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

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

Are you interested in participating in research about child neglect? If yes you can click on Link to survey_Children and neglect_Professionals

A PhD study from La Trobe University is seeking professionals including occupational therapists to complete an 30 minute online survey about child neglect and children’s recovery. The PhD candidate is Annette Jackson with supervisors: Prof Margarita Frederico, Dr. Helen Cleak and Dr. Bruce D. Perry.

Participants may include professionals who in the past 12 months had the opportunity to work with or lead the work of others working with one or more children dealing with the implications of neglect. 

We ask non-identifying questions about the children including questions about their presentation and your role in working with them. We also ask if you are interested in being contacted later about a focus group.

This survey takes about 30 minutes (available until 31 January 2020). 

For more information or to complete the survey follow this link to the Survey:
Link to survey_Children and neglect_Professionals

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Or contact Annette Jackson on

The National Framework for Action on Dementia 2015 - 2019 (the Framework) is a guiding document developed by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to create a strategic, collaborative and cost-effective response to dementia across Australia.

The Australian Health Minister’s Health Services Principal Committee has initiated a national framework evaluation project that is being led by the Western Australian Department of Health and is supported by a national dementia working group.

In order to explore the effectiveness of the Framework, we are seeking input via public consultation to ensure the best outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in Australia.

This consultation will:

  • evaluate the existing Framework (which can be viewed here); and
  • provide an opportunity to inform and scope options for national strategies to address dementia in the future.

You are invited to take part in this consultation process by completing an online survey. You may answer as an individual or have someone from within your association collect responses and answer from an organisational perspective.

The consultation closes Tuesday 31 December 2019.

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) at Flinders University are running a study looking at the role of allied health professionals providing palliative care for older Australians in residential and community aged care. If you are an allied health professional working in aged care and would like to participate, please click on the relevant web link below to begin. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.

For more information, please refer to the Participant Information Sheet embedded as a link in the survey or if you have any questions, please contact Dr Kelly Jones on email:

You are invited to take part in an online survey investigating occupational therapist perspectives on their level of preparedness to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. It is anticipated that the data collected during this study will assist us in understanding the quality of learning and teaching provided within curriculum and how well it prepares you as an occupational therapist.

The survey will take less than 30 minutes to complete. This research project is being completed as part of master’s degree through Bond University by Mikayla Hudson, Master of Occupational Therapy Student, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura. Ethical approval was obtained from Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee (TM03464).

To access the research explanatory statement, online consent option and survey, please click on this link

If you’d like more information, please contact Mikayla Hudson via email on:

Closing date: 29 February 2020

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 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. 

Members are encouraged to assist in completing a quick survey to identify priority assistive products that should be available in humanitarian response (natural disasters, conflicts, ect). The findings from this survey will support agencies to select and procure assistive products within the acute phase of any emergency.

The survey can be accessed through this link.

The survey will close on 10 December 2019.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey, your input is deeply valued and will help to improve access to priority assistive products for those affected by humanitarian crisis.

We continue to work together to investigate the opportunities and challenges arising as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out nationally across Australia. Our particular focus is on gathering evidence to inform Scheme design for NDIS participants with ABI, and NDIS providers working with this group. More recently, we have been examining the work of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in the area of behaviour support, and we presented on this at the National Occupational Therapy conference in Sydney in July 2019.

We are now undertaking some national research with the following aims:

  1. Provide aggregate de-identified data on the capacity building acquired brain injury (ABI) workforce in the NDIS;
  2. Understand the perspectives and experiences of NDIS providers who develop programs for, provide, report on, or observe behaviour support for NDIS participants within the Scheme;
  3. Identify perspectives of NDIS service providers regarding current Scheme design and registration processes in relation to behaviour support.
  4. Understand actions that could be taken to support the NDIS workforce during this Scheme transition phase.

This research is approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project ID 21432).

To access the research explanatory statement, online consent option and survey, please click here.


What is the ‘Impacts of new and emerging Assistive Technologies for ageing and disabled housing’ study about?

We are seeking to understand the implications of new and emerging Assistive Technologies (AT) for older people and those living with a disability.

Participation in any research study is voluntary.

We hope to benefit other Australians who are interested in using assistive technologies to improve their quality of life within their homes and our funder, the Australian Housing Urban Research Institute is seeking the information you provide to inform relevant policy development.

For more information please visit the website.

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


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.

Are you an occupational therapist working in residential aged care?

We need you!

It is critical we understand more about the current practice and experiences of occupational therapists working in residential aged care settings in Australia.

You can complete the online questionnaire here.

If you have any questions or for further information please contact Donna Rooney at the University of Queensland.

