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

University Affiliation - University of the Sunshine Coast

Ethics Approval/Reference Number - S241932

Principle Researcher - Dr Laine Chilman

Supervisor(s) - Asmita Muholkar, Catherine Hilly

Purpose of study:
This study aims answer the research question;
“To understand the FASD knowledge, practices and awareness among occupational therapists employed in Australia and identify gaps in their knowledge and training required to support child, adolescent or adult and families impacted by FASD".

The specific research aims are to:
1. Understand the level of knowledge, awareness and practice occupational therapist have of FASD.
2. Gain a better understanding of the occupational therapy current practice context for supporting people with FASD.
3. Identify resources or training that would better enable occupational therapists to practice with people with FASD and their families.
4. Developing an understanding of how Australian occupational therapists assess, intervene and support people with FASD, including their families.

Participation Criteria:
Part A will survey Australian occupational therapists
Part B will be conducted at a later time point. Semi-structured interviews with Australian occupational therapists using a semi-structured interview guide.

Survey Link

Contact Details - Dr Laine Chilman,

End date for survey - 31 May 2024

University Affiliation: The University of Adelaide, Australia

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: H-2024-021

Student Researcher: Breanna Papagni, University of Adelaide 4th year student – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Emma George, co-supervisor Sarah Hausler

Purpose of study: The aim of this study is to explore the perceptions occupational therapists have on providing puberty related support to children with autism, neurodivergence or disabilities. In this emerging area of research, there is scarce literature on how occupational therapists navigate puberty related challenges and changes within this population, and whether occupational therapists feel comfortable addressing these challenges and changes. It is hoped that this information can help with the development and delivery of puberty programs that support people through this inevitable and often challenges milestone in their development.

Participation Criteria:
· Consent to participate in the study
· AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist
· Fluent in English language
· Exclusion criteria: being a current or past staff member of Bloom Wellbeing, Adelaide.

Contact Details:

End date for expressions of interest: June 14, 2024

University Affiliation: University of the Sunshine Coast Australia

Ethics Approval/ Reference Number:  S241932

Chief Investigator: Dr Laine Chilman

Partner Investigator: Catherine Hilly

Partner Investigator: Asmita Mudholkar

Student Investigator: Alison Green (occupational therapy honours student)

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research project is to investigate Australian occupational therapists' knowledge, experiences and practices regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). If you are an occupational therapist employed in Australia, you are invited to participate in this research project. 

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

What is your current workplace context? Please choose from the following:
 - State health organisation
 - Independent/private practice 
 - Non for-profit organisation
 - Education
 - Other

Your participation is voluntary. If you decide to participate but change your mind during the survey, you may exit the survey, and only your responses completed to that point will be saved. Please note that once the survey is started the research team will be unable to remove your responses as they are non-identifiable.

Consent: 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 is sought for this research project only.

Risks and Benefits: It is not anticipated that this research project will directly benefit you, but we appreciate your input as a contribution to the discipline.

Privacy, Confidentiality and Results: Any data collected as a part of this research project will be stored securely as per UniSC’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 the findings of this research project, please contact the Chief Investigator (listed above).

Timeframe: 15-20 minutes online survey

Link to survey:

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 UniSC Human Research Ethics Committee: telephone (07) 5430 2823; email

Contact Details: 
Dr Laine Chilman
Phone: (07) 54563436

Catherine Hilly

Asmita Mudholkar

Download the information in PDF format here and the participant flyer here.

University Affiliation: Monash University

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: Monash University HREC project ID:39672

Principle Researcher: Professor Keith Hill

Supervisor(s): N/A

Purpose of study:
To pilot and evaluate a new model of community care to facilitate physical activity engagement for people with mild dementia or cognitive impairment.

