Call for Abstracts

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Audiology Australia 2020 Conference
– Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference have now closed.

The overarching theme of the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference is Audiology at the Cutting Edge: Shaping Your Future which will explore how Australia’s hearing health care needs can be best served by audiologists in 2020 and beyond, and importantly, how can audiologists best embrace change to influence better outcomes for the profession and clients alike?

This conference will bring audiologists together to forge a proactive and positive approach to the future, where current knowledge, skills and expertise will meet the challenges of digital disruption and make technology a powerful tool for audiologists to ensure the highest standards of client care.

The Conference program will consist of a combination of plenaries, masterclasses, symposiums, learning labs, round tables, oral and poster presentations representing the breadth of current audiological science and practice.

The Conference will be held at Crown Perth, Western Australia, from Sunday 3 May – Wednesday 6 May 2020.

The Call for Abstracts has now closed.

Key Dates


Abstract submission opens

Monday 2 September 2019

Abstract submission closes (Extended)

Monday 18 November 2019

Notification to authors

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Author acceptance deadline

Friday 17 January 2020

Speaker registration deadline

Monday 2 March 2020

AudA 2020 Conference

Sunday 3 May – Wednesday 6 May 2020

Before Submitting

Please read through the following information regarding the abstract submission process.

  • Abstracts will only be reviewed by submitting through the online portal using the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference abstract templates.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format using the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference abstract template. Please leave headings as indicated and in the same order.
  • Submissions may be a maximum of 300 words (including headings and references).
  • A brief summary is also requested, which may be a maximum of 40 words.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • All abstracts must be original work.
  • The abstract must contain text only; no diagrams, illustrations, tables or graphics are to be included in submissions.
  • If applicable, authors and/or presenters must declare conflicts of interest when submitting.
  • Authors and co-authors must to supply a short biography (maximum 100 characters).




  • The National Conference Committee reserves the right to accept and decline abstracts for inclusion in the program and allocate to a presentation type that may not have been initially specified by the author/presenter. The National Conference Committee also reserves the right to alter presentation times.
  • Audiology Australia will not be held responsible for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
  • It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly.
  • Submitters/Presenters will receive notification of the outcome of their submission from 17 November 2019.
  • Where there are co-authors, only one abstract is to be submitted. The submitter is responsible for ensuring the co-authors agree with and are aware of the content before submitting the abstract.
  • An abstract which does not adhere to these requirements may not be considered or accepted.
  • Presenting authors must register and pay for their registration for the conference by Monday 2 March 2020 otherwise the presentation may be removed from the program.
  • Presenters/authors are responsible for arranging and paying their travel and accommodation.

Presentation Types

There are four presentation types:

Learning Lab

Learning Labs allow you to take a deep dive into your area of expertise and influence clinical practice. You will lead passionate discussions, inspire new approaches to challenging audiological topics, and support enhancing audiologists’ knowledge and skills.

Work with a small group of delegates to focus on delivering high quality outcomes and knowledge translation. You may choose to model practices, target software based- skills, develop vignettes or offer traditional style workshop activities.

Be it a workshop or another form of instructional course, Learning Labs MUST be interactive, encourage discussion, be clinically relevant and have a direct hand-on participatory component.

The standard time for a Learning Lab is 90 minutes; session time and duration will be confirmed in the acceptance letter.


Irrespective of the work-setting, be it a university, hospital, or a multi-clinic network, our new symposium segment provides a collegiate opportunity for you and your peers to showcase the importance of teamwork in developing and expanding audiological knowledge and practice.

If your team is working at the cutting edge of research or interfacing with other medical and allied health professionals within your clinical practice, then this is the opportunity to showcase an integrated and holistic approach to audiology.

Combined presentation by 4 – 6 individual presenters, submitted by one presenter on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Preference will be given to symposia that include diverse presenters (i.e. not all speakers from the same research team) ideally comprising speakers from at least two States/Territories/Nations. We also encourage submissions from multidisciplinary teams (i.e. ENTs, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists).

Symposium presentations should describe original research or clinical studies conducted by the authors. There must be a clear ‘so what’ factor included in your presentation that advises delegates how the research can be utilised in clinical practice settings.

Please have the lead researcher submit all of the abstracts and information relating to each presentation in one file using the Symposium template.

The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes; session time and duration will be confirmed in the acceptance letters.

Oral Presentation
(Research and Clinical Discussion)

Oral Presentations should describe original research or clinical studies conducted by the authors.

Research Oral Presentation Abstracts should clearly outline the studies aims, methodology, results and conclusions. There must be a clear ‘so what’ factor included in your presentation that advises delegates how the research can be utilised in clinical practice settings.

Clinical Discussion Oral Presentation Abstracts should present relevant background and clinical findings and how your findings may impact on clinical practice. Peer learning and reflective practice are an important contribution to ongoing professional development. Lessons from everyday practice from clinical experts are therefore encouraged for the AudA 2020 Conference. Perhaps it is a change to clinical protocols as a result of new research, and/ or particular case that had influenced your practice, your experiences can help support your peers improve client outcomes.

The standard time for Oral Presentations is 15 minutes (12 minute presentation + 3 minutes Q&A); session time and duration will be confirmed in the acceptance letter.

Abstracts not selected for Oral Presentations will also be considered for a Poster Presentation.

Poster Presentation
(Research and Clinical Discussion)

A Poster Presentation constitutes a visual display of research projects. Poster Presentation Abstracts should describe original research or clinical studies conducted by the authors, or present on other professional or hearing healthcare issues.

Research Poster Presentation Abstracts should clearly outline the studies aims, methodology, results and conclusions.

