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

Principal Investigator:

Bhavya Adalja


Collaborating Investigators:

Prof Venerina Johnston (PT)

Dr Tammy Aplin (OT)

Prof Michele Sterling (PT)

Institutional/university auspice:

The University of Queensland

Name of Ethics Committee:

Human Research Ethics committee- Health and Behavioural Science- Low-negligible risk research committee, The University of Queensland

Date of Ethics Approval:

31 Dec 2021

Survey URL

Closing Date

31 October 2022

About the survey:

Calling all Occupational therapists treating compensable injuries to help us understand the current implementation of the “Clinical Framework for Delivery of Health Services”. The Framework was introduced to guide stakeholders, including healthcare practitioners, insurance case managers, return to work coordinators and rehabilitation providers, for evidence guided healthcare services that were efficient and cost and time effective. Since its introduction in 2003 in Victoria, and its national adoption by all compensable bodies in 2012, there is scarce literature regarding the adoption of the framework. Consequently, this research aims to investigate:

  1. the current adoption of the framework by healthcare practitioners
  2. the barriers to and enablers for the adoption of the framework.

Your contribution to this survey will assist us in understanding the current barriers and facilitators for adopting the Framework principles in routine practice, which will ultimately help us to develop implementation strategies to enhance the management and outcomes of those with compensable injuries. 
Please note that your participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous. The survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. You may also enter into a draw for one of three $50 gift vouchers for your participation in the survey.

Researchers at NeuRA and UNSW are conducting a survey on the modifications or equipment used on child restraints for children with disability or medical conditions. They are looking for the opinions of health professionals or organisation who work with children under 16 years with a disability or medical conditions, on any changes or equipment used to assist children with travel in a vehicle.

Participation in this research is entirely voluntary.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete the online survey. It may take longer if you have experience with many different types of restraint modification.

If you would like to find out more about the survey and/or take park, you can do so by selecting the following link:

Lyndall Cook
Neuroscience Research Australia

Professor Lynne Bilston (supervisor)
Neuroscience Research Australia

Dr Tom Whyte (supervisor)
Neuroscience Research Australia

This study has received ethics approval from the UNSW HREAP Executive HC Number: HC220346

Survey closes: 8 August 2022

This study is being led by Katrina Liddiard PhD student and occupational therapy academic at Edith Cowan University. Current literature offers limited insight, from the perspective of people with chronic pain, into what makes their experience of therapy meaningful.

The aim of this overall PhD project has been to investigate what makes the experience of rehabilitation meaningful for people who have chronic pain. A web resource was developed from these research findings using knowledge translation theory, and the current study evaluates the web resource as a vehicle to deliver the evidence to therapists in practice settings.

Participants will have access to this web resource on what makes rehabilitation personally-meaningful for people with chronic pain; and will then participate in a one-hour online interview, or focus group. We require therapists who do not specialise in chronic pain (work that involves chronic pain as a secondary issue is fine). Participation is open until July 31st, 2022. Interviews can be set at a time/day to suit the participant including evenings. This study has ethics approval from Edith Cowan University Project no 21088. To enquire further, or participate in the study, email Katrina Liddiard at or phone 08 6304 3578.

Occupational therapists with experience or expert knowledge in working with older, community dwelling clients are sought to complete an anonymous, 15-20 minutes, Qualtrics survey.

Ms Lisa Knightbridge, Senior lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Monash University and MPhil candidate, and supervised by A/Prof Helen Bourke-Taylor and Prof Keith Hill, is conducting a study aiming to develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of a new tool called the Community Participation Assessment: 65Up. This study has ethics approval from Monash University (MUHREC project ID:31936)

The Community Participation Assessment: 65Up is in its first iteration, with categories and items developed from a comprehensive search of the literature. To establish content validity, this survey seeks your expert opinion on the relevance and comprehensiveness of the included categories and items, and the potential clinical utility of such an assessment.
Why are we doing this research?

Involvement in lifelong activity, including participation in activities that are situated in the community, is integral to independence, social inclusion, health and wellbeing for people over the age of 65. Restrictions on community participation can lead to depression, functional decline, loss of independence and loneliness. A valid assessment of community participation is required to inform goal setting, intervention planning, and follow up evaluation for individual clients that includes modifying, minimising or compensating for restrictive environmental factors. Currently there are no valid assessments of community participation for people over the age of 65 that consider these environmental factors. 

If you would like to take part in this survey, or find out more before deciding, please click this link. This will take you to the explanatory statement and the Qualtrics survey landing page.

Community Participation Assessment 65Up: Content validity survey link

Survey closes July 30 2022

About the study:

Poor adherence to the treatment of chronic diseases, such as stroke, leads to poor health outcomes and increased health care costs. In stroke survivors, adherence to exercise programs is significantly associated with functional outcomes 18 months after program completion. Hence, there is a need for strategies to enhance adherence to home programs for optimal benefit. This project aims to develop and pilot-test the implementation of an ‘Adherence Counselling Toolkit’ for empowering health professionals working with stroke survivors.

