Research Surveys

Can your perspective help to inform the future of OT research? OTA’s Research Survey page presents a number surveys seeking responses from researchers and other institutions across Australia.

There are two sections to this page. Research surveys promotes evidence based practice and are ethics approved. Other surveys cover institutions such as government bodies or businesses looking to hear from OTs. Use the quick links below to see each list.

If you wish to have your survey included below, please contact OTA. As a member benefit, OTA Members can promote their survey for free.

Research Surveys

What is the Project About?
The purpose of this project is to explore the barriers and enablers to stroke rehabilitation in rural and metropolitan hospitals from the perspective of occupational therapists. This is important to understand because there appears to be a difference between stroke rehabilitation in rural and metropolitan hospitals.

Who is doing the Research?
This is an occupational therapy honours project, which is led by Dr Craig Thompson and Ms Jane Gibson. There will be no costs to you, and you will not be paid for participating in this project.

Why am I being asked to take part and what will I have to do?
If you are an occupational therapist and you have worked in stroke management or rehabilitation for at six months, you will be asked to participate in this study. To participate in this study, you will be invited to complete an online questionnaire that in will take approximately 20 minutes.

Are there any benefits’ to being in the research project?
There are no direct benefits to you from participating in this research. 

Are there any risks, side-effects, discomforts or inconveniences from being in the research project? 
There are no risks or side effects to participating in this study.


Who will have access to my information?
The information collected in this research will be re-identifiable (coded). This means that we will collect data that can identify you and then remove identifying information on any data or sample and replace it with a code when we analyse the data. Only the research team have access to the code to match your name if it is necessary to do so. Any information we collect will be treated as confidential and used only in this project unless otherwise specified. The following people will have access to the information we collect in this research: the research team and, in the event of an audit or investigation, staff from the Curtin University Office of Research and Development.

Electronic data (including audio files) will be password-protected and backed-up daily. Hard copy data will be stored in locked storage. The information we collect in this study will be kept under secure conditions at Curtin University for seven years after the research is published and then it will be destroyed. The results of this research may be presented at conferences or published in professional journals. You will not be identified in any results that are published or presented.

Will you tell me the results of the research?
We will not provide you with the results of the study. Results will not be individual but based on all the information we collect and review as part of the research.

Do I have to take part in the research project?
Taking part in a research project is voluntary. It is your choice to take part or not. You do not have to agree if you do not want to. If you decide to take part and then change your mind, that is okay, and you can withdraw from the project. With your permission, if you chose to leave the study we will use any information collected unless you tell us not to.

What happens next and who can I contact about the research?
If you decide to take part in this research, we will ask you to sign the consent form. By signing, it is telling us that you understand what you have read and what has been discussed. Signing the consent indicates that you agree to be in the research project and have your health information used as described. Please take your time and ask any questions you have before you decide what to do. You will be given a copy of this information and the consent form to keep.

If you have any further questions about this research, please contact Craig Thompson (9266 3942).

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0129). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email

The study aims to explore the perspectives of people with developmental disability about the sexual health education they want and require, to support their sexuality. 

I want to participate! How do I sign up?

What is the project about?

  • The project aims to explore your thoughts about sexuality and the sexual health education you want and require, to support your sexuality.
  • The purpose is to ensure that occupational therapy services are relevant to your wants and needs, and to also support you to express your sexuality freely.
  • The project will also allow yourself the opportunity to have your life experiences heard through participation within research.

The research objectives are:

  1. To explore the experiences of people with developmental disability in relation to the sexuality.
  2. To understand the perspectives of people with developmental disability about community and health professional’s attitudes towards their sexuality.
  3. To identify what sexual health education people with developmental disability require to support their sexuality.
  4. To recognise how people with developmental disability want sexual health education delivered.

Who is undertaking the project?

