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Getting Serious about Prevention

Call for abstracts

Our annual conference on March 15th 2019 will explore how far we've come in Wessex in achieving the Five Year Forward View objectives to radically upgrade prevention and public health, reduce the health and well-being gap and deliver prevention at scale, through invited speakers, workshops and oral presentations around four main themes.

Now is your chance to debate issues and showcase successes by submitting an abstract.



Leading complex systems towards prevention

Public Health needs critical skills in system leadership at all levels. How are we using these to influence the direction of policy and service configuration towards prevention, and what more do we do?

Threats and opportunities in public mental health

While understanding of public mental health is increasing there are new societal challenges and threats. How are we improving individual and community resilience across the life course and what more can we do?

Acting on basic needs

Are we doing enough to mitigate the effects of poverty and ensure our communities have access to the basic requirements of affordable food, fuel, housing and clean air to reduce health inequalities?

Local Public Health Action

An opportunity to showcase other local public health activity that is making a difference and having an impact on health. We welcome abstracts on theory, research and practice in any of these areas that highlight innovation and show how prevention is being embedded across services and communities, supporting behaviour change and community engagement.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

You must use this submission form. Please refer to this Abstract Guidance for assistance.

The conference committee will select abstracts on the basis of quality, innovation and impact for either oral presentation (approx.10 minutes), or a workshop (approx. 60 minutes) where there is a significant learning opportunity. All other abstracts that meet requirements will be accepted for poster presentation. The panel will have the final decision on which presentation category and theme your abstract is allocated to. You will be contacted to notify you of the outcome.

Abstracts MUST include the following information. ALL fields in the form MUST be completed.

  1. Highlight on the form the main theme(s) that your abstract relates to.
  2. Include the names of all authors in the order that you wish to see them listed, and in Surname, First name format e.g. Brown, Jane and Smith, John.
  3. Include the affiliations of each author, i.e. who they were working for at the time the work was done.
  4. Identify the presenting author, i.e. who will give an oral presentation if selected (not necessarily the lead author).
  5. Ensure that an email address of one corresponding author is included for communications along with a contact telephone number.
  6. Include the title of your abstract.
  7. A maximum 300 word description of your work.

Abstracts should clearly indicate the objective of the work, how it was implemented and the outcomes. Where relevant they can be in standard scientific format, i.e. background/introduction: aim/objective; methods; results; conclusions/implications. However you may use any format that clearly describes why and what you did, and what impact it has had.

Please be aware that the information you provide in the abstract will be used exactly as submitted in the conference programme and abstract booklet as required.


Abstract Submission Deadline date:

Monday 12 November 2018

Please return completed form to:


Useful links

Abstract Submission Form

Abstract Guidance


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