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Call for Abstracts - Closed

We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top, rapid fire, conversation starter and posters at the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety) 2020, convened by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Congress will be held in Adelaide, Australia from Sunday 8 November to Wednesday 11 November 2020.

The 2020 Congress theme is ‘Innovation, Engagement, Action: for a safer future’.

The world sits at a nexus with technology changing the way we work, low and middle income countries faced with addressing a growing injury burden especially around road traffic and the need for new innovative solutions to help provide action for a safer future including addressing violence and self-harm issues. More and more information is being generated, adding the greater need to translate research into action, to translate pilot projects to large scale projects.

For injury prevention and safety promotion to be effective and create a safer future, engagement will be key; this will include engaging with communities, politicians, researchers, policy makers, people and other stakeholders. While research is important for developing the evidence base there is an ongoing need for action to ensure appropriate evidenced-based policy development, program delivery, increased funding, collaboration and development of future generations of injury prevention experts for a safer future.

To download the Call for Abstracts flyer, please click here.

Injury Prevention Journal - Conference Supporter and Official Journal of Safety 2020 - Abstracts confirmed to present at Safety 2020 will be published in a supplement edition of the Injury Prevention Journal.  

We warmly encourage you to lock the date in your diaries to join us in Adelaide at the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Safety) 2020.

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 15 March 2020, at 11:59pm AEDT

Please note, no further extensions will be granted.

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts on injury prevention and safety promotion for Safety 2020. 

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment related to the theme questions, demonstrate a link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the injury prevention and safety promotion ramifications.  

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility and abstract submission form on the Safety 2020 website. You will be also asked for a 150 word bio for each presenter.

You may either complete the form then submit directly online (preferred) or download and submit by email.

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts as these will ask you for the domains, themes and presentation type as well as details about authors, your abstract etc. 

To submit an abstract by the Manual Abstract Submission Form, download a copy of the form and send the completed form to by 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday 15 March 2020.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.

Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not submit a version with ‘track changes’ active.


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


Abstract submissions will be accepted and considered in three domains:

  • Research - e.g. research program

  • Program - e.g. delivery services, innovation of injury prevention and safety promotion practices/activities, example of work

  • Policy - e.g. advocacy, policy development, changing rules

Conference Topics

The three and a half day program is designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from people engaged in injury prevention and safety promotion. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following conference topics/ sub themes:


  • Road safety

  • Falls prevention

  • Drowning prevention

  • Burns prevention

  • Poisoning prevention

  • Violence prevention

  • Suicide prevention

  • Concussion prevention

  • Disasters and injury prevention

  • Alcohol and other drugs

  • Indigenous peoples and safety

  • Child safety

  • Youth safety

  • Farm safety

  • Work safety

  • Safe communities

  • Sports injury prevention

  • Systems approaches

  • Trauma care

  • Patient safety

  • Universal health coverage

  • Sustainable Development Goals and injury prevention

  • Sustainable and innovative funding for injury prevention

  • Programs and policies for injury prevention

  • Built environments and injury prevention

  • Legislation and standards for injury prevention


First Nation People

Presentations that relate to First Nations Peoples’ injury prevention and safety promotion are encouraged.

Presenters focusing on First Nations health need to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the work, and involvement of First Nations peoples in the research process, including authorship.

Presentation Type

Oral - Presenters will have a total of 15 minutes. There will be 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.

Rapid Fire - Presenters will have 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to 6 power point slides.The session will have a nominated chair.

Table Top - 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 9 participants. Each presentation has been allocated 12 minutes. Once 12 minutes is up, music will start playing and presenters will move to the next table number then repeat their presentation to the next group.

As each table will only be allocated one reserved seat for each speaker, we can only accept one speaker per table.

Conversation Starter - Presentations will go for 3 minutes, using up to 3 power point slides (including title slide), and each session will have 28 presenters. The room will be set with two podiums with a speaker at each podium throughout the entire session. Once your 3 minutes is over your microphone will be turned off and the next speaker will begin their 3 minute presentation.  While this may seem ruthless, it is essential to ensure the last few speakers are not robbed of precious time to present their 3 minutes.


Poster Presentations - Designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will attend their posters to take questions and discuss their work. This will include a tour of 5-6 themed posters led by a facilitator.


Whilst every effort will be made to accept an abstract for the nominated presentation format, the International Scientific Advisory Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if appropriate.

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 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables

  • The abstract should include sub-headings (if applicable) in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:

           - Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Learning Outcomes

           - Program or Policy: Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes, Learning Outcomes

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

  • Presenting authors will be limited to a maximum of 2 presentations. 

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 15 March 2020, at 11:59pm AEDT

Presentation offers will be advised at the end of April/early May 2020.

Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee

More Information

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