APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference


The Abstract Mentor Program is being continued at the APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference, with the objective of helping First Peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori) working in the AOD field to improve their abstracts before submitting them, thus increasing the chance of their work being represented at conferences.

The program is especially targeted at First Peoples from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing. The aim of the Abstract Mentor Program is to increase the motivation of First Peoples as well as the number of abstract submissions received from First Peoples working in the area that may not be able to submit an abstract on their own or have the confidence to present at the conference.

The program is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process.

Abstract Mentor Program – Practical Steps
  • Have a think about what information you want to share
  • Contact a mentor from the list below to discuss how to put together your abstract or have a go putting together one and then contact a mentor to go over it.
General Rules
  • Each delegate can submit up to 2 abstracts to the program for mentoring:
    • One abstract may be submitted for review and re-submitted after revision based on mentor feedback
    • Two separate abstracts may each be submitted once for mentor feedback
  • Mentors will help abstract submitters answer questions around formal requirements for abstracts, research methods and analysis, as well as how to select appropriate tracks and categories.
  • Mentors will not make any edits/changes in submitted abstracts.
  • Mentors cannot indicate if s/he thinks the abstract is likely to be selected or not.
APSAD Abstract Mentors
  • Anna Stearne, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • Terry Huriwai, Hau Mārire, Addiction Workforce Programme
  • Julie Spratt, Western Australia Mental Health Commission
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