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

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.

This research is being undertaken by Shannon Hughes as part of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree through the University of South Australia. Research supervisors are Dr Carolyn Murray, Dr Angela Berndt and Ms Sarah McMullen-Roach. This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 203522).

The aim of this research is to describe the practice of occupational therapists practicing in community aged care in Australia. The online questionnaire seeks to gather information regarding the approaches, models, frames of reference, assessments and interventions they use in practice. Please note that for the purpose of this questionnaire, community aged care refers to occupational therapy services provided to people aged 65 years and older (or 50 years and older for people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) within the community, that is, in a non-residential and non-hospital setting.

To be eligible to participate in this questionnaire, participants must be currently registered as an occupational therapist with AHPRA, and currently practicing as an occupational therapist in community aged care in Australia.

Please follow the link to view the Participant Information Sheet and access the questionnaire.

Closing date: 03/05/2021

Primary researcher: Emma Wilson (post-graduate student & senior occupational therapist)
Research Supervisors: Mandy Stanley and Libby Callaway

Recruitment process/how members can participate (qualitative project): I plan to completed semi-structured interviews with occupational therapists working in community TBI practice (with at least 2 years clinical experience) via zoom. Eligible participants will be asked to contact researcher directly via email. 

Dates for recruitment: February 2021- until 30th June 2021

Researchers: Dr Michelle Bissett, Prof. Matthew Molineux and Ms Lora Calderone (Honours Student)
Affiliated University: Griffith University
HREC Approval: Griffith University HREC: 2021/007
Date of study closure: April 30, 2021

We are conducting a study to explore the experiences of Australian occupational therapists who work in residential care facilities (RCFs) under the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

To be eligible to participate, you must be currently registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and have a minimum of two years of experience working in RCFs. Participation will involve completion of: (i) a very brief demographic survey, and (ii) a one-hour recorded interview (either online or face-to-face) with a member of the research team. You will be provided with a copy of the topics to be discussed prior to the interview.

Please contact Dr Michelle Bissett (T: +61 7 5552 9573 or E: with any questions, to be sent an information sheet or to arrange an interview time. Please feel free to share information about this study to other Australian occupational therapists.

Chief investigator: Professor Jacinta Douglas, La Trobe University
HREC approval: La Trobe University HEC21018
Date of survey closure: 19 February 2021

The Summer Foundation and La Trobe University are conducting a national survey of occupational therapists (OTs) about housing accessibility features. We are aiming to get input from OTs who conduct home visits pre-hospital discharge or to assess the suitability of homes for seniors wanting to age in place. 

The federal and state governments are currently considering a range of accessible features for inclusion in the National Construction Code (NCC). This brief online survey of occupational therapists will provide valuable information to inform the evidence that is critical for negotiating specific changes to the NCC. 

Mandatory minimum accessibility standards will mean more Australians will have access to housing that meets their needs, at all stages of their life, no matter their level of ability.

By completing this survey and sharing your professional occupational therapy expertise, you will help change the NCC to ensure that future Australian homes better meet the needs of all people. Please also consider encouraging occupational therapists in your professional network to complete the survey.

Survey Link:

Participation is voluntary and responses will be anonymous. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Phone: (03) 9894 7006 email: or Professor Jacinta Douglas (03) 9479 1797 email:

You can also find out more about the Building Better Homes campaign here.

Occupational Therapy Australia is a key partner in a national project funded by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, "Co-Creating Safe and Enjoyable Meals for People with Swallowing Disability (2020-2021), led by Prof Bronwyn Hemsley at the University of Technology Sydney.

This short anonymous survey takes 5 minutes and is designed to gather the views of allied health professionals on mealtime assistance training in the disability sector, provided for any party whether it be an individual NDIS Participant (as part of a service) or a group of trainees in an organisation, or any other party. 

We hope that the findings inform future design and implementation of mealtime assistance training in Australia for people with disability. To let us know what you think about mealtime assistance training, please do the 5 minute survey here:

A collaborative research team from Bond University, the University of Wollongong, University of Notre Dame Australia and Sydney University, are conducting a survey of GPs, Nurses and Allied Health professionals’ experiences in using telehealth during COVID-19. 

The brief survey seeks to explore how telehealth is being used, the barriers and facilitators, and lessons for the future. Data from the project will be used to inform policy and practice around telehealth use in general practice and community based care.

This study is being undertaken by Prof Mark Morgan & Prof Nick Zwar (Bond University), Dr Anna Williams (Notre Dame University), Prof Sarah Dennis (University of Sydney), and Prof Liz Halcomb (University of Wollongong).

