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Criteria and guidelines

Abstract submissions have now closed.

Clinicians, researchers, and staff of Metro South Health were invited to submit an abstract for the Logan and Beaudesert Health Service Research Symposium program.


There are four categories available for submission:

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Quality Improvement
  3. Student research any student undertaking Honours, Masters or PhD
  4. Early career researcher anyone who is within five years of their Honours, Masters, PhD, or highest qualification degree who is not currently enrolled in a research higher degree.

The day-long program will be comprised of keynote speakers, oral presentations and a poster exhibition.


All abstracts submitted will be considered for an oral presentation. Oral presentations will comprise a 15-minute short paper presentation (12-minute presentation, 3-minutes questions).


Abstracts not selected for an oral presentation may be eligible for poster presentation.

Abstract judging criteria

Judging of the abstracts will be conducted by staff nominated by the Logan and Beaudesert Health Service Research Steering Committee. Submissions from Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals will be highly regarded. Judging of abstracts will take into account outstanding qualities in each criterion. Equal weighting of these qualities will apply. 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 or project.

Research or Project Quality

The research or project presented should be of a high quality conducted with the most appropriate techniques.

Research or Project Significance

The significance and impact on the field should be clearly portrayed. The outcomes should be interpreted in the context of the state of development in the research or clinical field.

Presentation judging criteria

The judging of oral and poster presentations will be conducted by an interdisciplinary panel of research and clinical leaders who will assess the quality of abstracts using pre-defined judging criteria.

Delivery and Communication Quality

Presentations should aim to captivate an intelligent but non-specialist audience by following a logical sequence while effectively engaging and educating the audience.


Oral presentations will adhere strictly to a total 15 minutes (12-minute presentation, 3-minutes questions).


A judges’ choice and people’s choice award will be awarded to the best oral presentations and best poster. This will be announced during closing remarks at the Logan and Beaudesert Health Service Research Symposium.

Last updated 16 April 2024
Last reviewed 13 February 2024