  • This project is being conducted by Daina Coulter and it will form the basis of his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours program at Australian Catholic University.
  • The research is being completed under the supervision of Dr Claire Lynch and Associate Professor Annette Joosten.
  • The research supervisors have a strong background in addressing sexuality within their clinical practice and have previously completed research in this field.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

  • The risks associated with this project are minimal, although every project contains some risk.
  • You may be subject to increased embarrassment and stress associated with the topic of discussing your thoughts about sexuality and the sexual health education you want and require.
  • You will be informed that you can decline any questions within the interview; a break will be taken if you show any sign of discomfort, and information will be provided to you regarding counselling services that you can access if required.
  • In the event that you are showing any discomfort or distress, you will be encouraged to contact your GP, counsellor or a support organisation such as Beyond Blue (Website: 1300 22 4636)
  • In the event that you discuss previously unreported illegal activity (e.g., sexual abuse), you will be notified that I will need to report this information to the police.
  • If you report previously unreported illegal activity (e.g., sexual abuse), you will be given the opportunity to stop the interview or to continue the interview but not discuss the unreported illegal activity.
  • The length of the interview may result in increased stress or pressure on yourself. You will have the option of requesting that the interview be split into two halves.

What will I be asked to do?

  • You will be required to participate in an interview that will be conducted by the student researcher, Daina Coulter.
  • The interview will contain questions regarding your sexuality and what sexual health education you want and require.
  • The interview will be conducted at a time that is convenient for you. It will be approximately 60 – 90 minutes (which may be divided into two times if I request it).
  • Face-to-face Interviews will be conducted in a comfortable and private location chosen by yourself and also suitable and safe for the researchers.
  • The interview will be audio recorded by Zoom or through using a voice recorder, and it will be transcribed by the student researcher or an external transcription service.
  • All participants will be assigned a different name at the time of interpretation of the interview to protect your identity.
  • A copy of the initial themes from the interview will be sent to you after the interview interpretation process.
  • All participants will be invited provide feedback to the research team regarding the interpretation, this process is optional.

How much time will the project take?

  • The interview will be approximately 60 – 90 minutes (which may be divided into two times if I request it), and the interview will occur once. 
  • A copy of the initial themes from the interview will be sent to you after the interpretation process and you will be asked to decide whether you would like to provide feedback to the research team.
  • If you chose to provide feedback, it is expected that this will take approximately 15 minutes.

What are the benefits of the research project?

  • Participation in the research cannot guarantee any known benefits.
  • It is anticipated that the research will allow you the opportunity for your life experiences to be heard and understood, which this has the potential to contribute to occupational therapy service change for yourself.

Can I withdraw from the study?

  • Participation in this study is completely voluntary.
  • If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time without consequences.
  • If you were to withdraw from the study before the interpretation of interview data, then your data will also be withdrawn from the study.
  • You can withdraw at any time but if you wish to withdraw after data analysis has commenced then your data will be included in the interpretation, but your quotes will not be used in publication(s). 

Will anyone else know the results of the project?

  • The study will be presented at the Allied Health Student Conference in November 2021.
  • We aim to publish the study findings in a peer reviewed Occupational Therapy journal.
  • All participants will not be identifiable in this publication as findings will be reported at a group level.
  • All interviews will be assigned a pseudonym at the time of transcription to ensure confidentially.

Will I be able to find out the results of the project?

  • Once research is completed, a summary of results will be made available to participants on request.
  • You can request this information by phone call, email, or at the end of the interview.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

If you have any further questions, the research team can be contacted via the following details

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

  • The study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University.
  • If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Manager of the Human Research Ethics and Integrity Committee care of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

Manager, Ethics and Integrity

c/o Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Australian Catholic University

North Sydney Campus

PO Box 968


Ph.: 02 9739 2519

Fax: 02 9739 2870


Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Daina Coulter (Student Researcher)

Dr Claire Lynch (Chief Investigator)

Associate Professor Annette Joosten (Co-Investigator)

We are conducting a study on the topic of occupational therapists’ critical appraisal of their own practice evidence derived from professional experience, client preferences and experiences, and evidence from the practice context. This form of evidence is different from evidence arising from empirical research. We are recruiting occupational therapists of all levels of experience to take part in the study. Taking part in the project would involve completing an online questionnaire asking you some questions about your attitudes and practices in using your own practice evidence. The questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Please note that taking part in the study is completely voluntary and deciding to opt out of completing the online questionnaire will have no impact on your relationship with the University of Canberra.

The data collected as part of this study is de-identified and anonymous. This project has received ethics committee approval from the University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval number 20204776)

The link for the survey is provided here:

Your interest and input in this research will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering participating.

