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

We are inviting you to participate in a national survey on how we can better train our Australian medical and health workforces to support people living with chronic pain. We are using a priority setting partnership approach involving people with pain, their carers and Australian health professionals. We are keen to have the specific input of Australian occupational therapists. Outcomes from the project will help inform how we prioritise new pain training programs we are developing to support Australian people living with chronic pain

By participating in ‘round 2’ of a priority setting partnership initiative, you will be rating the level of importance of pain care priorities generated in ‘round 1’ from Australian people living with pain and their carers. The time commitment for this current round will take ~10-15 minutes.

The link to the survey is: https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ehC1jLx2sltDmfk

All the study information you require is found via the link – this includes Consent, the Participant Information Form (both of which are downloadable for their records). The survey is open until June 25, 2021.

You are eligible to participate if you are an Australian medical or health professional and registered with AHPRA. The study has ethics approval (HRE2020-0733).

What is the research program about and who is involved?

A national consortium led by the Pain Management Research Institute (Professor Michael Nicholas), University of Sydney, and including Curtin University, the University of South Australia (Pain Revolution), the Australian Pain Society in collaboration with the National Ageing Research Institute, is leading a program of research funded by a Commonwealth of Australia Grant. The overarching aim of this 4-year program of research is to develop a national interdisciplinary health professional digitally-enabled pain training program to improve the care of Australian people with chronic pain.

One specific project within the broader program of research, is being led by a research team from Curtin University. This Priority Setting Partnership project aims to identify what care priorities are for consumers with chronic pain and for carers supporting people with chronic pain. In Round 1, people living with pain and carers described their pain care priorities when seeking help from medical and health professionals. In Round 2, those participants from Round 1 rate the level of importance of these pain priorities. Concurrently, we are inviting medical and health professionals registered with AHPRA to rank the level of importance of these same Round 1 generated priorities and rate their level of confidence in their ability to provide the pain care associated with these priorities.

Protocol Title: An innovative telehealth approach to supporting people living with dementia with driving cessation and mobility: cRCT

Principal Researcher: Dr Theresa Scott

Ethics Approval: The University of Queensland Institutional Human Research Ethics committee, approval number: 2017000936

A study being conducted at the University of Queensland is investigating ways to support people living with dementia adjust to life without driving. Recruitment is currently taking place across Australia, until December 2021, for the “Living with Dementia and Driving Study.” Stopping driving can be one of the most challenging issues for people living with dementia, their families and health professionals.

We are testing whether people with dementia can be supported with driving cessation through the CarFreeMe
program via telehealth.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • · People living with mild to moderate dementia
  • · People who are still driving, or have recently retired from driving (in the last 24 months)
  • · No age restriction – people living with younger onset dementia are encouraged to participate
  • · Carers encouraged to participate as well

If you are interested in knowing more about the study or would like to refer clients to the study, please contact Dr Theresa Scott or Donna Rooney, at The University of Queensland, School of Psychology:

Email Theresa: Theresa.scott@uq.edu.au telephone: (07) 3365 6723

Email Donna: Donna.rooney@uq.edu.au
telephone: (07) 3365 6392

Please find attached two flyers which contain more information about the study. There is also a clinician information sheet (with a referral form) which details the process of referring participants to the study.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.

Dr Jessica Hill BOccThy (HONS I), PhD.

Dr Hannah Gullo BHlthSc, MOccThy, PhD.

Miss Jessica Vogler BOccThy (HONS) student.

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.

Survey Link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75QC7VY

Closing Date 1st August 2021.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.

Dr Jessica Hill BOccThy (HONS I), PhD.

Associate Professor Carlie Driscoll BSpPath, PGDipAud, PhD, MAudSA(CCP).

Miss Kelly Pearse BOccThy (HONS) student

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.

Survey Link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7CX65V5

Closing Date 1st August 2021.

