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

Ethics Approval Number (GU Ref No: 2019/749)

We would like to invite your members to participate in the research project to measure the impressions, experience and usability of electronic health record systems used in the Australian healthcare sector.   This invitation is being sent to you as an organization whose members are likely to use Electronic Health Record Systems.  The benefits of the research are that findings may be used to inform the design of future health information systems and to better understand the usability of health information systems in current use.

Lead Investigator
Dr Sheree Lloyd
Griffith University

Full Ethical Approval GU Ref Non 2019/749

Participate here:

This survey closes 31 August 2020

ATTENTION: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists

The project aims to:

  • Investigate allied health professionals’ current practices in addressing post stroke psychosocial issues
  • Explore their perceived abilities in managing these psychosocial issues.
  • The study will also investigate key challenges & barriers to integrating psychosocial interventions in stroke rehabilitation.

What is involved?
Completing a 20-minute online-based questionnaire. No personal data is collected.

Participant benefits
There are no known benefits to you but the study process will advance self-reflection and increase awareness of inefficiencies of current practice if any, thus achieving a holistic clinical management.

Please read the information letter prior to completing the questionnaire.

The online questionnaire will be available between (27/7/20- 7/9/20)
Link to the information letter and online survey:

Contact details
A/Prof Annette Joosten (Supervisor)

Phone: (03) 9953 3758
E-mail address:

Keletso Kombani (Student Researcher)
E-mail address:


Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about occupational therapy services to Dept. of Veteran Affair’s (DVA) Clients.

Click here to complete the survey

Would the research study be a good fit for me?
The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • An Australian registered occupational therapist providing or have provided services to DVA clients

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 online survey taking approximately 10 minutes.

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 or the participant 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:


Associate Professor Carol McKinstry


Rural Department of Allied Health, Rural Health School




We would like to invite you to participate in a research project to help us find out about the experiences of allied healthcare clinicians who have delivered care to their clients via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, or from people who have received care from an allied healthcare clinician. If you are happy to share your thoughts and complete a brief survey then please read on.

What is the purpose of the study?
With the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, many healthcare services are delivering care remotely via telehealth (e.g. providing consultations via telephone or video over the internet). We are interested in learning more about the experiences of people who consulted with an allied healthcare clinician via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we would like to know whether people found telehealth to be safe and effective, or if there were any barriers to the use of telehealth.

Who can participate?
You can participate in the study if you are at least 18 years old and have consulted with an allied health practitioner (exercise physiologist/scientist, sports scientist, osteopath, podiatrist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or diabetes educator) at any time since March 1st 2020 and have done so via telephone and/or via video over the internet (e.g. Zoom, Facetime). A parent/carer who is aged 18 years or over can also participate on behalf of a patient who is under 18 years old.

What does the project involve and how much time does it take?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey online about your experiences consulting with your allied healthcare professional/s via telehealth. You will be asked about how acceptable, effective, and safe you found telehealth.

We anticipate that the survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Survey responses will be anonymous and no identifying data (e.g. names, addresses etc.) will be collected.

Participants in the survey will go into a draw to win a $500 prepaid visa card.

What to do next?

Link to the clinician survey:

Link to the client survey:


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.

This research study aims to find out what working occupational therapists know about pain, and could help to inform future education on pain and the occupational therapy role. This study has been approved by the ECU Human Research Ethics Committee. (Approval no 2020-01299-SPADA).

What does participation in this study involve?
If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey answering true/false and multiple-choice questions regarding pain knowledge. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

When and where?
The survey will be available online until August 2020 for you to complete when convenient for yourself. At the completion of the survey you will have the option to enter a random draw for one of three $25 gift cards to thank you for your time.

Where can I get further information?
The project information and consent form is located at the beginning of the survey. This contains the full information about the study as well as your rights as a participant. Should you have any further questions please contact the student researcher or research supervisors using contact details provided below.

