Call for Abstracts

The Call for Papers is now closed.

The WFOT Congress 2018 Programme Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract/s for consideration in the programme.

Notifications will be sent to the submitting authors via email during August 2017.


Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Opened January 2017    

 Abstract Submission Terms and Conditions

 Abstract Submission Guidelines

 Tips for writing your abstract

Deadline for receipt of Abstracts 18th May 2017 (Midnight SAST)    
Notification to Authors August 2017    
'Early Bird' Registration closes * 21 February 2018    

*Accepted presenters must register by this date.
Authors may submit more than one abstract, however no more than 2 will be accepted per presenter.

Presentation Themes, Categories and Types

The abstract submission process will request you to choose classifications that best describe your submission. Please see descriptions of the groupings below.  These will be used by the Scientific Programme Committee to assign reviewers and to place abstracts in the programme.


Infant, Children, Youth, Adults, Elderly people, Across the life span, Not applicable




Please choose the subject categories that best describe your submission. This will be used by the Scientific Programme Committee to assign reviewers and to place abstracts in the programme.

  • Ageing and Health/Older Adults
  • Assessment & Intervention
  • Assistive Technology/Adaptive Equipment/Home & Environmental Modifications
  • Cancer/Palliative Care
  • Collaboration and the Role of Occupational Therapy
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Chronic/Long term conditions/Non Communicable Diseases
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Communicable diseases
  • Communities/Community Development
  • Communities of practice
  • Contemporary Practice Issues
  • Cultural Diversity & Appropriate Practices
  • Culture and Occupation
  • Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities
  • Disaster Management, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Driving/Community Mobility
  • Education
  • Health Care Reform/Policy Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Systems/Service Development
  • Healthy Workplaces/Ergonomics
  • Human Rights and Health
  • Impact of Occupational Therapy
  • Information Technology and occupational therapy
  • International Cooperation
  • Management/Quality/Leadership
  • Medico-legal
  • Mental Health
  • Musculoskeletal/Hand Therapy/Spinal Cord Injury/Other
  • Neurology/Stroke/ABI/Other
  • Occupational Justice
  • Occupational Science
  • Occupational Therapy Education
  • Occupational Therapy History
  • Participation & Inclusion
  • Perspectives for the Future in Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Health
  • Population Health/Primary Health Care
  • Practice Development/Capacity Building
  • Professional Issues/Scope of Practice
  • Psychosocial Health/ Stress and Stress Disorders/ Substance Abuse
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research/Knowledge Translation
  • Research Methods Rights & Disability
  • Vision Impairment
  • Other


We invite the submission of abstracts addressing the following sub-themes:

Diversity in society
In this sub-theme, we address research and practice issues relating to human occupation in context and the role of occupational therapy and its partners in shaping society through occupation.

Impact of occupational therapy
This sub-theme encourages the exploration of occupational therapy practice in different parts of the world including the contextual impacts of practice and research and processes of involvement and engagement. It creates opportunities to explore knowledge and knowledge transfer to support culturally appropriate occupational therapy practice.

Positioning for public good
This sub-theme provides the opportunity to celebrate the profession's role in enabling health and well-being and related social changes. It includes occupational therapy's position in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams and practice and identifies opportunities for innovations in practice. Contributions to society at government and policy level will be included.

Critical Reflective Practice
This sub-theme explores narratives and lived experiences of the impact of occupational therapy. This provides an opportunity for case study or similar presentations relating to a variety of stakeholders experience of, and impact on occupational therapy including practice, research, and knowledge transfer.


You will be required to indicate your preferred presentation type - oral, poster or workshop presentation – when you are submitting your abstract. The Program Committee reserves the right to allocate the most appropriate format. with consideration given to the author's preference; available time; and, balance within in the programme.

To enable as many people as possible to participate in the Congress programme, each presenting author can generally be offered no more than two presentations.

Oral Presentations
Paper presentations will provide an opportunity to report on original research, innovative programmes and professional practices, theoretical and conceptual advances, and professional issues relating to the Congress theme.

The programme will include two main types of oral paper presentations:
Longer – 12 minutes presenting, 3 minutes Question & Answer per speaker.
Shorter – 7 minutes presenting, brief group Question & Answer at the end of the session.

The expected number of accepted abstracts for oral presentations (all formats) is up to 300 abstracts.

Poster Presentations
Posters provide a visual display of new techniques, programmes, research or professional innovations. They are the ideal medium for the presentation of complex visual material. A variety of poster presentation formats may be included in the programme – static, prime and guided poster tours.

Workshop Presentations
Workshops will offer an opportunity to develop participants' skills using a variety of presentation methods that are interactive and informal in delivery. Interactive lectures, case studies and demonstrations are suited to this presentation. 

Pre –Congress Workshops
A limited number of workshops, of half day or full day duration, will be selected to run on the day prior to Congress. These workshops are additional to the Congress programme and registration fees. A minimum number of registered participants are required for Pre-Congress workshops to proceed. Pre Congress workshops may be selected via the Abstract submission process and/or by invitation of the Congress committee.

Pre-Congress workshops submitted via the Call for Abstracts will go through a two-stage assessment process.  In the first stage, each abstract will be blind reviewed by two independent reviewers. The second stage will involve seeking further information to assure the financial viability of the workshop.

In – Congress Workshops
A limited number of In-Congress workshops, of 1.5 – 2 hours duration, will be selected for inclusion in the Congress programme and registration fees. In-Congress workshops will be selected as per the process for all Congress abstracts.

Workshop Abstracts to include: Learning objectives, Length of time required -1.5 hours for a workshop in the Congress programme; or half or full day for a Pre-Congress workshop, Description of teaching methods, Maximum number of participants


Nominating the target audience that your abstract addresses, will help the Programme Committee correctly assign your paper to a relevant session. Please choose ONE that helps define your submission.

Entry level, intermediate experience, advanced, all.


Each abstract will be blind reviewed by two peers drawn from an international list of reviewers.
The review criteria include:
Quality of content
Papers and Posters

    • Introduction/Rationale
    • Objectives
    • Method OR Approach
    • Results OR Practice Implications
    • Conclusion


    • Learning Objectives
    • Description of teaching methods

Educational value

  • Interest & appeal to occupational therapy audience
  • Important contribution to research/practice/theory or knowledge
  • Novel or innovative contribution, relevant to the Congress theme/s

Quality of written abstract

  • Self-contained
  • Coherent & readable