PIHRS 2021 Extraordinaire - Virtual Conference
The Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium is an annual conference of Pacific health researchers researching Pacific health issues and challenges. It was first launched in 2011 with the objective to provide a platform where staff and students could be given the opportunity to showcase their research. Today, the PIHRS has become an annual event for the College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), Fiji National University (FNU).
The Fiji National University has continued to embark on efforts and strategies to strengthen the research capacity and profile of its academic staff and students at all the Colleges. Examples of such strategies are the creation of research portfolios as the Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (PVCR), and the College Associate Deans of Research (ADRs). Research is increasingly becoming an important aspect of the University and events such as the PIHRS are encouraging our staff and students to engage in research and present their research findings in a larger forum.
Aim of PIHRS
The aim of the PIHRS is to offer a platform for presenting research, research ideas, and methodologies and sharing of knowledge. It is hoped that some of these will provide critical challenges, and open up new spaces, for further research that can impact aspects of health care and health services delivery.
PIHRS 2020 Conference Announcement – Deferment
Please be informed that the earlier-circulated “Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium (PIHRS) 2021– Save the Date Flyer” is no longer valid. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the social distancing restrictions, PIHRS 2021 will be a fully virtual conference. The dates have also changed – the new dates are now 11-12 November 2021.
The theme is “Health Security in the Pacific: Lessons from the Pandemic Experience”, and it reflects the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, and how it has affected people, their health, and particularly health systems. We intend that this conference will attract researchers, academics, policy makers, practitioners and anyone who has interest in sharing lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We look forward to receiving your abstract(s) if you have something to share at PIHRS 2021!
This year’s symposium theme is Health Security in the Pacific: Lessons from the Pandemic Experience.
1) Health System Challenges – Sharing Country Experiences
- National/State/Regional Policy Challenges/Interventions
- Health Information Challenges/Interventions
- Health System Challenges/Interventions
2) Non-Communicable Diseases
- Food Security and Nutrition
- Physical Activity
- NCD Services
3) Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH)
- Gender-based Violence
- Sexual Reproductive Health
- Maternal and Child Health
4) Patient Management Perspectives
- Public Health Interventions
- Laboratory Diagnostic Innovations and Experiences
- Clinical Management Series
5) Economic Implications
- Health Economy Approaches
- Sustainable Economies in Pandemics
Symposium Date & Time
11 November, 2021 |Time: 9:00am – 4:35pm FJT
12 November, 2021 |Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm FJT
Call for Abstract:
Closing date: 3rd January, 2021
OPEN NOW and closes on 20th April 2021
PIHRS 2021 brings you a unique experience with the speeches from renowned speakers, best presentations, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and many more.
PIHRS Abstract Submission Guidelines
To facilitate the submission process and the subsequent follow-up process, please consider the following guidelines, information, tips, terms, and deadlines mentioned.
Abstract Guidelines Structure
- The maximum word limit for the abstract is 250 words.
- Please download the abstract template and follow the format carefully.
- Your submission should be submitted in English.
Steps to follow for your Abstract Submission
Once you prepared your abstract according to the above guidelines,
- Submit your abstract to PIHRS@fnu.ac.fj email address.
- After submission you will be acknowledged of the receipt of the abstract via an email within three working days.
Abstract Submission Deadline
- Please submit your abstract before Sunday 3rd January, 2021.
Double Blind Peer Reviewing Process
- Your abstract will undergo a double blind peer review by the PIHRS scientific committee within two to three weeks after its receipt.
- Results of the abstract review will be sent to the author within two weeks of submission
- The conference chair serves as the head of the scientific committee and will take the final decision on abstracts.
- Acceptance or rejections of the paper will be sent to you with reviewer comments.
PIHRS Abstract Template
2021 PIHRS Abstract Template for Oral Presentations
Authors listing: (Presenting Author in bold)
Institutional Affiliation and email address (es)
Introduction: Previous research and/or rationale for performing the study. Include aim and Objective of the study if applicable.
Method: Adequate description of the type of study, study sample and statistical methods used.
Results: Summary of findings, description of analysis, and interpretation of findings.
Discussion: Limitations of the study, implications of the results, and further work.
Word Count: (indicate number of words: should not Exceed 250 words)
- If selected, [I consent/ do not consent] to having my abstract published in the conference booklet and online.
- I prefer to do an oral presentation. If not selected for an oral presentation, I [am/ am not] willing to do oral presentation.
