SSA Conference Awards 2019

The Stroke Society of Australasia is excited to once again offer a range of awards to be presented at the SSA 2019 conference in Canberra, ACT, 10 – 13 September 2019.

Please see below the awards that will be presented this year:

New Investigator Awards

Three encouragement awards: The Peter Bladin Award, The NSF Guidelines to Practice Award  and the Stroke Foundation Award, will be made to the most outstanding presentations by new investigators.

To be eligible the investigator must:

  1. Be undergoing or have completed an accredited post-graduate/undergraduate training program, or commenced full-time academic research, whichever is most recent, no more than 5 years before the closing date for abstracts;
  2. Be a member of the Stroke Society of Australasia;
  3. Be first author on the paper;
  4. Have contributed substantially to the design and conduct of the research study;
  5. Nominate the SSA Peter Bladin New Investigator Award during the abstract submission process
  6. Provide certification of your New Investigator status.

The winner of the Peter Bladin award will receive $1,000 and a travel grant of up to $3,000 to attend the European Stroke Conference (ESO). The Stroke Foundation Award winner receives a $1,000 grant.

The applicant must nominate which abstract is to be considered for the award, and only one abstract can be nominated by each applicant. Previous winners of the award are ineligible.

To apply, please nominate the award during your abstract submission and provide your certification in the submission process close of business, Friday 24 May 2019.

SSA Bursary Awards

The Stroke Society of Australasia is pleased to offer up to four $1000 bursaries to help trainees in neurology including stroke registrars and fellows, or higher degree candidates (PhD, Masters) from any stroke discipline attend the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Canberra.

To be considered for these awards you must meet the below criteria:

  1. Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation,
  2. Be a current SSA member
  3. Be either be a trainee in stroke medicine (e.g. a Stroke Fellow, or Neurology trainee) or a higher degree candidate (e.g. PhD, Masters) in a stroke related discipline.
  4. Attend the SSA 2019 conference

The bursaries will be awarded depending on the independent scientific assessment of the submitted abstract. The SSA Executive will make all final decisions on these awards.

To apply, please nominate the award during your abstract submission provide your CV with details of your current position and abstract title in the submission process by close of business, Friday 24 May 2019.

Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Awards

The Best Nursing or Allied Health Scientific Abstract Award is for nurses and allied health professionals wishing to attend the SSA Annual Scientific Meeting and are judged on the quality of the abstract submitted for presentation at the meeting.

This award includes up to two awards of $1000 in additional to 12 months free membership of the SSA.

To be considered for this award you must meet the below criteria:

  1. Applicants should be SSA members
  2. Nominate the Nursing and Allied Health Scientific Awards during the abstract submission process
  3. Abstracts who show best research and are new investigators will all be considered

To apply, please nominate the award during your abstract submission by close of business, Friday 24 May 2019.

Nursing and Allied Health Service Award

This award ($1000 plus 12 months free membership of the SSA) are for services to stroke, and will be judged by the SSA Executive Committee. To be eligible the applicant must be from a nursing or allied health background and be a member of the SSA. The following will be considered in judging this award:

  1. Demonstrated implementation of services to stroke in their field, i.e. > 3years working in stroke;
  2. Demonstrated initiatives in clinical practice, e.g. involvement in stroke Quality Improvement projects;
  3. Attendance and/or involvement in the organisation of Professional Development courses for stroke within the last 3 years
  4. Participation in improving stroke services in the work environment, i.e. planned projects, Quality Improvement involvement, and further education; and
  5. Active participation in local stroke networks.
  6. Evidence of leadership.

Applicants must provide a summary of their contribution to stroke and may use the above as a guide. This summary should be no longer than one page, and be in 12 point Arial or similar font. Applicants must also provide a brief (no more than 200 words) reference from their nominated referee and Applicants should also provide evidence of professional status. This documents must be provided in the abstract submission portal by close of business, Friday 24 May 2019.

Acute Stroke Nursing Education Network (ASNEN) Award

The $1000 Acute Stroke Nursing Education Network (ASNEN) Award is for highest graded nurses abstract and will be independently judged by the SSA Scientific Committee.

SSA Poster Award

To be eligible you must have submitted a poster for the conference. The award is judged at the conference and the winner will receive $500 to be presented at the conference.

Note for Poster Presentations:
You should stand by your poster during the period allocated to poster presentations in order to answer questions concerning your work.