The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society 2018 NZ Regional Conference invites submissions from those interested in intensive care presenting oral papers and static posters.

Abstracts will be accepted online from Monday 28 August 2017.

Application Process

To be selected to present you are required to submit an abstract via the website. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the conference website

Faxed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted. Please submit your abstract by 4pm Monday 15 January 2018. 

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens - Monday 28 August 2017
Abstract Submission Closes – 4.00pm Monday 15 January 2018
Abstract Acceptance Notified - Monday 22 January 2018
Early Bird Deadline for Registrations - Monday 29 January 2018

All presenters must register to attend the Conference.  Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early bird registration rate. 

Please read the guidelines below carefully.  Abstracts not submitted in this format may not be considered for review.  If you have any difficulties or queries about the abstract format, please contact the Conference Secretariat by email

·     Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

·     Abstracts are to be submitted via the ASM website –

·     Text should be single spaced throughout, in Arial 11 point font.

·     Text should not contain subheadings, underlines or bold type.

·     Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words. Word count does not include title or address.  All numbers are included in the word count. If your abstract is over 300 words it you will not be able to complete the process and will have to review your abstract and resubmit.

·     Abstracts should not have been published in any English language medical or nursing peer reviewed journal, and in general should not have been presented at more than one meeting from which such publications arise. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted, presented and published a second time, but rewritten abstracts on the same study should not.

Abstract headings shall contain the following:

·     Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout.

·     Author(s) name(s) (title, first name, surname). Underline the surname of the lead/presenting author.

·     Institution(s), state and country of origin.

·     One line space prior to text commencement. 

Abstracts shall contain brief but complete statements of:

·     Introduction

·     Study Objectives

·     Methods

·     Results

·     Conclusion(s)

The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented in the text; abstracts stating "will be discussed", "will be described" or "will be presented" will be rejected.

·     Abstracts should be written in the past tense, stating what was done, not what is being, should or will be done.

·    Use only standard abbreviations ("Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals"). Non standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than 2 non standard abbreviations should be used and should only be used to replace words appearing 4 times or more in the text. Use International System of Units except for pressure; use cmH2O or mmHg with kPa units in brackets (optional).

·     Abstracts containing graphs, diagrams, or complex tables will not be accepted. Simple tables are acceptable.

·     Acknowledgment of supporting institutions may be made at the end of the text.

·     References are not to be included. 

Abstracts received after the closure date will not be accepted.


Oral Presentations

·     Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in duration plus 5 minutes discussion. Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons.

·     Presentations must be provided in PowerPoint format.

·   Presenters should arrive at their session room at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement in order to introduce themselves to the chairperson and familiarise themselves with the room

·     PPT presentations can be loaded and tested in the main plenary room of the conference.

·   Standard audio-visual equipment is provided: lectern, microphone, PC laptop, data projector and screen.  Laptop changeover at the Conference WILL NOT be permitted.

Poster Presentations

·     Posters must be portrait orientation, size A0, approximately  85cm x120cm

·     There is limited space in the Poster Display area and Posters that are produced landscape are unable to be accommodated.

·     Please bring Velcro dots with you to adhere your poster to the poster board.

·     Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.

·     All posters must be mounted by the author during the allocated time period – Wednesday 4th April from 10.00am – 12.00pm and removed by the designated time after 5.30pm on Friday 6th April 2018.

·     Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1") at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.

·     Content may be displayed in columns (usually 3 columns).

·     Content should contain the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).

·     Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted).

·     All content should be simple and not overburdened with detail - "minimising detail maximises information transfer".

All Free papers will be judged on: abstract quality, methodological merit, work involved, standard of presentation and question handling, relevance, originality.

You will receive confirmation by email that the abstract has been received. If you do not receive confirmation please contact us (  Your submitted abstract will be considered by the scientific committee for presentation.