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Easy steps to conference abstract success

14 December 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm
Online, Zoom, New South Wales
Join NADA and the Matilda Centre (USyd) for a whirlwind tour of the abstract writing process and learn how to write an engaging abstract.

If the thought of squeezing months or years of practice and learning into 250 words is overwhelming, you’re not alone! Ahead of NADA’s 2023 Conference: Creating safe spaces, NADA has partnered with the Matilda Centre to share some tips on writing the best abstract and showcasing your work.



Who should attend?
Anyone intending to submit an abstract for the upcoming NADA conference, those who haven’t written an abstract in a while (or ever), and anyone who has any questions about what an abstract should contain.

What will I learn?
  • Choosing the right abstract type
  • The requirements of a conference abstract
  • How to approach and plan your abstract
  • Writing for your audience
  • Discussing method
  • What to leave out and common errors
  • How to ‘sell’ the importance of your research or practice

About the panellists

Dr Ewa Siedlecka is a current postdoctoral research fellow at the Matilda Centre, where her research examines mental health, substance use and the relationship between these factors. She has a background in social and cognitive psychology, with previous experience working on school clinical trials and industry-based research. She has presented her research at a range of national and international conferences. 

Samantha Lynch is a current PhD student at the Matilda Centre, where her research examines the relationship between personality and psychopathology, including substance use. Sam has additional experience working on preventative initiatives targeting substance use. 

Michelle Ridley is the Clinical Program Manager at NADA. She has over 22 years' experience working across the health and human services sector, working primarily in the area of alcohol and other drugs. Michelle's role at NADA involves supporting members to enhance continuing care, cross sector partnerships and consumer engagement. Michelle provides clinical advice, training and advocacy support and develops resource and training materials for members. Her interests include harm reduction, consumer participation and building the peer workforce, human rights and service provision, and drug diversion programs. Michelle holds qualifications in training and assessment, psychology and criminology and a Masters in Social Science in addictive behaviours. 

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