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National Research Committee Conference Session for Higher Degree Research Students: Expression of interest to present your research

AASW Conference 2019

Invitation to Social Work Higher Degree Research Students to be a part of the following conference session:

Challenging inequality through social work research: Presentations from higher degree research students

The National Research Committee of the AASW is hosting a session to showcase the breadth of social work research, currently being undertaken nationally by postgraduate research students. The session will form part of the program at the AASW National Conference 2019 Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society to be held in Adelaide on 7th November to 9th November.

Who is eligible?

Students currently enrolled in a PhD or Master of Research.

How do I apply?

Submit an abstract of 300 words outlining your research project including your research aim or objectives, methods, findings, and significance to social work. If you are submitting a theoretical piece of work, then ensure the abstract is organized around a logical set of headings. If your project involves multiple components, you may wish to focus on one element of your project. The format for the abstract is outlined below. Your abstract needs to relate in some way to the conference theme of ‘challenging inequality’.

What is the time line?

Abstracts need to be submitted to by Friday 23 August. The AASW National Research Committee will then select up to eight students to present their research.

How does the HDR session work?

As part of the National Conference, the HDR conference runs for 90 minutes. It is chaired by a member of the National Research Committee and involves a mix of short oral presentations from students followed by questions. The Committee also hosts a gathering at the conference to give HDR students and members of the National Research Committee the opportunity to share experiences and network.

More information?

Contact Assoc Prof Anthea Vreugdenhil

Abstract submission guidelines:

Abstract title

Keep the title short and informative and contain major keywords. Use bold, 12 point Times New Roman.

Author's names

Formatted with the author's family name and then first initial with the presenting author in bold. Superscript numbers are used to indicate the author's institution.

See example below:

Smith B1, Pattermore M1,2, Ward L2

1University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

2University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD

Author's organisation/institutions

Please include the city, state and country (in this order) of the organisations/institutions and appropriate superscript numbers.


Specify the higher degree that you are enrolled in.

Abstract Text

Use 10 point Times New Roman, single-spaced and justified. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 300 words. Although references are not generally required in abstracts, if you chose to include references, the abstract words and symbols are to be included in the 300 word maximum.

Abstract structure

Divide the abstract into logical sections. Make sure that the abstract is balanced between all components.

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