Background: This research addresses a major unmet need for an early, systematic approach to identify physical activity needs for people with mild dementia, and embed referral pathways/training opportunities for exercise leaders to support improved physical activity options. Without this preventive approach, the high and growing impact of reduced mobility, increased dependence and rates of cognitive decline and falls associated with dementia will continue to escalate. Effective management is required to improve outcomes for the person with dementia and their care partner before later stages of dementia, when problems become greater and less amenable to intervention. ·

What the program is about:
The Changing the Focus program is a FREE 12-month physiotherapist-supported program to assist people with mild dementia or cognitive impairment to take part in community-based exercise or physical activity programs. This program aims to assist the person 1) achieve their physical activity goals, and 2) reach and maintain the physical activity guidelines for older people (150 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per week).

Participation involves taking part in:
• Physical activity program(s) in the local community or at home (or both) for 12 months
• 4 home visits for assessments by the research physiotherapist and a discussion at the beginning of the study to decide on a physical activity program to take part in for the 12 months’ time
• Telephone support calls in which the research therapist will provide support for your ongoing participation
• An interview to help us evaluate the program (optional)

Participation Criteria:
Participation criteria for people with mild dementia or cognitive impairment includes:
• adults (age ≥60 years)
• living in the community of Frankston / Mornington Peninsula region
• medical diagnosis of dementia with Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score not less than 18; or those without a dementia diagnosis with MMSE of a score of 18-23 inclusive (the research therapist can conduct the MMSE screening for the potential participants)
• are non-housebound due to physical impairments (e.g. severe stroke)
• are currently not meeting the World Health Organisation physical activity guidelines for older people (<150 minutes moderate/vigorous physical activity/week)
• have capacity to consent if an informal care partner /responsible person is not available
• are willing to assist in data collection and participate in a semi-structured interview to obtain their perspectives of the program.
N.B. Presence of an informal carer is preferred but not essential.

Survey Link: N/A

Contact Details:
Dr Angel Lee (Monash University) on (03) 9904 4662 email: OR
Ms Lisa Licciardi (Monash University) on (03) 9904 4350 email:

End date for survey:
Our study is recruiting people with mild dementia or cognitive impairment now till March 2025. We are looking for 60 people to participate in the program. Recruitment period ends March 2025.

University Affiliation: Western Sydney University, School of Health Sciences

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: H15934

Principle Researcher: Dr Caroline Mills

Supervisor(s): Dr Caroline Mills and Ms Nikki Tulliani

Purpose of study: The long-term aim is to develop a co-designed multi-sensory intervention program for acute care settings to reduce BPSD and delirium, improve well-being and quality of life, and increase activity engagement for people with dementia in acute care. However, before an intervention program can be developed, current practice and experiences of health professionals must be explored. Therefore, this study aims to explore what multi-sensory interventions are being used in acute care dementia settings across Australia (National Survey) , and explore the experiences of acute-care health professionals, including any enablers and barriers, in using multi-sensory interventions with older adults with dementia.

Participation Criteria: Australian-based practicing health practitioners who work with older adults with dementia (neurocognitive disorder) in healthcare, community or residential aged care settings, and are registered or self-regulated.

Survey Link:

Contact Details: Dr Caroline Mills for more information.

End date for survey: End of June (30th)

University Affiliation: Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Ethics Approval/Reference Number MRECID.NO: 2023125-12030

(Medical Research Ethics Committee, University Malaya Medical Center,Malaysia)

Principle Researcher: Ms Rejina Maniam

1. Prof Dr Mazlina Mazlan (Universiti Malaya)
2. Associate Prof Dr Julia Patrick Engkasan (Universiti Malaya)
3. Prof Dr Natasha Lannin (Monash University, Australia)

Purpose of study: The purpose of this research study is to explore current Occupational Therapists practice patterns, opinions, and perceptions associated with provision of cognitive interventions in return-to-work rehabilitation for stroke survivors between the ages of 18¬60 years. Data from this survey will be used for content development of a targeted cognitive training program to facilitate early return to work among stroke survivors, which ultimately will enhance occupational therapy services that promote return to work outcomes for this population.

