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Research Abstract

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Seminar or Symposium

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To submit a Workshop please click on the submit button below.

The Dietitians Association of Australia 37th National Conference Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for consideration in the scientific program as a traditional oral, Pecha Kucha oral or Rapid Fire oral presentation, as well as E-poster, Seminars and Symposium. Submissions are encouraged to explore the 2020 theme: Discover, Grow, Evolve.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions open: Mid-December 2019
Abstract submissions close: Friday 13 March 2020, 5pm AEST
Presenter notification: Week commencing 20 April 2020
Presenter registration deadline: Wednesday 17 June 2020 midnight AEST

For 2020, presenters are required to select one Area of Practice that their abstract applies to:

  • Aged Care
  • Corporate
  • Disability/Rehab
  • Food Production/Primary Industry
  • Government Dep/Agency
  • Hospital (Public)
  • Hospital (Private)
  • Mental Health
  • NGO
  • Primary/Community Care
  • Private
  • University

Presenters are required to select the one Content area which most accurately represents your abstract:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Corporate Nutrition
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Dietitians in the Private Sector
  • Disability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance
  • Food and Environment
  • Food Service
  • Gastroenterology
  • Health, Behaviour and Weight Management
  • Indigenous Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition Support
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics and Maternal Health
  • Public Health and Community Nutrition
  • Rehabilitation and Aged Care
  • Renal
  • Offers new data/knowledge or demonstrates innovation or has the potential to challenge/change current practice or foster professional debate
  • Is highly relevant to nutrition and dietetic practice and CPD for APDs
  • Clearly states the problem
  • Indicates aims or hypothesis of the research/paper
  • Describes appropriate methods/methodology
  • Describes relevant results/describes main findings
  • Draws valid conclusions from results/findings
  • Comments on relationship or recommendation to practice where suitable
  • Is relevant to the Conference audience
  • Offers new data/knowledge or demonstrates innovation or has the potential to challenge/change current practice or foster professional debate.
  • The submitting presenter will be notified of the results of the review of abstracts in the week commencing 20 April 2020.

The workshop program will be selected from accepted submissions. To be considered for inclusion in the program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Learning objectives must be clear and strongly align with course content.
  • Learning objectives and course content must demonstrate an understanding of the audience (pre-requisite assumptions to be made).
  • Use of high-quality and current literature
  • Course content intertwines and presents theoretical principals that align with the learning objectives in a practical and engaging manner. For example:
    • Case-studies
    • Role-play activities
    • Polling
    • Assessment activities
    • Discussion forum/boxes
    • Group discussion (including: group brain-storming, debates and ‘report-back’ learning)
    • Critical appraisal of key papers (research)
  • Appropriate key pre-reading materials suggested to support course learning.
  • Course speakers must be engaging and an expert in their area of practice.
  • Best Novice Research E-poster Award
  • Best E-poster Award
  • New Conference Presenter Award
  • New Researcher Award
  • Research In Practice Award
  • PEN Prize Award. This prize recognises DAA members who have demonstrated strength and commitment to application of evidence-based practice in any setting of dietetic practice (other than full time research).


To be eligible for an E-poster presentation award you:

  • Must nominate for a E-POSTER ONLY at the time of submission
  • Must be the first author
  • Must be a financial member of DAA after 31 March 2020
  • Must be registered to attend the DAA 2020 National Conference.

To be eligible for conference presentation awards you:

  • Must be the presenter and the first author
  • Must be a financial member of DAA after 31 March 2020
  • Must be registered to attend the DAA 2020 National Conference.

To be eligible for PEN Evidence-Based Practice prize you:

  • Have current APD status and are the submitting author
  • This prize is only available to oral presentation submissions
  • Must be a financial member of DAA after 31 March 2020
  • Must be registered to attend the DAA 2020 National Conference.

Please note that you can nominate for any or all of the ECRS session, the PEN Conference Prize and the Conference Presentation Awards. The quality of the abstract will be used to rank and cull award nominees if necessary to ensure the judging process is manageable.

Before submitting your abstract online, please read the DAA 2020 Call for submission guidelines and instructions PDF

Before you submit

  • Please read the DAA 2020 Call for submission guidelines and instructions PDF and Evaluation Criteria before you submit. Submission templates to assist in preparing your submission are available above.

