Call for Abstracts

Submit your 2017 H.E.L.P Conference abstract

Ronald McDonald House Charities is proud to host the 4th International Health Educators Learners Parents (H.E.L.P.) Conference from 4 – 5 September 2017 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in Sydney.

On behalf of the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference Steering Committee, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for a concurrent presentation at the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference. The theme of the Conference is: "Continuity, Care and Innovation”. It is envisaged that presentations will focus on the importance of collaboration between Health and Education along with interventions to improve outcomes for students with serious illness and their families.

This is an outstanding opportunity for you and your colleagues to join us and share your latest research and practices in education, health and student wellbeing. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation only. Please refer to the list below for relevant areas and suggested topics.

Please note that the closing date for Abstract Submission is 31 March 2017.

Successful abstract authors/s will be required to register and pay by the presenter registration deadline of 1 June 2017.

All accepted abstracts will be included within the Conference Abstract Program which will be available on the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference website.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for 2017 H.E.L.P Conference can be emailed to the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference Secretariat on

Dates and Deadlines

Call for Abstracts opens December 2016
Abstract Submission deadline Extended till 31 March 2017
Notification of Abstracts to Authors 1 May 2017
Presenter registration deadline 1 June 2017

Abstract Submission Details

  • An abstract must be submitted using the template, by the presenting author and as a word file
  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.
  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts can be submitted per presenting author.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations)
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by 31 March 2017 for consideration by the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference Program Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by 31 March 2017.
  • To be formally accepted, abstract authors must be registered and paid to attend the Conference by 1 June 2017.
Click here to download the H.E.L.P Conference abstract template

Abstract Themes and Subthemes

All abstracts should be submitted using one of the following themes:


  • Whose continuity is supported well and who misses out? Why?
  • The role of hospital and education liaison services in supporting continuity.
  • Ensuring ongoing treatments for non-compliant students.
  • Best practices to ensure seamless continuity through primary, secondary and tertiary health and education transitions
  • The effect of physical and mental health issues on a student’s learning and how to best mitigate these impacts.
  • Holistic care for the family as a child’s health deteriorates and the medical practitioners ongoing care role.
  • The Health and Education interface. Best practice regarding an interdisciplinary approach and collaboration to successful transition back to school.
  • Determining factors related to transition from paediatric care to adult care.


  • The parent’s role in relation to treatment, education and advocacy.
  • What the community needs to know about a child’s illness, from diagnosis throughout the child’s health and educational journey and how they can help.
  • The displaced learner. What are the effects on learning, siblings, parents and treatment?
  • Maintaining a peer group/friends. Ensuring social connection for students with physical and mental health issues.
  • Student wellbeing framework, what are they? How they support students with physical and mental health issues?
  • From an adolescent’s perspective, strategies that help to navigate their personal health and education journey?
  • The role of peer support in the health and education sectors.
  • Lifestyle and challenges the family endure whilst their child is having treatment; siblings, relationships and financial.
  • What is there to support families? How effective are these strategies? What else could be done?


  • How is medical treatment changing? What will be the implications for the education of students?
  • What will treatment for some illnesses look like in 5 or 10 years? How will this impact education and health outcomes?
  • The power of neuroplasticity. Successful interventions.
  • The increasing incidence of life style diseases and the effects for the community.
  • Trauma informed practice – designing target teaching and assisted school transitions for students with physical and mental health needs.
  • Evidence based improvement in education settings for Hospital School leadership teams and aspiring leaders.
  • The parent’s role in relation to treatment, education and advocacy.
  • Who are our ill students? What are the trends around age, ethnicity, gender, location, socio-economic status etc.?

Presentation Types

Abstracts may be submitted for orals only in a 45 minute time slot (35 minutes for presentation + 10 mins Q&A).

General Information

  • Limited references should be used (e.g. Smith 1999) and only if necessary.
  • Only those abstracts formally accepted will be published in the Conference Proceedings as submitted. Changes and amendments can be made via the Presenters’ Portal until the submission deadline.
  • Accepted authors who do not register and pay by 1 June 2017 may have their abstract/s withdrawn.

Evaluation Criteria

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the Conference theme which will focus on the importance of early intervention and ongoing support to improve outcomes for seriously ill students.
  • General quality of the material presented – ensure that the paper is consistent with the structure outlined in the Call for Abstracts.

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in 2017 H.E.L.P Conference:

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the 2017 H.E.L.P Conference Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.

General Enquiries

  • Call for AbstractsClosed
  • Registration OpensOpen now
  • Abstract Submission deadlineExtended till 31 March 2017
  • Notification of Abstracts to Authors1 May 2017
  • Presenter Registration deadline1 June 2017
  • Early Bird deadline1 June 2017
  • 2017 H.E.L.P Conference4 - 5 September 2017