In partnership with the La Trobe University Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH), the Big Ideas symposium provides a platform for nursing and allied health clinicians and students to present a research focused idea that will improve the experience and/or care of patients.

The "Big Ideas" symposium invited abstracts that are innovative research project proposals related to person centered care at RMH – we particularly welcomed ideas that focused on the patient experience, patient outcomes, and the work of multidisciplinary teams.

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


Download the Big Ideas Symposium - Program for a full list of the proceedings and presenters.

Important Dates

Call for AbstractsMonday, 15 April 2019
Abstracts due dateFriday, 17 May 2019
Notification of outcomeWednesday, 26 May 2019
Big Ideas symposiumTuesday, 25 June 2019, 1pm to 4pm


  • Karen Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University Clinical School
  • Anthony McGillion, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Professor Karen Willis, Professor Allied Health Research, Melbourne Health, La Trobe University and Chair of the Melbourne Health / La Trobe ARCH


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

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      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 experience and/or patient outcomes.
      How do I write the abstract for my idea?
      • What is the issue you are addressing?
      • What is your aim?
      • 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.
      • We encourage you to seek assistance with writing your abstract from one of the Big Ideas Facilitators.
      • 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.
      • The La Trobe ARCH facilitators in consultation with Melbourne Health Office for Research staff will evaluate abstracts and allocate presentations according to the program.