FRSA National Conference 2017


Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2017 FRSA National Conference.

FRSA welcomes abstracts that reflect on the theme Connecting the dots: Creating wellbeing for all.  Your abstract will outline and discuss how together we can enhance the wellbeing of: the children, families and communities we work with; service providers; and/or the sector (as a whole) and across sectors in the delivery of services across the family lifecourse. In doing so, you are asked to select one of the five following streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):

  1. The first 1000 days
    Topics can include the preconception period (preconception to birth), the birth of a child, impact on family relationships and transitions into parenting.
  2. Key transition points in the schooling years
    Topics can include school readiness, transitions into and across primary and secondary schools/school years, young people with significant caring responsibilities and transitioning out of school into training, tertiary education or employment.
  3. Partnering and cohabitation
    Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
  4. Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
    Topics can include family/domestic violence, family legal services, family dispute resolution, men’s behavioural change programs, parenting after separation, sole-parenting, sustaining the best interests and wellbeing of children and the changing nature of family dynamics experienced through reporting.
  5. Ageing
    Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.

FRSA strongly encourages abstracts that focus on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and other vulnerable groups of children, families and communities.

ABSTRACTS MUST BE BETWEEN 200 and 400 words in length.

Important Dates

22 May 2017: Call for abstracts close 
16 June 2017: Notification of acceptance begins
31 July 2017: Speaker registrations close – after this date speakers will need to pay the appropriate Early Bird or Standard rate.
30 September 2017: Early bird registrations close

Abstracts: Additional criteria

In constructing your abstract, you should also reflect on at least one of the following aspects of wellbeing for: the children, families and communities we work with; service providers; our sector as a whole and/or other sectors:

• listening to and responding to the needs of children, families and communities;
• taking care of practitioners’ needs as they deliver services (including connecting practitioners together to share what works and what does not);
• furthering professional development opportunities in organisations and across the sector;
• achieving meaningful client outcomes, and how these ;
• reducing red tape in activity and outcome reporting;
• increasing organisations’ options for certainty over service delivery funding and sustainability;
• achieving stronger collaboration and partnerships between service providers;
• better coordinating/integrating service delivery;
• taking a common prevention and early intervention approach in our service delivery across the family and relationship services sector;
• developing, supporting and coordinating cross-sectoral efforts(e.g. health, education, employment, housing, etc.); and/or
• improving other aspects of wellbeing for clients, practitioners, organisers, from within the Family and Relationship services sector and across sectors.

Symposium option

Staying within the Abstract guidelines outlined above, you may team up with three to five others to submit an abstract for a symposium. A symposium comprises a series of presentations organised around a common theme to engage the audience in critical reflection on key issues and questions relevant to the topic area. The duration of a symposium is around 90 minutes to allow time for three to five presenters to share and for discussion among attendees, with the presentations coordinated/facilitated by a moderator and/or a discussant.

We encourage symposiums in which presenters and moderators/discussants represent different perspectives, such as from policymakers, practitioners, and academics.

To submit an abstract for a symposium there is no need for each presenter to submit an abstract. Each symposium requires a primary organiser who is the chair and will serve as the single point of contact in the submission process. Submissions must detail who the primary organiser is and who the other presenters are. The primary organiser must collate and order the presenters’ ideas in a way that will best engage attendees, with the symposium abstracts being between 500 and 800 words.

For more information about submitting an abstract, please contact FRSA Senior Policy Officer, Dr Adam Heaton at or (02) 6162 1811.

All Abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm AEST, Monday 22 May 2017

Assessment Criteria

Each abstract submitted for FRSA National Conference 2017 will be assessed against the following criteria:
1. The extent the author demonstrates an understanding of the impact of service delivery on clients and/or service providers in the chosen stage in the family life course;
2. The extent the presentation will explore how best clients and/or service providers within our sector and/or across sectors can connect to improve wellbeing;
3. The extent the presentation will be engaging and informative.

While we welcome abstracts from everyone, priority in assessing abstracts is given to individuals and organisations who are FRSA members. For information on becoming an FRSA member please view our website and/or contact us on (02) 6162 1811 or at

Notification of Acceptance

Acceptance of papers for presentation at the Conference will be on the basis of blind peer review.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author from Friday 16 June 2017. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered and reviewed for a poster display.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the FRSA Conference website.

General Policies and Requirements

All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s).
A presenting author must submit the abstract.
Abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm AEST Monday 22 May 2017.
Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD.
All required fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review.

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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