2012 - AAMHP / MHANZ Conference, Auckland Call for Abstracts



  • November 1st 2011 Deadline for submissions – presentation of abstract
  • November 14th 2011 Notification of Acceptance
  • November 21st 2011 Allocation of accepted papers in programme
  • February 17th 2012 Final papers for inclusion in official conference handbook

The aim of the conference is to stimulate practice innovation and information sharing between those involved in moving and handling. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn from Australian, New Zealand and other international.

A varied conference programme will be offered to provide a balance of plenary and concurrent sessions. We aim to offer a mix of educational approaches to update delegates on current and emerging issues in ways that are accessible, relevant and interesting. We invite you to be part of this stimulating programme by submitting an abstract paper.

Themes and Topics
Presentation topics should relate to issues experienced by people involved in moving and handling. We encourage submissions for both theoretical presentations and practically oriented workshops. In particular we encourage submissions that address issues related to community based care and moving and handling professional development.

Submissions should fall into the following categories:

  • Challenging Environmental Boundaries – solutions for moving and handling challenges in community care, and working in uncontrolled environments
  • Challenging Training Boundaries – developing the professionalism in moving and handling training /practice
  • Challenging Education Boundaries – research and tertiary courses for moving and handling professionals, what’s out there?
  • Challenging Evidence Boundaries – promoting evidence based practice in moving and handling
  • Challenging Consumer Boundaries – meeting specialised needs e.g. bariatric, disability, hospital in the home etc
  • Challenging Cultural Boundaries - between countries, workplace cultures and perception culture

Examples of appropriate presentations, workshops or poster themes include:

  • Practical technique and problem solving workshops
  • Professional development sessions
  • Innovation - innovative approaches to resolving issues
  • Moving and handling case studies
  • Current research

Please submit an abstract of no more that 300 words using the format shown below. (Note: It is a condition of acceptance that all submissions conform to this format).

Presentation Papers – be allocated 25 minutes (including questions and discussion).

Workshop Papers - for professional development sessions the author should state the target audience and required experience level. (e.g. novice, intermediate, expert as well as role i.e. healthcare workers, educators, managers). Please also state the maximum number of participants. Workshops will run for a minimum of one hour.

All accepted presenters will be requested to sign off on an agreement to post their presentation on the AAMHP & MHANZ websites after the conference. All presenters to supply PowerPoint presentations or written paper in Microsoft word by no later than 19th March 2012.

Please submit your paper via email to the conference organiser Linda McKay and you will receive a notice of receipt.

Review Process
Papers will be reviewed against selection criteria by the review committee and advice of the completion of the review process will be sent by 1st November 2011. Papers not selected for a verbal presentation will be offered the opportunity for a poster presentation. All accepted presenters are required to register under the special “presenter” reduced registration fee option.


All submissions must adhere to the following format noting type/ size of font etc.

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