Abstracts & Grand Rounds - Opens November 2019


Overview of Submissions

Call for Abstracts Submission

Submit an abstracts within the four basic themes of basic science, clinical, RHPSIG or paediatric that is strictly 300 words. Your abstract must be in the format of: AIMS, METHODS, RESULTS & CONCLUSION. The deadline for this is Midnight Friday 7th February 2020. See further information below.

Clinical Grand Rounds Submission - Adult or Paediatric

Submit a case synopsis 250-500 words for either the Adult or Paediatric Grand Rounds. The synopsis should be a brief summary of the clinical case written in the abstract form. The deadline for this is Midnight Friday 6th March 2020. See further information below.


Important Dates

November 2019 - Online registration and Call for Abstracts submission available

Friday 7th February 2020 - Abstract submissions

Friday 6th March 2020 - Closing date for Grand Round submissions

Mid-March 2020 - Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts

Friday 31st March 2020 - Closing date for early bird registrations 


2020 Call For Abstracts - Guidelines & Conditions

We invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation or a clinical grand round for the upcoming 2020 ASM.  This year the grand rounds will be open to adult and paediatric cases.

For further information, please see below or the Guidelines & Conditions for submitting and rules on encore paper.  Abstracts are limited to 300 words.

The abstracts will be published in a special issue of the IMJ. Abstracts can be submitted under the following themes, but are not limited to the list:

  • Connective Tissue Disease

  • Crystal Diseases

  • Fibromyalgia + soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders

  • Medications

  • Models of Care

  • OA

  • Osteoporosis

  • RA

  • SpA

  • Therapeutics (medications, adherence)

Guidelines for Online Submission and Conditions

The submitting author needs to create an account and then enter their contact details.  Enter your email address and remember your password as this will be the same submission process to enter your registration.

Step 1: Create New Account

You will be asked for:

Email Address and a Password and ENTER create new account.

NB Once these details have been logged into the system you can upload multiple abstract drafts and/or clinical grand round case presentations.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

This page will take you through the process of submitting your abstract. 

  • Each of the tabs on the left hand side of the page will bring up a step in the submission process that needs to be completed. If you see a X against an orange step, it means it is yet to be completed.

  • At any time in the process you can click the Save As Draft button to save your incomplete submission and return to it at a later time.

  • The Review section will give you an overview of the sections that are still required to be completed before you can submit your abstract.

  • Once all required sections have been completed, you can submit your abstract here.

Step 2: Abstract Title and Presentation Type

Enter Abstract title in Title Case (not upper case) – Word limit: 50.

Select your Presentation Type:

·       Oral or Poster
·       Poster only

Enter Continue (or Save As Draft)

Step 3: Themes and Category

Select one them:

·       Basic Science
·       Clinical
·       RHPSIG
·       Paediatric

Choose one category only:

  • Connective Tissue Disease

  • Crystal Diseases

  • Fibromyalgia + soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders

  • Medications

  • Models of Care

  • OA

  • Osteoporosis

  • Other

  • RA

  • SpA

  • Therapeutics (medications, adherence)

Enter Continue (or Save As Draft)

Step 4: Authors

Enter all author affiliations initially and then add the authors and select the approprite affiliation - e.g. Department of Rheumatology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

You can add multiple authors.

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Step 5: Abstract Upload

Your abstract must be in the format of:
• AIMS
• METHODS
• RESULTS
• CONCLUSION

CONDITIONS
* Please note that figures and tables are not to be included.
* Abstract word count is strictly 300 words across all sections (excluding Abstract Title). Abstracts over this count will not be accepted.

Rules on Encore Papers
Please note encore papers can be submitted on the understanding that an Australian or New Zealand investigator will be registered to attend the meeting to present the abstract/poster.  Only the authors listed on the abstract will be allowed to present. The abstract will be withdrawn by the Programme Committee if this is not the case.  You will be asked to acknowledge this further on in the submission process.

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Step 6: Additional Information

Tick yes or no to the following:

New Investigator Prize – Rheumatology trainee, PhD student, rheumatologist, nurse or allied health professional within 5 years of finishing training or scientist within 2 years of finishing PhD.

Travel Award – (5 ARA and 2 RHPSIG) Open to ARA Members or RHPSIG Members who are a rheumatology trainee, PhD student, nurse, medical student or allied health professional from interstate who has an abstract accepted for presentation.