Interested in participating? 
Inclusion and exclusion criteria have been outlined in the table below:

Inclusion Criteria

Exclusion Criteria

Registered and working as an Occupational Therapist in Australia or New Zealand

Non-English-speaking individuals

Please follow the link below and forward to colleagues you feel meet the inclusion criteria.

The survey will close on 31 August 2020.

Inadequate sleep is a significant public health issue. Sleep problems are highly prevalent and can affect other physical and mental health outcomes.

A recent parliamentary report (Bedtime Reading) recommended that the Australian government assesses the sleep knowledge of health professionals, and develops effective training mechanisms to improve the knowledge of primary healthcare practitioners in diagnosing and managing sleep health problems.

We are inviting fully qualified medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacists and dentists working in Australia, to participate in this research study, which aims to survey knowledge, practices, and attitudes towards sleep in Australian Health Professionals. This is also your opportunity to shape future training opportunities.

Participants will gain access to a sleep toolkit, which may assist with the management of sleep in their clinical practice.

For more information or to participate in the study, click here.

Research Team: Dr Cele Richardson, Dr Melissa Ree, Prof Michael Gradisar, Prof Romola Bucks.

Organisation: University of Western Australia (UWA)

Ethical Approval has been gained from UWA Human Ethics (Project number RA/4/20/6015)

Survey closes pending response rate, but likely no later than 1 January 2021.

I am investigating whether Allied Health clinicians are more likely to use new learning in their practice if the education is done in a way that they find meaningful and of professional value, as opposed to being done for the purposes of compliance. The research aims to investigate the experiences of Allied Health professionals who have participated recent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and find out whether they identify that the knowledge gained motivates them to create change in their professional practice. 

There has been some research into how CPD is delivered but not how clinicians feel about its effectiveness, and whether that motivates them to change their practice. This research aims to fill that gap and provide new information on how to design education for clinicians that is more likely to motivate them to take up new ways of practice.

I will be asking the allied health professionals to articulate their perception of meaning and value of CPD events by asking what happened following the CPD, why they undertook those actions, and what they felt about both the educational event and their following actions.

Principal Researcher: Helen McGregor

University affiliated: Southern Cross university

Closure date: 31/07/2020

Complete the survey here.

We are a group of occupational therapy students currently in our 4th year of study at Curtin University. For our honours project, we have produced a short (approx. 10-15 min) survey which aims to explore assessments used, education provided, and follow-up services given to patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). 

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number HRE2020-0014).

If you meet the following criteria or know anyone who would be interested in the study, we would greatly appreciate it if you participated in the survey and passed it on to further colleagues working in the area.

  • Currently an occupational therapist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Currently work in an ED of an Australian hospital or have previously worked in this context within the last 5 years.
  • Currently or previously provided cognitive screening and/or education to individuals with mTBI.

You can access the survey via the link:

We look forward to hearing your views and opinions. The information you provide us will help guide further research and inform best practice. 

If you have any questions please contact the researchers at; or the Research Supervisor, Dr Sharon Keesing at

Central facial palsy results from damage to the central segment (facial nucleus in the pons, motor cortex, or connections between the two) of the facial nerve CNVII and is a frequent symptom in patients suffering from stroke and brain injury.

Current clinical practices for central facial palsy, and perceptions and roles of clinicians skilled in providing physical rehabilitation (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech pathologists), are currently not clearly defined.

This research aims to collate information from clinical specialists regarding current practice and identify factors that impact on provision of physical rehabilitation for central facial palsy. 

Click here to complete the survey.

Closing Date: 31 August 2020

Research surrounding the decision making of clinical occupational therapists working in TBI assessing functional cognition is limited. If occupational therapists choose the most efficient and effective method to assess functional cognition in acute care, this should enable efficient transition to subacute rehabilitation with well-considered rehabilitation goals – maximising use of treatment time in rehabilitation. This is a multi-phase mixed methods design incorporating a scoping review of the literature, a qualitative descriptive study of current practice, and conceptualisation of an approach towards assessment of functional cognition post TBI.

