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call for abstracts - closed


This year's theme is: 'Looking back, moving forward.'

Trauma has a huge impact on the developing child. In fact, adverse childhood experience is a strong predictor of increased risk of adult health and social problems including addictions, mental health and physical illnesses.  

The source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment (Dr Gabor Mate 2009). 

It is important as we work with people affected by addiction that we consider the role of trauma and can facilitate a looking back so the person and whānau can move forward.  

Make sure that you are in the running to share your expertise to inspire others by submitting an abstract. We want to hear what you are doing to make healing from trauma happen including how services and systems are shaped to better facilitate this. 


key dates 

Call for abstracts open - closed

Registrations open - closed 

Call for abstracts close - Friday 31 May 2019 - now closed 

Notification of outcome of abstracts - from Monday 17 June 2019


There are four presentation options available   


the options 

Oral Presentations (15 minutes) 

  • A great way to highlight and share key learnings with the sector

Clinical/medical oral presentation (15 minutes)

  • for medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, and advanced practitioners

Posters (2mx1m)  

  • Provide an opportunity to share about the work you do with visual impact

Performance Presentations (20 minutes) 

  • Great for highlighting how drama, kapa haka, waiata, and fiafia can be used as a healing tool – the focus of these presentations is the role of culture, connection, spirituality and storytelling in recovery. 


what is required in an abstract? 

  • A maximum of 250 words 

  • Related to the theme

  • Include a short biography of each presenter of less than 100 words

  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 5pm Friday May 31st 2019. 


how abstracts are selected 

All abstracts that meet the requirements are reviewed by a selection panel, who score abstracts on their: 

  • Educational value and relevance to the theme 'Looking back, moving forward.' 

  • Quality of content

  • Application to practice 

For the best chance of selection, we recommend checking that your abstract is less than 250 words, and that people reading your abstract can easily use the words that you have written to answer these questions: 

How does it relate to the theme 'Looking back, moving forward' ? 

What are the new learnings that you will share? 

What will you be presenting on? 

What will delegates take away from your presentation and apply in their practice? 

All abstracts that meet the requirements are reviewed by a selection panel, who score abstracts on their: 

  • Educational value and relevance to the theme 'Looking back, moving forward.' 

  • Quality of content 

  • Application to practice 

We recommend that you check that your abstract meets the requirements, and covers the above areas for the best chance of selection. 


publishing of abstracts 

All abstracts are subject for inclusion in the Cutting Edge programme will be published prior to the conference. If you do not wish to have your abstract printed, please advise us at time of submitting your abstract.  


notification of abstract acceptance 

All presenters will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted or declined from Monday 17 June 2019. 


presenter registration fees 

All presenters will be required to pay the relevant registration fee to attend Cutting Edge and to meet their own travel and/or accommodation costs. 


Submissions for abstracts are now closed.