Kind regards,

Dr Craig Greber

Dr Stephen Isbel

(Primary Researchers)

The purpose of this research project is to investigate health
professional guiding principles, assessment and intervention when working with
children who are picky eaters. In order to participate in the study, you must
be an Australian based health professional. Further, you must have worked with
children identified as a ‘picky eater’ or their families as part of your
workload within the past ten years.

To participate please follow this link:

Project Description

The purpose of this research project is to investigate health professional guiding principles, assessment and intervention when working with children who are picky eaters. In order to participate in the study, you must be an Australian based health professional. Further you must have worked with children identified as a ‘picky eater’ or their families as part of your workload within the past ten years.


If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey will take approximately 15‐20 minutes. The survey will ask questions such as:

 How many years have you been employed?

 Assessment tools used to identify picky eating (select all that apply):

Your participation is voluntary. Please note that once the survey is opened you would need to contact the research team on the email provided to have your results removed. If the survey is incomplete you will receive an email reminding you to complete the survey, however this is not mandatory. The details that link your email address to your survey will only be able to be viewed by the research team, and will be stored securely.


Consent to participate will be confirmed before progressing to the survey. Consent is for your data and information to be collected, stored, and used in analysis and publications in a non‐identifiable format. Consent includes the use of this data in future research projects that are extensions of, or closely related to, the original project or in the same general area of research.

Risks and Benefits

There are no anticipated risks associated with your participation. It is not anticipated that this research project will directly benefit you but that the results arising from this survey will help inform practices and guide assessment/intervention in the area of picky eating in

children for health professionals. Please note there are no right or wrong answers‐ what is of interest is your current practices, to better inform us about current trends in the industry.

Privacy, Confidentiality and Results

Any data collected as a part of this research project will be stored securely as per USC’s Research Data Management Procedures. All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The results of this research project may be presented at external or internal conferences or meetings, or by publication. If you would like a summary of findings of this research project, please contact the Chief Investigator (listed above).

Concerns or Complaints

If you have any concerns or complaints about the way this research project is being

conducted, you may raise them with the Chief Investigator (listed above). If you prefer an independent person, you may contact the Chair of the USC Human Research Ethics Committee: telephone (07) 5430 2823; email

Please save the information above if you choose to participate.

Griffith University researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in an interview discussing the perspectives on, and use of, occupation in practice by senior occupational therapists, and how they believe these perspectives affect new graduates through supervision.

We are asking for volunteers who:

  • hold a recognised senior occupational therapist role in their workplace
  • are currently supervising at least one new graduate occupational therapist (with less than two years' experience) OR has done so in the previous two years
  • are registered occupational therapists with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Please note that the interviews will not be conducted by the Griffith University research team, but by someone else external to the research.

If you would like to take part in this research, please contact Kath Phillips (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy honours student): or Dr Amelia Di Tommaso: or 07) 5552 8310 for more information.

Affiliated University: Griffith University

HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC: 2021/056

Date of study closure: May, 2021

Occupational therapy researchers at Griffith University are seeking volunteers to complete an online survey about their understanding of how occupational therapy relates to environmental sustainability. Your participation will involve completing a survey reflecting on your occupational therapy practice. The questions will explore your perceived knowledge, attitudes and skills relating to environmental sustainability, both in your professional and personal life.

If you are:

  • An occupational therapist practicing clinically in Australia, AND
  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

You are invited to take part in the study. Eligible participants will receive a summary of the study results if they choose to.

For more information or to participate in the study, please visit:

Or contact

Dr. Tenelle Hodson (

Affiliated University: Griffith University

HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC: 2020/998

Date of study closure: 17th May, 2021

Chief investigator: Assoc Prof Libby Callaway

This project is being conducted by researchers at Monash University. This project has received ethics approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee [Project ID: 26914]. 

Affinity with dogs (the degree to which a person values interacting with dogs) for people with autism may be important for experiencing the benefits of interacting with dogs. There is a need for research to examine the factors that influence affinity with dogs for people with autism. Understanding the factors that influence affinity with dogs from the perspectives of people with autism and their families may assist occupational therapists who provide animal-assisted therapy to people with autism. 

We want to hear from people living in Australia who are aged 18 years or over with a diagnosis of autism OR a next of kin of someone (of any age) with a diagnosis of autism.
Associate Professor Libby Callaway, Dr Aislinn Lalor, and Dr Em Bould are working with an occupational therapy student at Monash University. They want to know what people with autism like or do not like about dogs.