My name is Ming (Rhea) Chen and I am an undergraduate Occupational Therapy honours student at Western Sydney University. I am completing the study under the supervision of Dr Ellie Sugden (Lecturer in Speech Pathology, Western Sydney University). As part of my honours research, I am conducting a survey exploring allied health professionals’ experiences and perspectives of consumer involvement in research. This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H14257.

The link for the survey is https://surveyswesternsydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LnDbeZzoXma82W.

The survey link will be open until May 31st 2021.

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by: Ms Aimee Hill (Final Year Occupational Therapy Honours Student, School of Health Sciences), under the supervision of Dr Leigha Dark (Certified Practising Speech Pathologist), and Professor Karen Liu (Associate Dean Research, School of Health Sciences, Western Sydney University)

Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee study approval number: H14263

The purpose of this study is to better understand the upper limb motor demands associated with production of the manual signs used in the Australian Key Word Sign Interactive Vocabulary and how this knowledge influences the production of signs as well as clinical decision making about sign selection, modification, implementation and support for clients with disabilities.

The research will involve completing an analysis of ~10 signs using a custom designed coding and classification framework, and completing a short anonymous survey about the ease of use and potential clinical application of this framework.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary.

Study information sheet accessible here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kzAWiGkoOnq4EPQXXMqCg3pWPrnSM0nW/view?usp=sharing

To express your interest in participating in this study please use the survey link below (survey closes 30th July): https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvmJIyktmCcqyyi

Principle investigator: Alexandra Logan

Student investigator: Samantha Went

Co-investigator: Julie Hughes

Affiliation: Australian Catholic University

Ethics Approval: 2020-234EAP ACU

Currently, there is little evidence regarding the use of
group work by Australian occupational therapists. I am seeking your input on
your use of group work in your practice and ask that you please consider
completing a survey.

Participation would entail the completion of a single
online survey which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Please click on the link below for further information and access to the
survey.

https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Uh90jYYkfIQaYm

If you would like any further information, please
contact by email at samantha.went@myacu.edu.au.
The survey will close for responses on May 31st, 2021.

Research Team 

  • Dr. David Plater
  • Prof Martine Powell
  • Dr. Sonja Brubacher
  • Prof Michael Lamb

Contact: Centre for Investigative Interviewing, Griffith Criminology Institute

Phone: (07) 3735 4317 Email: martine.powell@griffith.edu.au

Why is the research being conducted?

Whilst it is understood that interview professionals would benefit from access to specialty knowledge about how the communication process can be achieved in a way that maximises the quality of evidence form the child, we need a better understanding of the ways in which intermediaries contribute, what skills are realistic to expect from such professionals, and the conditions in which their knowledge can have the best impact. This research is conducted with funding from South Australian Law Foundation Grant A521- 9.16.
 

What will you be asked to do?

The study involves two sessions, to be completed within a 48-hour period.

  •  Session 1 (60-75 minutes): You will meet with a researcher via Zoom (or other video chat) and listen to three audio recordings of child witness interviews. You will pause the recordings whenever you think a question is problematic and/or a recommendation is warranted. You will verbally explain a) your reason for pausing the interview, and b) any changes you would make and why (if applicable). You will also answer some questions about the child and the interview. You should be aware that, although the researcher is facilitating the session over Zoom, they will be doing other tasks while you are engaged with the videos and may not even be in proximity of their computer. This means that your responses to the audio material are uni-directional (i.e., not a dialogue with the researcher).
  • Session 2 (10-15 minutes): You will complete a demographic survey and brief quiz about various interview questions and question types. You will receive this survey via link in your email and it can be completed in your browser window. You can do this immediately after Session 1 if you choose.
  • Total participation time is between 70-90 minutes. All sessions will take place online, and you will need to have access to a webcam, microphone, videochat software, and be able to play audio files on your computer (we will send you a test file to try out). After the completion of the second session, you will receive a gift card for $40.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Martine Powell or Sonja Brubacher martine.powell@griffith.edu.au or s.brubacher@griffith.edu.au 07 3735 5917

 

The purpose of this study is to inform the Australian tertiary education sector on how to further develop the AT curricula, in order to improve preparedness of new graduate OT's. 

