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

The principal researcher conducting this study is Dr Dave Parsons, Allied Health Research Lead at SJOG Midland Public Hospital and Lecturer at Curtin University School of Allied Health. This study is affiliated with SJOG Midland Public Hospital and is being conducted by Curtin University Students. This study aims to explore the use of occupational therapy assessments and interventions in inpatient mental health units. By exploring this it will allow an expansion of the role of the occupational therapist working in inpatient mental health on an international basis; will provide a selection of assessments and interventions that are being used; and will facilitate the development of best practice guidelines in the future. This study has received ethics approval though St John of God Health Care Human Research Committee (HREC number 1920).

Please click the link bellow to complete an online self-report questionnaire that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on the 28th of June 2022.

We are currently recruiting participants to be a part of an honours research project conducted by Shontel Durkin (OT student) and her supervisors Wendy Milgate and Cheryl Kotzur from the Australian Catholic University.

This project aims to explore clinician’s perspectives of the considerations and challenges of providing assistive technology in regional, rural, and remote areas of Australia. The aim of the project is to derive key challenges and considerations for assistive technology service provision within these areas, through gaining the perspectives of clinicians who are involved in the delivery of these services. The results of this project hope to inform future clinical practice and policy surrounding assistive technology service provision, to enhance client outcomes for those living withing regional, rural and remote areas.

This research proposal has received ethical approval through the Australian Catholic University

We are looking for health professionals, who have been involved in assistive technology service provision in regional, rural and/or remote areas for over 6 months duration to participate in an online focus group consisting of 8 health professionals per session. In doing so, we hope to inform assistive technology service provision in regional, rural, and remote areas to improve this area of practice.

If you would like to participate, you can register via the online registration form link below, which has an embedded participant information letter with further information and consent form.


  • Julie Brayshaw (principle researcher)
  • Genevieve Bennetts
  • Rebecca Schutz
  • Kiora Losey
  • Rebecca Lilly

We are a fourth year Curtin occupational therapy student group asking all individuals who have left or are taking a break from the Occupational Therapy profession to please share their experiences. We are looking for individuals who are no longer working as occupational therapists, and do not hold an occupational therapy general registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. If you or anyone you know fits this description please share and complete the survey (approx. 10-15mins to complete).

For further information, please contact Ms Julie Brayshaw at or 08 9266 3717

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2022-0156).

The survey will close on the 31st of May.

The Home Automation Social Return on Investment (SROI) project is led by Associate Professor Kate Laver at Flinders University and aims to understand the impact of home automation for people with long-term serious injury. Home automation refers to technology which automates or remotely controls household functions such as blinds, windows, fans, doorbell or intercom systems, lights, taps. We want to interview people who have elements of home automation and have had these installed following injury. Participants will be interviewed once for 45-60 minutes at a time and place that is convenient. Interviews will be online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, or face to face for people that live in Adelaide (if preferred). Participants will be compensated for their time. To find out more, please contact by 30 May 2022. The study has been approved by the Flinders University Social Human Research Ethics Committee in South Australia (Project ID: 5039).

Are you:

  • A grade two occupational therapist?
  • Employed in an inpatient, bed-based, physical health setting in a Victorian public health network?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in an Honours research project aiming to investigate burnout, workplace engagement, job satisfaction, professional identity and turnover intention amongst your population. Ultimately this study aims to support the health and wellbeing of clinicians such as yourself.

Participation will involve a 20-minute online anonymous survey and potentially engaging in a focus group or interview.

To participate in the survey, click here.

At the end of the survey you will have the option to participate in a focus group or interview. Should you wish to volunteer, you will be asked to provide your email address. Please be advised that your email address will in no way connect you to your survey responses.

For more information, please see the Participant Information and Consent Form:

Should you know of anyone who may be eligible to take part in this study - please share!

This project has been approved by Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Approval Number RES-21-0000752L).

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact Emily Rayner at or Professor Ted Brown at

Thank you for taking the time to consider this research project. If eligible, your participation in this study will be greatly appreciated by the research team and the broader occupational therapy community.

Closing Date: 31 May 2022

This survey is designed to investigate Australian health professional management of low back pain and use of smartphone applications (apps) for the management of low back pain in patients

The sharing of your experiences will help to identify how health professionals manage LBP in clients, their use of apps to manage client LBP, and which apps and features are preferred and found to be beneficial. Your responses may help us learn more about the management of LBP and smartphone apps for the self-management of LBP.

Survey Link: 

This project is supported by Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Ms Claudia Didyk (PhD candidate)

A/Prof Lucy Lewis (Supervisor)
Tel: +61 8 722 18261

A/Prof Belinda Lange (Supervisor) 
Tel: +61 8 722 18285  

If so, you are invited to participate in our research study!

We are interested in understanding the role of occupational therapists working in understanding the role of occupational therapists working in palliative care in Australia regarding sleep management for clients in palliative care.

