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Call for Abstracts

The 11th Herbal and Naturopathic International Conference Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentations that align with the theme Traditional Wisdom, Future Practice. This premier biennial event attracts international and national delegates including Western herbal medicine, naturopathic, integrative medicine and allied health practitioners, students, nurses, researchers and academics.

Abstracts are sought which not only align with the Conference theme, but are pragmatic and provide either knowledge, skills or concepts which translate well into one or more areas of clinical practice, education, or research. As such, various subthemes are proposed.

Main Abstract Submission – CLOSED

*Workshop Abstract Submission – CLOSED

Thank you for your submissions! The Program Committee received a record number of abstract submissions for this event. All authors have been notified of the outcomes for their submissions.
Please contact us with any further enquiries.

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission – Key Dates

  • Abstract submissions open: 2 January 2019
  • Abstract submissions close: 15 January 2019

You will receive a confirmation email confirming receipt of your submission with the details you have entered. Authors will be notified by 15 February 2019. Due to the delayed timing, details of accepted late-breaking abstracts may not be included in the official Conference program but will still be published in the Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine Conference issue in March 2019.

Abstracts must also align with one of the following subthemes:

Clinical: traditional and innovative approaches to chronic health conditions in clinical practice drawing from/blending traditional practices and modern research. Case studies, especially those which provide in depth review of the patient over a prolonged period and discuss the rationale for treatment and outcomes, are valued.

Herbal Medicine Manufacture: traditional and innovative approaches to herbal medicine manufacturing, sourcing, and dispensing, in a challenging modern environment.

Business and Practice Management: traditional and innovative approaches to business and employment opportunities for naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners, including working collaboratively with other health professionals.

Research: progressive research relevant to the broad field of herbal medicine and naturopathy, including research on efficacy and safety, clinical application and health services provision, and health behaviour and education.

Education: traditional approaches to and recent trends in the field of education of herbal and naturopathic medicine, including both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Public Health and Policy: traditional insight and contemporary approaches to public health provision, and regulation and policy issues facing herbal and naturopathic medicine, both nationally and internationally.

Abstract submissions are invited for the following presentation types:

Individual Oral Presentation: presentation of information by one speaker (Duration: 30 minutes includes a 5 minute question time; Speakers: one only).

Symposium: a symposium is a structured session clustered around a theme and presented by topic experts (Duration: 60 minutes; Speakers: 3-4 recommended).

Debate: a debate is a presentation of competing ideas, the purpose being to advance thought on a controversial topic (Duration: 45 minutes; Speakers: 2 recommended).

Panel: a panel is an interactive session clustered around a theme and featuring theme topic experts (Duration: 45 minutes; Speakers: 3-4 recommended).

Poster Presentation: a graphical poster which summarises the key information. Authors will be required to attend their poster to answer questions from delegates for at least one scheduled poster session during the Conference.

*Workshop: an interactive session designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of participants facilitated by topic experts (Duration: 90 minutes; Facilitators: 1-2 recommended).

Abstract Submission Guidelines
  • All abstracts to be submitted via the online submission link via the Conference website.
  • All abstracts and presentations must be submitted in English.
  • Abstract title to be a maximum of 50 words.
  • Abstracts have a maximum of 250 words.
  • Abstract title and author information is not to be included in the body of the abstract.
  • No citations to be used in the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be structured and follow the prescribed format.

For research abstracts this format is: Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion.

For clinical abstracts this format is: Introduction/Background, Case summary, Outcomes, Implications.

For all other abstracts this format is: Introduction/Background, Focus of discussion, Implications.

Multiple abstract submissions are permitted.

Commercial interests

Authors are to indicate at the time of submission if they have any commercial or conflicts of interest or other relevant interests or involvements with any companies connected with the abstract topic.

Failing to declare at the time of submission could see the topic and speaker removed from the Conference program.

Presenting author biographies

Author biographies to be a maximum of 100 words (500 words for panels and symposiums) and should be written in the third person. The biography should contain information relative to your position, career history and professional achievements. Please refrain from using bullet points.

Author photo

Please include an appropriate upper body or passport sized headshot for use on the Conference website.

Author testimonials for use on the Conference website and/or NHAA facebook page

Please include two or three sentences why you think this is a must attend event, why you wish to present and what attendees will get out of your chosen abstract topic.

Author social media links

If you are active on social media, we encourage you to include a link to all or any of your Facebook page, twitter account and LinkedIn profile.

Abstract Templates
If you have access to Dropbox (which is a free online file hosting service) you may download the abstract templates by clicking the links below:

Abstract Template Clinical

Abstract Template Original Research

Abstract Template Multiple Speaker Sessions

Abstract Template Single Speaker Session Non-Research

Abstract Template Workshops

Abstract Evaluations

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the information included in the abstract. Abstracts need to be based on available data. Statements such as “data will be available at the meeting” will typically lead to rejection of an abstract. For studies in which data is not yet available please consider a late breaking submission (opens on 2 January 2019 and closes on 15 January 2019), rather than submitting an abstract without important information included.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed, and this process will be managed by the Program Committee.

Accepted abstracts will be selected by the Program Committee for an oral presentation or for presentation during a poster session. Authors will be invited to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation however the final decision on presentation format will be made by the Program Committee.

Our Program Committee

Kathleen Murphy - Chair

Naturopath and Acupuncturist
NHAA Director and Program Committee Chair

Ian Breakspear

MHerbMed (USyd) ND DBM CertPhyto FNHAA

Senior Lecturer (Naturopathy) - Endeavour College of Natural Health
Herbal & Naturopathic Clinician - King Street Clinic Sydney

Ian has been a herbalist and naturopath for more than 25 years, and a professional educator for more than 20 years, with experience in teaching, curriculum design, and academic governance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Ian was a Director on the Board of the NHAA for eight years, with four of those years in the position of Vice-President, and currently serves as the Chair of the NHAA Board Member Advisory Committee. In addition to his clinical and academic work, Ian has extensive experience in industry, having worked as a technical consultant for various herbal medicine companies, and is presently a member of the Expert Scientific Steering Committee for Boundary Bend Olives. Currently Ian divides his time between his role as a Senior Lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, his private clinical practice, and research and industry engagement.

Dr Matthew J Leach

RN. BN(Hons). ND. DipClinNutr. PhD. FARRCIM
Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

Dr Leach is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Rural Health at the University of South Australia. He is also a Registered nurse and Naturopath. Dr Leach has made a significant contribution to the fields of evidence-based practice, health workforce planning and complementary and integrative medicine over the past two decades. He has published more than 100 journal articles, eight book chapters and a sole-authored textbook, and has attracted over 1,600 citations for his work, for which he has a h-index of 20 and an i10-index of 39. Dr Leach is also a member of several journal editorial boards and government committees, has been awarded a competitive Research Fellowship with the Australian Research Centre of Complementary & Integrative Medicine, and has been awarded more than AU$1 million in competitive research funding.

Dr Erica McIntyre

Western herbalist. Fellow of the NHAA. Research Fellow on the Naturopathy Research Leadership Program. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Amie Steel

Associate Director Research – Endeavour College of Natural Health

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jon Wardle

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Head – Regulatory, Policy and Legislative Stream, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Visiting Professor, School of Medicine, Boston University

Trans-Pacific Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC

The 11th Herbal and Naturopathic International Conference is organised and run by the NHAA. 2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the association and has inspired the theme for the upcoming International Conference, Traditional Wisdom, Future Practice

The 11th Herbal and Naturopathic International Conference is organised and run by the NHAA. 2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Association and has inspired the theme for the upcoming International Conference, Traditional Wisdom, Future Practice.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC