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 across Australia.

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

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.

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.

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

Current 4th year honours students from Curtin university are conducting a study related to the usefulness of Dementia Training Australia’s ‘Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice for People Living with Dementia in the Community’. Our study involves evaluating how health professionals have used the guidebook to assist them when working with clients. Furthermore, we aim to evaluate the health professional’s ability to translate knowledge from this specific guide into their practice.

A short online survey and voluntary follow up interview may inform future guideline developments as the study endeavours to evaluate how health professionals interpret the guideline information and whether it was translated effectively into clinical practice.

If you or anyone you may know have used this guidebook, we would greatly appreciate if you could fill out the survey (approx.. 10 min) via this link (survey closes June 2020). Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study.

We look forward to hearing from you and having your invaluable opinion on our research project. Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions:

Jordane Jeremiah (Researcher)
Linda Tran (Researcher)
Elyse Krsanac (Researcher)
Taylor Mills (Researcher)
Claire Morrisby (Supervisor)

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)

You are invited to participate in an Australia-wide study of clinician attitudes and management of sexuality after acquired brain injury (ABI). This survey study is being conducted by Ms Elinor Fraser as part of her PhD at Monash University in collaboration with Professor Jennie Ponsford and Dr Marina Downing.

The purposes of this research is to understand:

1.       What are Australian healthcare professionals’ attitudes toward the management of sexuality after ABI.

2.       What factors facilitate or impede the assessment and treatment of sexuality after ABI.

3.       What Australian healthcare professionals’ preferences and needs for education and training regarding patient sexuality after ABI.

You are eligible to participate if you are a healthcare practitioner working in Australia with individuals with ABI. We estimate the survey will take approx. 10-15 minutes to complete. Your responses are completely anonymous. There is also an opportunity at the end of the survey to engage in a follow-up interview.

If you are interested in participating in the survey, please click here.

The project has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee, reference number 22774. The survey will close on 1 June, 2020.

For further information, please contact:
Elinor Fraser
Ph: 9426 8923

This study aims to understand how occupational therapists identify and attend to social inequities in their practice (what some refer to as socially transformative practice). In addition, we want to understand the ethical tensions that occupational therapists encounter when they work to address social inequities, and explore how they navigate these tensions. In doing so, we aim to strengthen the ethical practice of occupational therapists and advance practice that contributes to a more just, compassionate and equitable society. We are looking to interview any Australian occupational therapist who thinks their practice attends to social inequities. Participants will only be required to participate in one interview (approx. 45-60min duration), either in-person or via video conferencing (e.g., Skype/Zoom). Interviews will occur from April-June 2020.

This study is being conducted at The University of Queensland by Tim Barlott (lead investigator), Cathy McBryde, Lynda Shevellar, and Hannah McArdle. Ethical clearance has been granted by The University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Board (Approval Number 2020000163). Please see the following project document links:

Participant Information Sheet:

Participant Consent Form:

I am currently completing my Doctor of Philosophy Thesis in which I want to understand how the everyday lives of young people are effected by a diagnosis of cancer. I am seeking to interview young people aged between 15 and 25 years of age, who have been diagnosed with cancer and are living in the palliative phase of the disease. The interview will be guided by the participant time-wise, and confidentiality is assured. It is hoped that Photo Elicitation will be used during this interview, however again will be guided by the participant. This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of Central Queensland University and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, (#2016001435).

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact me by phone on 0412992 363, private message on Facebook (Amy Wallis), or by email:

If you think someone you know may like to participate in this study, please ask them to email/message me privately. By taking part in this research you will be helping occupational therapists to better understand the impact of cancer diagnosis on the adolescent and young adult population.

Do you work with stroke patients or have done so in the last 5 years?
If so, we would like to invite you to participate in a short (15-20minute) research survey about post-stroke vision care.

The PRECIS study is a two-stage exploratory study investigating the vision care provided to stroke survivors in NSW across all care settings. The aim of stage one of the study is to determine the vision care pathways in NSW for stroke survivors with vision impairment. These pathways will be examined from the time of admission to acute care through to long term rehabilitation and management. The study aims to identify any unmet vision care needs for stroke survivors with vision impairment and any associated barriers to care.

