Guidelines and Criteria

Academics, clinicians, industry partners and people with disabilities with lived rehabilitation experiences are invited to submit an abstract for the Bold ideas, better solutions 2020 program.


There are four categories available for submission:

  • Academic
  • Clinician
  • Industry partner
  • People with disabilities and their support networks


Presentation Types

The day-long stimulating program will comprise of international keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, and a panel or candid conversational discussion.

  • Oral

All abstracts submitted will be considered for an oral presentation. Oral presentations will include 12-minute short paper presentations (10-minute presentation, 2-minutes questions).

  • Poster

Abstracts not selected for an oral presentation may be eligible to be displayed on a poster board or as an ePoster.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are to be no longer than 200 words with no bullet points. A plain language 100-word synopsis must also be submitted. Please contact with any queries.

Abstract Judging Criteria

All abstract submissions will undergo a peer review process by the Bold ideas, better solutions 2020 research leaders, consumer representatives and the program subcommittee. Abstracts will be judged on the basis of excellence in three criteria:

  • Abstract Quality

The abstract should succinctly portray the background, rationale, methodological approach, key findings and significance of the research with regard to enhancing the rehabilitation experience. The abstract needs to appeal to an audience including clinical and scientific researchers who may not be familiar with the field of research.

  • Scientific Quality

The research presented should be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate and advanced techniques. The analysis of the data should be thoroughly and rigorously conducted.

  • Benefit and Impact

The benefit for people with lifelong and complex needs and the applied impact on practice, service delivery of system design should be clearly portrayed. The key findings of the study should be supported by the evidence presented and the outcomes interpreted in the context of the state of current knowledge.

Judging of abstracts will take into account outstanding qualities in each criterion. Equal weighting of these qualities will apply.

Research that clearly highlights benefit from the perspective of consumers experience of rehabilitation will be considered favorably.

Presentation Judging Criteria

Judging of oral presentations will take into account excellence in the three abstract judging criterions in addition to presentation criteria. Judging will be conducted by an esteemed panel of research leaders in multiple fields.

  • Delivery and communication quality

The presentation needs to appeal to anon-specialist audience, follow a logical sequence, engage and educate the audience.

  • Timing

The presentation adheres to the oral presentation guideline of a 10-minute presentation with 2-minutes of questions—total 12-minutes.

Key dates:

  • 5/3/20 - abstract submission open
  • 20/4/20 – abstract submission deadline at 4pm
  • 1/5/20 - BIBS20 registration open
  • 8/5/20 – Authors notified
  • 9/9/20 - Bold ideas better solutions 2020 symposium