creative or arts-based contributions at this innovative international conference. 

The name of the Conference is Compassionate Communities in Action: Re-claiming ageing, dying and grieving and your abstract should address at least one of its six themes:

  •        Diversity and inclusion at end of life

  •        End of life is everybody’s business

  •        Social change: power and practices

  •        Everyday ageing, dying and grieving

  •       Building connections and partnerships

  •        Designing compassionate spaces

Participants in the Program will be drawn from a wide range of people, places, disciplines, communities and interests. These may include contributions regarding research and theory, practice-based innovations and approaches, and visual, textual or performance-based works drawn from the creative arts.

All abstracts should demonstrate relevance to some aspect of Public Health Palliative Care and/or Compassionate Communities.  We actively support the presentation of practice-as-research and have a flexible approach to practice-based papers and presentations. This may include opportunities to present scholarly papers and arts-based works in the same sessions or as part of separate strands.

Are you a practitioner and  actually doing work, running project or planning to run a project in this area. We would love to hear about what you have done, or are planning to do. Submit a practice based abstract. 

We may also have dedicated presentation spaces to display creative artefacts including screenings, posters and text based and visual work. For displaying practice work, please include all specific technical data (e.g. duration, format) and a URL or other supporting material when submitting your abstract.


  1. Abstracts must be submitted online.

  2. Abstracts must be submitted in English in clear, concise language.

  3. Abstracts must include the name of presenting and contributing authors, and contact information.

  4. Abstracts must indicate at least one of the conference themes that the presentation will address. More than one theme can be nominated.

  5. Abstracts must indicate the preferred method of presentation (oral presentation, poster presentation, workshop, or creative arts).

  6. Abstracts must follow the format provided for the selected method of presentation and the body of the abstract can contain no more than 300 words.

  7. Once abstracts have been submitted in final mode, changes will not be possible.

  8. If an oral presentation or workshop abstract is not accepted, the opportunity to present a poster may be offered. If your abstract’s nominated presentation method is not selected, you may be offered the opportunity to present in an alternative format.

  9. All applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their abstract.

  10. All presenters (oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, and creative arts) must register for the conference in order to present.


A panel submission is a proposal for a coordinated set of papers (usually 3 or 4 in number) on a particular topic or issue. Please note that panel proposals require an abstract identifying and justifying the theme of the panel as well as a full abstract for each panel paper. Panel proposals that do not include full abstracts and author information for each paper will not be considered. The person submitting the panel
proposal must be willing to act as the panel coordinator and ensure that all proposed paper presenters commit to attending the conference.


All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee, who will be appointed by the Conference Scientific Committee. Identifying information will be removed from abstracts before they are evaluated. Each abstract will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers, and will be accepted based on scores allocated to criteria specific to the selected method of presentation.