Stage one data will be collected via two surveys: one distributed to stroke survivors with vision impairment residing in NSW, and the other to health professionals who work with stroke patients in NSW. The health professional survey is open to any allied health or medical professional who works with stroke patients, and is not specific to those with an eye care background. Both surveys will ask questions about the details of vison care provision (when, how and who) from the perspective of the stroke survivor and from those who provide their health care. Questions on perspectives of post-stroke vision care and success of current vision care pathways will also be asked.

The data collected in stage one, will be used to develop a post-stroke vision care framework, in consultation with key stakeholders. Such a framework may address current limitations and barriers in post-stroke vision care and would provide recommendations for the provision of evidence-based protocols for best practice in vision care pathways for stroke survivors, suitable for implementation in NSW.

More information is available in the survey pretext. All responses are completely anonymous and you may withdraw your responses from the study at any time. This research is being conducted independently by a research team within the Discipline of Orthoptics at the University of Technology Sydney.

To complete the survey, please click here.

Researchers from The University of Queensland in conjunction with the Telethon Kids Institute are conducting an evaluation of the Australian Government’s National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program. This Program is aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people in Australia.

The researchers are inviting clinicians and non-clinicians who work with children and/or young people to complete a web based survey about their views of their role and capabilities in supporting children and young people’s mental health. All information collected will be confidential and anonymous. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be open for completion during the months of January, February and March.

This research may be used to inform educational policy and professional practice.
Your decision as to whether you participate in this research is completely voluntary and you may withdraw your decision to participate at any time without comment or penalty.

If you would like to learn more about this research and participate in the survey, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
The Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Simon Smith (please contact Research Assistant Leisa King, or 07 3443 1034, in the first instance)

University of Queensland Ethics Committee: or (07) 3365 3924 or (07) 3443 1654

CHYME Project
Institute for Social Science Research
The University of Queensland
Long Pocket Precinct, 80 Meiers Road
Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia

Research Outline
We are conducting the final confirmatory study in a research project that aims to further validate the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT). We invite you to participate in this research to help us to understand how the quality of clinical supervision practice can be assessed using this tool.

Who Can Participate?
Individuals who currently participate in regular individual clinical supervision as supervisors and/or supervisees. We hope to enlist an equal number of supervisors and supervisees in the study. Participants can go in the draw to win one of two $200 Visa gift cards.

How Can You Participate?
Supervisors and supervisees complete the GSAT, demographic information, and brief supervision rating scales that focus on supervision and perceptions of supervisors’ skills. This online survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Survey links:



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


This study aims to explore how the cognitive profile, distress levels and strategy use of people with intact or mildly impaired cognition impacts performance on the Multiple Errands Test-Revised, a complex naturalistic cognitive assessment with great clinical potential.  

How can members participate? Unfortunately occupational therapists are not eligible to participate themselves, though member support in distributing the volunteer flyer in relevant professional or personal networks would be much appreciated.  

This study has received ethics approval from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and the University of Queensland. Recruitment is expected to continue into early 2020.  

Sincerest thanks for your interest and support,
Shannon Scarff

Authors: Prof Jennifer Fleming, Dr Hannah Gullo and Dr Emily Nalder. 

At The University of Queensland we are conducting a study to better understand the challenges that people face when attempting to return to work after a road traffic crash. As an expert stakeholder facilitating return to work of people with crash-related injuries, your views are greatly valued.

Participation involves completing a 10-minute online survey or conducting an in person/video-conference/telephone interview. You will have a chance to win a $100 Coles gift voucher.

If you would like to participate in our survey please click here.

If you are interested to interview with us or if you have any questions please contact our research coordinator, Zohre Abedi at

Or research team supervisors:
A/Prof Venerina Johnston, phone (07) 3346 4859, email
Dr. Elise Gane, phone (07) 34432680, email

Thank you for your time in considering our study.
This study has UQ ethics approval (2018001264)

You are invited to take part in a research project being conducted by researchers at Flinders University. The project involves taking part in one-off interview (either over-the-phone or face-to-face) to discuss your opinions on avoidable readmissions for aspiration pneumonia and constipation and how they can be overcome. You are eligible to participate if you are:

  • A nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist and/or dietician
  • Currently working at a hospital in South Australia
  • Currently working in a clinical capacity (whether as a clinician or in a managerial/leadership position. You can have a dual academic-clinical role.)

Participation is entirely voluntary, and your responses will be treated confidentially. The project has received ethical approval from the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (316.18).

