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2020 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference Program

If you’re thinking of showcasing work, research or personal insight in areas of child and adolescent mental health, submit an abstract for your chance to be featured in the 2020 conference program.

This is your opportunity to stand alongside fellow mental health experts to discuss the latest research findings, trends, challenges and successes.

All selected presenters will be offered an exclusive speakers registration rate.


1. Choose your Presentation

Oral presentations are of 20 minutes duration (15-minute presentation time and 5-minute discussion time)

Presentation Tips

Practice your time – remember when you are overtime you are impacting further presentations during the session
Keep to your topic/project and focus on your 3 key learning outcomes
Structure the talk – e.g. include background, research question, methods, results, discussion/conclusions and limitations/future
research slides
Think about your audience – they will not be experts in your favourite multivariable methods, but at the same time they will not be ignorant about common basic issues
Respond to questions thoughtfully rather than defensively or dismissively

3+ Industry Professionals

The time that has been allocated to your panel presentation will be a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes. You need to allow 1 hour for your presentation and 30 minutes for questions and answers between panel members and delegates. This can be broken down into a brief introduction of each panel member followed by questions from the moderator or individual presentations that link together with questions and answers.

90 Minutes of Active Learning

Workshops are an interactive way to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session.

Interactive Sessions

Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up to 6 participants.

How it Works

The room will hold up to 6 tables each with a table number allocated. Each table will have seats for up to 6 delegates and 1 speaker. Each speaker will sit at a seat marked with a ‘reserved for table top speaker’ sign. There will be a maximum of 6 presenters in each session. The initial table you sit at is based on the number allocated by your name in the conference program. Each presentation has been allocated 15 minutes. It is up to you how you wish to divide your 15 minutes between presenting, adaptation or discussion.

Once your 15 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation. If you are located on table 6 you move to table 1 and continue. Presenters will present approximately 6 times during a session.

All posters should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract.

Posters should meet the following criteria:

The poster must be PORTRAIT and must not exceed A0 size (preferred size)— 841 x 1189 mm (width x height)

  • All posters must have a title and include the author(s) name
  • It is suggested that heading font sizes does not exceed 60 point. General content font should be a maximum of 32 point
  • Headings such as “Introduction”, “Methods”, “Results” and “Conclusions” are useful
  • The use of upper and lower case for general content, as the use of all-capital text is difficult to read. Avoid using a mixture of type/font styles
  • The text should be brief throughout. Any description of methods should be simple and concise
  • The message that your poster contains should be clear and understandable without the requirement of oral explanation

Abstract: The abstract should be short and concise, stating: the problem, hypothesis or objective and its relevance; what was done to solve the problem, test the hypothesis or meet the objective; and what happened.

Introduction: Briefly justify your study. Highlight the objective, purpose or hypothesis using a separate subsection or by a bullet point or bold print.

Methods: Keep this section brief, unless your purpose is to present a new method. Wherever possible use pictures, flowcharts, or bullet points to summarise methods. In most cases great detail is not required. Intricacies can be saved for verbal discussion with interested parties.

Results: This is the most important section of the poster. Limit text, but use clear tables, graphs or other illustrations for the data. Present enough relevant data to make your points. Extraneous information, no matter how interesting, will detract from your main point. Save such material for another presentation.

Conclusions: Keep them brief and in list form. Do not restate results. Clearly, summarise the key significant points or contributions of your study. Place your results in the context of current theory.

Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes, 20 slides with pictures only that automatically progress.

2. Choose your Topics

Early childhood centres
Schools and sporting clubs
Mental health in higher education settings

Whole school/setting approaches to child and adolescent mental health
Prevention based activities
Young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Help seeking behaviour of young people
Accessing child and adolescent mental health services

Impacts of technology on development
Interventions for specific mental health disorders
School engagement/refusal
Connectedness and engagement in education settings

Assisting families to access services
Consumer / Carer
Peer Support

NDIS support for children and teens with a disability

Responding to natural disasters and violent community events
Engaging children in preparedness
Support for the trauma associated with these events
Interpersonal childhood trauma


Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People
Reducing the impact of depression and anxiety
Strength and wellbeing
Creating change in the community

Cultural sensitivity and understanding
Cultural factors that may delay or prevent help-seeking
Direct engagement strategies
Existing programs and initiatives

Gender dysphoria in children and adolescents
Support organisations and networks for trans and gender diverse children
Barriers that accurately reflect gender

Behavioural Addictions; Alcohol & Drugs, Food, Exercise
Anxiety, Depression and Eating Disorders

Emerging Trends and the Effect on Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Gaming Disorders and Social Media Overuse
Self-care for Peers: Peer Support, Training, Mentoring and Supervision
Peer Trainers and Peer Workers
Recent Research, Studies and resources

Conference Dates

25-27 November 2020