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Abstract Guidelines

SMART STROKES 2017 Conference Abstract Submission

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Abstracts are now invited for the SMART STROKES 2017 Conference to be held at the Marriott Resort, Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia.

SMART STROKES is a scientific conference that has a strong focus on improving the clinical care and management of stroke. As well as showcasing the work of established clinicians and researchers SMART STROKES encourages and supports novice researchers and presenters.


  • Showcase emerging stroke research
  • Highlight the application of evidence into clinical practice
  • Showcase innovative clinical practice in stroke
  • Raise community awareness of stroke

Abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Stroke:

SMART STROKES is delighted to be able to partner again with the International Journal of Stroke to publish abstracts accepted by the Scientific Committee for the conference. It is important that your abstract is original work that will not be published in another peer-reviewed journal prior to the conference.


1.     Best Research Abstract Award

2.     Best New Investigator Abstract Award

3.     Best Implementation of Evidence Based Care Abstract Award

4.     The Mark Longworth Most Controversial Abstract Award

5.     Best Acute Nursing Abstract Award

6.     Best Oral Poster Award

Winners of the awards will be announced at the SMART STROKES 2017 Conference. When submitting your abstract, please indicate clearly if your abstract is a contender for the “New Investigator” or “Acute Nursing” award.

Presentation Guidelines

Authors can elect to submit their abstract as one of three presentation types: 

  1. Oral 15: This is a 12-minute oral presentation with an additional 3 minutes for questions, i.e. a total of 15 mins.
  2. Oral 5 with Poster: The poster will be displayed for the duration of the conference; however, one author will also present a 5-minute overview with no additional time for questions. This overview must show one slide of the poster to familiarise the audience with the poster’s appearance when they look for it on display.
  3. Poster Only: This is a poster which will be displayed for the duration of the conference.

As there are limited spaces for Oral presentations some abstracts that are nominated for an oral presentation may be offered an “Oral 5 with Poster” or “Poster Only” presentation.  

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted by close-of-business on Friday, 10 March 2017

via (

When you submit your abstract, please note:

Abstracts must:

  • Use the format of Background/ Aims/ Methods/ Results/ Conclusion or Discussion.
  • Have a title that is less than 150 characters with spaces.
  • Not exceed 250 words, excluding the title, authors and institutions.
  • Show one presenting author by ticking the appropriate box.
  • Include the first name, surname, e-mail address and affiliation (institution) of all authors separately.
  • Only include abbreviations that are written in full the first time.
  • Not include any tables, figures or references (despite the reference fields being visible during submission).

Scholarship Fund:

The SMART STROKES Committee has made available a Scholarship Fund to support Nurses and Allied Health clinicians to attend the conference. The Scholarship Fund is open to applications from across Australasia. Applications will open in February 2017. For an application form and information (available in February) please contact the SMART STROKES 2017 Conference Secretariat or go to

Please note:

  • Abstracts may only be submitted online through “Currinda,” an online database management website.
  • You must select the “SMART STROKES 2017” Conference.
  • You can submit multiple abstracts, one after the other.
  • Whilst you can come back to your submission at any time, once you have finished entering all details, please ensure you proceed all the way to the end to complete your submission.
  • An automatic acknowledgement email will be sent once your abstract submission is complete.
  • Presenters whose abstract have been accepted must register for the conference and pay a registration fee.
  • The Conference Secretariat will notify all abstract submitters of acceptance via email by

Friday, 24 March 2017.

  • All emails regarding abstracts will be sent automatically to the submitting author. If the submitting author is not the presenting author, it is his/her responsibility to pass on all relevant information to the presenter.


For all enquiries please contact:

SMART STROKES 2017 Secretariat

c/- The Association Specialists Pty Ltd

PO Box 576

Crows Nest NSW 1585, Australia

Tel: +61 2 9431 8609

Fax: +61 2 9431 8677


To view the accepted abstracts from the 2016 conference please click here