Donna Rooney: 

You are invited to participate in a research study seeking to answer the following question: What is the experience of current and past students when failing an Australian based Occupational Therapy practice education placement?

Sparse evidence exists on the student experience of failure of a practice education placement; current literature is focused on educators and supervisor’s viewpoints.  We are seeking current and past students (now clinicians) to voice their experience through online survey or interview. By collecting this information, we hope to inform future practice and support of students completing practice education placement. 

You can complete either survey or interview:  

This topic may be sensitive for some participants, if you require assistance please contact Lifeline: 131114.

Ethics approval provided by Deakin University Human Ethics Advisory Group-Health [HEAG-H 59_2019]

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.

Occupational therapy practice within intensive care and critical care units has become a topic of interest, based on an ageing but surviving population with higher levels of morbidity and mortality. Early multidisciplinary rehabilitation within intensive care units has been shown to be effective, yet the practice of occupational therapy within such settings remains limited with respect to guidelines, publications and approaches. This 15 minute 35 item survey, distributed across Australia, will help define and document current service provision, clinical practice and clinical reasoning of occupational therapists exposed to an intensive care setting and will aim to support the consistent introduction of a valuable service.

Please consider completing this survey if you have an adult ICU within your setting and are an occupational therapist. The survey can be directly accessed at the following location:

Click here to begin the survey.

This survey is part of a larger doctoral study regarding occupational therapy practice in intensive care units and involves a randomised controlled trial and survey. Full ethical approval has been received.

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.

Are you currently involved in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in Australia?

If so, please participate in this survey that will aim to understand your current assessment and diagnostic practices. This survey can take approximately 20-30 minutes for most professionals, and a maximum of 50 minutes (depending on the breadth of the assessment types that you offer in your practice and the number of optional questions you choose to answer).

Click here to start the survey.

At any time, you can save your responses and return to the survey later.  

Queries or feedback is welcome. Please feel free to contact Anindita at

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.

The following study aims to explore the experience of recently graduated occupational therapists in addressing sexuality with their clients. The purpose is to provide a greater understanding of the reasons why occupational therapists are not addressing sexuality, particularly in settings where it is an expectation, as well as to explore the experiences of those who are addressing it, in order to understand the enabling factors.

The Research objectives are as follows:
1.To identify how sexuality is being addressed and supports that may improve client centered practice.
2.To identify when sexuality is not being addressed and understand the barriers that need to be addressed to improve client-centered

If you would like more information or would like to participate in this study please email Dr Claire Lynch

You are invited to participate in this research project as you are an occupational therapist currently working in sub-acute neurology.

Participation in this research will involve completion of a semi-structured interview that will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Questions will relate to how occupational therapists perceive their role in sub-acute neurology in addition to how occupational therapists implement occupation-based practice in this setting.

The information gathered through this research will assist to understand how occupational therapy and occupation-based practice influences service delivery for patients in sub-acute neurology in Victoria.

If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information, please contact Brianny Bolt by telephone on: 04 5757 7861, or by email on:

Thank you for considering this research opportunity that aims to further enhance the understanding of occupational therapists’ role in sub-acute neurology.

You are invited to participate in a study to discuss your experience of mentoring, in the context of paediatric occupational therapy practice. Mentoring is seen by many therapists are a valuable professional development strategy. Working with children and their families as well as other key stakeholders presents many challenges for paediatric therapists. Within this context, this research seeks to understand the key features of a mentoring relationship, the competencies that develop and deepen through mentoring, the areas of practice which are viewed as requiring the most support, and the perceived outcomes for clients and their families.

We are seeking both mentees and mentors who are currently in, or have recency of practice (in the past 12 months), in paediatric practice and are in a mentoring relationship. Interviews will be no more than 1 hour will be conducted in person or via phone/on line video conferencing. This research is being undertaken by Olivia Jackson, under the supervision of Chief Investigator, Dr. Michelle Villeneuve, and Co-Investigator, Mike Millington, The University of Sydney.

Download the Participant Information Statement and Consent Form for your information.

For further information please contact:
Olivia Jackson
Ph: 0414 918 697

You are invited to take part in a survey investigating the methods used to determine the amount of domestic assistance a person requires following a compensable injury. This survey is open to any registered occupational therapist who provides medicolegal reports. The survey is investigating the strategies used by occupational therapists when translating their assessment results into recommendations of domestic assistance required by a person within a compensable system.

If you are interested in completing this survey which will take less than 10 minutes to complete, please click here.

This survey is being completed as part of PhD studies through the University of Sydney in conjunction with Associate Professor Dr Lynette Mackenzie, Dr Michael Millington and Dr Carole James from the University of Newcastle. A copy of the Participant Information Sheet is available from this link.


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