Call for Abstracts

We are now inviting submissions in our Call for Abstracts for the National Conference 2022 speaking program. Ten Abstract categories have been developed encompassing the most pertinent issues for our industry. These sub-themes will assist the organising committee to shape a well-rounded, topical and innovative program. Abstract submissions should explore best practices, challenge our thinking and provide new age concepts to enhance the way we deliver care to older Australians. We want to stimulate best practice across the sector and enable development, opportunities and experiences to be shared amongst our community – it’s up to us. 


National Conference Theme 

 It’s Up To Us. Each one of us must own our part in the transformation of the age services industry, and put into effect the change we want to see.

It’s up to us to enable consumers, deliver quality care, provide transparency, build trust, improve governance, attract qualified workers, lift standards, innovate, and secure our livelihoods. We are not just service providers, regulators, government officials, managers, staff members, product suppliers or developers – we are visionaries, innovators, reformers, pioneers and change-makers.

The time is now, to make a difference and build our legacy.

Underpinned by a world class, three-day program of learning and networking, National Conference will offer global perspectives, best-practice keynotes, and interactive, thought-provoking discussions, designed to empower our industry to actively embrace future opportunities and become the change we want to see.


    Please find below the Ten Abstract Categories for 2022. Abstract submissions should explore best practices, challenge our thinking and provide new age concepts to enhance the way we deliver care to older Australians. We want to stimulate good practice across the sector and enable development, opportunities and experiences to be shared amongst our community – it’s up to us.


    We are seeking abstracts that offer innovative or new solutions to these issues. Abstracts could cover any of the following: workforce benchmarking; leadership and mentoring; solutions for underemployment; professional development and training; upskilling for home carers; competency skills and character assessment; retaining workforce talent and corporate knowledge; cross-cultural support; building employers of choice; promoting age services to job seekers and job starters; navigating the skills gap in a post-COVID immigration context; team building and resilience training.

    Technology & Data 

    We are seeking abstracts related to technology and data in aged care, which may include: supporting consumers; supporting decision-making; workforce training; interoperability; turning data into useful information; technology-related efficiencies; workforce mobility; integration with health professionals; My Health Record; Telehealth; and organisational change (through adoption of technology).

    Consumer Centricity

    We are seeking abstracts on any of the following: consumer perceptions about quality; care finding; driving cultural change; cultural diversity; dignity of risk; access to information; supporting choice; determining consent; digital health records; self-managed care; aged care and disability support services; supporting CALD communities; supporting LGBQTI communities; staff training; consumer empowerment; and innovations in person-centred care.


    We are seeking abstracts on any of the following: corporate governance; clinical governance; data governance; systems governance; financial governance and reporting; governance of sub-contractors; and guidelines for attesting the provider can deliver safe and high-quality care.

    Quality and Continuous Improvement 

    We are seeking abstracts that support this transformation, which might include: supporting consumer voice and choice (e.g. star rating system, customer reviews, transparency); quality indicators; systems and processes for consumer complaints and win-win outcomes; measuring performance for continuous improvement; Serious Incident Reporting Scheme; and leadership training.

    The New Normal and Crisis Management

    We are seeking abstracts that:

    • examine the impact of the pandemic on the aged care workforce and provide actionable solutions that support workforce resilience;
    • discuss organisational resilience and strategies that support this;
    • offer case studies of businesses that have remained buoyant in times of crisis;
    • explore the value of agility in an ever-changing world;
    • provide strategies on building workforce resilience and personal resilience among leaders and team members; and
    • offer proven ways to develop and unlock building a more resilient business.

    Market Trends Sustainability & Finance

    We are seeking abstracts that dissect and inform in relation to market trends, sustainability and finance, and abstracts that offer innovative solutions to providers struggling financially. These might include: AN-ACC; entitlement funding; new funding models; role of superannuation, assets and properties as funding tools; financial viability; cash-flow struggles and solutions; investment trends, market consolidation, mergers and acquisitions; buyer preferences; new-to-market developments; and ways of re-energising the industry.

    Program Design

    We are seeking abstracts that discuss new models of care (imagined or applied) that may include the following:

    • best-practice care models;
    • best-practice accommodation settings (in particular, small scale residential living and purpose-built dementia communities);
    • unification of home care;
    • creating markets of care;
    • designing with consumers;
    • program design in rural and regional communities;
    • re-use of aged building stock (such as former government or office buildings); best-practice palliative care models;
    • innovations in the built environment;
    • supporting complex care in the home;
    • best-practice models for working with allied health;
    • models of care for single assessments; and
    • the legacy of COVID-19 as an enabler for change.

    Home Care Reform Agenda

    We are seeking abstracts that provide detailed information on the home care reform agenda; overcoming workforce issues; training for home care assistants; re-ablement programs; innovations to support sustainability; innovative partnerships with other service providers; and offerings that provide a market edge for home care providers in a competitive market.

    Residential Care Reform Agenda

    We are seeking abstracts that offer insights into remaining viable in a competitive market; cost-effective innovations and improvements; in-demand lifestyle amenities; architectural upgrades; technology enhancements; dementia-friendly design and best-practice high needs support; and cultural change within the workplace.

    Abstract Terms and Conditions:

    All abstracts must be submitted by 30 June 2022. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. ACCPA Events must be notified in writing of any additional or co-presenters by 30 June 2022. Registration is a condition of accepting the offer to present at the National Conference. All presenters must register and pay by 24 September 2022 to obtain the discounted Abstract Speaker Registration rate of $990.00 including GST. Presenters are responsible for their own accommodation expenses and travel to and from National Conference in Adelaide. By submitting an abstract, the author transfers copyright ownership to the Conference Organisers for potential publication in our quarterly magazine and on the Conference website. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission process. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. In the event that the National Conference is cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will revert to a virtual conference delivery model via our interactive online conference platform. We will be continuously monitoring the situation and all attendees will be notified and provided further information if this occurs.