- I declare that this [abstract/paper] contains information that [has/has not] been presented [fully/partially] at other peer reviewed events, conferences, or published journals. If you have published or presented partially or fully, please provide details.
Instructions: (Delete this section before submission)
- Only abstracts related to Pacific Islands Health-related research will be considered for the symposium.
- Reviews of existing studies or research conducted outside the region are not eligible for this symposium.
- Submit an abstract for oral presentation in the format of the template provided: Font:-Times New Roman 12, Left-justified, single-spaced. Abstracts must not contain tables, figures or photos.
- Ensure correct spelling of Names, and Titles. Names to be written as: First name, Surname. Professional or academic titles can be included and names of authors separated by commas.
- Word count of the body of the abstract (Background-Conclusion) should not exceed 250 words.
- Institutional Affiliation to be presented as: Name of Institution, Country, and Email Contact.
- For consent to print your abstract in the booklet, strike-out the option that does not apply.
- For presentation options, strike-out the option that does not apply.
- For declaration, please strike out the option that does not apply.
- Delete instructions (this section) prior to submission.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If your question is not answered below contact PIHRS Secretariat.
1. What is a virtual conference?
A virtual conference is a conference that is hosted entirely over the Internet and will allow attendees to access live and hear presentations from their gadgets such as personal computers (PCs), iPads, mobile phones, etc. Participants will participate or attend through a conference website designed specifically for the virtual conference. The site is where you will watch conference presentations and participate with questions and comments in real time. Some conference sessions will be synchronous and other sessions will be asynchronous so you can attend any time during the conference.
2. When is PIHRS 2021?
The PIHRS Virtual Conference will be held from the 11&12 November 2021. All conference sessions will be based on Fiji Time. The virtual conference program will be uploaded as soon as details have been finalised. Please keep checking this space.
3. Who should attend?
The conference is open to local and international academics, donors, government ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), technical agencies, the Private Sector, students and others who might be interested.
4. What are the technical requirements needed to participate?
To participate, you will need reliable Internet connection and web browser. For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you join the conference using a supported internet browser which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended as some functions to be used in the conference, such as chat, are not fully supported.
Additional instructions for accessing the virtual conference will be forthcoming.
5. What PIHRS 2021 events will be part of the virtual conference?
Apart from parallel conference sessions, there will be keynote speakers, webinars and satellite sessions interspersed within the 3 days program to keep the conference lively, informative and interactive. We are still finalizing the details for various PIHRS 2021 events. Stay tuned for more information. We will publish updates on this page and on other Events pages of the PIHRS 2021 website.
6. How do I register for PIHRS 2021?
Registration for 2021 PIHRS Virtual Conference has opened. For online registration, please click here:
7. What happens once I register?
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on how to connect to the conference.
8. Will I have access to the Conference recordings and materials?
All conference sessions will be recorded and posted on this site at the end of the event, so you can view all Virtual Conference sessions at your convenience here:
9. How much do I need to pay to register for the virtual conference?
The virtual conference registration fees categories in Fiji Dollars can be viewed here: Registration will not be completed until payment of registration fees is confirmed by the Secretariat.
10. Is there funding available to participate in the conference?
Funding is not available for this virtual conference. The virtual nature of this conference negates the need to travel. Participants will be able to access the conference online from anywhere in the world.
11. What is the best way to search all of PIHRS Scientific Content?
You can find more information here:
12. When do I need to Log-In?
You can access the site and browse content without logging in here. The PIHRS virtual conference officially opens on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 when session content goes live and registered participants will be prompted to log-in for viewing and participation. All registered participants will have access to PIHRS content, parallel sessions, virtual exhibits, and networking by logging in as of Wednesday, 25 November 2020. Once you log-in for the first time, you will remain logged in for the duration of your selected session.
13. How do I access session during the scheduled broadcast?
The broadcast will be accessible in multiple ways.
Please note the links for scheduled broadcasts will be updated soon – watch this space for updates
14. Will there be live Q/A with speakers during the scheduled broadcasts?
There will be live chat features appearing alongside the scheduled broadcast, allowing participants to connect, pose questions and discuss in the duration of the whole conference. Abstract presenters will be participating in some of the sessions. Participant can connect with others via Virtual Networking.
15. Where/How can I claim Continuing Professional Development (CDP) credit points?
Registrants can claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, access certificates, and provide feedback by email to Secretariat here PIHRS@fnu.ac.fj
PIHRS Registration 2021
Registration for the 2021 PIHRS Virtual Conference has opened. For online registration, please click here.