Occupational therapists are requested to participate in an online survey of their current use of assessments of cognition.  If interested they are asked to participate in a follow-up interview to discuss the topic in more detail.

Please click on this link to the online survey.

This survey closes on 10 August, 2020.

We are seeking to explore the use of VR gaming technology (e.g. Wii, Kinect, Saebo Rejoyce, Able Arm X) by Australian occupational therapists with stroke survivors. It is hoped this project will inform the profession more broadly on the breadth and potential of VR gaming technology in neurorehabilitation as well as specifically identify barriers, facilitators and strategies to the use of VR technology in clinical practice. Participation in any research study is voluntary. Please read the Participant Information Letter here (link to PDF) and this information can also be accessed by clicking the survey link below. Complete the online survey here.

Research team: Dr Deirdre Cooke, Nick Flynn and principle researcher Melanie Kidd (OT honours student)

Organisation: Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Ethical approval has been gained from ACU HREC - 2019-358EAP

Survey closes will be pending response rate but no later than 31st July

At the Australian Catholic University, we are conducting an anonymous online survey exploring occupational therapists’ experiences of implementing strengths-based approaches in practice.

Strengths-based approaches are recognised as important in occupational therapy; however, little is known about how occupational therapists are using strengths-based approaches in their practice. 

It is anticipated that this survey will inform us about ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ occupational therapists are using strengths-based approaches in their practice and the barriers and facilitators occupational therapists face when using strengths-based approaches.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

If you would like to participate in our survey please follow the link below. A participant information letter providing further information about this research is also available when you click on this link:

If you have any questions, please contact the research supervisor:

Elisa Yule,

Thank you for your time in considering our study.
This study has ACU ethics approval (2019-357EAP)

This research project is aimed at assisting occupational therapists when working with Aboriginal Australian people. The overarching goal of this research is to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal Australians and for occupational therapy as a profession to make a contribution to improving the health status of Aboriginal Australians. Specifically, I am seeking to produce a functional assessment guideline tool that will prompt OTs to consider how a client’s cultural background should be considered so as to conduct a more comprehensive assessment. I believe I can achieve this by speaking with other experienced OTs.

Your expertise and knowledge are valuable in achieving this goal. If you feel you could contribute to this important research, please click on the link below to complete the survey. A participant information letter providing further information about this research is also available when you click on this link:

Your time and consideration is much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Catherine Hurley


Other Surveys

Occupational Therapy Australia are pleased to be working with Queensland PHNs to improve psychological therapy services in our regions.

To inform this work, the PHNs have put together a survey inviting feedback on the impacts of COVID-19 on psychological therapy service delivery and uptake. The survey results will be used to develop a virtual workshop, where OTA members and other mental health professionals will be invited to discuss learnings and identify opportunities to sustain positive changes to service delivery as we transition beyond COVID-19.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. To participate, click here.

Feedback is invited from OTA members working in mental health within the following PHN regions:

  • Brisbane North PHN
  • Brisbane South PHN
  • Gold Coast PHN
  • Darling Downs West Moreton PHN
  • Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN

Both survey and workshop results will be shared with participants and used to inform actions in the Brisbane North PHN whole of mental health sector regional plan which aims to improve psychological therapy services and client outcomes in the region.

The survey closes 5pm Monday 10 August 2020.

If you have any questions about this work please reach out to OTA’s Queensland Divisional Manager at

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, and their partners throughout Australia, want to hear your opinions about ‘how to lift’ training in workplaces in a short, anonymous survey. 

At the end of the survey you can also register your interest to take part in a focus group to discuss themes from the survey. 

Survey results will help develop and deliver information and programs that reduce risk of sprains and strains at work. Complete the survey and you’ll also have the chance to win a waterproof wireless portable speaker. 

Closes 12 midnight Sunday 26 July 2020.  

You’ll find the survey here: ‘How to lift’ training survey

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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