Participation Criteria:
Practicing Occupational Therapist:
• with at least three (3) years of experience in treating stroke patients.
• Providing / has provided return to work rehabilitation to individuals following stroke.
• with a good understanding and command of the English language.

Survey Link:

Contact Details: Ms Rejina Maniam

End date for survey: 30th April 2024

University Affiliation: Charles Sturt University. Charles Sturt University is an Australian University, TEQSA Provider Identification: PRV12018. Charles Sturt University CRICOS Provider: 00005F

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: H24954

Principle Researcher: Stephanie Harman (Honors Student)

Supervisor(s): Karen Hayes, Ian Skinner, Vagner Dos Santos

Purpose of study: To explore occupational therapists’ experience and understanding of health equity challenges in regional, rural, and remote Australia. It is hoped through this research, we can inform decision makers about changes could be made to policy and curriculum to promote equitable practice.

Participation Criteria: Registered occupational therapists working with clients in regional, rural, and remote Australia or have worked in these areas in the past 12 months.

Survey Link:

Contact Details: Karen Hayes, School of Allied Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences, Charles Sturt University,

End date for survey: 19th April 2024

University Affiliation: Flinders University, Australia

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: HEL5732-3

Principle Researcher: Molly Lorimer

Supervisor(s): Maayken van den Berg

Purpose of study: To evaluate and improve early intervention and care for neonates in Australia

Participation Criteria: Consent to participate in the study, Must be AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist, Must be practicing or has practiced (within the past 5 years) in Australia within the health system (a public or private hospital).

Survey Link:

Contact Details:

End date for survey: April 30, 2024

University Affiliation: La Trobe University

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: HEC23381

Principal Researcher: Vanessa Commons

Supervisor(s): Dr Shinead Borkovic and Prof Carol McKinstry

Purpose of study: To understand the risk or experience of burnout in graduate occupational therapists practicing in Australia.

Participation Criteria: registered Australian occupational therapists who have been working 6-24 months after finishing their occupational therapy course.

Survey Link:

Contact details:
Shinead Borkovic –

End date for survey: 31/5/2024

University affiliation: Griffith University

Ethics Approval/ Reference number: 2023/979

Student researcher: Nova Lee

Supervisors: Matthew Molineux & Lachlan Pascoe

Purpose of the study:
The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences occupational therapists face when delivering services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Furthermore, it aims to understand how the NDIS affects occupational therapists' work with their clients.

This understanding is important as the NDIS has been running for over ten years, and little research has been conducted from the perspectives of health professionals. Specifically, only the survey by Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) and a journal article on rural and regional experiences of occupational therapists with the NDIS have been conducted. While this research provides an initial overview of the experiences and some challenges, further research needs to be conducted to gain a deeper understanding. Furthermore, previous research has identified the impacts of funding models, such as the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), on occupational therapy practice. Therefore, it is important to address this gap in research and gain an understanding of occupational therapists' experiences with the NDIS.

Participation Criteria:
The eligibility criteria to participate in this study are as follows:
1. Registered as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia while working in the NDIS.
2. Employed as an occupational therapist, providing services under the NDIS for at least six months.
3. Prior experience providing occupational therapy services in the NDIS, with the most recent experience within the last two years.

Eligible participants will be asked to participate in an approximately 60-minute interview. This interview will occur in-person or online through Teams, depending on geographical location and preference.

Survey link:

Contact details:
Miss Nova Lee
Griffith University

End date for the survey: 1st May, 2024

University Affiliation: Monash University and the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre

Principal Researcher: Ms. Yashashree Bedekar

Co-investigators: Dr. Pamela Ross, Prof. Jennie Ponsford, Dr. Marina Downing and Dr. Linda Barclay

Purpose of study:
The research involves mapping current vocational rehabilitation practice and evaluating the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation training for allied health clinicians working in traumatic injury.

We appreciate your participation in the survey (link below):

Survey Link: Read the Participant Information Statement and complete the survey at

Contact Details: Ms Yash Bedekar (

End date for the survey: 30 April 2024 (tbc)

Do you work with people who hear voices? We invite you to be part of a research study to help us evaluate a set of online resources to help mental health workers to support voice-hearers using an evidence-based voice hearing approach. The resources were co-designed by voice hearers and clinical experts.

