Abstract Submissions

Due to COVID-19, the Meeting has been postponed for new dates (22 - 24 September 2021).  As such, the abstract closing and announcement dates have been revised below. 

Abstracts will reopen - 11 May 2020 
Abstract submissions close - 12 April 2021 
Abstract announcements – 4 June 2021  

Submit Abstract here

The Neurosurgical Society of Australasia invites members and interested parties to submit an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting.  Abstracts for poster presentations and free papers in all areas of neurosurgery are welcome and must be submitted no later than close of business on 12 April 2021.


Please note the following Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions:

  1. Abstracts should not exceed 275 words (excluding the title, author(s) and presenter’s name).
  2. Any references must be included in this allowance. If you exceed this limit, the excess text may not appear in the final program.
  3. Include author(s) and indicate presenting author.
  4. Include details of main institution.
  5. Research papers should follow the format: Purpose, Methodology, Results and Conclusion.
  6. Tables, diagrams, graphs and the like cannot be accepted in the abstract.
  7. Conflicts of interest must be declared at the time of the abstract submission.
  8. A 50-word Curriculum Vitae is required from each presenter to facilitate their introduction by the Chair.
  9. All successful abstracts may be published in the final program.
  10. If selected for a presentation or poster, the presenter/author must register as a delegate for the Meeting no later than 1 July 2021.
  11. Amendments to abstracts after submission is not guaranteed.
  12. The timing (presentation and discussion) of all papers is at the discretion of the organising committee.

Peter Leech Memorial Prize 


Applicants for the Peter Leech Memorial Prize must be trainees registered in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program in Neurosurgery. The research presented may be of a clinical or scientific basis. It is expected the research presented will have been wholly or substantially undertaken by the applicant, although it is accepted that clinical research will necessarily involve surgical procedural work performed by neurosurgeons or by the applicant whilst under supervision.  All applicants who nominate for entry to the Prize and satisfy the eligibility requirements will be scored using pre-determined criteria. The top three applicants will be shortlisted as finalists to present at the NSA Annual Scientific Meeting. A panel of three neurosurgeons will be appointed to score the finalist presentations. 

The Prize will be for $5,000 with the winner announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Andrew Kaye Poster Prize 


Applicants for the Andrew Kaye Poster Prize must be registrars, residents, medical students, SET trainees, allied health professionals or equivalent. Consultant neurosurgeons are not eligible to apply for the Prize. Applicants for the Prize must have submitted an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting. The Research Committee will consider the abstracts submitted and select the top four ranked applicants to present a poster for the Prize. If two or more applicants are ranked equally, the number of finalists will be increased to accommodate the equally ranked applicants. The poster must be displayed in the designated display area and must remain on display for the duration of the Annual Scientific Meeting. The author of the poster must be personally present at the Annual Scientific Meeting. A panel will be appointed to score the poster presentations. Each applicant selected for a poster will be allocated a judging time slot for their poster. During the allocated judging time slot, the applicant must remain beside their poster and will be required to provide a maximum three-minute poster side presentation and then answer any questions from the panel.

The Prize will be for $1,000 with the winner announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting.