Call for Speakers
FearLess National Conversation on PTSD 2021
Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a virtual presentation at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD 2021. The abstract should address evidence-based research or programs relating to PTSD and its treatment.
This award-winning event is recognised for delivering outcomes for those working with or suffering from PTSD. To be held virtually in 2021 to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for our entire community, the event will take place on 24 & 25 August 2021 and be delivered by a fully interactive and secure online platform called OnAir.
This event is a conversation, rather than a conference so we emphasize audience interaction and engagement both with speakers and each other. The online event platform facilitates both online and face-to-face discussion and networking.
We place a premium on showcasing diverse speakers, in all senses of the word.
The FearLess National Conversation is dedicated to creating a national network that aims to:
- Inform and educate health professionals, community services workers, first responders.
- Support the community through the distribution of key information including latest research and treatment about PTSD.
- Deliver broad access to initiatives that may reduce its impact on Australian national life.
- Develop a community-owned and community-operated PTSD management protocol
- Grow the FearLess community in size and diversity with representation by all impacted groups.
themes and topics
The overarching theme for 2021 is ‘PTSD in an Era of Trauma’ and will explore the following topics:
- The impact of current and recent crises (bushfires, drought and COVID-19)
- The impact of domestic violence
- The impact of trauma on the Indigenous community
- The impact of trauma on Regional Australia
- The latest research and treatment programs for PTSD
Call for Speakers submissions should align with one of the following areas:
- PTSD treatments and research
- PTSD treatment case study
The National Conversation program features 2 session formats:
- Virtual presentation: 15 – 20 minute pre-recorded presentation followed by moderated live Q&A. These sessions will take place in the breakout stream and should demonstrate clear evidence-based outcomes.
- Virtual poster presentation: 7 minute pre-recorded presentation followed by live Q&A. These sessions will take place before the conference starts each day and be available for delegates to access on demand.
Who should submit?
FearLess is looking for health professionals, researchers, students, non-government and government organisations to participate in our speaker program. Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a virtual presentation. The abstract should address evidence-based research or programs relating to PTSD and its treatment.
We prefer where possible that our speakers be available to attend the whole conference so they can contribute fully to the conversation.
Why speak at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD?
Presenting at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD offers a great opportunity for your research, treatment program or other innovation to be included in this important discussion. Attending the event will also enable you to network and engage with a highly targeted, influential and diverse audience, dedicated to understanding and destigmatising PTSD. The reviewers will be looking for presentations which highlight new treatments or research relating to PTSD in Australia or internationally, and that are evidence-based.
Who is the audience?
- Medical practitioners and professionals
- Emergency services/first responders
- Community services providers
- Military and veterans
- Academia and researchers
- Government – Local, State & Federal
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Association and industry groups
- Corporates – including insurers, health funds, human resources
- PTSD sufferers, their carers and families
Guidelines for submission
- Abstracts should address evidence-based research or programs relating to PTSD and its treatment.
- Abstracts will be reviewed by the FearLess Conference Committee. Authors will be notified by email on the outcome of their submission.
- Abstracts should outline the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation.
- Abstracts must be submitted via the Call for Speakers portal (link) which includes full instruction on the format required. You will need to create an account and the following information will be required along with contact details:
- Presentation title: maximum 10 words
- Synopsis (which will appear in the conference program): maximum 150 words
- Abstract: maximum 300 words
- Presenting author bio: maximum 150 words
- Presenting author headshot
- Please note this is an online event so presenters must be able to present via their internet connected laptop or desktop computer.
- If you submit an abstract for consideration, you must intend to register for the conference. The cost to speak and attend the full conference is $199.00 inclusive of GST.
- If your submission is successful, your session will be confirmed once your registration has been received.
- Where an abstract for an oral presentation is accepted, revisions or changes of emphasis to match the conference themes may be requested.
Online submission portal open: 08 March – 16 April 2021
Deadline for paper submissions:16 April 2021
Abstract review period: 16 April – 23 April 2021
Notification to authors: Week commencing 26 April 2021
Successful authors must register by: 07 May 2021