Participation Criteria: You are eligible if you are a mental health worker (e.g., clinician, support worker peer worker, psychiatrist) who works with voice-hearers. Participating in the study involves less than 3 hours of your time spread over an 8 week period. It includes you going through the online resources (2 hours) and doing three questionnaires (5-20 minutes each). You will be randomised to receive the resources immediately (after doing the first questionnaire) or in 4 weeks’ time (after the doing the second questionnaire).

Survey Link: Read the Participant Information Statement and complete the survey at:

End Date: April 30 2024

Contact Details: For more information – Contact Dr Anne Honey at

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of The University of Sydney [2023/819]

University Affiliation - University of New South Wales, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), Discipline of Psychiatry & Mental Health, School of Clinical Medicine.

Principal Researcher – Associate Professor Simone Reppermund

Purpose of the Study – This project aims to validate a new computerised assessment tool created by our team – called the C-STAM – that will help us understand how well older adults can handle day-to-day activities like taking medicine, shopping, or finding their way around. The C-STAM is novel because it can be completed on the computer, meaning we can quickly and effectively check if older individuals are having difficulties with everyday tasks, which is something doctors currently have a hard time doing. We anticipate the C-STAM is not only going to save time but also improve how we spot and track the early signs of memory problems or dementia, helping us take better care of our ageing population. Once validated, the C-STAM assessment will be available for free to both researchers and healthcare workers.

Participation Criteria – Participants must be: [1] aged 60 or above, [2] fluent in English and able to complete questionnaires and provide informed consent, [3] based in Sydney, [4] have an informant (friend or family member) willing to answer questions about the participant. We are particularly interested in recruiting participants with a known or suspected diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Individuals do not need to be overly familiar or confident with computers to participate.

Participants will receive a $50 Coles voucher for their time and informants receive $25 Coles voucher for their time.

Survey / Study Link – Full study link or Link to the actual expression of interest page.

Contact Details – Email the Team at or coordinator Katya Numbers at

End date for Survey / Study – December 2025 (rolling recruitment until target numbers are met).

Ethics Approval / Reference Number - HC210967

Are you a clinical educator/supervisor in rural and remote (Modified Monash 3-7) areas of Australia? Do you have an upcoming occupational therapy student final year placement? We would love to hear from you!

As we all know, the healthcare system within Australia is constantly evolving and occupational therapy graduates are graduating into a more diverse range of settings. It is crucial that our graduates possess the necessary skills to succeed in the workforce, especially in rural and remote areas.

As a clinical educator/supervisor, you play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between your university’s curriculum and real-world experiences and can provide valuable insight into students’ attributes and skills. We are conducting a study to gain an understanding of how clinical educators/supervisors plan and design final occupational therapy placement learning experiences and the different reasoning behind their approaches.

If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete:

  • An initial interview (approximately 45 minutes) two weeks before the final placement of your student/s to discuss the study and any goals, or outcomes you have for your student and/or placement.
  • Audio reflection diaries a week prior to student commencement, at the end of first week, after midway assessment and one week after completion of placement. You will have some questions to focus your audio reflections. The recording will take as little or as long as you determine.
  • A semi structured interview approximately three weeks post placement where we will discuss the audio journals. It is anticipated that this will take approximately 1 hour.

Your participation will enable us to gain valuable insights into the reasoning employed by clinical educators/supervisors when designing final year occupational therapy placement learning experiences in rural and remote settings. Participating in this study will provide participants with structured opportunities for self-reflection. This self-reflection can potentially foster critical thinking and contribute to development of your supervision practice. This study does not assess supervision skills or the quality of placements.

Please get in touch with us to learn more about this study and to register your interest.

Contact: Sarah Miles (email:
PhD Student and Clinical Educator- University Centre for Rural Health

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of The University of Sydney [2023/292].

