Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts has closed and authors have been notified


Policy Think Space (60 minutes)

The Policy Think Space will run during concurrent sessions, for one hour, and will provide an opportunity for policy makers and/or academics to lead a policy discussion and identify the relevance and application of policy to practice.

 XPRESS Podium presentations (5 minutes)

A five minute provocative idea presented to all conference delegates, following the relevant keynote presentation. XPRESS Podium presentations are innovative social solutions that cut across traditional boundaries. Presenters have the opportunity to challenge the status quo and help move the conversation forward.

Oral paper presentation (15 minutes)

A 15 minute presentation. There will be three oral paper presentations per 1 hour session, with a Q&A to conclude the session.

Resource Display

Display your research or activity in the foyer, where you will have ample opportunity to engage with attendees during the breaks, to explain your work or share your resources. A trestle table will be provided.


On display in the foyer for the duration of the conference, your poster should concisely summarise information about your research or program, with the aim to publicise your work and generate discussion. You will have the opportunity to interact with delegates during catering breaks. Poster dimensions are to be: 1189mm high x 841mm wide (A0 size). Your poster MUST be portrait orientation.



the three key themes of CAA 2017:

  • Advancing children’s development and wellbeing in the first 1000 days.
  • Supporting young people in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood.
  • Building child safe organisations and environments

Policy Think Space Questions
(a presenter/group will lead discussion on one of the following):

Note, all policy presentations should be framed around the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 (National Framework) or the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010-2022 (National Plan).

  1. How do I unpack and understand the fundamentals of national policy design, and how does it drive national strategy and service delivery?
  2. How do I engage in national policy and how does community sector participation influence policy development and maturation?
  3. What does success look like and how does that relate to policy development (e.g. scoping, gathering evidence, consultation etc.)
  4. Does policy really drive what we do or is it something else? Does it really influence service delivery?
  5. Advocacy is not policy but what role can/does advocacy have in policy development or influencing a change in policy?
  6. What is the policy process? How do I generate and gain support for my policy idea?
Keywords/topics (authors to select up to two):
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
  • Addressing risk factors
  • Child aware, child safe, child friendly
  • Child and family sensitive and inclusive practices
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse background perspectives
  • Community solutions and engagement
  • Community policing, child safety and domestic violence
  • Early intervention
  • Flourishing into adulthood from out-of-home care
  • Improving parenthood, family functioning, supporting young parents
  • Inter-disciplinary ways of working (e.g. infant and maternal health/adult services/early education and care/arts, sport and education)
  • OOHC perspectives (e.g. children and young people/carers/grandparent carers)
  • Prevention in rural and remote communities
  • Public health approaches to child safety and wellbeing
  • Support for children and families affected by disability
  • Voices of children and young people

Policy-specific keywords/topics:

  • Unpacking national policy agendas
  • Social policy (e.g. change/innovation/influencing)
  • Translating policy to practice, and practice to policy
  • Evidence based practice and policy implementation

Accepted abstracts will be published on the Conference website.

Important Dates

20 January 2017          Call for abstracts closes
09 February 2017        Notification of acceptance begins
28 February 2017        Early bird registration closes

General Policies and Requirements

  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s).
  • A presenting author must submit the abstract.
  • Abstract length must not exceed 250 words (excluding title / author information)
  • Abstracts must be submitted online via the link below by 20 January 2017.
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD.
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review.
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline of 28 February 2017.
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by Internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.


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