This research has been approved by the ACU Human Research Ethics Committee: Ethics 2020-243-EAP

On behalf of the research team we are seeking your support to promote our research participant to your OT network. It would be appreciated if you could add this to any e-news or online promotions that would be relevant.

We would like to invite new graduate OT’s to participate in the honours research study exploring “the current scope of service in Assistive Technology practices for recently graduated OT’s working in Australia”. Participants are eligible to be in this study if they are within 6 weeks of graduate employment and less than 2 years post-graduation, working as an Occupational Therapist in Australia. Participants are asked to complete a short survey, of which contains no identifiable personal data questions or sensitive topics. Survey Link: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xxg90AhjhSq2OO

The survey is completely voluntary. However if you do start the survey, any answers may be included in the data collection. If you'd like to participate, the link to the survey is as above.

For enquiries on the survey and to access the Participant Information Letter please email Jacob Reed Jacob.reed@myacu.edu.au

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is creating new resources to help health professionals prevent and manage childhood obesity.

We would like to ask you exactly what resources you need, how they should look and feel, and where you would like them to be hosted.

These resources will help health professionals in Queensland deliver the right care to children and families for healthy growth.

We are looking for primary health care professionals to participate in two focus groups (1 hour each). Focus groups will be run via ZOOM or in-person in Milton. (Remuneration for your time is available for General Practitioners)

You can shape the future of clinical care for healthy growth and childhood obesity. If you are interested in participating, please register your interest via eventbrite link below and our research team will be in contact.

REGISTER HERE

If you have any further questions, please contact the research coordinator Jacqueline Cotugno APD, CDE, Senior Practitioner – Obesity, Jacqueline.cotugno@hw.qld.gov.au 0437 929 639

https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cPcSgv1JEQM8BaR?fbclid=IwAR22uJQdVb6KDB7l2gXS7IP2VKaHCVZZtDI5JdWgXHIHurnC-gV0iRyYLZo

What is the Project About?
The purpose of this project is to explore the barriers and enablers to stroke rehabilitation in rural and metropolitan hospitals from the perspective of occupational therapists. This is important to understand because there appears to be a difference between stroke rehabilitation in rural and metropolitan hospitals.

Who is doing the Research?
This is an occupational therapy honours project, which is led by Dr Craig Thompson and Ms Jane Gibson. There will be no costs to you, and you will not be paid for participating in this project.

Why am I being asked to take part and what will I have to do?
If you are an occupational therapist and you have worked in stroke management or rehabilitation for at six months, you will be asked to participate in this study. To participate in this study, you will be invited to complete an online questionnaire that in will take approximately 20 minutes.

Are there any benefits’ to being in the research project?
There are no direct benefits to you from participating in this research. 

Are there any risks, side-effects, discomforts or inconveniences from being in the research project? 
There are no risks or side effects to participating in this study.

 

Who will have access to my information?
The information collected in this research will be re-identifiable (coded). This means that we will collect data that can identify you and then remove identifying information on any data or sample and replace it with a code when we analyse the data. Only the research team have access to the code to match your name if it is necessary to do so. Any information we collect will be treated as confidential and used only in this project unless otherwise specified. The following people will have access to the information we collect in this research: the research team and, in the event of an audit or investigation, staff from the Curtin University Office of Research and Development.

Electronic data (including audio files) will be password-protected and backed-up daily. Hard copy data will be stored in locked storage. The information we collect in this study will be kept under secure conditions at Curtin University for seven years after the research is published and then it will be destroyed. The results of this research may be presented at conferences or published in professional journals. You will not be identified in any results that are published or presented.

Will you tell me the results of the research?
We will not provide you with the results of the study. Results will not be individual but based on all the information we collect and review as part of the research.

