APSAD 2018
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs



The Poster Session is one of the core events of the APSAD Conference, as selected abstracts from all disciplines, from research to clinical, are presented by colleagues from across Australasia and the world. The poster session offers a platform for viewing and discussing achievements, ideas and developments face-to-face.


APSAD is delight to continue the popular Poster Highlight Session. The Scientific Advisory Committee will select a number of Posters to profile, covering a broad selection of topics. Selected poster authors will have the opportunity to speak about their Poster for 1 minute, using one PowerPoint slide. This event will be held on the first day of the conference in the main auditorium. This is a great opportunity to generate interest in your Poster and to promote the Poster Session. Selected authors are also expected to be standing by their poster at the main Poster Session/s.


To acknowledge the contribution of the poster presenters, we will be offering two Awards with the prize of a $200 book voucher and a certificate for the winners in each category.

  • Early Career Poster Prize: The Poster judging committee will select one outstanding poster with a runner up.
  • Senior Poster Prize: The Poster judging committee will select one outstanding poster with a runner up.
  • Honourable Mention: Two honourable mentions will be awarded across both categories


  • Know your audience so that you can communicate to them most effectively
  • Divide the contents of your poster into appropriate sections. For instance - title of paper, author, institutional affiliation; abstract; methodology; data; results; conclusions
  • Use larger (>16 font) lettering for the poster's title, author and institutional affiliation. Make the lettering at least 3cm high
  • Avoid fonts that are script or difficult to read
  • Text should be large enough to be seen from 1-2m away
  • Posters should be organised in a way that leads the viewer through the display
  • Keep illustrations simple and use a bold easy to read font
  • Poster should be self-explanatory
  • Keep your poster simple and text brief; a viewer should "get it" in 30 seconds. You can provide in-depth information in a handout
  • Use graphs, charts and/or tables (colour if possible) to show results. Graphics help make your poster interesting
  • A neutral poster or matte board is more amenable to the eye than a bright coloured background. A splash of colour here and there, perhaps highlighting central finding(s) or provocative results, will make your poster "stand out" from the crowd
  • Have a notepad handy when presenting at your poster session. It may be helpful in elaborating on your findings, or for taking names & addresses of people interested in your research
  • Organise your material and edit your content to eliminate distracting visual noise. When in doubt, edit out; make sure every item is necessary
  • Poster dimensions should be a maximum of 800 mm wide X 1100 mm high (Portrait Orientation Only)
  • You may also like to provide a handout of the key points and/or your contact details

Abstracts must be submitted using the appropriate abstract template, please see the template below;
Poster Presentation Abstract Template