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2018 APS Congress Program Overview

Call for submissions are now closed.
Day 1: Thursday 27 September 2018
9.00am – 5.45pm Concurrent Sessions (and meal breaks)
6.00pm – 8.00pm Congress Welcome Reception
Day 2: Friday 28 September 2018
8.45am – 4.30pm Concurrent Sessions (and meal breaks)
4.30pm – 6.30pm APS Annual General Meeting
Day 3: Saturday 29 September 2018
8.30am – 5.45pm Concurrent Sessions (and meal breaks)
7.30pm – 11.30pm Gala Cocktail Reception - Dolton House
Day 4: Sunday 30 September 2018
9.00am - 4.00pm Concurrent Sessions (and meal breaks)


Key dates: the below dates are relevant to all abstract submitters for the 2018 APS Congress

*Dates are subject to change by the Congress Organisers

Call for submissions closed 30 January 2018
Reviewing process 4-25 February 2018
Authors notified of submission status Week commencing 26 March 2018*
Preliminary program released 18 April 2018
Early bird registrations open 19 April 2018


Congress theme: Psychology advancing into a new age
The APS Congress is a major showcase for Psychology in Australia. The first congress held in 2016 "Psychology United for the Future" was a show of unity and strength of the profession celebrating growth of all the constituent sectors of psychology within Australia over the last 50 years. The congress program contained rich content, developed in collaboration with the Colleges, Divisions and Interest Groups of the Australian Psychological Society and we look forward to bringing you an equally exciting program in 2018.

Abstract submitters will need to read through the Call for Submissions Guidelines before putting their abstracts together to ensure they are following the correct format.

Presentation Types

  • Symposium (60 minutes)
  • 'How-to' session (45 minutes / 90 minutes)
  • Professional forum (45 minutes / 60 minutes)
  • Individual Oral Paper (15 minutes)
  • Posters

Submission Themes
Submission authors will need to select a relevant congress theme for their proposal from the list below;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (Indigenous)
  • Ageing
  • Asylum seekers and Refugees
  • Body image
  • Child, adolescent and family
  • Digital technologies in practice / Future of psychology
  • Disabilities and diability care
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning and teaching
  • LGBTIQ issues
  • Mindfulness / Motivation / Wellbeing and happiness
  • Professional practice and issues
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Trauma
  • Other

Submission Streams
Submissions can also be submitted to a specific division if the author wishes to;

  • College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • College of Clinical Psychologists
  • College of Community Psychologists
  • College of Counselling Psychologists
  • College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
  • College of Forensic Psychologists
  • College of Health Psychologists
  • College of Organisational Psychologists
  • College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists
  • Division of General Practice Psychologists
  • Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training

Abstract submitters will need to review and agree to the Licence to Use Copyright Material terms during the submission process.