DHAA Symposium 2018 – Call for posters

Image of broken coloured pencils to illustrate the DHAA The DHAA invites colleagues to submit their poster abstracts to be considered for the 2018 National Symposium to be held in Cairns

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia invites colleagues to submit their poster abstracts to be considered for the 2018 National Symposium to be held in Cairns, Queensland.

In alignment with the strategic plan, the DHAA aims to provide evidence-based professional development opportunities for its members. The National Symposium is an annual event which engages its members and industry partners in high quality education as well as providing networking opportunities.

Researchers and clinicians can get involved!
We wish to encourage learning, sharing of experiences, productive discussions, interaction and networking. We warmly invite those attending to contribute to the conference by sharing their work, research and experiences with other delegates This can be achieved through the submission of a poster presentations for delegates.

Posters are a great way to share with the oral health community the great work you are doing, and can be related to three key themes:


Doing an honours, masters or PhD and want to share your research? Or an academic working on ongoing projects? Share with delegates your latest research. Your poster should be a traditional poster format, with an introduction, methods, results and discussion.

Community Projects

Are you doing an innovative or successful project in your local community? Share your knowledge and experience with delegates. Your poster might tell delegates a little about the project, who it targets, and the outcomes.

Patient improvement

Got a great case demonstrating patient improvement? Your poster might include photos, X-rays, periodontal charts with an explanation of treatment, medical history and outcomes.

Anyone attending the symposium is invited to submit a proposal for a poster presentation by submitting an abstract to the Chief Executive Officer for consideration by the Research Committee, not later than 31 May 2018. Please use the attached abstract submission form and submit online to: [email protected]

Submission Forms

Poster Abstract

Community Poster Abstract

Patient Improvement Poster Abstract

How poster presentations will work

General principles
  • Presenting a poster allows you to engage in discussion with other conference participants as they view your poster and allows a visual display of your information.
  • During one of the scheduled breaks, you will have the opportunity to give a 5 minute talk about your poster, and a 5 minute discussion.
  • There will be a prize for Best Poster awarded in each of the 3 categories, at the end of the conference.
Preparing your poster
  • The most appropriate way to prepare a poster is to produce a large B1 size (1000mmx707mm) poster using a desktop publishing program such as Microsoft Publisher or Powerpoint and having it printed at a print shop.
  • The DHAA can help by providing a template for those who haven’t prepared a poster before.
  • The most important thing is to get organised well in advance - do not leave it to the last minute!
  • Like any presentation, the poster needs to have a clear flow and logic to it – please feel free to use subheadings!
  • Make sure the text is large enough to be read EASILY from one metre.
  • Graphics and illustrations will make the poster more attractive and participants will be more likely to engage with it and you.
Putting up your poster and advice for the day
  • Bring your poster and put it up early. The registration desk will be open from 7.45am onwards.
  • We will provide whatever you need to fix the poster to the board – just bring your poster.