OTA Research Foundation

Research and the publication of evidence for occupational therapy is crucial to all three of the current strategic plan pillars.  Our strategy includes the funding of research grants, provision of awards and recognition to our researchers and to publish research in the Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy. The Research Foundation commenced in 2012 and supports the first two activities of this strategy.



The mission of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Foundation is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians by supporting occupational therapists to engage in, produce, disseminate, and promote occupational therapy research, which will inform occupational therapy practice, policy, and education.

The Foundation solely supports occupational therapy research that addresses the promotion, maintenance, and enhancement of health status and wellbeing of people in line with the Australian Department of industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education’s National Research Priorities and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Health Priority Areas.

The Foundation endorses research conducted across World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health levels to understand, measure, and enable engagement in occupation.

The Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund with Deductible Gift Recipient Status. Funds are administered through a Trust Deed. All donations and bequests made to the Research Foundation receive full tax deductibility.

To donate to the OTA Research Foundation please contact OTA.



Direct Gift Recipient Grants 

One of the key roles of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Foundation is to confer grants to organisations who have Direct Gift Recipient (DGR) status. In 2018, a total of $15,000 will be available for allocation.

To submit an expression of interest please contact OTA.

Judith Marsham Farrell Research Grant 

The Judith Marsham Farrell Research Grant is an annual Grant made possible due to the generous bequest from Judith Marsham Farrell’s Estate. The value of the Grant will vary each year. In 2017 it was $5,000.

To apply for the Judith Marsham Farrell Research Grant please contact OTA.

Professor Gail Whiteford (Chair)
During Professor Gail Whiteford’s 27 year research career, she has received 22 grants totalling almost $22.5 million. She has published three books, thirty-two book chapters and sixty-four peer-reviewed journals on her work which over a time has had three connected strands. Through her research Gail has broadly challenged the profession to think more critically about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. This has focussed on critiquing the philosophical foundations of occupational therapy and issues of language, representation, justice and power.

Gail is a Fellow of the Occupational Therapy Australia Research Academy.

Associate Professor Ted Brown
Dr Brown has published 20 book chapters, two edited books, and over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as supervised 70 higher degree students. He has given over 125 presentations at national and international conferences and symposiums. Dr Brown is currently an associate editor for the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Ted is a Fellow of the Occupational Thearpy Australia Research Academy.

Professor Leeanne Carey
During her 28 year research career, she has published 103 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Professor Carey has received 27 research grants valued at over $27 million investigating a range of clinical topics.  Professor Carey’s work in the area of stroke and neurorehabilitation is recognised nationally and internationally.

Leeanne is a Fellow of the Occupational Thearpy Australia Research Academy.

Professor Anne Cusick
During the past 15 years, Professor Cusick’s has received four research grants valued at over $120,000, supervised 38 higher degree research students and published 104 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Some topics of Anne’s research includes factors affecting the research productivity of occupational therapists working in acute hospitals, activity and participation for people with disability and chronic complex conditions, health workforce development needs.

Anne is a Fellow of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and in 2001 received the Occupational Therapy Australia Sylvia Docker Memorial Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to occupational therapy education and research.

Professor Jennifer Fleming
During a 20-year career in research, Associate Professor Jennifer Fleming has received $6.3 million in nationally competitive funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), National Stroke Foundation, CONROD and other sources such as Queensland Health. She has received continuous large grant funding from NHMRC or ARC since 2007, as a Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, chief investigator on four NHMRC Project Grants (one as lead investigator) and two ARC-Linkage Grants (one as lead investigator).

Associate Professor Fleming has supervised 70 higher degree research students and published two books, 18 book chapters and 166 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has also numerous awards including the 2015 OT Australia Mary Rankine Wilson Memorial Award for Professional Excellence.

Professor Tammy Hoffman
Professor Hoffmann’s ten-year research career has broadly centred around three main areas:

  1. making evidencebased practice and evidence implementation easier for clinicians –
  2. facilitating shared decision making and communicating evidence to patients and the public
  3. improving patients’ health literacy, rehabilitation, and self-management of chronic conditions, particularly stroke.

Tammy has supervised 44 higher degree research students and published three books, twenty-five book chapters and 147 peer-reviewed journal articles.


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