2016 - 2017 Executive Committee

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June 2017 ASPOG Newsletter


Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

‘Does the sun always shine? From birth to death: perspectives on Women's Health in the sushine State'
read-moreThursday 3 August - Saturday 5 August 2017

Becoming an ASPOG Member

To become a member of ASPOG please complete an application form and forward it to the Secretariat along with the $90 annual subscription.


Invitation to submit

The Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a multidisciplinary society devoted to promoting understanding of the psychosocial aspects of women’s health, particularly in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive medicine.

The strength of the Society is its multidisciplinary membership. Our professional meetings are held in a friendly, informal atmosphere that fosters interest in communication and psychosocial aspects of women’s health. The Society welcomes health workers from all disciplines; including medicine, midwifery, nursing, psychology, social work, social sciences, and physiotherapy.

The Society holds a national meeting that moves yearly between Australian states. ASPOG offers three prizes for papers presented at the ASPOG annual meeting: please go to the website for further information.

We welcome papers on all topics that reflect the interests of the society, in particular those that fall under the theme for this year’s meeting: ‘Does the sun always shine? From birth to death: perspectives on Women's Health'.

Abstract Preparation

1.     Abstracts must be no more than 300 words.
2.     Abstracts should not contain references or figures; however, they may
        contain tables.

3.     Please submit in a word document using Arial font size 11. The title is to    
        be left justified, in Upper and Lower Case (not CAPITALS) followed by
       double spacing, then author/s name/s in upper and lower 
       case. Use number superscripts for authors’ institutional affiliations and
       list affiliations and city below the names. The name of the author
       presenting the paper must be underlined:

a.     Title (Upper and Lower Case - not CAPITALS)
b.     Author 1, Author 2, Author 3
c.     1 organisation and city (one line per affiliation)
4.     Do not use printing enhancements such as different fonts, italics,
        underlining, bold text etc, except for italics for non-English words or
        scientific names where necessary.

5.     All abstracts will be printed as submitted, so should be thoroughly
        checked for spelling and grammar before submitting.

6.    Your abstract may be eligible for one of the prizes. Please check if you are
       eligible for any of the prizes, refer to guidelines on the website.

7.    Include a statement on ethical compliance, not counted in word

The ASPOG Program and call for abstracts information is correct at the time of printing. However, the organisers reserve the right to change the information where necessary without notice

Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts must be submitted by email (as a word attachment) to Lesley Woods, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  2. Please name the e-mail attachment as follows:          First author's surname+initials.doc eg Citizen J.doc
  3. If you are the first author on more than one abstract, please number the e-mail file as follows: Citizen J1.doc, Citizen J2.doc 
  4. E-mails MUST be received on or before Friday 30 June 2017. You will be emailed an acknowledgment of receipt. 

Notification of Acceptance

  1. Authors will be advised by Friday 7 July 2017 whether or not their abstracts have been accepted.
  2. Successful abstracts will be published in the Meeting handbook and distributed to delegates at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Abstracts will be published only if the presenting author is a registered or invited delegate. If authors do not register by the specified date of Friday 21 July 2017, the abstract will not appear in the program and will not be published.

Statement of Ethical Compliance

ASPOG is committed to ethically responsible reporting of research and clinical work.

The NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 – updated 2009 provides advice about what constitutes ‘human research’:

“Human Research is conducted with or about people or their data or tissue. Human participation in research is therefore to be understood broadly to involve human beings through

  • taking part in surveys, interviews or focus groups
  • undergoing psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment
  • being observed by researchers
  • researchers having access to their personal documents or other materials
  • the collection and use of their body organs, tissues or fluids ( eg skin, blood, urine, saliva, hair, bones, tumour and other biopsy specimens)
  • access to their information (in individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable form) as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database”

NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007, p.8

Therefore, when submitting an abstract to ASPOG please demonstrate your compliance with ethical standards by including one of the following statements, whichever is applicable:

  • The submitted abstract reports on research or clinical material from human participants or patients with approval from an Institutional Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • The submitted abstract reports on work with quality improvement project approval.
  • The submitted abstract does not use data collected from human participants or patients.


ASPOG offers three prizes for papers presented at the ASPOG annual meeting.
1.The “ASPOG New Researcher Prize”

Applicants will be eligible for this prize if they are within 5 years of a Bachelor, Masters or a PhD degree or of obtaining fellowship of a National Clinical College, and present their paper in person at the meeting.

The Prize consists of a framed plaque and future subscription to an ASPOG scientific meeting to be used within 5 years of it being awarded.

2.“Roger Wurm Award” Founder of ASPOG 1991

To be awarded for the best scientific paper presented in person at the annual meeting.

The prize consists of a framed plaque.


3. “The Suzanne Abraham Clinical Presentation Award”

To be awarded for the best clinical presentation during the specified session of the meeting by a junior doctor (registrar or below).

The prize consists of a monetary award of $450

Statement of Ethical Compliance

Download here

Prize Guidelines

Download here


For further Conference information please contact:

ASPOG Conference Secretariat
Lesley Woods or Lara Birchby

PO Box 764
Mitcham  SA  5062  Australia
32 The Strand
Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041  Australia
t: +61 8 8177 2215 
m: +61 (0) 418 870 057
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