Principle Investigator: Dr Tamina Levy

College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Ethics approval  SAC HREC 10/12/21

Survey links:

Stroke survivors:

Health professionals:



Survey close date: 13/9/22

M. Irma Alvarado, PhD OT/L FAOTA, Professor, Ivester College of Health Sciences, School of Occupational Therapy, Brenau University in Gainesville and MSOT graduate students are conducting research on OT's perspectives on their practices with children or individuals who Idiopathically toe walk/walk on their toes as a result of no diagnosed condition.

This study has EXEMPT research approved by Brenau University's IRB Committee as results will be presented anonymously and in aggregate (see attached). This research aims to compare and contrast OTs use of evidence-based treatment, what treatments are used by an OT and what treatments are referred by an OT for ITW.

This survey will close June 24th.

The survey is linked below as well as on the attached flier. Please, fill out the survey (link below) and forward to any of your OT colleagues-it is very much appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please reach out to

Thank you for your time and information for this study!

Dr Claire Morrisby and Ms Jane Gibson are supervising a group of fourth year Occupational Therapy honours students from Curtin University to investigate occupational therapists exposure to, and self-care around, client experiences of grief and loss. Client grief and loss are common experiences for occupational therapists. The emotional toll on therapists due to experiences of client grief and loss has led to high burnout rates, emotional exhaustion, and decreased work quality. The practise of self-care is known to have benefits in managing and reducing the occurrence of burnout, stress and emotional exhaustion. Self-care involves an individual being more aware of their physical and mental state to take action in caring for themselves. However, there is limited information about how occupational therapists should practise self-care. Our aim is to investigate self-care for occupational therapists in relation to managing client grief and loss to reduce burnout and decreased work quality.

We are seeking OTs to complete a survey on this topic who:

  • Work in areas exposed to grief and loss
  • Are within 5 years of graduation from an accredited occupational therapy course
  • Are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Our study has Curtin University Human Research Committee (HREC) approval (HRE2021-0141). Survey Link:

The survey closes at the end of July.

OT Investigators: Jacki Liddle, Louise Gustafsson

Do you work in an industry, profession or setting where driving cessation (permanently stopping driving) may be an issue for clients (including older people, people living with dementia and people after brain injury)

We are conducting research on implementing a driving cessation program for persons needing to cease driving. We are interested in allied health professionals' views of the barriers and facilitators to implementing such a program. This study is taking place at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. It has been approved by a Human Research Ethics committee (2022/HE000495).

You are invited to take part in a short (20-30 minute) survey (link below). Please contact us if you would prefer to do the survey by telephone interview. CONTACT US via our research assistant, Amanda (, and we will send you an information sheet and interview details via email.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. The participant information sheet is at the link provided.

You can continue to the survey using the link below, or contact Amanda to have an information sheet and link to the on-line survey emailed to you, or to organise an interview.

If you know of others who may be interested, please pass the survey information onto them too (including managers, people making budgetary decisions and referrers).

Closes September 2022

Researchers at the Australian Catholic University are seeking volunteer research participants. We hope that this study will inform us on the perspectives of employers in the NSW mental health system regarding the skills, knowledge and attributes required by occupational therapists.

Who is needed for this study: Employers who have hired, or assisted hiring, occupational therapists to work in mental health services in NSW since 2017. All individuals responsible for hiring occupational therapists can participate including consumers who self-manage their NDIS funding.

What is involved for me if I participate in this study: You will be asked to complete a survey which take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Participation is strictly voluntary, and your responses will be used for research purposes only. The survey will be anonymous and confidential.

What is the research purpose, and will I benefit from the study? This study aims to capture employer perspectives regarding the skills, knowledge and attributes required by mental health occupational therapists. The study may not directly benefit you at this current time, but your responses can help to better prepare new graduates which could improve NSW’s future mental health workforce.

Please encourage other employers to be involved by sharing information about this study with your professional networks.

How do I participate in the study? If interested, please follow this link for all the study information you require, including the Participant Information Letter. The survey closes 22 July, 2022.

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.


Invitation to participate in Expert consensus on optimal goal setting practices for school-aged children with a disability or delay: An International Delphi Study.


An allied health professional clinician or researcher with experience with school-aged children (5<18 years) who have disabilities or delays?


To take part in our online survey. This is a Delphi study which will involve three electronic survey rounds. The first round will take approximately 45 minutes.


This study aims to gain expert consensus on goal setting practices recommended for use with school-aged children who have a disability or delay. It will achieve this through clarification of best-practice tools, strategies, and procedures which facilitate successful goal setting with children and families. Results have the potential to improve future goal setting with children with disabilities or delays for paediatric intervention.

You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking this link: If the link above does not work, try copying it into your web browser:


  • Aisling Ryan - Associate Professor
  • Leanne Johnston
  • Dr Tanya Rose - Associate Professor
  • Laura Miller
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland (UQ).
  • School of Allied Health, Australia Catholic University (ACU)

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.

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  

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.

At Enable Lifecare we source & supply intelligent and useful assistive technology products around Australia.

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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