About HealtheX

HealtheX is a student-organised conference designed to promote research and excellence in presentation among postgraduate students associated with the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

What is HealtheX?

HealtheX is a forum where students can get together and present their research in order to network and engage with fellow scientists, promote research and scientific thinking and improve their communication skills.

HealtheX is a great opportunity to share your research in a friendly and supportive environment. It is an excellent platform through which you can receive significant feedback, especially if you have not previously had the chance to attend a national or international conference. It is also an opportunity to share with local colleagues what you have already shared with members of the international scientific community.

HealtheX adds value to your CV and there are great prizes up for grabs. Even if you're not presenting research, it's a great opportunity to hear about the depth and breadth of research within the faculty.  

HealtheX is celebrating its 14th anniversary on Friday 18 September 2020 at the University of Auckland Grafton Campus. To keep up to date with HealtheX, follow the official Facebook page.  

Who can enter?

HealtheX is open to graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Auckland under the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Additionally, a few exceptions apply as listed below:

  • Undergraduate students may present original research conducted during a research component of their degree (e.g. 5th year Optometry, 4th year Pharmacy) or a summer scholarship programme.
  • Honours and Masters students who are no longer enrolled but have completed their degree in the same calendar year, i.e. 2020.
  • Doctoral candidates who have submitted their thesis and completed their oral exam, but have not yet received the "Result of Doctoral Examination" letter confirming they have met the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy as at 11 September 2020.

Students may only enter HealtheX as individuals. For students who are working in a group project (e.g. 5th Year Optometry students), only one person must be elected to represent the group. The abstract must be submitted by the nominated presenter.

The research presented must be original, health-related and conducted by students enrolled under the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences or the Liggins Institute.


There are three different types of presentation that students can give:

  • Oral presentations: Should be no longer than 10 minutes with the visual aid of PowerPoint slides. There will be a 5 minute question session to follow each presentation.
  • Poster presentations: The poster format should preferably be A1 in size and portrait in orientation.
  • HealtheX Elevator Pitch: You will have three minutes to summarise your project and its significance with the help of one powerpoint slide with no animations, videos or transitions.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place for each category, with doctoral and non-doctoral students competing separately for the oral presentations.


The following prizes are awarded each year at HealtheX.

Oral Presentation - Doctoral   Oral Presentation - Non-Doctoral Poster Category 3 Minute Elevator Pitch
First place award and AMRF travel award First place award First place award and AMRF travel award MPPT award
Second place award and AMRF travel award
Second place award Second place award PDS award
Third place award Third place award Third place award
PGSA award

Abstract guidelines

You are able to submit your abstract as your first-choice presentation category. In the application form, you can then select a second choice category or select “1st Choice Only”. HealtheX has historically catered to all first- and second- choice presentation mediums without fail.

The HealtheX board will aim to ensure all first- and second- choices are met but reserves the right to allocate presenters to other presentation mediums if the distribution and number of abstract submissions drastically differs from expectations. This is due to the administrative and logistical confines of organizing the day.

You may present a maximum of one abstract submission per category provided:

  • All projects are different. The HealtheX board reserves the right to deem whether the projects are “different” enough.
  • All projects were started, are undergoing, or were completed within this calendar year.
  • All projects abide by the Entry Requirements detailed above under "Who can enter?".

You are able to present a poster that has been used at another conference.

If you have carried out experiments but have not obtained the expected results, you can still present this data with appropriate justifications.

Due to the impact that the Level 4 lockdown has had in preventing many students from being able to gather data, HealtheX 2020 will accept methodology-based or project proposal style abstracts and presentation where a results section is not required. In these cases, the following criteria still apply (excluding the need for a 'Results' sub-heading). 

How to write and submit your abstract

  • The body of the abstract should be no more than 250 words.
  • You do not need to add your title as it will be included in the application form.
  • The following sub-headings must be used:
    • Background
    • Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
  • Referencing/results tables/figures are not necessary.
  • Abbreviations and acronyms should be explained before further use within the abstract.


Presented by the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA), Exposure is a showcase of the best postgraduate research.

Students from the FMHS who wish to enter the University-wide Exposure competition are required to first enter HealtheX.

Exposure accepts up to the Top 20 Poster and Top 20 Oral presenters of HealtheX. This ranking is determined at the discretion of the HealtheX Board. The HealtheX Board will directly pass all relevant abstract and personal information directly to the Exposure Organising Team.

Regarding Poster Presenters: although HealtheX accepts posters of non-A1 size and non-portrait dimension, Exposure only accepts A1-sized, portrait posters. Participants may have to re-print their poster if it does not abide by the Exposure poster regulations in order to participate.

All HealtheX applicants assigned to give a 3-Minute Elevator Pitch presentation are not eligible to enter the Exposure competition. If you would like to enter the Exposure competition, please ensure that you choose either an Oral or Poster presentation in order to be eligible.

Find out more about Exposure


You can contact this year’s HealtheX coordinators by email, healthex@auckland.ac.nz.