Submit your abstract for the No More Harm National Conference

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 30-minute oral presentation; a poster presentation; or 90-minute workshop which addresses one or more of the conference topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

  • Transitioning: issues surrounding key transition periods within our lives as we move into school; into university; and into the workplace.  Also from one workplace to another across differing organisational culture. Coping mechanisms as we face new and challenging, sometimes intimidating transitions.  Hazing, initiation rites and favouritism to name a few.
  • Parent Enablement: providing strategies and actions to support parents and the role of parenting as their children move from the kindergarten through university and into the workplace.  Stages of personal development and awareness in children and the role of the parent and/or carer.
  • Leadership: addresses the abuse by those in leadership positions within specific workplace sectors. Why does it occur?  What can be done to combat abuse from those in leadership positions? Also encompasses the aspects of positive leadership.  Leadership that enables, motivates and creates allegiance.
  • Best Practice: showcasing best practice preventative standards, policies and programs in schools, institutions and workplaces.  What has worked and what does not?  What can others learn from your story.
  • Diversity and Difference: embracing diversity and incorporating differences within society to create positive outcomes.  The focus is on LGBTI, ATSI communities, people with disabilities, ageism, multicultural sectors. This can also include cultural diversity and moving into new communities.
    Includes case studies and examples of policies and practices which embrace diversity and difference within schools, workplace, institutions, community and business groups.
  • Wellbeing and Prevention: focusing on positive action in specific areas with population groups eg co-creating programs and platforms with young people for young people.  What helps or hinders the vulnerable in society to feel accepted? Addressing issues of cyberbullying; cyber-racism; and cyber-sexism.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.  Speaker and poster registrations must be paid by Friday 12 May 2017.

Presentation Types

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the exhibition area and for the duration of the conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Abstract Submission

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open:
    Thursday 6 October 2016
  • Abstracts close:
    Monday 13 March 2017
  • Notification to Presenters:
    Monday 27 March 2017
  • Presenter Acceptances Due:
    Friday 7 April 2017
  • Draft Program available:
    Monday 10 April 2017
  • Presenter registration due:
    Friday 12 May 2017
  • Full Papers for Peer Review:
    Friday 19 May 2017
  • Early Bird Registrations Close:
    Friday 19 May 2017
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review:
    Friday 16 June 2017

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their presentation is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is Friday 12 May 2017.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference blog, book of abstracts, email promotion.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.

All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the conference secretariat for further information