Do I have to take part in the research project?
Taking part in a research project is voluntary. It is your choice to take part or not. You do not have to agree if you do not want to. If you decide to take part and then change your mind, that is okay, and you can withdraw from the project. With your permission, if you chose to leave the study we will use any information collected unless you tell us not to.

What happens next and who can I contact about the research?
If you decide to take part in this research, we will ask you to sign the consent form. By signing, it is telling us that you understand what you have read and what has been discussed. Signing the consent indicates that you agree to be in the research project and have your health information used as described. Please take your time and ask any questions you have before you decide what to do. You will be given a copy of this information and the consent form to keep.

If you have any further questions about this research, please contact Craig Thompson (9266 3942).

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0129). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email hrec@curtin.edu.au.

The study aims to explore the perspectives of people with developmental disability about the sexual health education they want and require, to support their sexuality. 

I want to participate! How do I sign up?

What is the project about?

  • The project aims to explore your thoughts about sexuality and the sexual health education you want and require, to support your sexuality.
  • The purpose is to ensure that occupational therapy services are relevant to your wants and needs, and to also support you to express your sexuality freely.
  • The project will also allow yourself the opportunity to have your life experiences heard through participation within research.

The research objectives are:

  1. To explore the experiences of people with developmental disability in relation to the sexuality.
  2. To understand the perspectives of people with developmental disability about community and health professional’s attitudes towards their sexuality.
  3. To identify what sexual health education people with developmental disability require to support their sexuality.
  4. To recognise how people with developmental disability want sexual health education delivered.

Who is undertaking the project?

  • This project is being conducted by Daina Coulter and it will form the basis of his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours program at Australian Catholic University.
  • The research is being completed under the supervision of Dr Claire Lynch and Associate Professor Annette Joosten.
  • The research supervisors have a strong background in addressing sexuality within their clinical practice and have previously completed research in this field.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

  • The risks associated with this project are minimal, although every project contains some risk.
  • You may be subject to increased embarrassment and stress associated with the topic of discussing your thoughts about sexuality and the sexual health education you want and require.
  • You will be informed that you can decline any questions within the interview; a break will be taken if you show any sign of discomfort, and information will be provided to you regarding counselling services that you can access if required.
  • In the event that you are showing any discomfort or distress, you will be encouraged to contact your GP, counsellor or a support organisation such as Beyond Blue (Website: www.beyondblue.org.au/Telephone: 1300 22 4636)
  • In the event that you discuss previously unreported illegal activity (e.g., sexual abuse), you will be notified that I will need to report this information to the police.
  • If you report previously unreported illegal activity (e.g., sexual abuse), you will be given the opportunity to stop the interview or to continue the interview but not discuss the unreported illegal activity.
  • The length of the interview may result in increased stress or pressure on yourself. You will have the option of requesting that the interview be split into two halves.

What will I be asked to do?

  • You will be required to participate in an interview that will be conducted by the student researcher, Daina Coulter.
  • The interview will contain questions regarding your sexuality and what sexual health education you want and require.
  • The interview will be conducted at a time that is convenient for you. It will be approximately 60 – 90 minutes (which may be divided into two times if I request it).
  • Face-to-face Interviews will be conducted in a comfortable and private location chosen by yourself and also suitable and safe for the researchers.
  • The interview will be audio recorded by Zoom or through using a voice recorder, and it will be transcribed by the student researcher or an external transcription service.
  • All participants will be assigned a different name at the time of interpretation of the interview to protect your identity.
  • A copy of the initial themes from the interview will be sent to you after the interview interpretation process.
  • All participants will be invited provide feedback to the research team regarding the interpretation, this process is optional.

How much time will the project take?

  • The interview will be approximately 60 – 90 minutes (which may be divided into two times if I request it), and the interview will occur once. 
  • A copy of the initial themes from the interview will be sent to you after the interpretation process and you will be asked to decide whether you would like to provide feedback to the research team.
  • If you chose to provide feedback, it is expected that this will take approximately 15 minutes.

What are the benefits of the research project?

