Abstract & Speaker Guidelines

The ACMHN Program Committee gratefully acknowledges your contribution as a speaker at the ACMHN 48th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2024. Below are some tips to assist you with your presentation and make the most of the experience. 

Your Session Chair, ACMHN, and Conference staff will be on hand to answer your questions and advise you during the conference. 

Remember to enjoy yourselfNot everyone loves public speaking, but all speakers are passionate about their topic; if you speak with confidence and share your enthusiasm for your work you will connect well with the audience. They are your peers and supporters who have chosen to hear your presentation over many others. 

Speaker and delegate behaviour

The ACMHN 48th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2024 provides an important opportunity for engaging with research, sharing ideas and creativity, informal mentoring, and engagement with colleagues on so many levels. 

Our hope is that each person will benefit from their participation during the conference, feel welcomed and contribute to a culturally safe community. In the interest of everyone enjoying their conference experience, please: 

  • Report any issues or problematic behaviours to ACMHN or Conlog staff, providing as much detail as possible 
  • Check in with delegates who may have been negatively impacted by anything in your session, or provide assistance by bringing the situation to the attention of ACMHN or Conlog staff 
  • Please report any problematic behaviour or actions that you believe may put the conference participants at risk in any way.

At the conference

  • Visit the Registration Desk to collect your name badge and conference materials
  • Visit the Audio-Visual Technician in the Speaker Preparation Area (onsite staff will direct you to where this is) to upload and/or check your presentation
  • Check the ‘Program Changes’ list in the app for any last-minute program change announcements
  • During your presentation, keep an eye on the session chair as they will provide you with time warnings
  • During your presentation, keep the virtual viewers in mind as well as those present; speak into the microphone, look at the camera as if it were another member of the audience, and thank viewers at the end of your presentation.
  • If you have any questions during the conference regarding the program or your presentation, please visit our friendly team at the Registration Desk

Please note: this conference will also be offered live in a virtual format. A play-back option will be made available to both in-person and virtual delegates post conference. Contact Conlog via 02 6281 6624 or acmhn@conlog.com.au if you DO NOT give permission for your presentation to be streamed and/or recorded.

Audio visual

The following audio-visual equipment will be in each session room at the conference: 
  • Lectern and microphone 
  • Data projector and screen or LCD screen
Unless previously arranged, only the equipment listed above can be used. If you have any special requirements, please contact acmhn@conlog.com.au soon as possible.


The ACMHN 48th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2024 provides delegates with a program that reflects and leads contemporary mental health nursing practice. All abstracts and papers are to be presented using appropriate terminology for people who experience mental health issues. Terms such as 'mentally ill people', 'the mentally ill' and 'case/subject' and 'the mentally ill case' are not accepted. Rather, descriptors should be person-centered, such as 'people/person who experience XYZ', 'consumer', 'service user', 'person with a lived experience' or 'client'. Abstracts which do not meet this criteria will not be eligible for review. 


The ACMHN 48th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2024 has put in place a number of measures to ensure all speakers have both equipment and facilities in place to ensure they are comfortable and have all requirements they may need in order to present. Such items include but not limited to

·        Accessible stage with ramp and stair rail

·        Hearing loops available

·        Lapel microphone option for all presenters

·        Reserved seating for wheelchairs, scooters, those with assistance animals, and those that lip read

If you require any additional support items or have any special requests in order to assist you, please include your requirements whilst completing your registration. Alternatively, you can reach out to acmhn@conlog.com.au and our team will get in touch in order to discuss your requirements. Ideally, if we can pre-plan your requirements, we will be able to arrange items ahead of time and ready for your arrival.

Also, whilst onsite, please also feel free to reach out to us at the Registration desk.

Notes on content & support

This conference strives to be an accepting and safe place for peoples of all backgrounds and identifications. Please take note of the following guidelines to ensure this: 

  • All speakers must use inclusive and culturally respectful language when discussing culture and refer to the correct pronouns when referencing individuals. If you aren’t sure of how to refer to someone, please ask them 
  • Content and cultural safety warnings are to be included on a slide, and verbally, at the start of presentations, dependent on the nature and content of the presentation. If you are unsure or need clarification, please notify ACMHN or Conlog staff 
  • If you need support or assistance Conlog staff will be available at all times at the registration desk located in the foyer. 

Should you have any questions or require guidance on the language used in your presentation, please contact acmhn@conlog.com.au to be put in contact with a committee member to discuss further.


We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we particularly acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and custodians of land on which the College National Office stands. We recognise the important connection of First Peoples to land, water and community, and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.