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Call for abstracts for the Food Futures Conference 2018 are now closed. 

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to 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 care significance will be considered and accepted in association with the Conference theme and outcomes of the presentation. 

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers. 
Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome. Non Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presenters are encouraged to present with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Presenters of research focusing on particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the research findings.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online submission via the link below. 

An abstract submission form has been provided on the conference webpage. Alternatively you can submit an abstract online.  
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. 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 close Sunday 3 June 2018, 11:59pm AEST



The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in food issues.  Practitioners, academics, students, policy makers, media, food producers and community organisations are encouraged to participate and contribute.  

We invite you to submit abstracts considering how we shape our food futures, and how our future is shaped by food, under the following themes:


  • Systems & Settings - e.g. the focus in not on a single aspect or issue but on how different elements of a system work together across or within specific settings;  monitoring & changing food environments;  settings can include (but are not limited to) schools, organisations, universities, health care facilities, communities & cities, governments and departments.

  • Sustenance - nourishment & communities - e.g. thinking local to create healthy, equitable and/or environmentally sustainable food systems;  supporting and strengthening community and cultural identities and networks

  • Science - new nutrition science - e.g. develops, draws upon or challenges innovative methods and solutions for nutrition science

  • Sustainability - e.g. sustainable and regenerative food systems for healthy people and healthy planets

  • Schooling - e.g. food education and food literacy; school food policy; national food curricula; early childhood food education; and professional/ tertiary education..

  • Social inclusion - e.g. focus is on strengthening social inclusion or building connected communities through food. Reducing inequities in food-related health.

  • Successes - e.g. case studies of actions to change the food system in ways that value health, equity and environments over industry profits.  Food advocacy & engagement.

  • Scenario planning - e.g. future proofing the food system and food-related responses to natural and human disasters.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - e.g. relating to one or more of the seventeen SDGs

  • Safety - e.g. handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness;  domestic and commercial enterprises;  food risk communications

  • Sovereignty and government regulation - e.g. actions to change the food system to support community involvement and power, that value health, equity and environments over industry profits and enrich culture and society; respect for and strengthening traditional food practices; food policy and regulations; and food politics, governance & economics.




A 90 minute workshop session that provides participants with the opportunity to develop new skills. This may take the form of a combination of practical and/or instructional presentations combined with activities, interactive group or individual work. Presenters should identify a minimum of 3 learning objectives in their abstract.

Oral Presentations

Long Oral
Presenters will have a total of 15 minutes, 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions. There will be 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.


Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters will have a total of 5 minutes’ presentation time using up to three power point slides and 1 minuted for one question briefly at the conclusion of each talk. 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 10 minutes – 5 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions. A bell will be rung at 5 minutes indicating questions should commence.

Once your 10 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation. If you are located on the final table number, please ensure you move to Table 1.

As each table will only be allocated 1 reserved sign for each speaker, we can only accept one speaker per table.

Poster Presentations
Designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will attend their posters to take questions and discuss their work.




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

  • 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.

  • Identify 2-3 learning objectives significant to the presentation.

  • The abstract should include sub-headings where relevant, suggested headings are below:
    - Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion, learning objectives
    - Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes, learning objectives
    - Background, Body, Summary, learning objectives

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author

  • If there is more than one presenter (long oral presentations only), all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered first with the abstract.

  • When abstract presentation offers are sent out, authors need to be accepted the offer to present. If no response is received within the specified timeframe, another abstract can be offered in its place.



Presentation offers will be advised in late July 2018.

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

registration fee.


For further information contact the PHAA Events Team on:
E: events@phaa.net.au
T: 02 6171 1309