Abstract Guidelines

We welcome you to submit an abstract for the Eighth Gathering in Sydney. The theme of the gathering is
“Our Knowledge, our wisdom, our promise – For our grandchildren’s grandchildren”.

Please read and review the following abstract guidelines carefully.
Any abstracts that do not conform to the guidelines will not be accepted.



Key Dates

Abstract submission open: 9:00am AEDT, Thursday 24, 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 5:00pm AEST, Thursday 6 September, 2018

Acceptance notification date: 5:00pm Monday 17 September, 2018


Presentation Types

Word limits

Title: 25 words
Abstract: 500 words
Biography: 100 words
Full paper: 1000 words

The Journal of Indigenous Wellness, Te Mauri – Pimatisiwin is excited to announce that a Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering Special Issue will be released to coincide with the Sydney Gathering November 2018. This issue will include a selection of full papers submitted by Eight Gathering presenters prior to the Gathering. All accepted papers will be eligible for the inaugural Maggie Hodgson Our Vision Keeper Award. To be eligible you must submit a full paper once your abstract has been accepted. Follow the link for more information and details on how to submit your paper –  Te Mauri -Pimatisiwin Indigenous Journal.

Abstract Format

Abstracts will only be accepted if submitted via the portal, and provided in plain text.
Please click below to find headings for each presentation type.
The heading and format must be included in each abstract submitted.

PosterOral PresentationWorkshop

Themes for Submission

The Eighth Gathering is all about the resilience of First Nations peoples around the world, sharing the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples and learning from this knowledge to ensure the future for our grandchildren’s grandchildren.

We have selected 5 broad ranging themes:
Healing / Health
Lore / Law / Justice
Land / Language
Learning / Education / Employment
Our Future

For each of them we are looking to demonstrate how First Nations people are strengthening the resilience of our peoples and achieving successful outcomes in their communities.

The Gathering is about healing, it is about positive outcomes and showcasing ways in which First Nations peoples are succeeding in strengthening the soul and spirit of their communities. It is about traditional ways working within Western systems whilst maintaining strong cultural identities and community ties. It is about highlighting what we should be celebrating and nurturing. It is about identifying knowledge that can shared, across borders for the betterment of all First Nations people.
Authors must select one theme that their abstract relates to.

Disclosure of Interest/Ethical Statement

HOSW recognises the need for transparency of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by
acknowledging these relationships in publications and presentations.

For an example of a disclosure of interest/ethical statement please see below.
Dr Smith has received funding from Metabolism Corp. No pharmaceutical grants were received in the development of this study.
Note: If accepted into the program you will be requested to include a disclosure of interest slide into your presentation or include such statements in your poster.

Notification of Acceptance and Registration

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered and reviewed for a poster presentation.

Please note: Abstract presenters will be required to fund their own attendance at the conference and should not submit an abstract if this is not possible. A discounted registration rate will be made available for speakers.


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