Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.

This conference will provide a forum for discussion on a wide variety of topics in bioethics and health law in the context of clinical practice, research and public health.  We welcome submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds and encourage submissions from students.

The 2020 theme is The Stories We Tell: The Use of Fictions and Narratives in Bioethics and Health Law.  

Stories provide a key part of the human experience. The conference will explore the role of stories in all their guises in the development, understanding, and enforcement of bioethics and health law. Stories can provide us with context for case-based reasoning, along with a means for testing traditionally held legal and bioethical assumptions. Narratives can form a basis for empirical bioethical methodology. The way we present information to patients, research participants, and members of the public can shape their choices.

We are seeking abstracts on the link between storytelling and bioethics and health law, including (but not limited to):

  • Legal and bioethical fictions
  • Scenario- and case-based reasoning
  • Narrative bioethics
  • Indigenous storytelling as a tool for bioethics
  • Fiction/creative arts and bioethics

Although priority will be given to abstracts that broadly fit within the conference themes, all high quality abstracts will be considered.  All abstracts will go through a peer review process undertaken by the conference committee. The committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.

10th June 2020

All submissions due

22nd July 2020

Notification of Review Results

late July 2020

Program Live

3rd August 2020

Presenter Registration Due

15th September 2020

Early Bird Registration Closes

Presentation Portal


To submit a presentation you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password.

Once you have created an account you can submit abstracts. You can log back in to submit more abstracts and to register for the conference.

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

It is anticipated featured oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation.

Presenters are advised to include sufficient time within the 20 minutes for questions and discussion from the audience.

These are 3-5 minute presentations (employing a max of 3 slides) in which participants speak about their ideas, current activities, challenges and professional passions, particularly aimed at research in developmental/early stage.  This is a place where early career researchers can present ideas that need some work, or established researchers who have an idea, but not time to do it and are looking for potential collaborators.

The goal is to enlighten the audience on a subject, creating awareness, thought, and generating action on the subjects presented. The motto is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”  The sessions will allow for discussion time and input from audience.

Conference workshops will be allocated 60-90 minutes. They should be organised around a specific case/issue/theme/policy/legislative development.

Workshops can be discussion sessions aimed primarily at exchange and refinement of views, or  working sessions with defined objectives, such as defining the scope and nature of an issue, developing a plan of action, solving a problem, or demonstration of innovations with hands-on experience.

The program for the workshop may include speaker presentations, but ample time should be allocated for discussion or activities.

As a guide, workshops should consist at least two thirds of interactive discussion time. Preference will be given to workshops which have an explicit and workable plan for promoting extensive discussion and engagement.

Program Streams

To assist with programming, during the submission process you will be asked to identify the conference stream that best suits your presentation.

  • Clinical Ethics
  • Health Law
  • Research Ethics
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Teaching Ethics
  • Empirical Ethics

Abstract Submission Procedure

  1. Prepare your abstract
    Prepare your 300 word abstract text. This applies for oral, lightning and workshop submissions
  2. Enter your contact details
    Go to the Presentation Portal (above) to enter your contact details.
  3. Enter Presenter and Author details
    Enter names and affiliations of the presenter and authors.  Also enter brief biography of the presenter(s), 100 words is sufficient.
  4. Enter your abstract details
    ‘Cut and Paste’ the abstract text 300 words and into the relevant field in the Presentation Portal.

Abstract Details

For each abstract you submit you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • Preferred presentation format
  • Theme
  • Name/s of author/s
  • Affiliation/s of author/s
  • Indicate the presenter
  • Short (100 word) biography of the presenter(s)

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts and accept submissions after taking into account the quality of the quality of the abstracts and the balance of the program on a whole.

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Student Essay Prize Submissions – Due 3rd June 2020

The following prizes are available to full time students attending and presenting at the AABHL conference.  Students are required to submit a full essay not exceeding 5000 words to be considered for the prizes.

Click here for more information and to submit an essay.

At the time of the Conference


  • Session Chair Guidelines – coming soon
  • Presenter Guidelines – coming soon

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

About the Association

The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

Members come from all the contributing humanities, social science and science disciplines that make up contemporary bioethics.

Many members have cross-disciplinary interests and all seek to broaden the dialogues in which all members of the wider community ultimately have an interest.

The AABHL is a supportive, creative and challenging community that provides a rich source of continuing academic refreshment and renewal.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

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