University Affiliation: James Cook University

Ethics Approval/ Reference Number: H9338

Principal Researcher: Samantha Barber

Supervisor/s: Dr. Carol Flavell

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to report the presence of imposter syndrome (IS) in recently graduated AHPs, and to determine if there is an association between IS and AHPs geographic work location, through an online survey.

Target Audience: New graduate allied health professionals living and working in Australia.

Participation Criteria: 
Be one of the following allied health professionals:
(Volunteers must meet all criteria)

  •  Audiologists, Chiropractors, Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Radiographers and Speech Pathologists.
  •  Have graduated between November 2021 and December 2023
  •  Currently practicing and living in Australia.

Confidentiality Arrangements: The online survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous.
Data will be stored on Qualtrics, it will be anonymous and stored by the primary researcher into SPSS, which will be stored on the Research Data JCU Platform in accordance with JCU Policy (15-years post completion of the study).

Proposed Use of Data: Once the research has been completed, dissemination of results will be developed into a thesis and oral presentation as part of the subject RH5203/RH5204 which are a part of a Master of Rural Generalist Practice degree at JCU. This will be disseminated by the wider JCU community, with a primary focus on discourse through medical and rehabilitation science disciplines, inclusive of presentations and posters at conferences. Additionally, peer reviewed publication in a relevant journal is proposed, with additional presentation at conferences.

Timeframe: 30-minute online survey

Survey Link: Click here

Contact Details: 
Samantha Barber

Dr. Carol Flavell

Download the information in PDF format here and the participant flyer here.

The National Centre for Healthy Ageing Residential Aged Care Research Network (RACReN), wants to hear what you think are the most important areas to research in residential aged care.

In late 2022, 81 people representing a range of stakeholders completed Round 1 of the survey (download results summary - PDF, 234 KB), ranking the importance of 93 different research topics for residential aged care. They agreed that 32 of these research topics were very or extremely important to research in residential aged care.

This survey asks you to vote on these 32 research topics to identify a short list of the 10 most critical items for residential aged care research.

This information will be shared with aged care researchers to make sure they are researching what matters most to everyone involved in residential aged care.

We want to hear from you if you:

  • have a family member or friend that is living, or has lived, in a residential aged care home;
  • live in a residential aged care home; OR
  • work in or with a residential aged care home - this includes PCAs, nurses, cleaners, cooks, and visiting allied health and primary care clinicians

Participation involves completing 1-2 short surveys (10-20 minutes) over the next year.

Participants go into the draw to win one of 10 x $100 eGift Cards for Surveys 2 and 3.

Learn more and fill in the survey.

If you have any questions or need support to complete the survey, please contact or the RACReN team on (03) 9904 4822.

University Affiliation: Monash University

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: Monash University HREC project ID 38423

Principle Researcher: A/Professor Michele Callisaya

Supervisor(s): Dr Angel Lee, Ms Catherine Devanny

Purpose of study:
This education project aims to reduce stigma associated with dementia, increase knowledge in dementia and dementia rehabilitation, and to promote access to rehabilitation for people with dementia.

Participation Criteria:
Allied health professionals, Aged Care and NDIS case managers/care coordinators working with community-dwelling older people or people with dementia
Work in Eastern or South Eastern areas of Melbourne

Study involvement:

  • Participate in a dementia rehabilitation e-module (4 weeks) and community of practice (12 months)
  • Complete three online surveys before, during and after the study.
  • The total time for all activities will be approximately 15 hours in duration over 12 months (Late January 2024 to December 2024 / January 2025).

Contact Details: Dr Angel Lee (

Download a flyer about the study (PDF, 183 KB)

What are the characteristics of occupation-centred practice in hand therapy? A Delphi study.

