Submission deadline extended to Monday 11th January 2021
Both in-person and virtual presentations are being accepted

2021 Program Theme: NO TURNING BACK
Transforming and Redesigning Policy and Service Delivery


If you have projects, research or personal insight in areas of child and adolescent mental health, submit an abstract for your chance to be featured in the 2021 conference program.

This is your opportunity to stand alongside fellow mental health experts to discuss the latest research findings, trends, challenges and successes.

All selected presenters will be offered a discounted speakers registration rate.

Both in-person and virtual presentations are being accepted.


1. Choose your Presentation Style

Oral presentations are of 20 minutes duration (15-minute presentation time and 5-minute discussion time)

Presentation Tips

Practice your time – remember when you are overtime you are impacting further presentations during the session
Keep to your topic/project and focus on your 3 key learning outcomes
Structure the talk – e.g. include background, research question, methods, results, discussion/conclusions and limitations/future
research slides
Think about your audience – they will not be experts in your favourite multivariable methods, but at the same time they will not be ignorant about common basic issues
Respond to questions thoughtfully rather than defensively or dismissively

3+ Industry Professionals

The time that has been allocated to your panel presentation will be a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes. You need to allow 1 hour for your presentation and 30 minutes for questions and answers between panel members and delegates. This can be broken down into a brief introduction of each panel member followed by questions from the moderator or individual presentations that link together with questions and answers.

90 Minutes of Active Learning

Workshops are an interactive way to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session.

Interactive Sessions

Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up to 6 participants.

How it Works

The room will hold up to 6 tables each with a table number allocated. Each table will have seats for up to 6 delegates and 1 speaker. Each speaker will sit at a seat marked with a ‘reserved for table top speaker’ sign. There will be a maximum of 6 presenters in each session. The initial table you sit at is based on the number allocated by your name in the conference program. Each presentation has been allocated 15 minutes. It is up to you how you wish to divide your 15 minutes between presenting, adaptation or discussion.

Once your 15 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation. If you are located on table 6 you move to table 1 and continue. Presenters will present approximately 6 times during a session.

All posters should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract.

Posters should meet the following criteria:

The poster must be PORTRAIT and must not exceed A0 size (preferred size)— 841 x 1189 mm (width x height)

  • All posters must have a title and include the author(s) name
  • It is suggested that heading font sizes does not exceed 60 point. General content font should be a maximum of 32 point
  • Headings such as “Introduction”, “Methods”, “Results” and “Conclusions” are useful
  • The use of upper and lower case for general content, as the use of all-capital text is difficult to read. Avoid using a mixture of type/font styles
  • The text should be brief throughout. Any description of methods should be simple and concise
  • The message that your poster contains should be clear and understandable without the requirement of oral explanation

Abstract: The abstract should be short and concise, stating: the problem, hypothesis or objective and its relevance; what was done to solve the problem, test the hypothesis or meet the objective; and what happened.

Introduction: Briefly justify your study. Highlight the objective, purpose or hypothesis using a separate subsection or by a bullet point or bold print.

Methods: Keep this section brief, unless your purpose is to present a new method. Wherever possible use pictures, flowcharts, or bullet points to summarise methods. In most cases great detail is not required. Intricacies can be saved for verbal discussion with interested parties.

Results: This is the most important section of the poster. Limit text, but use clear tables, graphs or other illustrations for the data. Present enough relevant data to make your points. Extraneous information, no matter how interesting, will detract from your main point. Save such material for another presentation.

Conclusions: Keep them brief and in list form. Do not restate results. Clearly, summarise the key significant points or contributions of your study. Place your results in the context of current theory.

Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes, 20 slides with pictures only that automatically progress.

2. Select your Topic

Implementing and evaluating results of school-based programs, projects, and other extra-curricular activities

Addressing suicidality from a systemic perspective

Exploring social and emotional wellbeing for infants

De-stigmatising mental health to encourage help-seeking

Reducing barriers and access to child and adolescent mental health services

Identifying young people who are homeless or at risk at becoming homeless

Better understanding and support of young people managing gender, sexuality, and identity challenges

Assisting and supporting children and young people with comorbid mental health and behavioural or developmental disorders

Cultural understanding, factors, and strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Cultural understanding, factors and strategies for refugee and migrant young people

Peer, teacher, influencer and other role model support and challenges

Interpersonal childhood trauma, resilience, and recovery

Exploring the role of e-mental health in supporting children, young people, and their families

Incorporating the voices of children, adolescents, and families to improve services

Best practice in delivering support and treatment across organisations and networks

Connectedness and engagement strategies in educational settings

Working with families (e.g. challenges for the immediate family including parents and siblings)

Transitioning to telehealth; exploring challenges, opportunities, and changes in services

Effect of recent crises on mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, particularly anxiety, self-harm, and family violence

Impact of economic disruption and prolonged recession on youth education and employment

Exploring challenges for families during lock-down such as social disconnection, social distancing, and home-schooling

Resilience after the pandemic for children, young people, families, schools, and communities

Clinical support for health workers during and after times of crises

Presenter Applications Close

11 January 2021

Program Available

21 January 2021

Early Bird Pricing Ends

12 February 2021

Conference Dates

12-14 April 2021