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 Submissions closed midnight Monday 4 July 2016

Call for Abstracts

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health in conjunction with the Australasian Telehealth Society is pleased to announce plans for the 2016 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-16).


For more than 15 years the annual SFT conferences have provided an open and engaging forum which explores both successes and failures in telehealth. The conference attracts prominent national and international speakers and delegates worldwide.   


This year, SFT-16 is running in conjunction with the Global Telehealth (GT 2016), the Health Informatics New Zealand Conference (HiNZ 2016), and the NZ Nursing Informatics Conference (NZNIC-16) to bring you four concurrent conferences in one dynamic week. Delegates register once and can attend any session within the four conferences.


The combined conference is expected to attract over 1000 delegates including academics, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, government representatives, policy advisers, managers and technicians.  


SFT provides an excellent program to learn from experts in the field. The scientific program will be informative and interactive and will be accompanied by a trade show featuring the latest products and technology available in telehealth. The conference will also give delegates an opportunity to engage with researchers from the the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth.


This year’s conference program will offer a diverse range of presentations in a variety of formats, including academic paper presentations, clinical case studies and reports, industry showcase, panel presentations, poster presentations and telehealth demonstrations.  


We hope that you will consider sharing your experience at this conference and look forward to receiving your abstract.    


Associate Professor Anthony Smith

SFT Scientific Program Chair

Deputy Director, Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland


Jackie Plunkett

President, Australasian Telehealth Society


Download the SFT Submission Guidelines flyer

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Submission Guidelines

Option 1. Scientific Papers

Original unpublished contributions in all fields of telemedicine, telehealth and related areas of eHealth are invited. Authors have the opportunity to submit abstracts up to 300 words in length (excluding references). All submissions should be original and not previously published. Authors may submit more than one abstract.

Abstracts must contain:

A clearly stated AIM
CONCLUSION for the work reported.

Abstracts will be judged on originality, significance, technical quality, relevance to the conference themes, and presentation. Submission of an abstract will be regarded as an undertaking that, should it be accepted, at least one author will register and attend the conference to present the work. Authors may submit more than one abstract, provided it meets the conditions outlined earlier.

Option 2. Clinical Case Studies and Reports

Submissions are also sought which describe clinical experiences associated with telehealth. In 300 words or less, briefly describe your telehealth service and why this service would be of interest to the delegates at the SFT-16 conference. All submissions should be original and not previously published.


Download the SFT Submission Guidelines Flyer.


Submit Online Now - Click Here

(This link will take you a micro-site specifically for SFT-16 submissions. It has a different username/login and isn't the same as the HiNZ member login.)


Topics of Interest

The scientific committee encourages submissions relating to the clinical use of telehealth across a range of settings including tertiary level centres; small rural hospitals; general practice; residential aged care facilities; the home; and within Indigenous communities.


Specific topics of interest include:

  • Clinical applications of telehealth
  • Telehealth for chronic disease management
  • Telehealth in acute care
  • Telecare and remote patient monitoring
  • Telehealth in developing countries
  • International perspectives in telehealth


Telehealth in the Australian and New Zealand context:

  • MBS reimbursed video consultations
  • Experiences in clinical practice
  • New telehealth models of care


The future of clinical telehealth:

  • Grand challenges in clinical telehealth
  • Software and systems for telehealth
  • Telehealth service development
  • Telehealth service management


The business of telehealth:

  • Business models for telehealth
  • Funding and sustainability
  • Telehealth policy and governanceEducation and training:
  • Education and training for current and future practitioners
  • Using telehealth to provide professional development


State of the evidence:

  • Telehealth service evaluation
  • Evidence reviews



All abstracts will be subject to peer review by an international committee of experts in the field.

Abstracts will be scored according to the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Significance
  3. Technical Quality
  4. Relevance to the Conference Theme
  5. Overall Impression of Abstract

Conference Proceedings

All accepted abstracts will be available in an electronic version of the conference proceedings. In addition, a selection of papers will also be published in a special edition of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telehealth (JTT). Terms and conditions will apply for papers chosen for publication in the JTT.


NOTE: A link to the Submission page on the conference website will be provided after 1 April.



  • Submission Close: Midnight Monday 4 July 2016
  • Peer-Review of Submissions:4-15 July 2016
  • Notification to Authors:25 July 2016
  • Final Abstracts and/or Short Paper Manuscripts
    (if selected for JTT special issue) due:15 August 2016
  • Author Registration:26 August 2016
  • Abstract Sessions:1 - 3 November 2016

Submission Types

We invite abstracts which fit into either one of the following categories:

  1. Scientific Papers
  2. Clinical Case Studies and Reports

Download SFT Submission Guidelines Flyer.


Submit Online Now - Click Here

(This link will take you a micro-site specifically for SFT-16 submissions. It has a different username/login and isn't the same as your HiNZ member login.)



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