If you are interested in participating or would like to find out more about the project, including obtaining a copy of the Information Sheet and Consent Form, please contact either:

Dr Rebecca Feo (Research Fellow and Principal Investigator)
08 8201 3502

Kristi Urry (Research Assistant and Associate Investigator)

Dr Tiffany Conroy (Senior Research Fellow and Associate Investigator)
08 8201 3246

The BAN-Dep trial is a randomised controlled trial that aims to decrease the prevalence of depression amongst older people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities. The principal investigators are Professor Osvaldo Almeida from The University of Western Australian and Professor Nicola Lautenschlager from The University of Melbourne.

The trial registration in the Australian and New Zealand Trials Registry is: [ACTRN12618000634279]. This trial will comply with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki for Human Rights and is overseen by the University of Western Australia (reference RA/4/20/4234) and Melbourne Health (reference number HREC/18/MH/47) Ethics Committees. The results of this research project will be disseminated through publications and/or presentations in a variety of media to health professionals, academics, clinicians and the public. Only de-identified group data will be presented.

Information about the trial and contact details of the research team can be found by clicking here.

Participants are being sought for a research project which will explore the praxis of occupational therapists working in community development fields outside of health-care.  The project aims to gain an understanding of the barriers and enablers to integrating community development and occupational therapy/science theory into practice, as well as how practitioners reflect on their practice to make sense of theory. It is believed that such praxis is essential for the social transformation sought in community development.

Participation is sought from occupational therapists who have at least two years’ experience working in community development (this does not have to be consecutive), some of which must be in community development outside of health-care (i.e. not with communities who are defined primarily by a health condition or diagnosis).

Participation in the research will involve engaging in two one-hour dialogical interviews (via Skype, Zoom or in person) which will be approximately 2-4 weeks apart. Dialogical interviews aim to eliminate the researcher-participant hierarchy traditionally experienced in research interviews. As such, the interviews are more conversational and egalitarian in nature and you are encouraged to view yourself as a co-researcher in the exploration of the research topic.

If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information, please contact Laura Irvine-Brown on 07 5552 8133, or via email at

Do you visit people at their home as part of your everyday work in health or welfare services (all client groups)?

If so, please click here to take this survey which includes a link to the Participant Information Statement.

This survey focuses on work health and safety problems you have encountered when providing support to clients in the community. You will also be asked questions about your training, work organisation and health and wellbeing.

If you find any aspect of this survey distressing, you may wish to contact Life Line on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 for guidance and support.

This survey is estimated to take 10 minutes to complete.

Are you a community-based occupational therapist with minimum 1 year’s experience providing assistive technology in community-based settings?

What is the project about?
With an ageing population, chronic pain is a common comorbidity amongst older adults, aged 65 and over. Occupational therapists recognise that chronic pain can affect all areas of a client’s life and are well positioned to address the needs to these people. Despite occupational therapists having a valuable role to play in chronic pain management, they face challenges in this role when working with older adults in the community. This study aims
to formulate a stronger profile of what chronic pain management practice looks like for occupational therapists currently practicing in Perth. We are searching for community-based occupational therapists who have had a minimum of one year’s experience providing assistive technology to older adults (65+ years).

What will you need to do?
Please read the Participation Information Form. Your participation will involve partaking in a short 10-15 minute survey. Click here to begin the survey.

After completion of the survey, if you choose to participate in a short 30-minute interview we will contact you using the details you have provided in the survey.

Download the Participant Information Statement for more information.

Who can I contact?
Please contact Tessa Kirby ( or Christina Paini ( or Thathianna Petit
( or Yuka Nakagawa ( or DR. Hoe Lee ( or 08 92664652) if you would like to enquire about participating in this study.

Sensory impairment in the upper limb is common after stroke negatively impacting overall recovery. Occupational Therapists play an important role in the assessment and treatment of sensory impairment post stroke. At present the assessment of sensation within the acute setting is not well known.

Given the importance of early intervention, thorough assessment during acute admission is essential to identify impairment and subsequently tailor appropriate outcome that will lead to improved functional outcomes. Therefore, this study aims to identify the barriers and enablers for the assessment of sensory impairment in patients post stroke within acute care.

Calling all OTs working on acute stroke units:

1. Have you worked on an acute stroke unit within the past 2 years?

2. Do you have any experience with sensory assessment of the upper limb?

If you answered yes to these questions, Danielle Byrne of Monash Medical Centre would love for you to be involved in her research study, which can be accessed through this link.


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