Please click the link below to read more about the study:

You can then choose if you would like to complete a 10 to 15 minute online survey.
What you tell us in the survey will help allied health workers and organisations that provide autism assistance dogs and therapy dogs. 

Survey closes Friday 30th April 2021. 

Researchers from Flinders University are looking for occupational therapists who work with people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) for interviews about driving for a PhD research study.

Who can participate?

OT’s (generalist or driver trained) who work in Australia with people with dementia or MCI

What is the purpose of this research project?

To investigate current practice relating to fitness to drive for people with MCI or dementia. The findings will guide the design of a tool to assist health professionals with decision making about fitness to drive.

What does participation involve?

A 30-45 minute interview via phone or video conferencing. Participants will be provided with a $40 Coles Myer Gift Card as reimbursement for their time.

If you are interested in participating participate please contact Claire Spargo (PhD candidate) for information about the study.

Formal study title: Driving and cognitive impairment: practice and perspectives amongst doctors, occupational therapists and people with cognitive impairment

Ethics approval: HREC/20/SAC/135 154.20

Close date for recruitment: August 2021

Principal investigator: Professor Stacey George

This survey was developed in partnership with Curtin University and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. The survey invites parents, health professionals, organisations and government agencies to share their knowledge and experiences relating to the transport of children with disability and/or medical conditions. ​

What is the project about?
Transport (such as driving and public transport) enables individuals and families to participate in community life. It is important that all children, including those with disability and medical conditions travel in the safest way possible. This research seeks to understand the experiences, perceptions and knowledge of parents/guardians, health professionals and organisation/government representatives about transport for children with disability and medical conditions. 

For more information and to participate in the survey click here.

This research is being undertaken by Shannon Hughes as part of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree through the University of South Australia. Research supervisors are Dr Carolyn Murray, Dr Angela Berndt and Ms Sarah McMullen-Roach. This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 203522).

The aim of this research is to describe the practice of occupational therapists practicing in community aged care in Australia. The online questionnaire seeks to gather information regarding the approaches, models, frames of reference, assessments and interventions they use in practice. Please note that for the purpose of this questionnaire, community aged care refers to occupational therapy services provided to people aged 65 years and older (or 50 years and older for people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) within the community, that is, in a non-residential and non-hospital setting.

To be eligible to participate in this questionnaire, participants must be currently registered as an occupational therapist with AHPRA, and currently practicing as an occupational therapist in community aged care in Australia.

Please follow the link to view the Participant Information Sheet and access the questionnaire.

Closing date: 03/05/2021

Primary researcher: Emma Wilson (post-graduate student & senior occupational therapist)
Research Supervisors: Mandy Stanley and Libby Callaway

Recruitment process/how members can participate (qualitative project): I plan to completed semi-structured interviews with occupational therapists working in community TBI practice (with at least 2 years clinical experience) via zoom. Eligible participants will be asked to contact researcher directly via email. 

Dates for recruitment: February 2021- until 30th June 2021

Researchers: Dr Michelle Bissett, Prof. Matthew Molineux and Ms Lora Calderone (Honours Student)
Affiliated University: Griffith University
HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC: 2021/007
Date of study closure: April 30, 2021

We are conducting a study to explore the experiences of Australian occupational therapists who work in residential care facilities (RCFs) under the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and have a minimum of two years of experience working in RCFs. Participation will involve completion of: (i) a very brief demographic survey, and (ii) a one-hour recorded interview (either online or face-to-face) with a member of the research team. You will be provided with a copy of the topics to be discussed prior to the interview.

Please contact Dr Michelle Bissett (T: +61 7 5552 9573 or E: with any questions, to be sent an information sheet or to arrange an interview time. Please feel free to share information about this study to other Australian occupational therapists.

Chief investigator: Professor Jacinta Douglas, La Trobe University
HREC approval: La Trobe University HEC21018
Date of survey closure: 19 February 2021

The Summer Foundation and La Trobe University are conducting a national survey of occupational therapists (OTs) about housing accessibility features. We are aiming to get input from OTs who conduct home visits pre-hospital discharge or to assess the suitability of homes for seniors wanting to age in place. 