Please complete this short 10 minute survey and share with colleagues working in primary care:

Title of initial stage: Understanding transport and technology issues for people living with dementia

Chief Investigator: Dr Jacki Liddle, Occupational Therapist, Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

HREC Approval: University of Queensland HREC: #2020000941

Date of closure: First stage to be completed June 2021

We are conducting a study to understand the experiences and needs for people living with dementia and using current (eg ride sharing, route planning apps) and future transport technologies (driverless vehicles, responsive public transport) . We are interviewing people living with mild dementia, care partners and other stakeholders including health professionals, transport/service providers, policy makers, tech developers, and advocates to explore the range of experiences, needs and perspectives. Interested people can participate in an interview (phone/zoom or email). Please contact Jacki with any questions, to be sent an information sheet or to organize an interview ( It would be great to involve occupational therapists in this study. Please also share with anyone who might be interested. All research activities are flexible and contactless.

Some further information about the study is here:

Principle Investigators: Melissa Evans, Hayley Lane, Danielle Hitch & Genevieve Pepin
Affiliation: IPC Healthand Deakin University​
Ethics Approval: HEAG-H 183_2020 Deakin University

The aim of this study is to describe the perspectives of Occupational Therapists on intra-disciplinary practice in community health settings. Intra-disciplinary practice refers to “Two or more occupational therapists working together for a common client goal”. Intra-disciplinary practice occurs in many forms including conducting joint assessments and home visits, secondary consultations and case conferencing

Participation would entail the completion of a single online survey which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below for further information via a plain language statement, and access to the survey.

If you would like any further information, please contact Dr. Danielle Hitch at or on 0468 574 735. The survey will close for responses on 1 April, 2020.

Name of Principle Researcher
Lisa Beasley. I have a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and a Masters of Health Services Management. This research is part of my Masters in Research which I am hoping to transfer to a Doctorate Program early in 2021. I am currently employed by the Northern NSW Local Health District and oversee a large number of diverse allied health and community based health services.

Name of the University with Which the Study is Affiliated
I am studying through Southern Cross University and my supervisors are Professor Sandra Grace and Dr Louise Horstmanshof.

Confirmation That Your Study Has Received Ethics Approval
This research has been approved by the Human Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University. The approval number is ECN 18-250. This research has also been approved by the North Coast NSW Human Research Ethics Committee number 2019/ETH00508.

In summary the aim of this research is to better understand acceptance of and resistance to change of allied health professionals. Change in any form, irrespective of how minor, will usually face resistance of some degree by the individuals whose lives are impacted by the change. To ensure the success of change initiatives, change leaders must be fully aware of how the individuals impacted by the change, respond and adapt. Understanding the array of adaptive responses allied health professionals experience when change occurs in their organisations, will assist both the individuals and change leaders to navigate the change initiatives more effectively.

To date I have one article published. Beasley, L.Grace, S. and Horstmanshof, L. (2020), "Responding and adapting to change: an allied health perspective", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. This article provides a scoping review on the literature available on the response and adaption to change of allied health professionals, providing a sound rationale of this research.

A link to the survey is as follows:

Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants for a study about how occupational therapists understand and conceptualise challenging behaviour occurring in a school environment when they are working with children on the Autistic Spectrum. The study has received ethics approval (HEC20344).

The study might be a good fit for you if you:

  • Have worked as an occupational therapist with primary school aged children on the Autistic Spectrum in Victoria
  • Have at least one year’s experience in this area and no more than 18 months have passed since you worked in this area.

What would happen if I took part in the research study?
If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

  • Complete an interview in which background demographic and experience data will be obtained and your understanding of challenging behaviour in school aged children on the Autistic Spectrum is explored through a semi structured interview.
  • The interview is expected to last up to 60 minutes and will occur online using zoom.

Interested in Participating?
Please contact Hilarie Kohn on email to receive a participant information sheet

Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about how occupational therapists’ enable occupations among adults with behavioral disturbance living with acquired brain injury.

Would the research study be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are an occupational therapist
  • Grade 1 year 4 and above
  • Working in an adult subacute ABI setting in Australia

What would happen if I took part in the research study?

If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

  • Participate in an interview lasting up to 1 hour, via Zoom

Will I be paid to take part in the research study?

There are no additional costs associated with participation in this research study, nor will you be paid.

Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please contact:



Ana Brown, PhD candidate


School of allied health



0435 484 032

Ethics Approval Number:


This project closes in May 2021, view the Participant Information Statement and Consent form here

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.

Other Surveys

This survey seeks to understand the current levels of awareness and most pressing challenges facing professionals in supporting children’s mental health during their everyday practice.

In order to best meet the needs of the health, social and community services workers across a range of professions all over Australia, Emerging Minds, with our delivery partners, is conducting a national workforce survey. We believe this survey is the first of its kind and will give us a baseline measure for improving the way we support children’s mental health.

This survey is being conducted by Emerging Minds, as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. Funded by the Australian Government in recognition of the importance of prevention and early intervention for improving social and emotional wellbeing of children, Emerging Minds produces and provides access to high quality, free professional development learning, resources and implementation support.  

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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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