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

The 2022 DGR Grant Round is now open. For more information visit this page.

Download the OTARF DGR Guidelines 2022

Download the OTARF EOI Form 2022

Judith Marsham Farrell Research Grant

The purpose of the Judith Marsham Farrell Research Grant is to support “research in occupational therapy by occupational therapists and in particular studies in which the study subjects themselves to perform occupation embedded activity to determine its influence on a stated human health condition.” This is an annual Grant made possible due to the generous bequest from Judith Marsham Farrell’s Estate.

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