Important information regarding submissions

  • We recommend the submitting presenter is the main presenter at the conference
  • The submitting presenter is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract
  • All communications will be emailed to the submitting presenter
  • All abstracts submitted must be original work, with proposed studies significantly advanced or completed at the time of submission
  • Do not include presenter names, institution or other identifiers in your abstract
  • All submissions will be blind reviewed by the committee, with the committee’s decision deemed final
  • By submitting your abstract, you agree to have your abstract (if accepted) published on the DAA 2020 Conference website, in the App, and any marketing materials
  • Acceptance does not imply provision of travel, accommodation, costs or registration
  • Submissions and editing close on Friday 13 March 2020, 5pm AEST
  • Notifications will be emailed week commencing 20 April 2020
  • All accepted presenters MUST register and pay to attend the conference by Wednesday 17 June 2020 midnight AEST. If you do not register by the due date, your presentation may be withdrawn from the program.
  • Additional information and instructions will be sent to accepted presenters.

Withdrawals must be communicated in writing by the submitting presenter to the conference office via In doing so, the conference office assumes that all presenters/presenters have been informed of the withdrawal. Once an abstract is withdrawn, it may not be reinstated.

Instructions for preparing and formatting your submission(s)

Abstract submissions will only be accepted via the online portal.
Click the ‘Submit Abstract’ button to commence your submission. Indicate your preferred presentation type.

    • Workshop
      • Advanced Education
      • Emerging Dietitian
    • Research Abstract
      • Pitch your Project
      • Oral Standard
      • Pecha Kucha
      • E-poster
      • Rapid Fire
    • Seminar or Symposium

You will be asked to create a user profile for the Conference. Please remember your password.
List all presenters and their affiliations in the correct order, ensuring you indicate yourself as the presenting presenter for the abstract.

Please note your abstract may be accepted into the scientific program as a different presentation type to your request.

  • DO NOT repeat the abstract title in the abstract text box provided.
  • Use only the given space with a maximum number of words.
  • The abstract MUST be a single paragraph. If the format is not correct the submission may be returned to the presenter to amend.
  • NO references, graphics, tables, footnotes or images should be included with your abstract text.
  • Use standard abbreviations only. Within the body of the abstract, when using abbreviations spell out the name in full at the first mention and follow with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the DAA 2020 Scientific and Social Program Committee for acceptance.
  • You are not able to save a draft of your submission in the online portal, you must fully complete the submission. You are able to edit the submission until Friday 13 March 2020, 5pm AEST

Pecha Kucha Oral Presentation Style

Pecha Kucha is a Japanese term that translates to ‘chit chat’. The aim is for the presentation to be clear, succinct and overcome text heavy PowerPoint. Presenters are allocated with a maximum time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds which equates to 20 slides shown for a maximum of 20 seconds each. We recommend formatting and timing your 20 slides to auto-switch to next slide at every 20 second interval. For more information and examples, visit the website here:

Please note:

  • You may only request and be accepted to present in this style in the first round of abstract submissions. Late breaking abstract submissions will only be accepted as traditional and poster presentations.
  • Presenters accepted to present a Pecha Kucha oral session will be provided training via a webinar prior to the Conference.
  • To minimise disruptions, Pecha Kucha presenting presenters will be required to participate in a panel discussion at the conclusion of all presentations (in lieu of question and answer time at the end of individual presentations)

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Overview of submission categories

Presentation types

Presentation types

Workshop (Workshop abstract)

An interactive forum which supports specific skill development with smaller number of delegates.

Seminar (Symposium & Seminar abstract)

A larger forum which aims to increase knowledge in a specific area of practice via information sharing.

Symposium (NEW) (Symposium & Seminar abstract)

A detailed exploration of a topic and feature speakers 3-4 who are experts in their field, including outside of dietetics.

Oral standard (Research abstract)

Standard 10 minute presentations (8mins + 2mins Q&A) reporting original research or project findings, papers reporting work-in-progress, methodological papers, case presentations or professional practice issues.

Pitch your Project (Research abstract)

Emerging dietitians (including students) present a brief 3 min presentation on a research or quality improvement project that has just commenced, is partially completed or finalised.

E-poster (NEW) (Research abstract)

An e-poster is an electronic poster and in 2020 replaces the traditional hard copy poster format. The e-poster presentations are submitted via an online portal prior to the conference.

Rapid Fire (NEW) (Research abstract)

A 5 slide, 5 minute oral presentations of an e-poster, followed by a small group discussion. These will be offered to top ranked e-posters, that have been nominated for consideration during the submission process.

Pecha Kucha (Research abstract)

Pecha Kucha is a presentation form of 20 images for 20 seconds. The slides change automatically and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images. The entire presentation always lasts for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.


Glossary of Terms

Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect DAA National Conference content regarding products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

Commercial Interest: as any proprietary entity producing food or health care goods or services, with the exemption of government organisations and non-health care/food production or processing related companies.

Financial relationships: Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.

If you have any enquiries regarding your submission please contact:

The DAA 2020 Conference Team
P +61 3 9417 1350

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