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Call for Scientific Program Committee | 2021 National Conference

2021 Conference Scientific Program Committee

29th National Conference and Exhibition

23-25 June 2021 Cairns, Queensland

The Board of Occupational Therapy Australia is now seeking a call for Nominations/Applications for members of the Conference Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) of the Occupational Therapy Australia 29th National Conference and Exhibition (2021).

The deadline for applications is: FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2020

Overview

The Conference Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) will represent a broad spectrum of our occupational therapy profession. It will develop and prioritise plans for the 2021 Scientific Program, guide the implementation and support the publication and dissemination of results from the Conference. The CSPC works closely with the OTA Conference Events Team to ensure the 2021 National Conference will be a success.

The CPSC will comprise of the following members:

  • Conference Scientific Program Chair
  • OTA Conference Events team member
  • OTA Professional Adviser: Learning and Development
  • 10 x CSPC Members, selected through EOI process

Time Commitment

This role commences 18 months prior to the Conference and continues for two months after the Conference to contribute to the final report. The Conference Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) member should have the capacity to provide approximately two - three hours / month for the duration of the conference planning with an additional time to review an estimated 200 abstracts during the call for papers review process (approximately September/October 2020).

Strategic Vision

To ensure the delivery of a diverse evidence based scientific program, maximising professional development opportunities for Australian occupational therapists and leading to excellence in professional practice.

Roles

The Conference Scientific Program Committee (CSPC) will represent a broad spectrum of our occupational therapy profession. It will develop and prioritise plans for the 2021 Scientific Program, guide the implementation and support the publication and dissemination of results from the conference.

Members of the CSPC serve in their personal capacity. Candidates are selected based on their standing in the Australian scientific community with due regard for regional, gender, and area of practice balance.

Each committee member will oversee and develop particular area/s of program planning, these areas include but not limited to:

  • Education Day
  • Call for Papers
  • Abstract Mentoring
  • ePosters
  • Occupation Stations / New presentation types
  • Workshop / Panel sessions
  • Any other new program initiatives

Responsibilities

All CSPC members will be responsible for:

  • Contribute to scheduled CSPC teleconference meetings (80% attendance required)
  • Contribute / respond to the CSPC email discussions (as required)
  • Contribute satisfactorily to the areas of program planning allocated to oversee
  • Review the program and speaker related recommendations from the previous national conference and contribute to addressing and fulfilling the endorsed suggestions
  • Ensure strategic objectives are met
  • Bring innovative program ideas to the committee for discussion
  • Review an estimated 200 conference abstracts as a core component and provide written feedback to each submitting author in the period September / October 2020
  • Develop the scientific program for conference; including workshops and sessions within the conference program, including speakers, and the ePoster program
  • Develop the scientific program for conference: including pre-conference Education Day, workshops and sessions within the conference program, including speakers, and the ePoster program
  • Represent Occupational Therapy Australia at relevant scientific and community meetings and act as 2021 National Conference Ambassador.
  • Assist with coordinating onsite activities including however not limited to:
  • Availability as a session chair, chairing plenary sessions, thanking exhibitors, attendance at the opening, closing plenary sessions and social events
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the 2021 National Conference

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Must hold current membership with Occupational Therapy Australia throughout the duration of their conference planning cycle
  • Must hold a phD or demonstrated equivalent research experience (e.g. publication track record)
  • Peer reviewed publication/s in nominated area of expertise
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and perform effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated high standard of oral and written communication skills, time management and organisational skills to ensure effective teamwork
  • Able to attend monthly teleconferences and possibly one face-to-face meeting in Melbourne
  • Availability to review abstracts in September / October 2020
  • Acknowledgement that the applicant is aware that abstract scores will be de-identified and analysed using many-faceted Rasch analysis to assist with abstract ranking processes and that these de-identified data may also be used for research purposes

Desirable:

  • Previous experience in and current knowledge of contributing to the planning and delivery of a conference or other professional development event
  • Experience/insight/awareness related to current and future topics or issues important for occupational therapy practice, education and research.

Application Procedure

All nominations are considered by the Chair of the Scientific Committee. Based on the recommendations of the Chair, the Conference Executive Management Committee will appoint CSPC members. To be nominated, the candidate should send the following items (as Word files) by email to Alison Armstead (conference2021@otaus.com.au, Reference: Occupational Therapy Australia 2021 CSPC nomination):

  • A cover letter addressed to the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference CSPC Chair; Stacey George addressing
    • The selection criteria as well as nominating area/s of practice for which they believe themselves to be expert;
    • The nominee’s summary CV (max. 2 x A4 pages) including contact details for two referees;
    • A list of 10 most relevant peer-reviewed publications (in nominated area of expertise).

CLOSING DATE FOR EOI:  FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2020.

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