The federal and state governments are currently considering a range of accessible features for inclusion in the National Construction Code (NCC). This brief online survey of occupational therapists will provide valuable information to inform the evidence that is critical for negotiating specific changes to the NCC. 

Mandatory minimum accessibility standards will mean more Australians will have access to housing that meets their needs, at all stages of their life, no matter their level of ability.

By completing this survey and sharing your professional occupational therapy expertise, you will help change the NCC to ensure that future Australian homes better meet the needs of all people. Please also consider encouraging occupational therapists in your professional network to complete the survey.

Survey Link:

Participation is voluntary and responses will be anonymous. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Phone: (03) 9894 7006 email: or Professor Jacinta Douglas (03) 9479 1797 email:

You can also find out more about the Building Better Homes campaign here.

Occupational Therapy Australia is a key partner in a national project funded by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, "Co-Creating Safe and Enjoyable Meals for People with Swallowing Disability (2020-2021), led by Prof Bronwyn Hemsley at the University of Technology Sydney.

This short anonymous survey takes 5 minutes and is designed to gather the views of allied health professionals on mealtime assistance training in the disability sector, provided for any party whether it be an individual NDIS Participant (as part of a service) or a group of trainees in an organisation, or any other party. 

We hope that the findings inform future design and implementation of mealtime assistance training in Australia for people with disability. To let us know what you think about mealtime assistance training, please do the 5 minute survey here:

A collaborative research team from Bond University, the University of Wollongong, University of Notre Dame Australia and Sydney University, are conducting a survey of GPs, Nurses and Allied Health professionals’ experiences in using telehealth during COVID-19. 

The brief survey seeks to explore how telehealth is being used, the barriers and facilitators, and lessons for the future. Data from the project will be used to inform policy and practice around telehealth use in general practice and community based care.

This study is being undertaken by Prof Mark Morgan & Prof Nick Zwar (Bond University), Dr Anna Williams (Notre Dame University), Prof Sarah Dennis (University of Sydney), and Prof Liz Halcomb (University of Wollongong).

Please complete this short 10 minute survey and share with colleagues working in primary care:

Title of initial stage: Understanding transport and technology issues for people living with dementia

Chief Investigator: Dr Jacki Liddle, Occupational Therapist, Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

HREC Approval: University of Queensland HREC: #2020000941

Date of closure: First stage to be completed June 2021

We are conducting a study to understand the experiences and needs for people living with dementia and using current (eg ride sharing, route planning apps) and future transport technologies (driverless vehicles, responsive public transport) . We are interviewing people living with mild dementia, care partners and other stakeholders including health professionals, transport/service providers, policy makers, tech developers, and advocates to explore the range of experiences, needs and perspectives. Interested people can participate in an interview (phone/zoom or email). Please contact Jacki with any questions, to be sent an information sheet or to organize an interview ( It would be great to involve occupational therapists in this study. Please also share with anyone who might be interested. All research activities are flexible and contactless.

Some further information about the study is here:

Principle Investigators: Melissa Evans, Hayley Lane, Danielle Hitch & Genevieve Pepin
Affiliation: IPC Healthand Deakin University​
Ethics Approval: HEAG-H 183_2020 Deakin University

The aim of this study is to describe the perspectives of Occupational Therapists on intra-disciplinary practice in community health settings. Intra-disciplinary practice refers to “Two or more occupational therapists working together for a common client goal”. Intra-disciplinary practice occurs in many forms including conducting joint assessments and home visits, secondary consultations and case conferencing

Participation would entail the completion of a single online survey which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below for further information via a plain language statement, and access to the survey.

If you would like any further information, please contact Dr. Danielle Hitch at or on 0468 574 735. The survey will close for responses on 1 April, 2020.

Name of Principle Researcher
Lisa Beasley. I have a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and a Masters of Health Services Management. This research is part of my Masters in Research which I am hoping to transfer to a Doctorate Program early in 2021. I am currently employed by the Northern NSW Local Health District and oversee a large number of diverse allied health and community based health services.

Name of the University with Which the Study is Affiliated
I am studying through Southern Cross University and my supervisors are Professor Sandra Grace and Dr Louise Horstmanshof.

Confirmation That Your Study Has Received Ethics Approval
This research has been approved by the Human Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University. The approval number is ECN 18-250. This research has also been approved by the North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee number 2019/ETH00508.

