Submissions for the Pathways 13 Conference have now closed.
Please contact the Conference Manager, Kelli Singer on 02 6252 1200 or by email at if you have any questions regarding the abstract process or if you would like the committee to consider a late submission.
The 2016 Conference focus is ‘Changes, Challenges and Choice’. Preference will be given to abstracts which share research, projects or best practice on the following themes:
Changes – How is the Post- Secondary Education and Training Sector Evolving?
Innovative ideas and best practice exploring solutions to support students with a disability.
- Embracing the Future - show casing ‘brilliant’ ideas including new programs (pilots) and best practice.
- Universal Design and Technology - providing learning support services and learning opportunities both on-line and face-to-face, different teaching methods eg. flipped classrooms.
- Beyond Accommodations – students taking more responsibility for their own learning.
Analysing the Challenges and Embracing the Future
Programs, policies and research targeted towards addressing the challenges facing the sector and students with a disability to support the success and wellbeing of students both during and transitioning beyond their tertiary studies.
Including areas such as:
- identifying and removing barriers to participation and success
- maximising student success in education and preparing them for future careers
- enhancing Engagement (ie. study/work/life balance, addressing increasing rates of disclosed mental health & returned military personnel)
- increasing the level of understanding within the sector - where we have come from, how far have we come over the last 25 years and the importance of the sector.
Creating Opportunities and Choices for People with Disability
- Themes addressing the need for informed choices which will drive innovation and build a culture of inclusive practice towards increasing the participation of people with disability in post- secondary education and training and into future careers.
- Embracing individualised choice and control at a time of significant change in the disability sector.
- Creating opportunities for participation, retention and success of people with disability in post- secondary education and training.
- Looking beyond the ‘usual’ and creating opportunities and choices for the future.
- Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
- The abstract should provide sufficient detail to represent accurately the intended presentation.
- Please select a theme to assist the committee in allocating the presentation, if accepted.
- All of the costs to attend the conference, including the registration fee, must be paid by presenters. At least one author for each abstract accepted for presentation in the conference program is expected to register and pay to attend the conference to present their research.
- Presenters of oral presentations will have 30 minute timeslots, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
- For those presenting their abstract in poster format, it is expected that one of the authors be present at their poster during specified poster viewing times to discuss their poster with fellow delegates.
- The organising committee has the right to refuse or accept any submission and allocate the presentation type.
In assessing submissions, the following factors will be considered
- The abstract demonstrates clear links to conference themes.
- The methods for conducting research and/or evaluating projects, where relevant.
- The contribution to the overall program balance of themes.
- The relevance of the abstract to all delegates.
- How clearly the abstract is articulated.
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Monday 1 August 2016
- If you an require an alternative format for abstract submission please contact Consec – Conference & Event Management by e-mail: or phone +61 2 6252 1200.
Note to Authors
- Presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the conference by the author registration deadline to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program. Pathways13 does not pay honoraria for any presentations.
- Only the presenting author will be contacted by email regarding acceptance or otherwise of the submitted abstract.
- All conference abstracts accepted for Pathways13 will be made available to delegates in the conference program.
Twenty (20) minutes will be allocated for oral presentations plus ten (10) minutes for questions. Papers should be presented using PowerPoint projection. Overheads will not be permitted. Please bring your presentation PowerPoint slides on a memory stick to the audio visual speaker's preparation room on arrival at the conference for loading onto the conference lap top computers. Please also bring a back-up of your presentation on a separate memory stick or CD in case of presentation failure.
Posters should include author and co-author's names, a short title, the name of the institution where the work was carried out and the following sections: Background, Methods/Results and Conclusions. Please be advised that you are required to register for the conference as a delegate in order to present your poster.
Key Dates to Remember
- Last date for submissions COB Monday 1 August 2016.
- Notification of acceptance/non acceptance into the conference program Friday 2 September 2016.
- Pathways 13 Conference commences Wednesday 30 November 2016.
In submitting an abstract, authors acknowledge they may be required to present on any day (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) of the conference, as we cannot commit to time scheduling to suit all authors.