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.
Being in solitary confinement restricts engagement in meaningful activity and increases risk of suicide and/or self-harm for those already at risk. Internationally, occupational therapists provide care to people with mental health conditions in solitary confinement. A recent study of occupational therapists working in solitary confinement in Victoria, Australia, provided descriptions of intervention approaches, enablers and barriers to practice, and perspectives on how they manage the psychological stress of the environment. Due to a lack of published evidence, it is unclear how these descriptions compare with the practices and experiences of occupational therapists working in forensic solitary confinement in other states of Australia, and internationally. This study aims to clarify the roles, clinical reasoning, enablers and barriers, and coping strategies of occupational therapists working in forensic solitary confinement in Australia and internationally.
Principal researcher: Assoc. Prof. Annette Joosten Student researcher: Ellie Cassels Affiliated university: Australian Catholic University (ACU)
HREC reference number: 2019-346EAP (HREC approval attached)
Click here to participant information and view the letter and survey.
This research study aims to find out what working occupational therapists know about pain, and could help to inform future education on pain and the occupational therapy role. This study has been approved by the ECU Human Research Ethics Committee. (Approval no 2020-01299-SPADA).
What does participation in this study involve?
If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey answering true/false and multiple-choice questions regarding pain knowledge. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
When and where?
The survey will be available online until August 2020 for you to complete when convenient for yourself. At the completion of the survey you will have the option to enter a random draw for one of three $25 gift cards to thank you for your time.
Where can I get further information?
The project information and consent form is located at the beginning of the survey. This contains the full information about the study as well as your rights as a participant. Should you have any further questions please contact the student researcher or research supervisors using contact details provided below.
Interested in participating?
Inclusion and exclusion criteria have been outlined in the table below:
Registered and working as an Occupational Therapist in Australia or New Zealand
Please follow the link below and forward to colleagues you feel meet the inclusion criteria. https://ecuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1RGodPPVbeUitgx
The survey will close on 31 August 2020.
Inadequate sleep is a significant public health issue. Sleep problems are highly prevalent and can affect other physical and mental health outcomes.
A recent parliamentary report (Bedtime Reading) recommended that the Australian government assesses the sleep knowledge of health professionals, and develops effective training mechanisms to improve the knowledge of primary healthcare practitioners in diagnosing and managing sleep health problems.
We are inviting fully qualified medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacists and dentists working in Australia, to participate in this research study, which aims to survey knowledge, practices, and attitudes towards sleep in Australian Health Professionals. This is also your opportunity to shape future training opportunities.
Participants will gain access to a sleep toolkit, which may assist with the management of sleep in their clinical practice.
For more information or to participate in the study, click here.
Research Team: Dr Cele Richardson, Dr Melissa Ree, Prof Michael Gradisar, Prof Romola Bucks.
Organisation: University of Western Australia (UWA)
Ethical Approval has been gained from UWA Human Ethics (Project number RA/4/20/6015)
Survey closes pending response rate, but likely no later than 1 January 2021.
Exploring occupational therapists’ experience of working with NDIS participants during a pandemic context
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the Australian Occupational Therapy community. Latest advice from Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) has recommended that therapists continue to work within their scope of practice, whilst implementing the highest possible health and safety measures in the interests of personal and client safety.
A study from the University of South Australia is seeking to understand Occupational Therapists' experiences of working with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, with particular focus on how this has changed in light of the pandemic context. Questions will gather information about demographics, workplace characteristics and OT service delivery. Complete the online survey here.
Research Team: Madison Bateman (OT Honours Student), A. Prof Lorraine Sheppard, A. Prof Steve Milanese, Matthew Massy-Westropp.
Organisation: University Of South Australia (UniSA).
Ethical Approval has been gained from UniSA HREC (Protocol number 202610).
Survey closes pending response rate but no later than 13 July.
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
Guiding best practice for Occupational Therapists: Exploring the management of mTBI in the Emergency Department of Australian hospitals
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: https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf5J7FWF1uyPa4J
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;
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or the Research Supervisor, Dr Sharon Keesing at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Translating the evidence to improve occupational therapy practice in assessment of functional cognition following acute traumatic brain injury (TBI)
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
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:
Thank you for your time in considering our study.
This study has ACU ethics approval (2019-357EAP)
Occupational Therapy Assessment and Aboriginal peoples: The Inclusion of Culture as an Integral Aspect of Comprehensive Assessment
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: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AZcoDoehgSNo1v
Your time and consideration is much appreciated.
We want to hear your views on the feasibility, utility and efficacy of telehealth in clinical practice. The results of this survey will support OTA and AHPA in their ongoing advocacy of government around the issue of the funding of telehealth services. Participate here.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, and their partners throughout Australia, want to hear your opinions about ‘how to lift’ training in workplaces in a short, anonymous survey.
At the end of the survey you can also register your interest to take part in a focus group to discuss themes from the survey.
Survey results will help develop and deliver information and programs that reduce risk of sprains and strains at work. Complete the survey and you’ll also have the chance to win a waterproof wireless portable speaker.
Closes 12 midnight Sunday 26 July 2020.
You’ll find the survey here: ‘How to lift’ training survey
This survey is being conducted by the Australian Government Department of Health. The survey seeks to understand what you would find most helpful and informative as we enter the next phase of the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The survey is anonymous and will not collect personally identifying information. All analysis and reporting will be aggregated and no individual responses will be identified in reporting. All questions are voluntary. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Click here to complete the survey.
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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.