First Time Presenter Award



The Best First Time Presenter Award is presented to the individual who has never presented at an international  conference/conference with more than 200 delegates before. You will be presenting for the first time outside of their organisation/place of work/tertiary institution.

Abstracts to be considered for the First Time Presenter include:

  • Abstract
  • Title
  • Author(s) Surname, Initial. Organisational Affiliation.
  • Introduction and background
  • Aims/objectives
  • Description of the work
  • Outcomes/significance/policy and practice change
  • Implications for mental health nursing
  • Identify 2-3 learning objectives significant to paper/poster/workshop
  • Author will nominate that they are a 'first time presenter' when their abstract is submitted.


Presentations eligible for the First Time Presenter Award are assessed against the following criteria:

  1. The issue is clearly described and includes a description of relevance for consumers, carers, the community, mental health nurses and/or other health practitioners.
  2. The presentation draws on contemporary theoretical frameworks and nursing and related literature
  3. The presentation establishes a connection between the body of knowledge and supports the presenters conclusions
  4. The presenter clearly articulates key points, engages the audience and uses relevant audio-visual aids
  5. The presenter keeps to time and responds well to discussion and questions from the audience


2016 winner

Rebecca Lofts and Jo Ryan
Mental Health Nursing in a correctional environment: How do we incorporate recovery-oriented practice?

Previous Winners

2014 winner

Alex Fenlon
Mental Health Nursing and the Partners in Recovery Program: improving coordination of services


2015 Winner
Christine Cummins