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Abstracts for Digital Health Week 2021 are now open. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What is the submission deadline?
Abstracts are due at 11:59pm Sunday 15 November 2020 (no extensions as outcomes will be announced in December 2020).

What are abstract submissions being accepted for?
1. Presentations
2. ePosters
Participants can nominate their preference for an ePoster or presentation format but may be asked to present in an alternate format in order to fit within the overall program.

What is the conference theme in 2021?
The theme for 2021 is Pushing the Boundaries of Health Care.

Is this conference only open to Sydney and Melbourne participants?
Not at all. Digital Health Week 2021 is being co-hosted by the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne but is open to everyone! Digital Health Week 2021 will be held online with a program of events over four days (8th-11th Feb).

Does my research topic fit?
Research topics include (alphabetical order)
– Data and learning health systems
– eHealth education
– eHealth and Health services 
– Equity, equality, and the digital divide
– Games and gamification for health
– Mobile applications and wearable technologies
– Social media and social networking sites
– Technology and the health workforce
– Telehealth and telepractice
– Virtual and augmented reality

Are there guidelines for where my research topic fits?
There are no set definitions for each of the topics as this is a general guide and your submission is welcome under what you feel best represents your work.

How long will the presentation be?
The Digital Health Week team is currently working on establishing a scientific program, but presentations will likely be between 5-10 minutes.

What is an ePoster?
An ePoster is an academic poster that is submitted online, avoiding the economic and environmental costs of printing conventional posters.
Other benefits of using ePosters include:
• online submission can be done in a quick and secure way
• higher work visibility, ePosters will be displayed online two weeks prior the event.

Participants submitting an ePoster will have access to an online ePoster workshop and detailed guidelines.

Who can submit an abstract?
Any researcher undertaking research in digital/eHealth and informatics is welcome to submit an abstract. At least one author on the submission should have a university affiliation. If there is not one team member who has an academic affiliation, we are requesting that the project has Ethics Approval. 

The conference is keen to showcase Honours and Higher Degree Research Students to highlight their research so if you are a research student please indicate it on the submission form.

What type of research is suitable for submission?
The conference is keen to showcase new and emerging research. Abstracts are accepted on completed research, preliminary findings, and research methodologies. 

What is the abstract review process?
All abstracts go through a blinded review by a panel of reviewers picked from the Digital Health Week Working Group. Abstracts are reviewed against structured criteria, including for alignment with the conference theme.

We hope that you will join us for Digital Health Week 2021!

Additional information and next steps
– Prizes will be awarded in the HDR Student presentation streams and for ePosters
– Abstracts will be reviewed by the Digital Health Week Working Group
– Participants will be advised of the outcome of their submission in December 2020
– Registration for Digital Health Week 2021 is a separate process to the submission of abstracts and all presenters will need to register
– Reflections on the 2020 event can be viewed here 
– If you have any questions Please don’t hesitate to email


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