Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions now closed 

Clinicians, researchers, industry partners, people with disability and lived rehabilitation experiences, are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for The Hopkins Centre symposium, Bold ideas, better solutions 2019.

The annual Hopkins Centre, Bold ideas better solutions 2019 symposium, is to be held on Friday 18 October 2019 at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) Auditorium at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

This year the symposium theme, Discovery and Design in Disability and Rehabilitation, will feature the latest interdisciplinary research focused on discovery to enhance services, practices and policies for the wellbeing of people with complex rehabilitation needs, and the emerging ideas driving new innovations in design.

Bold ideas better solutions 2019 symposium provides the opportunity for clinicians, researchers, services users and industry partners to share their expertise and the most up to date knowledge of discovery and design in disability and rehabilitation. The day-long symposium will present a stimulating and interdisciplinary program of oral and poster presentations, invited speakers, and panel session.

Bold ideas, better solutions 2019 will present an interdisciplinary program of oral and poster presentations, highlighting the valuable contributions of collaborative research towards enhancing the experience of rehabilitation through a number of subthemes:

  • Therapeutic Interventions and Practice                                                                   
  • Policy, Governance and Service Systems                                                       
  • Positive Environments and Communities                                                                  



A judges’ choice and people’s choice award will be awarded to the best oral presentations and will be announced during closing remarks at Bold ideas, better solutions 2019.

The annual Hopkins Centre Translational Research Award will also be announced during event closing remarks and acknowledges the value of collaboration and productive interdisciplinary research links between practice, academia and industry, and the importance of research having translational potential. This Award recognises research and evaluation projects that demonstrate translational impact or have potential to translate into better practices, health service delivery, and ultimately, contribute to improving the wellbeing of people with complex health needs or lifelong disabling conditions.

Please refer to award criteria for further information.

The Hopkins Centre is also proud to support emerging researchers with the inclusion of the Emerging Researcher Award. This Award recognises evidence of excellence in research productivity relative to opportunity, at an early stage of the individual’s research career. The recipient will also demonstrate the ability to inspire, excite, and engage others in research, including colleagues, clients, and consumers.

All awards will be announced during closing remarks at the Bold ideas better solutions symposium 2019.


Key dates:

  • 27/5/19 - abstract submission open
  • 22/7/19 - abstract submission deadline at 4pm
  • 22/8/19 - Authors notified
  • 18/10/19 - Bold ideas better solutions 2019 symposium