Call for abstract submissions

This conference is a scientific research meeting focusing on parenting and child and family wellbeing, particularly on Triple P – Positive Parenting Program research around the world. The HFCC offers presentations, symposia, and panels across a broad range of domains related to children, parents, and families. We are currently accepting submissions of abstracts for the 2020 HFCC.

We warmly welcome abstracts from researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and professionals that address issues of parenting and parenting intervention, and related topics, including:

  • Prevention of child maltreatment
  • Promotion of self-regulation in children and parents/carers
  • Parenting in the context of trauma and trauma-informed care
  • Working with refugee families
  • Cultural adaption of evidence-based parenting support
  • Engaging with disadvantaged communities and diverse populations
  • Supporting parents of children with chronic health problems and disabilities
  • Workplace delivery of parenting support
  • Professional supervision and peer support
  • Policy and funding issues
  • Implementation, sustainability and system-level change

Abstracts will be placed in one of two streams:

  • Empirical research (e.g. randomised controlled trials, surveys, mixed methods research – both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Implementation and clinical practice (e.g. learnings from implementation, clinical case series)

The Helping Families Change Conference is a leading international scientific event. The conference is of interest to practitioners, policy makers, and researchers working with families in the health, education, and welfare sectors, and to graduate students with an interest in child and family issues. Those attending will be presented with state-of-the-art knowledge, contribute to debate, and engage in hands-on practice with leaders in the field of family intervention.

The event will be supplemented by an exciting social program that will enable delegates to grow their international networks and experience the best that Brisbane has to offer.

Extended abstract deadline: Sunday 30th June 2019.

Submission options

  • Individual paper presentations

    Abstracts of individual research papers for parallel sessions are being accepted for 15-20 minute oral presentations. These will be grouped together in themes and offered in the parallel sessions. Submissions for individual paper presentations should use the following structure where possible—background, objectives, method, results and conclusion. However this is not compulsory if it doesn’t fit with your abstract submission.

  • Organised paper symposium

    Symposia should consist of 3-4 presentations around a single theme preferably with a discussant that links the papers together and facilitates group discussion. Submissions for symposia should clearly state the objective of the session, the format of the session, and the topics to be covered. Only one abstract is required per symposium.

  • Poster presentations

    Posters should convey a brief overview of a particular field of research or practice, an explanation of the research/practice, methodology as well as any results obtained. Poster presenters are advised to make their posters as visually appealing as possible and utilise a mix of font sizes, colours, images, tables and figures to portray their key message/s.

Submission guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted via this website.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 350 words.
  • References are not required.
  • Abstracts should contain text only (no diagrams, links or attachments).
  • All details should be accurate, as your submission will be reproduced in the Book of Abstracts.
  • Only one abstract per symposium is required.
  • Submissions received after the Sunday, 30th June 2019 deadline will not be accepted.
  • All those who have submitted abstracts will be notified via email as to whether or not they have been successful by Friday, 2nd August 2019.
  • All presenters and discussants are required to register and pay to attend the conference.
  • All submissions should cover some aspect of parenting, family or implementation science research.

Any submission that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted.

Review and acceptance

  • All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Program Committee.
  • Acceptance or otherwise is at their discretion.
  • All submissions will be considered on the basis of the following criteria:
    • Research quality
    • Relevance to conference theme
    • Innovation
  • We particularly welcome abstracts from a variety of countries, and from early career researchers such as PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.