Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you read the following terms and conditions as you are required to acknowledge as such when submitting your paper. Not being aware of the following terms and conditions does not exempt you from being bound by outlined terms and conditions.

  1. The abstract submission process is open to all eligible General Surgery Consultants, SET/GSET Trainees, SIMGs, Younger Fellows, Intern/PGY2, Medical Students, and non-accredited Registrars residing in Australia.
  2. The abstract submission process will open as advertised, and close at AEST 16:00 on Monday 03 June.  
  3. Should you miss the advertised deadline, do not ask for an extension. We receive a high volume of submissions; therefore late submissions will not be considered, regardless of the nature of your research.
  4. Requests to change abstracts after submission will not be considered.
  5. All submitted papers must adhere to the format as outlined including the word limit. Any text over the advertised word limit will be removed without notice.
  6. The acceptance, timing, presentation and discussion of all papers are at the discretion of the PSA Organising Committee.
  7. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by the PSA ASC Organising Committee and nominated research review committee following the close of the abstract submission process.
  8. All communication in relation to the abstract submission process will be sent via the email address nominated in the abstract submission form. 
  9. Applicants will be notified of their submission outcome by Monday 17 June, although the Committee will do their best to complete the review process within an earlier time frame. Should there be any delay, you will be notified by email as soon as possible.
  10. The Organising Committee’s decision is final, and is not open to question or reconsideration.
  11. The Organising Committee will not provide feedback on abstracts submitted.
  12. Applicants will be considered for verbal presentations and/or quick shot poster presentations on any given day of the Scientific Program: Wednesday 04, Thursday 05, or Friday 06 September
  13. The allocation of date and time for verbal presentations, including quick shot posters, is not negotiable or changeable.
  14. All successful applicants – verbal and/or poster, are required to register to attend the PSA 2024 ASC. Any applicant who has not settled their registration fee prior to the conference start date will be unable to present their research, and their paper will be removed from scheduling.
  15. Successful applicants who have had their research reviewed and selected by the Organising Committee will be issued with a certificate of presentation following the event.
  16. The person who has submitted the abstract is therefore the presenter, and is the person who will be recognised for the research in the form of a certificate. This is not changeable under any circumstance and requests to change presenters will not be considered.
  17. Successful applicants will have their research scored on the day of their presentation for consideration of various research awards. Awards will be presented during the closing proceedings of the program.


  • The abstract submitter is listed as the first author and presenting author. 
  • The first and presenting author cannot be changed after submission and must attend in person to present.
  • Please ensure that all authors who contributed to the work are included and listed correctly. Authors’ names should be entered as they would appear in the published abstract This cannot be altered after submission.
  • Changing the order of the authors or removing authors after submission is not possible.
  • By submitting an abstract, the primary author certifies that they have the approval of all co-authors listed in the application to publish and present the information contained in the abstract.

Abstract Revision and Withdrawal Policy

  • Revision of the submitted abstract following submission is not possible so please ensure that the abstract you are submitting meets the outlined requirements, does not contain spelling or grammar mistakes, and authors are listed correctly.
  • Requests for abstract withdrawal must be made in writing.
  • Late withdrawal of chosen papers will incur a cancellation fee of $55 inc. GST.