University Affiliation: Griffith University

Ethics Approval/Reference Number: GU Ref No: 2023/628

Principle Researcher: Ms Jessica Holding

Prof Louise Gustafsson
Prof Matthew Molineux
Dr Dave Parsons

Purpose of study: Occupation-centred practice encourages occupational therapists to ensure occupation sits at the centre of the way they think about and work with clients across all stages of the occupational therapy process. Therapists who practice in an occupation-centred way prioritise the use of occupation-based assessments and interventions; drawing on related knowledge and skills when required.

For occupational therapists working in hand therapy, biomedical and biomechanical knowledge strongly influences the way clinicians work with their clients. Assessment tools and intervention strategies most commonly target impairment at the level of body functions and structures with the assumption that improvement in these domains will translate to improved occupational performance and engagement. However, there is an emerging body of evidence which suggests a top-down occupation-centred approach to hand therapy may contribute to superior outcomes for clients compared to a bottom-up impairment focused approach.

There is a need to add to the body of research and knowledge around occupation-centred practice in hand therapy, particularly in an Australian context. Before this can take place, agreement should be reached regarding the description of characteristics central to this perspective.

Participation Criteria: Eligible participants are those who practice hand therapy in an occupation-centred way. To ensure knowledge and skills are consistent with perceived expertise, inclusion criteria have been established and are as follows:
• Registered occupational therapist or equivalent
• Currently working as a clinician in hand therapy or;
• Currently teaching content related to the practice of hand therapy in a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) approved education program or;
• Published on the topic of occupation-centred hand therapy;
• Sufficient knowledge of the English language to complete surveys

Survey Link:

Please note, this is a link to an EOI form that includes a participant information sheet and an option to contact the research team. 

Contact Details
Ms Jessica Holding
School of Health Sciences and Social Work
Griffith University
T: +61 7 3735 4912

End date for survey: To be confirmed but it is anticipated first round survey will be completed by 29/10/2023

Principal Investigator: Desley Simpson, CQUniversity.

Research Team: Dr Maria O’Reilly & Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis (CQUniversity).

“Understanding resilience in emerging allied health professionals: What matters? Insights to inform future resilience curricula”

Purpose of Study: The purpose of this research is to contribute to the current knowledge base on resilience of university students by specifically investigating resilience in allied health students. The role of spirituality, as well as other variables such as previous exposure to adversity, point of time in course and other selected demographic characteristics as predictors of resilience will be examined.

Please note that this research does not view spirituality as a religious concept; rather it is a multidimensional construct involving our connectedness with others, with nature, and how we make meaning out of our lives. It is anticipated that these findings will contribute to foundation knowledge to inform the future design of university-based resilience interventions for allied health professional students (Human Research Ethics Committee approval number 0000023803)

Participation Criteria: Participants must be continuing occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech pathology students of a fully accredited course at an Australian university. Students may be in any year of their four-year undergraduate programme.

Description of Study Procedures: An anonymous online Qualtrics survey has been designed to support the investigation of resilience in allied health professional students and exploring the relationship with spirituality, as well as other variables such as previous exposure to adversity. The proposed study also aims to explore the student voice to better understand vulnerabilities and protective factors that may make a difference in adjustment to adversity during the academic journey. At the conclusion of the survey, participants will be invited to choose to participate in a semi-structured online interview.

More information for those who might like to participate: This link takes students who might wish to participate in this study to the anonymous online survey: 

A research project website has been developed containing all relevant information, links to the survey, participant information sheets and consent information. That site is: 

Contact details: If you would like any further information, please contact Desley Simpson, PhD student via

Thank you for your time,

Desley Simpson, Dr Maria O’Reilly and Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis, CQUniversity Australia

Your name and/or the name of the principle researcher:
Laura Page and Professor Pamela Meredith.

The name of the university with which the study is affiliated:
University of the Sunshine Coast.

Confirmation that your study has received ethics approval:
Ethics approval number: s231819.

To participate, please click on the following link:

Date that the survey closes: 30th April 2024.

