Call for Abstracts


Abstract notifications will be released on Friday 4th March 2022.


If you have any queries, please contact Binh Nguyen for assistance.

T: +61 3 9249 1279



All posters will be presented electronically during the Congress and will be available for viewing on plasma screens in the industry exhibition. Posters will be placed on the Virtual Congress in addition to the abstract.


Several points require emphasis:

  1. Authors of research papers who wish to have their abstracts considered for inclusion in the scientific programs at the Annual Scientific Congress must submit their abstract electronically via the Congress website having regard to the closing dates in the call for abstracts, the provisional program and on the abstract submission site.
  2. Abstracts submitted after the closing date will not be considered.
  3. The title should be brief and explicit.
  4. Research papers should follow the format: Purpose, Method, Results and Conclusion. Non-scientific papers, e.g. Education, History, Military, Medico-legal, may understandably depart from the above.
  5. Excluding title, authors (full given first name and family name) and institution, the abstract must not exceed 1750 characters and spaces (approximately 250 words). In MS Word, this count can be determined from the ‘Review’ menu. Any references must be included in this allowance. If you exceed this limit, the excess text will NOT appear in the abstract book.
  6. Abbreviations should be used only for common terms. For uncommon terms, the abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word.
  7. Presentations (slide and video) will only have electronic PowerPoint support. Audio visual instructions will be available on the Congress website and will be included in correspondence sent to all successful authors.
  8. Authors submitting research papers have a choice of two sections under which their abstract can be considered. Submissions are invited to any of the specialties or special interest groups participating in the program except cross-discipline.
  9. A 50-word CV is required from presenting author to facilitate their introduction by the Chair.
  10. The timing (presentation and discussion) of all papers is at the discretion of each Section Convener. Notification of the timing of presentations will appear in correspondence sent to all successful authors.
  11. Tables, diagrams, graphs, etc CANNOT be accepted in the abstract submission. This is due to the limitations of the computer software program.
  12. Authors must be registrants at the Congress to present and for their abstract to appear in the publications, on the website or the Virtual Congress.

Please ensure that you indicate on the abstract submission site whether you wish to be considered for the following paper prizes:


  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Burn Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery (The Mark Killingback Research Paper Prize for Younger Fellows & Trainees)
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery (The Tom Reeve Paper Prize – Trainees)
  • General Surgery
  • Global Health
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery (The David Fletcher Research Paper Prize)
  • Indigenous Health
  • Military Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Pain Medicine & Surgery
  • Rural Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Transplantation Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery (The Damian McMahon Research Paper Prize for Trainees)
  • Upper GI Surgery (The Mark Smithers Research Paper Prize)
  • Vascular Surgery


  • ANZ Chapter of the ACS Scientific Forum (Best Paper Prize)Bariatric Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Surgery: The Les Nathanson Translational Research Prize (for research that has been conducted as part of a higher degree and relates to the fields of HPB, UGI or Bariatric surgery)
  • Endocrine Surgery (The Best Basic Science Paper Prize)
  • Medico-Legal
  • Quality and Safety in Surgical Practice
  • Surgical Directors
  • Surgical Education
  • Surgical History
  • Women in Surgery


The submitting author of an abstract will ALWAYS receive email confirmation of receipt of the abstract into the submission site. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, it may mean the abstract has not been received.

In this circumstance, please email Binh Nguyen at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to determine why a confirmation email has not been received.