  • Participation in the research cannot guarantee any known benefits.
  • It is anticipated that the research will allow you the opportunity for your life experiences to be heard and understood, which this has the potential to contribute to occupational therapy service change for yourself.

Can I withdraw from the study?

  • Participation in this study is completely voluntary.
  • If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time without consequences.
  • If you were to withdraw from the study before the interpretation of interview data, then your data will also be withdrawn from the study.
  • You can withdraw at any time but if you wish to withdraw after data analysis has commenced then your data will be included in the interpretation, but your quotes will not be used in publication(s). 

Will anyone else know the results of the project?

  • The study will be presented at the Allied Health Student Conference in November 2021.
  • We aim to publish the study findings in a peer reviewed Occupational Therapy journal.
  • All participants will not be identifiable in this publication as findings will be reported at a group level.
  • All interviews will be assigned a pseudonym at the time of transcription to ensure confidentially.

Will I be able to find out the results of the project?

  • Once research is completed, a summary of results will be made available to participants on request.
  • You can request this information by phone call, email, or at the end of the interview.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

If you have any further questions, the research team can be contacted via the following details

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

  • The study has been reviewed by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Australian Catholic University.
  • If you have any complaints or concerns about the conduct of the project, you may write to the Manager of the Human Research Ethics and Integrity Committee care of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

Manager, Ethics and Integrity

c/o Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Australian Catholic University

North Sydney Campus

PO Box 968

NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2059

Ph.: 02 9739 2519

Fax: 02 9739 2870

Email: resethics.manager@acu.edu.au

Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Daina Coulter (Student Researcher)

Dr Claire Lynch (Chief Investigator)

Associate Professor Annette Joosten (Co-Investigator)

Griffith University researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in an interview discussing the perspectives on, and use of, occupation in practice by senior occupational therapists, and how they believe these perspectives affect new graduates through supervision.

We are asking for volunteers who:

  • hold a recognised senior occupational therapist role in their workplace
  • are currently supervising at least one new graduate occupational therapist (with less than two years' experience) OR has done so in the previous two years
  • are registered occupational therapists with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
     

Please note that the interviews will not be conducted by the Griffith University research team, but by someone else external to the research.

If you would like to take part in this research, please contact Kath Phillips (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy honours student): kathleen.phillips@griffithuni.edu.au or Dr Amelia Di Tommaso: a.ditommaso@griffith.edu.au or 07) 5552 8310 for more information.

Affiliated University: Griffith University

HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC: 2021/056

Date of study closure: May, 2021

Researchers from Flinders University are looking for occupational therapists who work with people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) for interviews about driving for a PhD research study.

Who can participate?

OT’s (generalist or driver trained) who work in Australia with people with dementia or MCI

What is the purpose of this research project?

To investigate current practice relating to fitness to drive for people with MCI or dementia. The findings will guide the design of a tool to assist health professionals with decision making about fitness to drive.

What does participation involve?

A 30-45 minute interview via phone or video conferencing. Participants will be provided with a $40 Coles Myer Gift Card as reimbursement for their time.

If you are interested in participating participate please contact Claire Spargo (PhD candidate) claire.spargo@flinders.edu.au for information about the study.

Formal study title: Driving and cognitive impairment: practice and perspectives amongst doctors, occupational therapists and people with cognitive impairment

Ethics approval: HREC/20/SAC/135 154.20

Close date for recruitment: August 2021

Principal investigator: Professor Stacey George

This survey was developed in partnership with Curtin University and funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. The survey invites parents, health professionals, organisations and government agencies to share their knowledge and experiences relating to the transport of children with disability and/or medical conditions. ​

What is the project about?
Transport (such as driving and public transport) enables individuals and families to participate in community life. It is important that all children, including those with disability and medical conditions travel in the safest way possible. This research seeks to understand the experiences, perceptions and knowledge of parents/guardians, health professionals and organisation/government representatives about transport for children with disability and medical conditions. 

For more information and to participate in the survey click here.

Other Surveys

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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