Encore Paper – Rules on Encore Papers

Please note encore papers can be submitted on the understanding that an Australian or New Zealand investigator will be registered to attend the meeting to present the abstract/poster.  Only the authors listed on the abstract will be allowed to present. The abstract will be withdrawn by the Programme Committee if this is not the case. Please tick yes if applicable.

APLAR Scholarship Applicant – Rheumatologists from APLAR countries outside of Australia and New Zealand who are submitting abstracts should indicate if they wish to be considered for an APLAR Scholarship to attend the meeting. APLAR scholarships should be sent direct to the ARA.

Rheumatology Health Professionals Special Interest Group (RHPSIG) Conference Awards - The RHPSIG aims to facilitate the submission of high quality abstracts by RHPs on clinical practice related themes.
Prizes: Emma Pettet prize for best oral presentation: $3000; Poster Presentation Prizes: 2 x $500
Eligibility: To be considered for an RHPSIG award, you must either be a member of the RHPSIG, or be eligible for membership (i.e. have a nurse, allied health or educator background) AND the abstract theme should be related to clinical practice. This may include: clinical trials, translation of evidence into practice, multi-disciplinary care, surveys/ audits and case studies.
Not eligible: This award is not open to Medical practitioners; basic science themes or pharmacological trials.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Nominate whether there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with the abstract. If so, nominate reason.

1.     a significant financial interest in a product to be discussed directly or indirectly during the presentation,
2.     being or having been an employee of a company with such a financial interest,
3.    having had substantial research support provided by an industry to support the product to be discussed at the presentation
4.     other –

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Step 7: Review

Enter Continue (or Save As Draft) OR SUBMIT

Deadline is Midnight 7th February 2020.

 

Clinical Grand Rounds Submission - Adult or Paediatric

The submitting author needs to create an account and then enter their contact details.  Enter your email address and remember your password as this will be the same submission process to enter your registration.

Step 1: Create New Account

You will be asked for:

Email Address and a Password and ENTER create new account.

NB Once these details have been logged into the system you can upload multiple abstract drafts and/or clinical grand round case presentations.

CLINICAL GROUND ROUNDS

Submit a case synopsis 250-500 words for either the Adult or Paediatric Grand Rounds. The synopsis should be a brief summary of the clinical case written in the abstract form. The deadline for this is Friday 6 March 2020 (after the submission date).

Deadline is Midnight 6th March 2020.

 

ASM Awards and Prizes

New Investigator Prize

Rheumatology trainee, PhD student, rheumatologist, nurse or allied health professional within 5 years of finishing training or scientist within 2 years of finishing PhD.

Travel Award (5 ARA and 2 RHPSIG)

Open to ARA Members or RHPSIG Members who are a rheumatology trainee, PhD student, nurse, medical student or allied health professional from interstate who has an abstract accepted for presentation.

Rheumatology Health Professionals Special Interest Group (RHPSIG) Conference Awards

The RHPSIG aims to facilitate the submission of high quality abstracts by RHPs on clinical practice related themes.
Prizes: Emma Pettet prize for best oral presentation: $3000; Poster Presentation Prizes: 2 x $500
Eligibility: To be considered for an RHPSIG award, you must either be a member of the RHPSIG, or be eligible for membership (i.e. have a nurse, allied health or educator background) AND the abstract theme should be related to clinical practice. This may include: clinical trials, translation of evidence into practice, multi-disciplinary care, surveys/ audits and case studies.
Not eligible: This award is not open to Medical practitioners; basic science themes or pharmacological trials.


ARA 2020 ASM - APLAR Scholarship

Applications are invited for the 2020 ARA-APLAR Scholarship. Up to TWO scholarships will be awarded to support an APLAR region applicant to attend and present at the 2020 ARA Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia, 16-19 May 2020. Further information and application information can be found here.  

For further information, please contact the ARA Secretariat: admin@rheumatology.org.au  


Encore Paper – Rules on Encore Papers

Please note encore papers can be submitted on the understanding that an Australian or New Zealand investigator will be registered to attend the meeting to present the abstract/poster.  Only the authors listed on the abstract will be allowed to present. The abstract will be withdrawn by the Programme Committee if this is not the case. Please tick yes if applicable.