Call for abstracts

Professionals Day – Thursday, 16th November 2017

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  “Embracing diversity” is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

(Summer Diversity Internships and Objectives. University of Oregan 1999)

Embracing diversity in playgroup practice

The Big Playgroup Meetup will include a series of 25 or 50 minute sessions (your choice) about embracing diversity in playgroup practice.  Playgroup Victoria invites playgroup professionals (or community groups) interested in hosting one of these sessions, to complete the online application form.

Diversity could be referring to

  • Diversity in families and communities, e.g. – indigenous, cultural, Rainbow, disability, geographic
  • family’s characteristics and situations: recently arrived immigrant families, family structure, gender identity, parent capacity, physical/ mental health, financial hardship, family violence
  • parenting approaches
  • program delivery

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email by Friday 13th October. All summary of accepted workshops/presentations will be published in the Conference Program.

All accepted presenters must register for the conference and will receive a discount of 20% off the standard registration fee (the PV Membership and Early bird rate).

Important dates

Abstract submissions open:            Thursday 24th August, 2017

Abstract submissions close:            Friday 6th October, 2017

Accepted abstracts notification:    Friday, 13th October, 2017

Presenters acceptance close:          Friday, 20th October, 2017


Submission process

Please complete the following online form by COB Friday, 6th October, 2017.  For all enquiries regarding abstract content and submission, please contact Deborah Njegac on 1800 171 882 Ext 147 or

Submit your abstract here