Call for Abstracts


The University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH) in conjunction with the AustraliaTelehealth Society (ATHS) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts - for the 2021 Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-21) conference and 13th Annual General Meeting of the AustraliaTelehealth Society.  

The SFT conference is an interactive experience that promotes engagement, innovation, critical debate, and future planning. Have a role in the future direction of telehealth – by becoming an SFT presenter.

Topics of Interest

The scientific committee encourages submissions relating to the clinical use of telehealth across a range of settings including public and private hospitals, general practice, residential aged care facilities, in the home and within Indigenous communities. The committee is very keen to receive submissions that report on failures (or challenges) as well as successful telehealth experiences. In particular, we would be very interested in hearing about telehealth experiences during COVID-19 – and specific outcomes related to telehealth during the pandemic.

Specific topics of interest include:

  • Clinical applications of telehealth
  • Telehealth for chronic disease management
  • Telehealth in acute care
  • Telecare and remote patient monitoring
  • Telehealth in developing countries
  • International perspectives in telehealth
  • Mobile health care applications

Telehealth in Australia and around the world:

  • COVID-19
  • MBS reimbursed video consultations
  • State health department telehealth initiatives
  • Commercial telehealth services
  • Virtual healthcare systems
  • Experiences in clinical practice
  • New telehealth models of care


The future of clinical telehealth:

  • Grand challenges in clinical telehealth
  • Software and systems for telehealth
  • Telehealth service development
  • Telehealth service management
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Where to next? – exploring boundaries and planning the future of telehealth

The business of telehealth:

  • Business models for telehealth
  • Telehealth policy and governance
  • Economic analyses of telehealth services
  • Privacy and security
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Consumer engagement

Education and training:

  • Education and training for current and future practitioners
  • Using telehealth to provide clinical development

State of the evidence:

  • Telehealth service evaluation
  • Evidence reviews

Abstract Choices

Authors are to select ‘Presentation Type’:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Poster Presentation
  • 2 Minute Oral-Poster Presentation
  • Workshop

Authors are to select ‘Category Type’:

  • Option 1: Scientific Papers
  • Option 2: Case Studies and Clinical Reports
  • Option 3: SFT Workshop


Original unpublished contributions in all fields of telemedicine, telehealth and related areas of eHealth are invited. Authors have the opportunity to submit abstracts up to 300 words in length (excluding references).

Abstracts must contain the following:

  • A clearly stated AIM
  • RESULTS and
  • CONCLUSION for the work reported.


Submissions are also sought which describe clinical experiences associated with telehealth. In 300 words or less, briefly describe your telehealth service and outline the key lessons learnt.

The abstract should be brief and unstructured, with a maximum of 300 words.



Up to six (6) preliminary workshops will be held on Wednesday, 7 October 2020. The duration of the workshops will be a maximum of 1.5 (one and a half) hours. Expressions of interest are invited from potential workshop presenters/facilitators.

Workshop proposals should contain:

  • Brief title
  • Presenter details
  • Brief synopsis (up to 200 words)



Formatting Requirements


  • Title should be a maximum of 150 characters in length


  • Enter name/s of author/s on form
  • Check the box for those authors who are presenting
  • Each author needs to be listed separately 
  • Include professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof) when entering the author/presenter names


  • The online form will not keep any formatting you have created from a Word document; simply enter your abstract into the content box provided
  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words written in the English language 
  • Do not leave blank lines between paragraphs 
  • Use standard abbreviations only
  • Do not use abbreviations in the title

Peer Review

All abstracts will be subject to peer review by an international committee of experts in the field.

Abstracts will be judged on originality, significance, technical quality, relevance to the conference themes, and presentation. Submission of an abstract will be regarded as an undertaking that, should it be accepted, at least one author will register and attend the conference to present the work. Authors may submit more than one abstract, provided it meets the conditions outlined earlier.

Conference Proceedings

All accepted abstracts will be published in the SFT-21 conference proceedings.  A selected number of abstracts will also be published as short papers in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Close: 14 May 2021
Peer-Review of Submissions: 17 May – 1 June 2021
Notification to Authors: week commencing 7 June 2021
Invited Manuscripts (if selected for JTT special issue) due: 9 July 2021
Final Abstracts and/or JTT manuscripts due: 13 August 2021

Submit Your Abstract

The SFT-21 abstract portal will open in April 2021. Please check back for updates.

Abstracts submissions close on 14 May 2021.