The Conference Theme: Enhancing Outcomes
Oral presentations at the conference need to be aligned to one of the four conference streams and should focus on the following neurodevelopmental disorders as listed and conceptualized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA):
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Communication Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Specific Learning Disorder
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
The Conference Streams
The conference program will be organised into the following four streams:
Stream 1: Academic/Research – This stream will include presentations focused on research findings, evidenced based practice and evaluation of services or interventions.
Papers should address one of the topics listed in the call for papers and can describe a wide range of research including empirical or theoretical studies. In addition, philosophical papers presenting an argument and papers presenting a process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use are welcome. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area. Applied research with clear practical outcomes to benefit clinicians, parents and/or caregivers will be given priority.
Stream 2: Educators/Education Specialists – This stream will include presentations focused on content designed to upskill educators and education specialists.
Presentations should address the symptoms and signs of specific neurodevelopmental disorders on learning and classroom management in conjunction with current best practice strategies for enhancing student outcomes. The evidence and research base to support practical strategies and methods must be clearly outlined. If the presenter has a financial benefit from the information presented this must be fully disclosed.
Stream 3: Clinicians/Practitioners – This stream will include presentations focused on content designed to upskill multidisciplinary health and allied health professionals.
The overarching goal of stream is to provide mental health practitioners with practical information on neurodevelopmental disorders as listed and conceptualized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The emphasis should be on evaluation (screening, assessment and diagnosis) as well as management and treatment. We encourage presentations that are relatively easy to digest providing information that can be integrated into day-to-day clinical practice.
Stream 4: Parents/Carers/Partners – This stream will include presentations focused on content designed to upskill parents, carers or partners of individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The lived experience of raising children with a neurodevelopmental disorder is unique for every family, creating challenges and building resilience. Understanding the effect of neurodevelopmental disorders on family functioning, family strengths and family wellbeing is important to inform clinical support services and strengthen relationships within families and with practitioners. Family focused neurodevelopmental disorder research, family focused care practices and family focused support services are areas in the care journey where we are just beginning to understand the significance in supporting wellbeing outcomes. ACND invites researchers, practitioners, families and parents to share their insights into family focused neurodevelopmental disorder support services, care practices or research that build resilience, hope and relationships.
- To have a practical and positive impact for families experiencing NDD and those providing services for them, particularly in Australia and New Zealand
- To provide an opportunity to advance knowledge about neurodevelopmental disorders and promote collaboration
- To bring together people from research, clinical practice, service provision and the community to share their stories, build networks and learn new skills
- To highlight the importance of a community-based, co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to management of neurodevelopmental disorders.
- To provide opportunities to identify unresolved challenges in neurodevelopmental disorder research, policies and programs
- Develop a robust, comprehensive program to present the most current science, best professional practice information, and community experience.
- Value of the multiple perspectives on the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Innovation grounded in evidence-based practice.
- Respectful conversations.
- Family-focused, capacity-building approaches to treatment, support and care.
The organising committee of the ACND is excited to announce that we have secured a major international guest speaker who will provide a range of presentations and masterclasses for this event.
Guidelines for Submitting an Abstract
This section should be read in conjunction with the Call for Presentations and the Conference Streams.
We require everyone who wishes to present their work at the conference to submit an abstract of their oral presentation proposal describing the presentation under each of the sections included in the abstract form. Abstracts should be 350 words in total. You may adjust the length of the different sections to best suit your presentation. The abstract submission form will guide you through the process but we recommend you read the call for papers first to ensure you select the correct stream. Abstract will need to be submitted at the ACND Oral Presentation Proposals submission site using the electronic abstract form providing a response to each section. (link here)
Abstracts that do not adhere to the guidelines or address each section of the abstract form may not be considered. This includes adhering to the prescribed total word limit.
Once your abstract has been submitted, identifying details and author name/s will be removed and a blind review selection process will be used by the conference committee.
If you have had an abstract accepted, you are expected to give a 20 minute presentation of your work. There will be a computer with Power Point available for you. We strongly suggest that you restrict the number of slides in your presentation to 15 or fewer. Handouts could be made available by presenters if deemed necessary. All sources of income or potential conflict of interest must be disclosed. Please note that all presenters must also register to attend the conference. (link to registration here)
- The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the published deadline to ensure that the proposed submission is relevant to the conference.
- Abstract selection notifications will be sent out to the lead author.
- All papers will be blind peer reviewed by members of the selection panel to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of the submitted abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate, and the work is appropriately evidenced based.
- For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof-read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.