Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

In partnership with La Trobe University, the Big Ideas symposium aims to provide a platform for nursing and allied health clinicians and students present a concept or theory to improve the care of patients. Twenty-six innovative thinkers will present their Big Ideas in five-minute talks. 


A/Prof Louise Ward, Deputy Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery
Ms Sinead Barry, Lecturer in Nursing

Opening address

A/Professor Denise Heinjus, Executive Director Nursing Services and Allied Health
Professor Rob Pike, Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University

Registration required

Click here to register (for catering purposes)

Abstract Submission criteria
  • The Big Ideas symposium is open only to Melbourne Health and La Trobe University Nursing and Allied Health staff and students
  • The abstract should detail an idea that the applicant believes will improve patient care.
How do I write the abstract for my idea?
  • What is your aim? What will your idea achieve?
  • What is the background of the issue?
  • How could you achieve your aim? What is the method of achieving and measuring your goal?
  • Where to from here? 
General information
  • The abstract should be short (400 words max), clear and concise.
  • Mathematical symbols and equations can be copied and pasted from a word document into the space provided in the online form. Images and tables cannot be included.
  • We recommend that the abstract is carefully compiled and thoroughly checked, in particular with regard to the list of authors, before submission in order to avoid last minute changes.
Terms and conditions
  • Submission of an abstract implies the author(s) agreement to publish the abstract in the Research Week program.  
  • The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it is presented at Research Week by the author 
  • All abstracts selected will be published in the Research Week Program which will be available for download from the The Royal Melbourne Hospital website.
  • Once submitted, the abstract cannot be edited. Please ensure that all details are correct before submitting. Abstracts will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. 
  • A sub-committee of the Melbourne Health Research Week Committee will be responsible for evaluating abstracts and reserves the right to allocate presentations according to the program.


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