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Activity Based Funding Conference

4 – 6 May 2022 | Hybrid event

Abstract submissions

Key dates
  • 7 Oct 2021

    Abstract submission opens

  • 28 Jan 2022

    Deadline for submissions

  • 28 Feb 2022

    Notification of acceptance status

  • 6 Mar 2022

    Author registration deadline

The Scientific Committee invites authors to submit an abstract on any of the topics below and in reference to the theme, for consideration as a presentation at the conference.

The theme for the Activity Based Funding Conference 2022 is ‘Innovation and collaboration: Activity based funding for sustainability in health care’.

With this focus, the program aims to present the advancements that driving the improvement in the healthcare system through the implementation of activity based funding.


  • An opportunity to share your research with a global audience
  • Share your research with your peers and learn more about the work taking place of your counterparts
  • Discounted registration to the conference
  • An opportunity to meet and network with peers and leaders within the sector

Abstract topics

  • Activity based funding
  • Classifications
  • Clinical engagement in activity based funding
  • Coding and documentation
  • Costing
  • Data, analytics and benchmarking
  • Innovative funding models
  • International perspectives
  • Pricing and funding
  • Private sector
  • Safety and quality
  • Sustainability in health care
  • Value-based care

Abstract requirements

Before submitting your abstract, please ensure:

  • The abstract is original work. An abstract should not be submitted if the work has been or is to be published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented at another major conference.
  • The abstract should focus on a selected topic from the specified topics above, with consideration of the conference theme ‘Innovation and collaboration: Activity based funding for sustainability in health care’.
  • The abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published, it will be a complete report independent of presentation.
  • By submitting an abstract, authors acknowledge consent to publish the abstract in the conference proceedings and on the Activity Based Funding Conference website.
  • The presenting author of an accepted abstract must register for the conference to ensure their abstract/s is included in the final program.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts an individual may submit. However, splitting of a body of work into multiple abstracts is discouraged.
  • The abstract must be submitted electronically via the online abstract submission portal.

Abstract format and layout guidelines

When preparing your abstract please follow the guidelines below:

  • Abstracts must be in .doc and .docx format, following the layout used in the abstract submission template. If you do not use the template, your abstract may be declined.

  • Abstract body text should include:
    • Purpose of the paper
    • Methods
    • Case presentation
    • Summary of results
    • Conclusion.
  • The Word document should contain the body text of your abstract only. Do not include the abstract title or author details in your abstract Word document.
  • Abstract body text should be a maximum of 500 words.
  • Use a maximum of three references (Harvard [author-date] system).
  • Use Arial, size 12 and be full justified with single line spacing.
  • You may use formatting (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (that is, ±, μ, ß).
  • Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • You will be prompted to list all authors in the correct order in the 'Author(s)' section of the abstract portal, ensuring you indicate the presenting author.
  • Provide the abstract title (up to 180 characters and in sentence case only) in the ‘Title’ field provided in the abstract portal.


Authors who submit an abstract to the Activity Based Funding Conference 2022 agree to the below terms.

  • Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the Activity Based Funding Conference to place this unpublished work under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.
  • Presenting authors will have obtained permission from any other potential authors prior to submitting.
  • Presentations should not include copyrighted materials without permission, particularly when including images or video clips unrelated to the research.

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions have been adapted to suit hybrid delivery and will be grouped by topic streams, allowing delegates to attend the most relevant presentations for them.

The Scientific Committee will review all abstract submissions received through the portal by the deadline, with authors notified of their outcome by Monday 28 February 2022.

Successful authors will then need to register for the conference by Monday 14 March 2022, to be included as a concurrent session in the conference program.

Successful registered authors will be contacted to receive further information regarding the format and delivery requirements of their abstract presentations. Training and guidance in the virtual conference platform will be provided to all presenters.

Authors will submit in advance a pre-recorded presentation of their abstract, which will be streamed or presented live with time for Q&A during the conference program.

All successful abstract submissions and presentations will be eligible for the Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards.

Pre-recorded presentation requirements

The pre-recorded presentation format may be a voice-narrated slide presentation or any other video style that successfully conveys the purpose, methods, results and conclusions of your abstract submission.

Video requirements

  • Minimum of seven minutes and maximum of ten minutes in length
  • File types: .mp4 only
  • Resolution: 1280x720 and cannot exceed two mbps per second.
Live Q&A session requirements

Presenters will be allocated a live concurrent session time-slot where their pre-recorded presentation will be streamed, followed by audience Q&A. Further details will be provided to successful authors.

A suitable time for authors to present will be arranged before the final program is published to ensure the author is available to participate in real-time.

How to submit your abstract

Before submitting your abstract

Ensure that you have completed the following before you submit your abstract for consideration.

  • Be aware of submission and registration deadlines.
  • Read the requirements and guidelines for abstracts and concurrent sessions above.
  • Ensure your abstract meets all content, format and layout requirements.
  • Have a recent headshot and 250-word biography ready to upload.
Submit an abstract

Online abstract submission portal

Abstracts submissions will open on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

Please follow the instructions within the abstract portal to register an account and complete your submission.


The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority is proud to present two awards as part of the conference close proceedings to recognise one high-scoring paper and one highly-rated presentation.

Best Paper

The Scientific Committee will select the winner of the Best Paper from the abstract submissions based on the author’s contribution to advancing the wider knowledge and understanding of activity based funding, having clearly defined research aims and methodology, offering defensible findings and credible evidence, and offering topical content under the conference theme.

Best Presentation

Delegates will vote for the winner of the Best Presentation award based on their preferences.