Call for abstracts are now open for the 17th National Immunisation Conference 2020. Please note call for abstracts will not be extended.

The biennial National Immunisation Conferences are the peak public health conferences in Australia with the prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases through immunisation as their focus. Run by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the first conference was held in Canberra in 1987 and over the last 30 years the conferences have grown in stature and influence.

In 2020 the Conference theme will be ‘Life course immunisation - access, equity and innovation’.

The theme has been established to shine a light on the challenges and exciting opportunities that exist to ensure the benefits of life-saving immunisation can be optimised. As articulated under the global Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG3, immunisation contributes to ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

Although Australia has one of the most comprehensive immunisation programs of any country worldwide, there continues to be gaps in access and uptake of life-saving vaccines. As more vaccines become available for use across the life course, protecting pregnant women and their newborns through to the elderly, and in a targeted way for groups with specific disease risk factors, it is critical that we apply principals of equity to our policies and programs. More than ever, new technologies, available but not yet utilised data and new vaccines and delivery methods offer the promise of reaching more people to prevent serious new and old diseases.

This conference will provide a dynamic and engaging forum to discuss all the latest developments in immunisation. 2020 heralds a new and exciting decade of opportunity in preventative health care, of which immunisation is a flagship. The program will include keynote presentations and selected long, short and table top abstract presentations.

To download the Call for Abstracts flyer, please click here.

We warmly encourage you to lock the date in your diaries to join us in Perth at the 17th National Immunisation Conference.

Call for abstracts closed on Sunday 24 November 2019, at 11:59pm AEDT

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to one of the Conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health significance in line  with the Conference theme  will be considered and accepted.

Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the 17th National Immunisation Conference 2020 website.

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version. Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

If yo are unable to submit the abstract electronically, please download and complete the Manual Abstract Submission Form and return by Sunday 24 November, at 11:59pm AEDT.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference Topics

The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in immunisation from laboratory bench to clinic, from academia and policy making to the service provision coalface.

We invite you to submit abstracts under the following session themes:

  • ​Vaccine Preventable Diseases; e.g. existing viral or bacterial vaccine preventable diseases and newly vaccine preventable diseases

  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases in special populations and across the life course; e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants/refugees and other

  • Vaccine Safety 

  • Vaccine Coverage 

  • Immunisation acceptance, demand and hesitancy 

  • Immunisation Equity, and Access

  • Immunisation Programs and Service delivery; e.g. new programs, the National Immunisation Program or others

  • Immunisation in select settings; e.g. Primary Care, Schools and Local Government, pharmacies

  • Program Implementation and communication strategies

  • Clinical practice ; e.g. clinical challenges, immunisation administration 

  • Advocacy and Government Policy; e.g. ‘No Jab, no pay’, ‘No Jab, no play’ and vaccine policy making

  • Innovation and new technologies, including new vaccines

Conference objectives

  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Highlight the challenges, opportunities and activities in immunisation to encourage engagement by delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australian’s;

  • Engage professionals from a range of sectors in immunisation;

  • Provide guidance and insight into capacity building and strengthening of immunisation; 

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for communities – from local to global


Target audience


The conference will aim to facilitate conversations on improving effectiveness and efficiencies of immunisation through knowledge sharing and relationship building. The program must consider the needs and interests of the immunisation-focussed audience to ensure attraction and participation to the conference.

The target audience will be stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Health care professionals – doctors, nurses, allied health, pharmacy, etc working in immunisation and public health;

  • Vaccine preventable disease control from laboratory bench to clinic;

  • Commonwealth, state and local government – Ministers, Chief Health officers and staff, and health and social sector department representatives;

  • Communicable disease epidemiology and laboratory science;

  • Academia;

  • NGO/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers; and

  • Organisations in other preventative health fields

Presentation Type

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 15 minutes to present. There will be up to 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.

Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes from the presentation.


Places are limited.

Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters have a total of 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to three power point slides. The session will have a nominated chair.

Table Top
Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters at multiple tables with each presentation made at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presenters have 10 minutes.​ Once the 10 minutes is up, music will play and the presenter will move to the next table and repeat their presentation.

Table Top Feedback

Public Health Prevention Conference 2018

  • “Loved the table top presentations - great opportunity to network with others and provide feedback and learning to the presenters -- love this idea!! Much more dynamic than the usual conference proceedings.”

  • I particularly enjoyed the table top presentations”

Australian Public Health Conference 2018

  • “I liked the table top presentations as we could ask more questions than you normally could if the presentation was made to an entire room.”

  • “This was my first experience of the Table Top presentations and I found the session informative and interactive.”

Poster Presentations

Designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will attend their posters to take questions and discuss their work.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:

    • Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion

    • Clinical Practice / Service Delivery: Clear context, process, analysis, outcomes

  • Maximum of 2 presenters per long oral, maximum of 1 presenter for short oral and table tops. All correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract


Call for abstracts closed on Sunday 24 November 2019, at 11:59pm AEDT

Presentation offers will be advised in January 2020.


Late Breaking Abstracts

There is potential for late breaking abstracts, however there will be minimal space in the program to accommodate these abstracts and this process will be highly competitive. Accepted late breaking abstracts will be abstracts based on new data that is unable to be submitted during the first call for abstracts. We encourage everyone to submit their abstract/s during the first round, in order to not miss out on a place to present in the program. The decision on whether late breaking abstracts will open or not will be made late 2019.

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