• Call for abstracts: 2nd International Symposium: ICF Education
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    Click here for the invitation to the 2nd International Symposium: ICF Education (Cape Town, South Africa, 30 June 2017)

    Abstract submission deadline extended to 25 March 2017 @07:00 UTC

    Important dates

    Registration opens: 27 February 2017
    Abstract submission opens: 27 February 2017
    Abstract submission deadline: 25 March 2017 @ 07:00 UTC
    Notification of outcome: 3 April 2017
    Registration closes: 12 June 2017, or when 150 registrations have been accepted
    Symposium Friday 30 June 2017 (07:30 – 16:30)

    Symposium themes

    1. ICF-related data: the new frontier for individualised, predictive healthcare. 
      The focus of this topic is research using derivative instruments of the ICF such as the WHODAS 2.0 and the WHOQOL, as well as innovations where ICF-related data is utilised to improve health outcomes and strengthen systems for health.
    2. ICF as catalyst for interprofessional education and collaborative practice
      As the ICF is comprehensive in its coverage of human functioning and the contexts of service users, it is an ideal tool to inform interprofessional education. Each profession can see the domains and categories relevant to their scope of practice, as well as those overlapping. Posters presenting examples of courses and curricula utilising the ICF in interprofessional education, as well as ICF-related tools for collaborative practice are encouraged.
    3. ICF Environmental Factors: Catalyst for person-centred healthcare
      This topic will look at how people have used the ICF Environmental Factors, at what level of detail and which use of the options described in the ICF.

    Selection criteria

    Abstracts will be reviewed by the Symposium Organising Committee. The following principles will be used in selecting the abstracts for presentation.

    • The abstract addresses at least one of the topics of the symposium
    • The content of the abstract is clear and logical
    • Clear take home messages are included.

    Submission guidelines

    Abstract submission must be made electronically at http://whoficsa.mrc.ac.za. All correspondence will be with the person who submits the abstract online. The form will have limited space for data entry. The available word count is indicated below.

    Submissions should include the following:

    Heading Notes

    [20 words]

    Clearly describes the abstract.
    Author(s): Name of presenter and co-authors; organisation/institution, city, country, e-mail, telephone/WhatsApp, Skype name.
    [350 words]
    Background: The context for the work.
    Purpose: The major reason for undertaking the work and any secondary objectives.
    Methods: Principles, methods/approaches were involved.
    Results: Summary of the main findings.
    Conclusion(s): What can be concluded from your work? What are the suggestions for future work?
    Implications: The implications of your work and how will the results be translated into practice / management / education / policy.
    Keywords: Use up to three keywords to describe your work.
    Funding acknowledgements:
    [20 words]
    Please acknowledge all funding sources that supported your work. If the work was unfunded, please state this.
    Ethics approval:
    [20 words]
    Please name the ethics committee that approved your work, where appropriate. If ethics approval was not required, or you do not have an ethics system in your country, please state this.
    Preference for oral or poster presentation Oral/poster

    Presentation formats

    The Scientific Committee may accept the abstract for presentation, in English, in one of the following formats:

    Oral presentations

    The topic is delivered verbally, generally accompanied by visual information in the form of PowerPoint slides. The talks are 10 minutes in length followed by 2 minutes for questions. After five presentations there will be a further period for discussion.

    Poster presentations

    The topic is delivered using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as charts, figures and photographs displayed on a poster board. Presenters have the opportunity to discuss their work with symposium participants during designated times in the programme. The dimensions of the poster should be A0 paper size (portrait orientation) (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in).

    Abstract authors may specify their preferred format. It should be noted that there is very limited time during the symposium for oral presentations. Abstracts not selected for platform presentation will be offered the opportunity to present their work as a poster.

    General information

    1. The symposium language is English and all abstracts and presentations must be made in English. Translation will not be provided.
    2. An abstract must be submitted online for each proposed presentation.
    3. The abstract will be reproduced in a poster booklet and made available on the ICFeduction.org website as submitted by the author. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract.
    4. Authors are requested to make their slide presentations available for publication on ICFeducation.org.
    5. All abstracts submitted should reflect at least one of the symposium topics.
    6. All correspondence will be with the person who submits the abstract online, including notification of the outcome. This person is responsible for informing all authors of the status of the abstract.
    7. Abstract authors are responsible for providing all copyright permissions for material included in their abstracts and presentations.
    8. The scheduling of all presentations will be determined by the Symposium Organising Committee to ensure best fit with the overall programme. Any requests for specific times will not be considered. Similar abstracts in related topic areas will be grouped together for presentation.
    9. PowerPoint presentation will be the only resource available for platform presentations.
    10. The presentation should include the same content and follow the same outline as that described in the abstract.
    11. There is no cost for registration for the symposium. Sponsorship is being sought for the cost of refreshments.
    12. All decisions of the Symposium Organising Committee are final.

    Consent, permissions and copyright

    In submitting an abstract you must confirm that:

    • you accept responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract and understand that the content cannot be modified or corrected after the submission deadline and that it will be published exactly as submitted
    • all co-authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented
    • you accept responsibility as the contact person for all correspondence about the abstract and to share information with all authors about its status
    • you have secured any copyright/permissions clearance required relating to any previous presentations, equipment or other material for inclusion in the symposium and symposium publications
    • for all studies involving human participants or animal subjects, permission has been obtained from the relevant regulatory authority and properly informed consent given where appropriate
    • the work is original, except for extracts from copyrighted works used with permission from the copyright holders, and that it does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party
    • you have identified any potential conflicts of interest

    When completing the online submission process the submitter will be asked to confirm that the presenting author has read and understood the general information and the requirements they are expected to fulfil.

    Submit abstract

    Click here to submit abstract (http://whoficsa.mrc.ac.za)


    Mandy Salomo symposium organiser):
    Email: Mandy.Salomo@mrc.ac.za
    Mobile: +27 82 451 2686
    Web: http://whoficsa.mrc.ac.za/


    Stefanus Snyman
    E-mail: ssnyman@sun.,ac.za
    Mobile: +27 82 557 1056
    Office: +27 21 938 9875
    Web: www.ICFeducation.org

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