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

The University of Sydney is seeking your input about next edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of Alcohol Problems. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, the guidelines represent a National document to improve treatment for people with problematic alcohol use or alcohol use disorder.

The survey takes 5-7 minutes and is open to all health professionals, even those outside the drug and alcohol sector. Participants will have a chance to win one of three $100 Coles Group & Myer Gift Cards! We will ask you about your current work position, your experience with addressing alcohol-related problems, preferences for accessing information, how we can best present the updated guidelines so that they are useful, and what additional training or resources should be made available. Any information that we collect will not identify you.

To take part in the survey, click here.

Survey closes 31 October 2019.

If you would like more information on this survey or the Guidelines for the treatment of Alcohol Problems, contact Benjamin Riordan by email at or call 02 9515 6318.

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


Who can participate in this study: Occupational therapists with AHPRA registration, whose practice comprises of/or has previously comprised of at least 15% children (with or without DCD) aged between 0 and 19 years. In addition to this, parents/caregivers, teachers and other medical and allied health professionals are also eligible to participate, so please feel free to forward the study information to colleagues, family and friends.

Study details: This study is being conducted as part of a PhD study by Jacqui Hunt, an Occupational Therapist at Edith Cowan University.  Approval for this study has been obtained from the Human Research Ethics Committee of Edith Cowan University (approval no: 2019-00106-HUNT). The study comprises a 5-10 minute online questionnaire about knowledge and perceptions of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) among caregivers, teachers, allied health and medical professionals to identify possible barriers to diagnosis. This research will add to the knowledge base associated with DCD, and findings from this study will support further research. 

Click here to begin the survey.

The study closes on 4th October, 2019.

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)

Are you an occupational therapist who is scheduled to supervise an occupational therapy student on practice placement between July and December 2019? If so, we’d like to invite you to participate in the pilot of the proposed updated occupational therapy student practice placement evaluation tool: the Student Practice Evaluation Form – Revised Second Edition (SPEF-R2).

You will be asked to trial using the SPEF-R2 tool alongside the existing SPEF-R to evaluate a student during their upcoming practical placement within your service team. You will then compare and contrast your experience with each tool and record your opinions in an online survey (approx. 15 minutes). You will also have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up focus group or interview to discuss your experiences and perceptions with regard to using the SPEF-R2. This optional interview or focus group will take approximately one hour and will be conducted in a method convenient for you.

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of both the University of Queensland (2018001814) and Griffith University (2019/548). By participating in this research, you will be contributing to the evolution and refinement of the core occupational therapy student placement performance evaluation tool across Australia. If you would like to contribute to the SPEF-R2 Pilot, please visit here for more information and to register your interest. Please be sure to forward information about this SPEF-R2 Pilot to your occupational therapy networks and colleagues who may not have seen this ad. We are keen for as many participants as possible.

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]

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 driver-trained occupational therapist who prescribes interventions for your clients? If so, you are invited to participate in a research project that seeks to understand the clinical and professional reasoning that underpins your practice. In the context of rehabilitation, driver­-trained occupational therapists use various interventions such as: car adaptations and modifications, computer­-based driving simulator training, off-­road education programs, off-­road skill-­specific training, on-­road training, personal adaptive devices, physical fitness programs and psychosocial support. Research currently focuses on the effectiveness of these interventions. What this study seeks to do is fill a gap in knowledge as to why driver-trained occupational therapists implement these interventions, and from a practitioner perspective.

Involvement in this research is voluntary and confidential. Participation involves taking part in a semi-structured interview for approximately 1 hour, either in person or by teleconferencing through platforms such as Zoom or Skype. Please refer to the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form for further information.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study, please contact Dillon Tepper (email or mobile 0405 614 858). This study is part of an occupational therapy honours project supervised by Dr. Angela Berndt and Dr. Stacey George. This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (201969).

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

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

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.

Western Sydney University is seeking feedback from Occupational Therapists on a new simple sensory processing planning tool which can be used to support children and adults with sensory processing difficulties called The Sensory Form. This research project has ethical approval through Western Sydney University (H12874).

For Occupational Therapists, participation involves a webinar (30mins) on the use of the new tool and the completion of a short survey (10 mins). You’ll be given free access to use The Sensory Form in your own practice.

Contact Caroline Mills, Occupational Therapist and Lecturer, Western Sydney University for more information or if you’re interested in participating:


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