and we encourage applications with this theme in mind.

abstract applications for the 2023 collab conference are now open. the theme for this year is


Abstract applications are now closed.

We are seeking presentations on the specialist practice of mental health nursing across the breadth of service settings: public, private, clinical, community and non-traditional.

First time presenters are strongly encouraged to apply and will be eligible to win the First Time Presenters Award. Presentations that are co-produced with consumers will be eligible for the Collab Co-Production Prize.

Abstracts should not exceed 200 words and all presentations are expected to be 20 minutes in duration (including five minutes for questions). Abstract are to be submitted with the required information by Thursday 1 June.


(Submissions are not restricted to just these topics)
  • Innovations in practice
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Change
  • Leadership
  • Recovery oriented
  • Substance use
  • Resilience + self care for MH nurses
  • Child + Youth MH
  • Clinically-based research + evaluation
  • Carer perspectives
  • Consumer Perspectives
  • Therapeutic approaches
  • Peer Work
  • Co-Production
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Aged Persons Mental Health
  • Responding to reforms
  • Cultural + Indigenous Issues in MH nursing
  • Experiences of early-career MH nurses
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Dual Disability
  • Reducing restrictive practices
  • Perinatal + infant mental health

topic suggestions

= Encouraged topic

The Collab provides an accessible and supportive environment for first time presenters and/or early-career nurses to gain presentation experience, as well as contribute their perspectives to the program. All first time presenters will be eligible for the 2023 First Time Presenters Prize.

  • First time presenting at The Collab conference
  • Can be a first-time presenter within a group (just that presenter will be accessed)
  • The presentation will be reviewed by three anonymous senior nurses during the session

  • Clear content including well explained ideas and references.
  • New ideas for audience, interesting/inspiring practice examples and highly relevant to MHN practice
  • Presentation flow is well times and thoughtful responses to questions
  • Good use of visual aids that reinforce and enhance your presentation
  • Clear, well spoken, enthusiastic presentation

first time conference presenters

The Collab strongly encourages Abstract Submissions that are co-produced (written and presented) with a consumer or person with a lived experience. All co-produced presentations will be eligible for the 2023 Co-Production Prize.

Judged by a Senior Consumer Academic, Mental Health Nurse and at least one other person. The abstract must be co-written and co-presented (both presenters to present on the day) by BOTH a Consumer (and other LE as appropriate) and a Mental Health Nurse.

co-produced conference presenters

All abstracts should not exceed 200 words and presentations are expected to be invited for 20-minutes in duration (including five minutes for questions). Please keep your abstract title as brief as possible.

Consider ‘teaming up’ with one or more of your fellow graduate nurse or post-graduate colleagues. If you’d like to present as a group, please submit only one abstract per ‘group’ and outline in the abstract details section your group presentation format.

All abstract presenters must purchase a 2023 Collab Ticket to be able to attend and present.

Abstract are to be submitted with the required information by Thursday 1 June.

Required Information:
  • Lead Presenter (if you are presenting in a group, please select one person to be the 'lead' contact for administration purposes
  • Title, Name, Address, Email, Mobile Phone, Employer/Organisation, Current Role information for ALL presenters/co-presenters
  • Please advise of all First Time Presenters by ticking the selection box
  • Theme (this may be changed/re-allocated by The Collab Committee)
  • Abstract Title (please keep this brief)
  • Abstract Details (200 words maximum. Your abstract will be cut off at 200 words)

All abstracts are reviewed by The Collab Committee and if selected to present you will be allocated a time on either Thursday 10 or Friday 11 August to present. Your time/day is subject to change.

You will receive written confirmation of acceptance and you will be given a strict deadline to:
  • Accept your offer
  • Edit your Abstract (Abstracts are not proofread or edited by anyone else. The text you submit is what is published in the Abstract Booklet)
  • Complete the Presenters Information forms (just the one form for ALL presenters)
  • Presenter Bio. This will be read out by your Chair at the introduction of your Abstract. Please keep to the strict 100 word limit (anything over will be cut off) and if presenting in a group all presenter bio's must fit into the 100 word limit.


You only need to attend one session. Sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend.

abstract information sessions


If you are interested in presenting a paper but would like further guidance please email and we can refer an abstract mentor for you.
We will also hold an Abstract Information session prior to The Collab.

Thursday 27 July
3.30 – 4.00pm
Monday 31 July
10.30 – 11am

Thursday 27 July
3.30 – 4.00pm

Monday 31 July
10.30 – 11am


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