Event Info

Name badges *

Your official meeting name badge must be worn at all times, as it is your entry to all sessions, the exhibition hall and social functions. Security staff will be asked to refuse entry to anyone not wearing their name badge. *

Special requirements *

Every effort will be made to ensure people with special requirements are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, catering or arrangements to be made on your behalf, please include details on your registration form under the section ‘Special Requirements’ to enable us to make your attendance at the Forum a pleasant and comfortable experience. *

Registration desk *

The registration and information desk will be open for the duration of the Forum and will serve as your main point of contact for all enquiries. *

Dress *

The dress for all Forum sessions and social functions is smart casual attire. *

Call for abstracts


Abstracts are now open for the Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum (ANZPMEF).

The main theme for our conference is ‘Travelling forward together - He waka eke noa’. This theme acknowledges that all of us involved in medical education and training are in this waka (boat) together. How we continue to work together and maintain a shared approach to medical education and training while transitioning through different career stages will be a key focus at this forum.

Key dates

  • Closing date for submission of abstracts - Thursday, 21 May
  • Notification of acceptance - from Thursday, 2 July
  • Notification of presentation date and time - from 15 August



Doctors transitioning from one phase of medical education to the next or from one role to another, cope with change in different ways. This makes any transition an opportunity to reflect on our current medical educational system. There are three major transitions within the path to becoming a specialist: first, the transition from medical school to intern, second from intern to vocational training, and finally from vocational training to working as an independent specialist. Each of these transitions can be a highly demanding stage within a medical career and all are characterised by numerous challenges ranging from unknown tasks in a new role with its accompanying responsibilities, to a new context and unfamiliar colleagues. We invite submissions on how these transitions impact on medical education and training.

Innovation and reflections on medical education

Doing things a little differently can be hard in healthcare, but ultimately creates a learning environment and supports the ongoing growth of the profession. Innovation is crucial to the ongoing development of the medical education experience. However innovative or established approaches may or may not be successful, therefore reflection can be just as powerful and creates a greater understanding of situations so that future actions can be informed by this understanding. This lifelong learning is an essential aspect of medical education and required to develop professional expertise. We invite submissions on any aspect of promoting and supporting medical education through change.

Professionalism and Intern wellbeing

The first year of practice presents interns with a new set of challenges and pressures. In addition to the stresses and hazards of working long hours in a busy and often new environment, there is the increased responsibility interns have while they make the transition to a practising doctor. Creating a positive and supportive work environment, that is conducive to learning, remains a challenge. This is not only important for individuals and their families, but it is vital for the provision of quality health care. We invite submissions that consider the challenges interns face, personal experiences in working through a challenge, and research that delves into addressing these challenges.

Cultural safety and health equity

Cultural safety focuses on the patient and provides space for patients to be involved in decision-making about their own care, and contribute to the achievement of positive health outcomes and experiences. The concept of health equity acknowledges that differences in health status are unfair and unjust and are also the result of differential access to the resources necessary for people to lead healthy lives.  We invite submissions that address cultural safety and health equity, particularly within the context of medical education.

How to submit your abstract

Please note all abstracts must be submitted electronically.  Abstracts for all formats must be clearly written and be no more than 300 words (excluding the title and authors).

Abstracts may cover any topic related to the training of interns (junior doctors), medical education and patient care however preference will be given to abstracts that relate to the four forum themes outlined above.

You should be prepared to present at any time between 9.00am on Monday 19 October and 12.00pm Wednesday 21 October 2020. We are unable to provide a specific day or time of presentation yet.

When composing your abstract, carefully follow the guidelines and layout below:

  • Title (maximum 30 words)
  • Font Calibri or equivalent, 11 point, single spacing
  • Author(s) FAMILY/SURNAMES should be in capitals, no qualifications or titles. Note the presenting author(s) should be bold and underlined
  • Written in sentence case
  • No tables or figures
  • Abbreviations must be spelt out in full at the first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses
  • Which conference theme(s) best suits your abstract

Presentation types

Research Papers – 15 minutes length (10 minutes followed by 5 minutes Q&A)

Research papers are presentations of a single original research study or activity that is theoretically relevant and methodologically sound. This is an opportunity for presentation of quality medical education research, formal program evaluation or quality improvement activities with accompanying evidence. Each presentation is 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for discussion. To be considered for this stream the abstract must include methods in addition to the abstract headings above.

Short communications – 10 minutes (8 minutes followed by 2 minutes Q&A)

Short papers can be around an innovation, project, initiative or research. Short communications will be grouped into similar themes.


Digital posters – without presentation. Digital posters will be available throughout the forum venue for the duration of the forum. They provide an overview of projects, initiatives or research.


Registration and expenses

A condition of acceptance is that all presenting authors must register for the forum. Presenters are responsible for their own registration, travel and accommodation expenses.

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