Lead/Chief Investigator:
Prof Elspeth Froude

HDR Student:
Cheryl Kotzur

2915 (ethics approval)

Dr Freyr Patterson, Dr Rosamund Harrington

Australian Catholic University

Project Description:
This project will be a qualitative interpretive descriptive study involving interviews with Australian private practice occupational therapists servicing community-dwellers with acquired brain injury (ABI).

Group-based interventions are recognised as an effective way to support people with acquired brain injury’s rehabilitation journey and life readjustment. Group facilitation is considered a core skill of occupational therapy and affords clinicians the opportunity to target therapy goals within a social, naturalistic context. In Australia, private practice occupational therapists provide personalised therapeutic services to community-dwellers with acquired brain injury (ABI) following their return to community living from inpatient rehabilitation. Community therapeutic groups can extend the benefits of individual therapy and support individual community reintegration yet it has been problematic for Australian private practice occupational therapists servicing ABI clients to receive financial recompense for providing therapeutic groups.

Research Rationale:
This study intends to build upon, expand and enhance current knowledge in the field.

Research Aims:
This qualitative interpretive descriptive study seeks to understand current practice of Australian private practice occupational therapists servicing community-dwellers with ABI and identify perceived enablers and barriers to providing therapeutic groups.
If you are a private practice OT servicing community-dwellers with ABI, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like more details, or wish to register to participate in this study, please use this link to view the participant information letter, consent information, and registration process.

We are a group of supervised 4th-year occupational therapy students from Curtin University undertaking an honours project to explore how personality and character traits influence research engagement. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2023-0061). 

Your support would be greatly appreciated if you could share our research study on your social media and webpage platforms for the purpose of connecting to potential participants. A copy of our study flyer is attached for circulation and a short project description for your website.

If you have any questions about this advertisement application, please kindly contact Clara Leong at ( Should you have other questions, please contact Dr Kristie Harper at

Researchers: Ms Laura Page. Dr Maria O'Reilly.

University Affiliation: Central Queensland University.

The purpose of the study is to ascertain the expert opinion of AHPRA-registered occupational therapists who are currently or have had experience working with or researching persons with YOD. This research maybe published in a journal or presented at research forums to share the findings of this study.

Human Research Ethics Committee number: 22968.

Principal researcher:

Wendy Milgate; Chief Investigator; PhD Candidate, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland.

Purpose of study:

The purpose of this research is to establish a contemporary understanding of the student experience of failing or near failing a long block professional practice experience. This research will focus on identifying the student specific perspective of this experience as their unique voice is largely underrepresented in the literature.

For the purposes of this research, long block professional practice experiences are five weeks in duration or longer. A student is determined to have failed or near failed a professional practice experience if they were formally evaluated by their practice educator as such on the halfway or final SPEF-R or SPEF-R2 evaluation tool.

Participation criteria:

Participants must be continuing occupational therapy students of an Australian university who have failed or near failed a professional practice experience as determined by the professional practice evaluation tool “Student Practice Evaluation Form – Revised” (SPEF-R and SPEF-R2) (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 2020). Student results for this professional practice unit must be finalised and all appeals or reviews must be finalised prior to consenting to participate.

Decription of Study Procedures:

You can participate in an individual semi-structured interview with the Chief Investigator. If your fail or near fail experience was via the Australian Catholic University (Brisbane Campus) you will be interviewed by one other member of the research team (from University of Queensland).

Interviews are expected to be approximately 60 minutes in duration with the ability to include breaks if, and when required. This interview will be offered at a mutually agreed time and may occur face to face, or online via zoom. Face to face interviews will be audio recorded and online interviews will record audio and video.

The recording will be transferred to the UQ research data management system and deleted from local sources. All interviews will be transcribed verbatim by the Chief Investigator or a professional transcription service.

I want to participate! How do I sign up?

To participate in the individual interview, email expressing your interest to participate. Your eligibility to participate will be confirmed and the relevant consent form will then be emailed to you. Return the completed consent form/s to Please retain a copy for your own records. Upon receipt of the completed consent form, an interview time and location will be arranged. 

This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.Ethics ID number: 2022/HE000739

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