Abstract Submission

Call for Podium and Poster Presentation

The MSNA Executive Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual MSNA conference in 2020 & 2021.

We feel that this is the only appropriate and responsible action we can take due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We plan to hold our next annual conference in Melbourne in Late 2022.

Please check back for further information regarding the submission of abstracts for the 2022 MSNA Conference.

Guidelines for Abstracts
  1. Podium presentations and posters can cover any aspect of MS management, treatment, advocacy, care or research.
  2. Podium presentations are 20 minutes in length, with an additional 5 minutes for questions.
  3. Presenters must be in attendance and registered for the conference.
  4. Posters must be up for viewing at the beginning of the conference and should not be removed until the final session of the conference.
  5. There will be a poster viewing time allocated in the programme for you to stand by your poster for questions from attendees.
  6. Posters should be AO Size – 840mm x 1190mm and can be landscape or portrait orientation. There will be poster hanging supplies provided on site.
  7. All questions in regards to posters or presentations to secretary@msnainc.org.au

Abstracts will be considered by the MSNA Executive Committee and nominees notified of acceptance by email by the 1 August 2019.


Abstracts will be published in the conference agenda and may also be published on the MSNA website. If you prefer your work not be published please indicate that on this submission.


All eligible presentations will be judged by a panel of MSNA committee and current state delegates. Awards for presentations of high quality include Best Podium Presentation, Best Poster Presentation, Best New Presenter and Louise Kurczycki Best Overall Presentation. Each category winner will receive a trophy and the winner of the Louise Kurczycki Best Overall Presentation will be invited to present their work at the Consortium of MS Centres Annual Meeting, with travel, accommodation and registration covered to the maximum value of $15,000.

More on Posters

Posters can be on any theme, idea, case study, observation, research, theory or practice related to MS Nursing in any domain- clinic, hospital, MS Societies, private practice, community, respite care, acute care or chronic care to name a few. Some ideas for headings to use in the poster to get you started (you can use any, all or none of these headings…these are just to start the process happening):

  • Background
  • Introduction
  • “The challenge”
  • “The case”
  • What happened?
  • How the case progressed
  • Discussion
  • The outcome
  • The positives
  • The negatives
  • Lessons learnt
  • Questions still unanswered

Research presentations are very welcome and collaborative projects encouraged. The usual poster format for research presentations should be followed- Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusion with diagrams and tables as needed.

Posters can be landscape or portrait orientation … but remember the idea of a poster is to get our message across in as few words as possible and not to overrun the poster with too much dialogue. 750 words is the suggested maximum. Short and sweet is a good mantra! Pictures, photos and graphs can be very handy to convey your message. Have clear headings, names and affiliations for yourself and colleagues. Use friendly font and sharp colours for maximum impact.

Good luck!  Your observations and experiences as an MS Nurse are important and deserve to be shared, please consider a poster presentation or podium verbal presentation.

Please see Guidelines for Posters available at


Mentors can help you get started or help with logistics on getting the presentation / poster done. Time is usually the most important aspect, so please get started early and leave yourself plenty of time for the printing and pick-up (Posters) and PRACTICE for the Podiums. The following list is of experienced presenters who are happy to help you develop your presentation.

Jodi Haartsen: Jodi.Haartsen@easternhealth.org.au

Belinda Bardsley: Belinda.Bardsley@austin.org.au

Lou Hatter: louise.hatter@mswa.org.au

Tim O’Maley: tim.omaley@msqld.org.au