Call for Abstracts


The SMHR 2019 Call for Abstracts is now closed

Abstract submissions for the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) 2019 Conference are now closed. The Conference will be held at the RACV City Club, Melbourne, Victoria from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 November 2019.

The theme of SMHR 2019 is ‘Towards Mental Wellness’, which reflects the overarching aim of the research we conduct, as well as the importance we must place on our own mental wellbeing as clinicians, researchers and students. Following from last year’s conference theme of “collaboration”, we aim to encourage and foster inclusive, supportive and innovative collaboration. Special panel discussions and an interactive ‘research pitch’ event will address this aim and be highlights of this year’s SMHR. Clinical and research colleagues from around Australia and abroad will discuss and debate the biggest challenges facing mental health research and translation in contemporary society bringing us “towards mental wellness”.

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee, you must also intend to register for the Conference. Online submission is the only method of receipt of abstracts.


Abstract Submissions Open
Friday 10 May 2019
Abstract Submissions Close
Monday 5 August 2019 (Extended)
Authors Notified of Abstract Acceptance
Friday 20 September 2019
Early Bird Registrations Close
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Speaker Registrations Close
Wednesday 9 October 2019
SMHR Conference 2019

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 November 2019



Authors will be required to indicate their preferred presentation format when submitting an abstract.

  • Please select Symposium if you wish to submit a complete Symposium session. Please have the lead researcher submit all of the abstracts under the one profile
  • Please select Oral Presentation if you wish for your abstract to be considered for a Regular Oral Presentation (typically 12min + 3min questions)
  • Please select Poster if you wish to be considered for a Poster Presentation


There are three types of presentation formats.

Symposium Presentation
Combined submission of 4 – 6 individual presentations submitted by one author on behalf of the group and under one common theme. Preference will be given to symposia that include diverse presenters (i.e. not all speakers from the same research team), ideally comprising speakers from at least two States/Territories/Nations.

Please ensure all information relating to each individual symposium presentation is included in the one abstract submitted. The standard time allocated per symposium is 90 minutes; session time will be confirmed in the acceptance letters.

Oral Presentations
Oral Presentations will be notified of their length of presentation time in the acceptance letters. Abstracts not selected for Oral Presentations may be eligible for a Poster Presentation.

Poster Presentation
A Poster Presentation constitutes a visual display of research projects. Your poster must not extend beyond the boundaries of your display board – one display board will be allocated per poster. The poster display will be an integral part of the program with dedicated times for delegates to interact with poster authors and ask questions. Full details of the format and display of Posters will be detailed within acceptance notifications sent to nominated presenting authors.


The SMHR 2019 Conference is seeking abstracts relevant to the following themes with particular interest in those listed directly below:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
  • Assessment, classification and methodology
  • Consumer Research
  • Mental health services
  • Mental health for those working in mental health
  • Physical health and mental health
  • Prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • Ageing and mental health
  • Alternative/Complementary Therapies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Brain stimulation therapies
  • Circadian rhythms and sleep
  • Cognition
  • Digital/Electronic mental health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Mental health economics
  • Mental health in vulnerable populations
  • Mental health services
  • Mood disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Personality
  • Psychopharmacological therapies
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosocial therapies
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse
  • Trauma and Stress or Related Disorders
  • Workplace mental health
  • Youth/Adolescent mental health


Abstract submission is now closed.


The following awards will be available to presenters at the Conference:

  • SMHR Best Student/ECR Oral Presentation Award
  • SMHR Best Student/ECR Poster Presentation Award
  • SMHR Best Overall Poster Presentation Award
  • SMHR Best Research Involving Consumers

If you wish to be considered in any of the above award categories, you will be asked to do so during the submission process. The judge’s decision is final and prize winners will be announced at the end of the Conference program. Further information regarding the prizes and eligibility is available here.



Please note the details provided as the submitting author should be for the nominated main contact for your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person, and they should in turn distribute to all co-presenters.


The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants.

All presenters must register and pay for the Conference by Wednesday 9 October 2019 in order for their presentation to be included in the Conference Program.



For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Conference Office:

Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) 2019 Conference Office:

Sophie Warner
Program Coordinator

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322