We invite abstract submissions for virtual presentations at the Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference, to be held from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 December 2020.

The Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference is convened by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Public Health Laboratory Network, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and the Public Health Association of Australia.

While COVID-19 unfolds as the biggest health crisis in a century, it is vital to take time out to review and share the experiences and lessons learned to date. We also aim to bring together the experts to think through the available science and discuss the next steps in pandemic and disease management and explore the best ways forward.

This conference is for those focused on the public health and clinical challenges of COVID-19, with an emphasis on seeking the best solutions among the uncertainty and promoting best practice in a fast-evolving emergency.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference.

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 27 September 2020 at 11:59pm AEST
The abstract submission deadline cannot be extended.
Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to one of the Conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health significance in line  with the Conference theme will be considered and accepted.

Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference website. Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version. Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference Topics

We invite you to submit abstracts under the following topic areas:

  • Epidemiology of COVID-19, locally and internationally

  • Vaccines update

  • Lessons learnt from responding to COVID-19

  • Pandemic management strategies – best practice

  • Diseases management update

  • Impact on health systems throughout and in the future

  • Indigenous people’s preparedness and responses

  • Cross disciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships

  • Emerging challenges and unintended consequences

  • Immunity and immunopathology to SARS-CoV-2

  • Viral genomics

  • Infection prevention and control in healthcare and other settings

  • Attitudes, behaviours and community engagement in the COVID-19 response

  • Governance - National, jurisdictional or local 

  • Mathematical modelling

  • Preparedness and response

  • Recovery – where do we go how do we sustain

  • Social aspects

  • Mental health

  • HCWs and COVID-19

  • Priority populations – HCWs, prisons, aged care, CALD populations, elderly    

  • Leadership

  • Public health aspects - unemployment, lockdowns, welfare payments (both positive and negative)

Conference objectives
  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Highlight activities that nationally-funded Centres of Research Excellence have undertaken that demonstrate collaboration across sectors and disciplines to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Engage professionals across multiples sectors and disciplines in communicable disease control;

  • Provide guidance and insight into capacity building and strengthening knowledge, especially among high-risk populations;

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for local and diverse communities.

Target audience

The conference will aim to facilitate conversations on improving effectiveness and efficiencies of communicable disease control through knowledge sharing and relationship building.

The target audience will be stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology;

  • Microbiology;

  • Academia;

  • Commonwealth, state and local government – Ministers/ministerial staff, and health and social sector department representatives;

  • Non-government organisations/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations; and

  • Health care professionals – doctors, nurses, allied health, dentistry, pharmacy, health promotion etc.

Presentation Type

Long Oral

Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 10 minutes each. Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Long Oral presentations will not include Q&A.


Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 6 minutes each. Presentations must contain no more than six (6) PowerPoint slides. Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Rapid Fire presentations will not include Q&A.


Conversation Starter Presentations (Interactive session)

Presenters will have the option to provide a one (1) page PDF document that will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Presenters will also be required to attend their session at the nominated time to discuss their presentation with delegates and answer any questions. Delegates attending the presentations will have the option to ask questions via live audio or direct message to the presenter.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review.

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements.

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.

  • If there is more than one author, all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract.

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author. All abstracts must be original work and submitted in English.

  • Abstract presenters must be able to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation, guidelines will be provided, by the due date.

  • Presenters must be registered to attend the conference in order for their presentation to be made available on demand.

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 27 September 2020 at 11:59pm AEST
The abstract submission deadline cannot be extended.

Presentation offers will be advised in Oct 2020.


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