Clinical Discussion Poster Presentation Abstracts should present relevant background and clinical findings and may include (de-identified) case studies.

The poster display will be an integral part of the program with dedicated times for delegates to interact with poster authors and ask questions. All Poster presentations will be prominently displayed in the Conference venue. Full instructions on the format and display of Poster will be detailed within acceptance notifications and sent to the nominated presenting authors.


Please select one of the following categories (in bold) when submitting your abstract:

(Re)habilitation and Counselling: Auditory training, communication strategies training, speech reading training, and counselling topics such as informational/educational counselling, personal adjustment counselling, and psychosocial support for all ages, app rehab, awareness and access of support services.

Academic & Clinical Education: Clinical education or clinical supervision, clinical educator and supervision training, and other topics specific to mentoring or peer-peer training within the profession. Innovative teaching methods, accreditation, online training and simulations.

Audiology and Otology: Ear health issues, wax management, foreign bodies.

Electro/physiology: Elicitation and interpretation of auditory-evoked potentials (ECochG, Screening ABR, Diagnostic ABR, VEMP, NRT, MLR, CAEP, MMN, ASSR), OAE, immittance measurements, somatosensory-evoked potentials used in intraoperative monitoring and neuro-imaging.

Ethics, Policy and Advocacy and Leadership: Ethics and ethical practice, autonomy, legislation, governmental affairs and funding changes, NDIS, advocacy business/value proposition of audiology services (e.g. hospital and community health) and other topics of concern to the profession as a whole.

Hearing Loss Prevention: National guidelines, recreational and occupational hearing loss prevention programs, hearing protection, effects of sound exposure, and noise-induced hearing loss and systemic/population level influences

Hearing Technology: Hearing aids, Implantable devices, Apps, assistive listening devices, personal amplifiers, t-coils, tele- loops, and/or hearing aid to assistive device coupling.

Humanitarian and global audiology: Work that relates to international progress, WHO recommendations and work in developing countries or locally with humanitarian intentions.

Infants and Paediatrics: Diagnosis, assessment, management, counselling and support, education particular to infants, children and adolescents including but not limited to language, social and emotional development, education and learning and comorbid health conditions.

Innovations in Practice and Technology: New practice models, innovative products and how to manage in a disrupted environment, telehealth, Trends in health & service delivery.

Interdisciplinary Work: Mental health, cross referrals and working together with other health care professionals.

Neuro-Audiology: Assessment, treatment, and research of auditory hallucinations, auditory processing disorders, auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders, auditory cognition, and hearing and balance involvement with traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases.

Older Adults: Diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and/or issues particular to older adult populations, including but not limited to aging and cognition, elder abuse, aging and memory, and aging and motor skills.

Practice and Clinic Management: Operational aspects of all practice settings including but not limited to: staff hiring and supervision, sustainability and business models, marketing, implementation of best practices, developing protocols, and coding and billing.

Rural and Remote: Accessibility issues in remote and regional areas, education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ear Health.

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Assessment, treatment, and research of tinnitus and hyperacusis, including topics related to LDL, MCL, residual inhibition testing, pitch and loudness matching, minimum masking level, and questionnaires.

Vestibular: Assessment, treatment, and research of vestibular disorders, including topics related to ocular VEMP, VOR, VSR, ENG, VNG, and functional balance, vestibular and motor control – physios and OTS practice.

Working Age Adults: Diagnosis, assessment, management, and/or issues particular to working age adult populations, including but not limited to employment and workplace issues, social, emotional and relationship changes and comorbid health conditions.

Submitting an Abstract

You must complete all of the following steps to successfully submit an abstract:

1. Download and complete the relevant abstract template.


2. Create a new account in the abstract submission portal

Submissions have now closed

Please create a new account, where you will need to select a preferred email address and create a password.

3. Enter your contact details

To begin the submission process you must first provide the contact details of the abstract submitter, which is done on the ‘Contact Details’ tab. After you have completed your contact details, additional tabs will appear that will enable you to submit your abstract.

4. Submit your abstract

The presenting author must complete the submission process for submitting an abstract.

Select the “Abstract Submission” tab and review the instructions. Please note, abstracts submitted without using the correct abstract template will be returned for correction.

You will need to provide the following information in the abstract portal before you upload your abstract:

  • The abstract title
  • Preferred presentation type
  • Category
  • All author names and affiliations
  • Presenting author biography (maximum 100 words)
  • Short Description (To be used to describe your session to delegates, 40 words maximum)
  • Learning Labs only – Description of how your presentation will be interactive and hands on.

Once these steps have been completed, select ‘Submit Your Abstract’ to upload your abstract file. If this button does not appear for you, please ensure you have completed the previous steps correctly.

You can choose to save your abstract as a draft at any time by selecting the ‘Save As Draft Abstract’ button. If you would like to delete or edit your submission, please contact the Audiology Australia Events Team via or telephone 03 9940 3900.

Once your abstract has been successfully submitted, you will receive a submission confirmation email. Please note, if you do not receive this email it means that your abstract has not been submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure you have entered all information correctly in the abstract portal. To complete any missing information, select the ‘Edit Abstracts’ tab in the abstract portal and submit your abstract.

Please contact the Audiology Australia Events Team via or telephone 03 9940 3900 for any further queries.

Abstract submissions close on Monday 18 November 2019

Notification to Authors

Abstract notifications will be sent out on Tuesday 17 December 2019 to authors. Presenting authors must register and pay to attend the Audiology Australia 2020 Conference by Monday 2 March 2020 or their presentation may be removed from the program.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Audiology Australia Events Team via or telephone 03 9940 3900.