National Public Health Symposium 2023 Abstract Submission Guidelines

Background Information

Abstract submissions will be accepted from professionals and practitioners from various health and non-health disciplines who wish to present and share their research and other work on Improving Health and Well-being through an integrated societal approach.  The conference aims to bring together experts from a wide range of fields both within and outside health to discuss the role every one of us has in improving health and well-being and strategies for improving health outcomes, with a focus on an integrated societal approach. Our health is determined by individual factors, healthcare accessibility and delivery as well as societal determinants outside of health. Abstracts looking into the various factors that impact our health and well-being based on the themes below will be accepted:

Conference topics:

  • Social determinants of health, environmental concerns, and sustainability e.g., climate change, environment and health, and intersectoral collaboration.
  • Old and new health challenges e.g., communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, mental health, COVID-19, and migrant health.
  • Reorienting and strengthening of health systems and services e.g., including a focus on the health and retention of the workforce, sustainability of universal health care, health promotion, and primary care.
  • Innovative approaches to population health e.g., digital health and communication, public health genomics. 
  • Public Health monitoring, surveillance, and evaluation
  • Public health leadership, politics, and economics

General Guidelines

  • The Call for Abstracts is now open and can be accessed through the following link: Abstract Submission – MAPHM Symposium 2023
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  • Deadline for submission of Abstracts is the 31st of August 2023.   
  • All Abstracts should represent original work and be scientifically sound.
  • Abstracts should not be work or studies which have already been published but should present something new or different.
  • The overall theme of this conference is Improving Health and Well-being through an integrated societal approach. Topics from different disciplines including public health, health, and social sciences, finance, economics, management, politics, ICT, education, the environment, etc will be accepted as long as the research/work submitted is related to the various topics described above.
  • Both research, as well as programme/policy-driven abstracts, will be accepted for consideration.
  • Any queries or general guidance regarding abstract submission may be submitted to the following email:

Detailed Guidelines

1. Type of abstracts

Research abstract

Programme/Policy-driven abstract

2. Instructions for Abstract Submission

  • All abstracts must be submitted and presented in good English.
  • All abstracts should be between 350-400 words with a maximum word count of 400 words. This does not include the title and short overall message which have separate word counts. Title: maximum word count: 50; Short message: maximum word count: 30.
  • Do not add tables or graphs. Avoid acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Use single line spacing, size 11, Arial font.
  • There is no limit to the number of authors.
  • For Abstract type please choose between Research or Programme/Policy Driven.
  • When writing your abstract use the sub-headings as indicated in the submission form e.g., Background, Method, etc.

3. Abstract Format

All abstracts should be structured depending on the type of abstract:

3A. Research Abstract


The abstract title should be descriptive, informative, and concise and should stand on its own. (Maximum word count: 50)


Address the scientific background and rationale of the study. Explain why the study is important and what questions it will answer.


Describe the study design, the study participants, the setting, and the data collection methods used.


Present the major qualitative and/or quantitative findings which relate to the conclusion.


Outline the main discussion points


State the conclusions directly supported by the data. Mention the actions that are recommended from the study and the expected magnitude of the impact.


Write a short message (20-30 words) that summarises the main impact of your work.

3B. Programme-Policy Driven Abstract


The abstract title should be descriptive, informative, and concise and should stand on its own


Describe the issue/problem that is being addressed by the programme or policy. Include the background and context of the issue/problem and its significance. Explain why the policy intervention is important.

Literature Review (if relevant)


Clearly describe the objective/s, design, testing, and implementation methods and time frame used (as applicable).


Present the results (effects/changes) from the policy or programme initiative.

Lessons learnt

Report the lessons of interest that relate to the policy. Report the actions that are recommended and should be implemented as a consequence of the policy.  Include, where relevant, socio-economic factors, good practices, legal aspects, political aspects, and evidence-based policy.


Write a short message (20-30 words) that summarises the main impact of your work.

Evaluation procedure

All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the scientific committee. An anonymous system will be used for scoring.


Once the abstract is submitted, the submitting author will receive a notification that abstract has been successfully delivered.  If not received, kindly send an email on to inform us.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission by an acceptance/rejection letter by the 30th of September 2023.

Though you may choose your preferred form of presentation, the final decision on whether your abstract has been accepted for an oral or poster presentation will rest on the scientific committee.

Authors may be asked to revise their abstract and will be expected to submit the revised document within a stipulated timeframe.

Dr Kathleen England

Chair of National Conference Organising Committee

Dr Tanya Melillo

Chair of National Conference Scientific Committee