Call for abstracts - The Tess Cramond Prize

Please submit your anaesthesia and pain medicine abstracts for presentation at the Queensland ACE regional meeting, to be held on the Gold Coast from August 31 - September 1, 2019.

About the prize

Professor Tess Cramond OBE, a renowned anaesthetist and pain medicine specialist, established in 1967 the first multidisciplinary pain centre in Queensland at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. She served as the director of this centre for 42 years and in honour of her dedication, the centre was recently renamed the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre. Professor Cramond was elected Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons (forerunner of ANZCA) from 1972-1974, and as Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland President in 1982.

Professor Cramond herself set up and funded a Queensland "Prize for Excellence in Trainee-led Research", which was awarded for some years prior to her death in 2015. Recent changes to the ANZCA Trainee Curriculum have once again placed an emphasis on trainee-led research and the Queensland ACE CME Committee believe that to encourage such research would have received strong support from Professor Cramond.

Therefore, in memory of and as a tribute to Professor Cramond's many contributions to the fields of anaestheisa and pain medicine, the Queensland ACE CME Committee offers The Tess Cramond Prize for Excellence in Trainee-led Research. The form of the prize is a certificate and a cash prize of $A500, to be used for research or educational purposes.


The Tess Cramond Prize is open to:

  • ​Current ANZCA trainees within the Queensland Anaesthetic Rotational Training Scheme (QARTS).

  • ANZCA provisional fellows employed in a hospital covered by QARTS at the time the research was conducted.

  • ANZCA-registered principal house officers (PHOs) in anaesthesia employed in a hospital covered by QARTS at the time the research was conducted.

  • Queensland ANZCA trainees, PHOs or provisional fellows completing a rotation or fellowship with LifeFlight (formerly Careflight Queensland).

Current ANZCA fellows, within three years of gaining fellowship, may submit an abstract, provided they meet one of the above eligibility criteria at the ttime the research was conducted.

QARTS rotation schemes and affiliated hospitals

Submissions are invited for anaesthesia or pain medicine research in the following categories:

  • Audit and quality improvement

  • Case reports

  • Original research

  • Survey

Authors may submit more than one paper.

By submitting an abstract you agree that it is original research and you are not submitting research previously orally presented, or published in a journal. Your abstract remains eligible for submission if it has been displayed at a scientific meeting as an ePoster.

Authors must ensure information regarding ethics approval and patient consent is included with your abstract submission. You may be asked for more information during the assessment of your abstract. If you do not have the required consent or approvals, your abstract will not be accepted to the meeting.


Submission guidelines

Abstract submissions will close at 5pm (AEST) on July 31, 2019.

  1. Acknowledgement of receipt: Upon submission, authors will receive confirmation by email. Please contact the meeting secretariat if you do not receive this email.

  2. Review and selection: Abstract submissions will be independently reviewed by two members from a panel of judges appointed by the Queensland ACE CME Committee, and using a standard marking criteria. Selection for presentation will be based upon originality and interest, clinical and research content, and state of completeness.

  3. Mode of presentation: A maximum of three applications which best meet all eligibility criteria, and which are most exemplary of excellence in trainee-led research, will be selected for a ten-minute oral presentation at the Tess Cramond Prize Session on Saturday August 31, 2019.
    All other presentations will be in electronic poster (ePoster) format. ePosters will be displayed in the meeting venue and there will be selected moderated poster sessions where authors will need to be available to present their ePoster and answer questions about their work. Full details of ePoster and oral presentation form will be supplied after acceptance is confirmed.

  4. Notification of acceptance: Authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted by early August.

  5. Registrations: All presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee. Failure to do so will result in exclusion from the final program.

  6. Selection of prize winner: The prize shall be awarded to the candidate who is deemed to have produced the best abstract and oral presentation. The panel of judges will judge the candidates against the following criteria: originality, scientific merit, structure, clinical relevance, timeliness and clarity of presentation, and ability to answer questions relevant to their presentation.

  7. ​​​Presentation of prize: The winner will be announced in the main lecture hall during the conference close. The prize will consist of a monetary prize of $A500 and a certificate recognising the award.

Abstract format

Please submit your abstract in Microsoft Word format via email to

  • Language: English is the official language of the meeting and should be used in all abstract submissions, publications and presentations.

  • Abstract title: The abstract title should be brief and descriptive. The maximum characters allowed, including spacing, is 100 characters or 20 words. The abstract title must be in sentence case (initial capital followed by lower case), for example "The online abstract submission".

  • Author information: Author and co-author names (full given first name and family name), affiliations, cities and countries.

  • Word limit: Your abstract should not exceed 3500 characters including spaces (approximately 600 words). Any references must be included in this allowance. The title, author list and institution do not count towards this word limit.

  • Tables and diagrams: Tables, graphs, diagrams, symbols, scientific characters or internet links are not accepted.

  • References: A maximum of three references are allowed and are included in the word limit. References should be cited within the body of the abstract, using the following format [1], [2, 3]. Superscript references should not be used.

  • Abstract text: All abstracts must be written using the following format:

    • The text of the audit and quality improvement, original research and survey abstracts must include an untitled introductory paragraph, and the following sub-headings (in bold): methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and references.

    • A case report abstract must include an untitled introductory paragraph, and the following sub-headings (in bold): description, discussion, acknowledgments, and references.

We hope you will consider this valuable opportunity.

For any further information please contact the meeting secretariat:

Julie Donovan
T: +61 7 3846 1233
ANZCA QLD, 20 Pidgeon Close, West End QLD 4101

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