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. Innovative thinkers will present their Big Ideas in five-minute talks. 

The "Big Ideas" symposium invites abstracts that are innovative research project proposals related to person centered care at RMH.

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts: 11 April 2018
  • Abstracts due date: 7 May 2018, 12pm
  • Notification of outcome: 25 May 2018
  • Big Ideas symposium: 26 June 2018, 1pm - 4pm


  • Mandy Bogaard, Lecturer in Nursing, Melbourne Health Network, La Trobe University
  • Anthony McGillion, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Professor Karen Willis, Professor Allied Health, Melbourne Health, La Trobe University


All are welcome to attend the Big Ideas symposium. Registration is required 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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