Call for abstracts

Please note: the abstract process has now closed.  If, however, you would still like to present at the conference please email Rachel Cook

Individuals or collaborative groups are invited to submit abstracts using the link below for sessions that relate to the theme of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners' Annual Conference and/or Quality Symposium.

The theme for the 2017 conference is: 

Whakamanawatia. Ma te mahi ngatahi, ka whakatutuki. 
Inspire. Invent. Intertwine. 
Working together we can do great things.

This conference is unique in that it is presented by GPs, for GPs. It is an opportunity to share your practical knowledge, experience, and thinking with your colleagues about the challenges facing primary health care in terms of equitable access to care, recruiting and retaining a high quality GP workforce, and setting quality standards for general practice.

The theme for the one-day Quality Symposium that precedes the main conference is: 

E-health: Technology is changing – are you?

We encourage and welcome all in-practice and external healthcare providers, customers and other stakeholders to consider sharing their experiences and expectations. 


How to submit your abstract

We welcome abstracts that look towards the future and explore how to create and sustainably deliver high-quality, patient-centred care. The programme committee is willing to embrace innovation in your choice of delivery method as well as your topic/s for presentation. 

  • equity in health care outcomes
  • teams: managing complexity
  • non-communicable diseases
  • workforce demographics and the changing the face of general practice
  • the patient journey
  • use of data
  • role of general practice in knowledge leadership
  • the New Zealand Health Strategy 
  • self-care
  • education
  • improving clinical effectiveness

Abstracts can be presented in the following formats:

  • Oral
  • Workshop
  • Poster

Please include which theme best represents your abstract in the submission process via the link below:

  • Professional development / CME presentations
  • Research
  • Quality improvement


Below are guidelines to help you format your abstract and worked examples are available below..........

Your research presentation/poster abstract should include the following and will be allocated 15 minutes to present:

  • Aim (what gap will be filled)
  • What conference theme(s) if any does this abstract address
  • Methods (include type of study design and methods to ensure high quality)
  • Results (what you found)
  • Conclusion (so what statement)
  • Please click here to access a worked example of a research abstract

Your workshop abstract should include the following and at the time of submission you should indicate how much time is needed (if the ideal time is not available what is the minimum time acceptable):

  • Title 
  • Presenters
  • What content is being delivered
  • What delivery method(s) e.g. didactic talk, role plays, small groups, question and answer
  • What skills will be transferred
  • Please click here to access a worked example of a workshop abstract

Please also ensure your abstracts includes the following formatting:

  • Title and author(s) surname(s) to be in capital letters, bold, and the name of the presenting author should be underlined, e.g. ALLEN Rose, BAKER Fred, Department of General Practice & Primary Health Care, University of Marlborough, PB 123456, Nelson, 0987, New Zealand
  • Standard scientific abbreviations should be included in parenthesis after the first use of the full word(s)
  • Do not include titles or degrees
  • Arial 12 point, single spacing, do not indent paragraphs
  • No longer than 250 words
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • All abstracts need to stipulate how they have addressed equity issues (e.g. ethnicity, gender, age, and rurality).

Key dates

  • Closing date for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2017
  • Review of submissions March 2017
  • Notification of acceptance from Monday 17 April 2017

If you do not wish to submit an abstract yourself, but there is something you would like to hear about or see at conference, please let us know.  For further information please contact:

Rachel Cook
Conference Manager
T: 09 525 2464
M: 021 918 524

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