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

Principle Investigators: Melissa Evans, Hayley Lane, Danielle Hitch & Genevieve Pepin

Affiliation: IPC Health, cohealth and 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

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.

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

Commissioned by the federal government, the Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research is designed to enable innovation, stimulate growth, and support Australia’s aged care industry.

Vote now via this link to have the opportunity to tell us what you would value most from the Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research (ACCGTR).

Stage 1 of the centre’s development involves designing its operational model. The operational model will be underpinned by a set of value propositions articulated by the aged care sector and its consumers. 

View this short 4 min video that provides information about the centre, and how you can provide your feedback on its areas of foci.

For more information about the centre and this consultation process, please email: or phone 08 7221 8746.

Closes 17/12/20

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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