In summary the aim of this research is to better understand acceptance of and resistance to change of allied health professionals. Change in any form, irrespective of how minor, will usually face resistance of some degree by the individuals whose lives are impacted by the change. To ensure the success of change initiatives, change leaders must be fully aware of how the individuals impacted by the change, respond and adapt. Understanding the array of adaptive responses allied health professionals experience when change occurs in their organisations, will assist both the individuals and change leaders to navigate the change initiatives more effectively.

To date I have one article published. Beasley, L.Grace, S. and Horstmanshof, L. (2020), "Responding and adapting to change: an allied health perspective", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. This article provides a scoping review on the literature available on the response and adaption to change of allied health professionals, providing a sound rationale of this research.

A link to the survey is as follows:

Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants for a study about how occupational therapists understand and conceptualise challenging behaviour occurring in a school environment when they are working with children on the Autistic Spectrum. The study has received ethics approval (HEC20344).

The study might be a good fit for you if you:

  • Have worked as an occupational therapist with primary school aged children on the Autistic Spectrum in Victoria
  • Have at least one year’s experience in this area and no more than 18 months have passed since you worked in this area.

What would happen if I took part in the research study?
If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

  • Complete an interview in which background demographic and experience data will be obtained and your understanding of challenging behaviour in school aged children on the Autistic Spectrum is explored through a semi structured interview.
  • The interview is expected to last up to 60 minutes and will occur online using zoom.

Interested in Participating?
Please contact Hilarie Kohn on email to receive a participant information sheet

Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about how occupational therapists’ enable occupations among adults with behavioral disturbance living with acquired brain injury.

Would the research study be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are an occupational therapist
  • Grade 1 year 4 and above
  • Working in an adult subacute ABI setting in Australia

What would happen if I took part in the research study?

If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

  • Participate in an interview lasting up to 1 hour, via Zoom

Will I be paid to take part in the research study?

There are no additional costs associated with participation in this research study, nor will you be paid.

Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please contact:



Ana Brown, PhD candidate


School of allied health



0435 484 032

Ethics Approval Number:


This project closes in May 2021, view the Participant Information Statement and Consent form here

Being in solitary confinement restricts engagement in meaningful activity and increases risk of suicide and/or self-harm for those already at risk. Internationally, occupational therapists provide care to people with mental health conditions in solitary confinement. A recent study of occupational therapists working in solitary confinement in Victoria, Australia, provided descriptions of intervention approaches, enablers and barriers to practice, and perspectives on how they manage the psychological stress of the environment. Due to a lack of published evidence, it is unclear how these descriptions compare with the practices and experiences of occupational therapists working in forensic solitary confinement in other states of Australia, and internationally. This study aims to clarify the roles, clinical reasoning, enablers and barriers, and coping strategies of occupational therapists working in forensic solitary confinement in Australia and internationally.

Principal researcher: Assoc. Prof. Annette Joosten Student researcher: Ellie Cassels Affiliated university: Australian Catholic University (ACU)

HREC reference number: 2019-346EAP (HREC approval attached)

Click here to participant information and view the letter and survey.

Other Surveys

This survey seeks to understand the current levels of awareness and most pressing challenges facing professionals in supporting children’s mental health during their everyday practice.

In order to best meet the needs of the health, social and community services workers across a range of professions all over Australia, Emerging Minds, with our delivery partners, is conducting a national workforce survey. We believe this survey is the first of its kind and will give us a baseline measure for improving the way we support children’s mental health.

This survey is being conducted by Emerging Minds, as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. Funded by the Australian Government in recognition of the importance of prevention and early intervention for improving social and emotional wellbeing of children, Emerging Minds produces and provides access to high quality, free professional development learning, resources and implementation support.  

Complete the 15 minute survey for your chance to win an iPad.

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This survey is being conducted by the Australian Government Department of Health.  The survey seeks to understand what you would find most helpful and informative as we enter the next phase of the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

The survey is anonymous and will not collect personally identifying information. All analysis and reporting will be aggregated and no individual responses will be identified in reporting. All questions are voluntary. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Click here to complete the survey.

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We are passionate about sharing the clinical information and knowledge of these products to OTs to make equipment prescription that bit easier.

Please help us to know the best way of helping you by completing this survey.


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