the 14th World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) in collaboration with Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) and the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) invites submissions from those interested in presenting oral or poster presentations.

Submission Process

To be selected to present you are required to submit an abstract online. All abstracts must be submitted electronically (download the sample template). Faxed or hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 3 June 2019.

Key Dates

Abstract submission closes: 3 June 2019

Abstract acceptance emailed: July 2019 

Early bird registration deadline: 28 July 2019

All presenters must register to attend the Congress. Acceptance of abstracts into the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. Notification of abstract acceptance in mid July 2019 will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate.

Abstract Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below carefully. Abstracts not submitted in this format may not be considered for review. If you have any difficulties or queries about the abstract format, please contact the Congress Secretariat by email worldcongressicu@theconferencecompany.com.

  • Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

  • Abstracts are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) only via the Congress website, and in the specified format – please refer to the sample abstract template.

  • Text should be single spaced throughout, in Arial 10-point font.

  • Text within the body of the abstract should contain subheadings contained within the paragraph, not on a separate line: Introduction, Objective(s), Methods, Results and Conclusion(s).

  • Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words. Word count does not include title or address; all numbers are included in the word count. Word count is verified using Microsoft Word.

  • Abstracts should not have been published in any English language medical or nursing peer reviewed journal, and in general should not have been presented at more than one meeting from which such publications arise. Studies with substantial changes in methodology and/or with substantial additional data may be submitted, presented and published a second time, but rewritten abstracts on the same study should not.

  • Each abstract will only be eligible for one (1) award only.

  • Each abstract must nominate the preferred journal for publication – Australian Critical Care or Anaesthesia and Intensive Care or no journal publication. Only one journal may be selected. Australian Critical Care must be selected as the journal if applying for Best Adult Nursing Free Paper, Best Paediatric or Neonatal Nursing Free Paper, Best Nursing Poster or Best Nursing Review Paper.

Abstract headings should contain the following:

  • Title in BLOCK CAPITALS throughout

  • Wherever possible the title should be precise so that it conveys a message – eg “High Dose Adrenaline does not Improve In-Hospital Survival from Cardiac Arrest”

  • One-line space prior to text commencement.

Please note that a blind review process will be conducted. You will be asked to provide author names and affiliations in the online submission process (authors must be listed in order of involvement), however please do not include this information on your Word document abstract.

Abstracts should contain brief but complete statements of:

  • Introduction

  • Study objectives

  • Methods

  • Results

  • Conclusion(s)

  • The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented in the text; abstracts stating, “will be discussed”, “will be described” or “will be presented” will be rejected

  • Abstracts should be written in the past tense, stating what was done, not what is being, should or will be done

  • Use only standard abbreviations (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals”). Non-standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined in parentheses in the text. In general, no more than 2 non-standard abbreviations should be used and should only be used to replace words appearing 4 times or more in the text. Use International System of Units except for pressure; use cmH2O or mmHg with kPa units in brackets (optional)

  • Abstracts containing graphs, diagrams, or tables will not be accepted

  • References are not to be included.

Abstracts received after the closing date will not be accepted.

It is the responsibility of the submitting author to view and proof the PDF file to ensure your abstract has been uploaded successfully.

Selection Criteria

Abstract selection will be based on clarity, scientific rigour, supporting data, significance, relevance, interest in the topic chosen, innovation and usefulness. The Organising Committee has the right to refuse or accept any submission, accept the submission as a poster or an oral presentation/free paper and allocate the paper to a different category than the one under which it as submitted.

Abstract Acceptance

Notification of acceptance will be provided to corresponding authors in mid July 2019 which will give presenters the opportunity to take advantage of the early bird registration rate. Abstract acceptance will oblige the presenting author to register and pay the appropriate registration fee to attend the Congress to present their work.

Awards

*Please note to be considered for an award you must be a member of ANZICS or ACCCN relevant to the award.

1. ANZICS Best Medical Paper
The primary author must be the presenter and must be medical.

2. ANZICS Matt Spence Medal
The primary author must be the presenter and must be a financial trainee ANZICS member. Authors may only submit one paper for consideration of the Matt Spence Medal. Authors who have previously received this award are not eligible for this award.

3. ANZICS Best Paediatric Medical Paper
The primary author must be the presenter and must be medical.

4. ANZICS Best Safety & Quality Paper
Awarded for the best free paper on safety and quality; may be medical, nursing or other author. Only awarded when suitable papers are submitted. The ANZICS Abstract Review Committee should recommend that the paper is suitable for this award.

5. ANZICS Best Medical Poster
The primary author must be medical.

6. Best Adult Nursing Paper
The primary author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. Verbal presentations only, presented during the adult component of the Congress, will be considered for this prize.

7. Best Paediatric/Neonatal Nursing Paper
The primary author must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. Verbal presentations only, presented during the paediatric component of the Congress, will be considered for this prize.

8. Best Nursing Poster
The primary author must be a nurse and a member of ACCCN. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest.

9. Best Allied Health Paper
Awarded for the best Allied Health Free Paper presentation of any discipline. The primary author must be the presenter.

10. Nursing Scholarship
Awarded for the best free paper based on research completed as a component of a Masters or PhD. The main author of the paper must be a nurse, a member of ACCCN and present the paper. The paper may be of adult, paediatric or neonatal interest. The paper must be presented as a free paper (10-minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes for discussion).