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Call for Abstracts

The Combined Australia New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf and the Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness presents the Asia-Pacific region's best opportunity to share international and national research and practice across the medical, audiological and educational fields.

The Conference programme will include keynote speakers from each of these fields who will set the conference platform by discussing current medical, audiological and educational research data, plus the outcomes and challenges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations. Participants will take part in thought provoking workshops showcasing the innovative ways in which professionals respond to the challenges they face in continuing to deliver high quality services and related programmes supporting improved outcomes.


Important dates

Online submission for abstracts Open now
Closing date for submission of abstracts 
EXTENDED - Thursday 28 January (11.59pm NZ time)
Acceptance notification
Monday 15 February
EXTENDED - Monday 29 February



Presentation options

  • Individual oral presentation (20 minutes = 15 for presentation + 5 for questions)
  • Symposium (60 minutes)
  • Workshop (60 minutes)
  • Poster presentation



Paper themes


  • Early involvement
  • Educational environments (including bi-lingual/ bi-cultural environments)
  • Language and literacy (including signed languages)
  • Cognitive development
  • Social-emotional development



  • Pediatric audiological management
  • Universal newborn hearing screening/Early intervention
  • Supporting families
  • Auditory processing disorders/Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder
  • Issues in Indigenous populations and developing countries



  • Neuroplasticity and hearing loss
  • Clinical applications [eg. Treatments for ear disease and hearing loss]
  • Cognitive function and hearing loss
  • Ear health
  • New developments

Abstract format guidelines

  • Title - 12 point, bold typeface, Arial font, left aligned Leave one blank line (12 point)
  • Abstract text - 11 point, Arial font, left aligned, single spacing, maximum of 300 words
  • Authors - 11 point, Arial font, Surname, First name, Presenting author to be bold, affiliations numbered in superscript Leave one blank line (11 point)
  • Affiliations - 11 point, Arial font, italics, title, affiliation, city, country, email address Leave one blank line (11 point)
  • Do not insert any tables or figures
  • Do not include titles or degrees
  • Check spelling and grammar. Submitted material will be published in the conference handbook and website - the abstract should, therefore, contain no errors
  • Standard scientific abbreviations may be used - non-standard abbreviations should be included in parenthesis after the first use of the full word
  • Do not indent paragraphs
  • Name the file with the first 8 characters from the surname of the first author (for example: smith.doc)
  • Present sufficient data to support conclusions - it is unsatisfactory to use statements such as "data will be presented" or "results will be discussed"
  • Please ensure your abstract is saved as .doc or .docx file. No other formats can be accepted


The decision to accept an abstract is at the discretion of the Programme Committee. A condition of acceptance of the abstract is that at least one author or nominated presenter registers for the full conference.

All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website and in the handbook.



Poster guidelines

The guidelines for posters are noted below:

  • Posters will be displayed on velcro compatible 2.3 metre high poster boards
  • A0 portrait (841mm wide x 1189 deep)
  • IMPORTANT: Posters wider than these dimensions will not fit on the poster boards and cannot be displayed
  • Authors are required to put up their posters at the conference. Poster board numbers will be advised by the first week of June 2016



Submission queries

If you have any questions about the call for abstracts please don't hesitate to contact

Anna McWhirter
Event Manager
Conference Innovators
P: +64 3 379 0390