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DRIVERS 2023 will encompass three presentation streams and poster displays:

1) Scientific Presentations:

  • 1A: Dynamic Oral presentations of 8 minutes (6 minutes talking + 2 minutes Q&A, no slide limit).
  • 1B: Ninja Scientific poster presentations: A0 poster + oral presentation of 4 minutes (3 minutes talking + 1 minute Q&A, 4 slides).
  • 1C Scientific Poster:  A0 poster for display

2) Reflective presentations:

  • 2A: Extended reflective presentation of 8 minutes (6 minutes talking + 2 minutes Q&A, no slide limit)
  • 2B: Concise reflective presentations of 4 minutes ( 3 minutes talking + 1 minute Q&A, 4 slides)
  • 2C Reflective Poster: A0 poster for display

Presenters must discuss prior insights or activities with a view to developing more effective approaches and improving quality in regional health care. If non-evidence-based, presentations must be based around practising medicine in a rural or regional setting.

3) Case study presentations:

  • 3A Case Study of Interest 5 minute presentation (3 minutes  talking , 2 mins Q&A, 4 slides, +/- AO poster)
  • 3B  Case Study Blitz 3 minutes  talking  (no Q&A, 4 slides, +/- AO poster)
  • 3C Case Study Poster:  A0 poster for display

Presenters blitz through useful key messages of an interesting case study with lessons for rural and regional healthcare.


The DRIVERS scientific committee will allocate your abstract submission to present in the stream that it best fits. The theme for DRIVERS 2023 presentations is open, but suggested topics include:

  • Research
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Innovative service delivery/patient perspectives
  • Outcomes in rural and regional settings
  • Translating research into clinical practice, practicing evidence based medicine
  • Digital health and technology
  • Gap analysis/improving equity (from any aspect) Indigenous, CALD, LGBTQIA+, Remoteness,  etc
  • Clinical supervision and mentoring
  • Future workforce
  • Reflections on your training or workplace
  • Reflections on your rural journey in medicine

Presenters are not limited to the above topics, but please note that your topic must be relevant to rural and regional medicine.

Presentations may not have joint authors or presenters. DRIVERS only accepts one presenter per presentation. If co-authors wish to present, each author must apply separately and speak to a different aspect of the research. The Committee expects all abstract submissions to list other authors and affiliations of lead authors if relevant.

If you wish to be considered for more than one presentation, please provide additional information in the relevant fields. (A maximum of four abstracts can be submitted per person).

By submitting your abstract for consideration you agree to observe the specified slide and time limits and that you have appropriate consent / will manage confidentiality of sensitive information presented.

Abstract submissions have closed.


For all submissions, please list:



<Insert authors here.>

  • Principal author to appear first.
  • Underline the name of the author who will be presenting the paper
  • All Authors must be listed by their surname followed by initials with no punctuation except commas between each name (do not use full stops or commas between surname and initials)
  • Omit degrees and titles
  • Include affiliations/organisation for each author. Use superscript numbering after the author’s name to indicate affiliations

Example: Smith B1Taylor W1,2, Tran S3

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine, IUSTI, The Kirby Institute



Including aim/objectives of the study.


Including the study design and methods and a statement +/- ethics/QA approval.


Including a summary and some details that are linked to aim/objectives.


Including the significance of contribution.

FOR A  REFLECTIVE PRESENTATION, include the following:


Including summary description (can be de identified if required)

Why and how the learning occurred

Including the challenges and insights gained

Implications for learning and future practice

Including influence on future learning and career

FOR CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS, include the following (also see the BMJ guidelines)


Including a summary of the prevalence of the condition

A statement that there is signed consent by patient/family member/next-of-kin

The case:


  • Clinical and social presentation
  • Relevant history
  • Investigation/diagnosis/management

Discussion and learnings:

Challenges and implications for practice.

Peer Review

DRIVERS 2022 built off the success of the inaugural DRIVERS conference, receiving over 70 submissions from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Following the same process as last year, all abstracts will be peer reviewed by the DRIVERS 2023 Scientific Committee. The overall program for the conference will be designed in collaboration with the DRIVERS 2023 Steering Committee.

Presenters are selected in a competitive manner, in response to abstracts submitted, based on the following criteria:

  • Research or quality improvement project undertaken in a regional or rural setting
  • Presenter currently working, living or studying in rural or regional Australia. Rurality defined as per Monash Modified Model as >/= MM2, and consideration of prior rural exposure / future rural intent.
  • Projects specifically looking at healthcare for rural, regional or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification of presenters.

Each eligible application is assessed on a template using a scoring matrix. The assessment template and matrix together are a tool which enables the comparison of applications according to an agreed set of program priorities/outcomes and principles to be considered when determining who can present at the DRIVERS conference. The individual scores assigned by members of the Scientific Committee are tallied and an average created (so as to allow for people to step out if a conflict of interest is identified). In general, studies are not assigned to reviewers with conflicts of interest.

Reviewers will give equal weight to abstracts relating to work-in-progress and completed work.  The main focus of our peer review process is the extent to which submissions meet the criteria for quality, relevance and importance.

Within each stream the presentations are ranked and an oversight of the thematic spread of presentations, overall geographic representation, background of presenters institutions / disciplines / career levels.

Conference organisers have the right to also make selections based on delivering a well balanced conference, including number of contributions per presenting author, variation in themes, variation in institutions, and variation in disciplines

Selections will be made to create an interesting and engaging program of content to be presented at DRIVERS 2022.

Other Points to Note

Conflict of interest

Scientific Committee members remain unbiased throughout the review process in regards to nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender, and other personal characteristics of the authors, origins of a manuscript and/or their professional affiliation, and score as directed with relation to the assessment matrix. Scientific Committee members declare and manage all potential competing, or conflicting interests.


Scientific Committee members will respect the confidentiality of the process and will refrain from using information obtained during the review process for their own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.


Scientific Committee members do not delegate the authority to any other person in regards to reviewing the presenters submission, however all submissions will be made available to the Scientific and Steering Committee for viewing.