For further information and to participate in this study, please use the following link to access the survey:

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Madeleine Webster via email at

Please share this post to other occupational therapists working in palliative care services in Australia in your network who may be interested in participating in the study.

This study is being undertaken by James Cook University Research Honours student, Samantha Cantoni and is supervised by Dr Daniel Lowrie and Mr Nathan Dawes. The study is being undertaken through James Cook University and has received ethical approval via the University HREC (Approval H8620).

We are looking to interview occupational therapists currently working in palliative care or those who have done so within the last three years. We are aiming to explore the current and potential roles of occupational therapists in enabling compassionate communities for end-of-life care. The compassionate community movement advocates for a shift towards a public health approach for end-of-life care, that centres around the idea that health is everyone’s responsibility, and not solely the domain of health professionals. Despite the potential value of occupational therapists in supporting compassionate communities, there is a lack of published literature that examines their role and capacity to do so. This research has been developed to address this gap in knowledge.

Therapists interested in participating in this study can contact either Samantha Cantoni
or Daniel Lowrie
(Phone: (07 4781 5951).

Researchers: Professor Matthew Molineux, Anne-Maree Caine, Olympia Nicolson (honours student researcher).

Affiliated University: Griffith University

HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC 2021/866

Occupational therapy researchers from Griffith University are seeking volunteers to complete a 60-minute interview to share the transformational experiences therapists had during practice education when they were students. This study aims to explore what practice education experiences occupational therapists found transformational when they were students, and what medium to long term impact these experiences had on therapists. These experiences may be seen as positive or negative, or they may not be labelled as such. They are, however, impactful to such an extent that they influenced therapists personally and/or professionally. Researchers also wish to identify what the features of a transformational experience are. This research will work towards improving practice education experience for both students and practice education providers, as well as assist university staff to prepare and better support students throughout their studies.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • have graduated from a WFOT approved education program at least five years ago;
  • are able to complete the interview in English.

If you would like to participate in the study or would like more information, please contact Olympia Nicolson (


If so, you are eligible to participate in an Honours research project that aims to explore perspectives about why occupational therapists in Australia leave the profession.     

Participation involves an interview (approximately 60 – 90 minutes).    

For more information, see the Participant Information Sheet:!AuqykLhy4Qfja2qpqt0uoF2l_5U?e=r4QCJA   

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol Number 204279).  

  If you know anyone who would be eligible for this study – please share!    

If interested, or you have questions, please contact Caitlyn Stone at or Dr Carolyn Murray at  

Are you an occupational therapist who works in mental health and strives to be recovery-oriented in your practice?
If so, we want to learn from you!

Over and over again we hear that self-determination and empowerment are one of the most important things for mental health recovery – but what is it that occupational therapists actually do in their practice to support the people they work with to ‘take the driver’s seat’ and take a leadership role in their own recovery?

To find out more about the study and to share your experiences of supporting people to take a leadership role in their own recovery, please go to this link:

It will take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on how much you have to say!

If you have any questions, please contact Nicola Hancock on 93519379 or

This study will help occupational therapists learn from one another and to highlight our professional contribution to enhancing recovery-oriented practice.

My name is Madison Denney, and I am currently completing a Master of Occupational Therapy at Bond University.

I am conducting a research investigation using a survey into falls detection under the supervision of Professor Susan Brandis. We are specifically interested in understanding occupational therapists’ perceptions of using smartwatches to detect falls in older adults (aged 60+). The survey will take you approximately 15 minutes. We are interested in your opinion on: (1) Perceptions on the use of smartwatches as a falls detection technology. (2) Potential barriers of smartwatches for falls detection and how they can be overcome. (3) Potential enablers of smartwatches for falls detection and how they can be supported.

This project is being conducted by Bond University Occupational Therapy. The ethics reference number for this research is MD02361.  The survey will be open until 23/03/2022.

Please click the link below to participate in the research if you are an:

·      APRHA registered occupational therapist

·      Provide services to clients/patients at risk of falls

·      Work with adults aged 60+

·      Provide services either face-to-face or Telehealth

·      Provide services in the English language

We greatly appreciate you for taking your time to complete our survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the researchers at or

Other Surveys

WFOT is inviting occupational therapists who are involved with providing rehabilitation services for people with COVID-19 and/or Post COVID Condition to participate in this survey. Results of the survey will be used by WFOT to understand the needs of the occupational therapy community for future resources and support.

Occupational therapists are requested to complete the WFOT online survey here. Responses are requested before May 15, 2022.

A national practice guideline for supporting the development and participation of children on the autism spectrum and their families is being developed by Autism CRC (Cooperative Research Centre). An online community consultation is currently open, seeking feedback from people with autism, their carers and health professionals. The consultation survey is open until 5pm 29 March 2022.

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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