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

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:

Engaging in physical activity is beneficial to the wellbeing of people with MS. The aim of the study is to identify clinicians’ perspectives on remotely delivered exercise programmes in MS. We are interested in hearing from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical exercise physiologists, or assistants. In particular, we are interested in hearing from health professionals who might work with both clients/patients with MS and other neurological conditions. We would like clinicians to Complete an online questionnaire that should take no longer than 15 minutes. The questionnaire will ask you questions pertaining to your clinical role and your opinions on remotely delivered exercise programs for clients with MS.

Details are available on the link

Murdoch University, Perth, WA
Ethics approved
Survey closes 14 December. 2020

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

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a neurodevelopmental disorder in which children/youth have an impaired ability to acquire/execute coordinated motor skills significantly affects activities of daily living, school performance and participation in leisure activities. Children with DCD may have difficulties with tasks such as printing/handwriting, using cutlery, fastening zips/buttons, throwing/ catching a ball, or riding a bike. Other terms used to describe DCD include dyspraxia, motor learning disability and clumsy child syndrome. Occupational therapists commonly work with children with DCD, although many children exhibiting these signs, do not have a diagnosis. Little is known about the type/amount of occupational therapy that is provided to children with DCD.

This study is part of a PHD study by Jacqui Hunt and aims to determine what occupational therapy interventions are provided to children with DCD in Australia. Results from this study will allow us to compare current occupational therapy practice across the country with international treatment recommendations for children with DCD. Findings may influence future clinical care of children with this disorder.

Approval for this study has been obtained from the Human Research Ethics Committee of Edith Cowan University (REMS No.: 2019-00106-HUNT). 

The survey (open until 26 October 2020) can be accessed here.

Are you an Australian healthcare worker? We want to hear from you about your experiences with PPE during COVID19. Complete our short survey here.

At this stage, there's no end date for the survey. The survey examines health care workers' experiences during COVID-19, and we anticipate that the survey will remain open for the next few weeks at least, given the state of COVID-19 in Victoria especially.

Ethics Approval: This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project ID 26132). 

Our research team, which represents multiple universities and healthcare organisations, and importantly includes frontline health care workers, is undertaking a research survey to investigate the extent of mental health, psychosocial and workplace issues experienced by frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As frontline health staff work in stressful environments under usual working conditions, it is crucial that we understand the additional burdens that crises such as pandemics generate and how best support programs can respond to these events. 

From this study, we hope to understand the strategies and mental health services used and desired by frontline health workers in times of crisis. We will use this information to make recommendations to address these needs during future crisis events.

This survey is open to medical, nursing, allied health, clinical scientists/physiologists/technicians, healthcare students and other staff working in frontline health departments including: emergency, critical care, respiratory medicine, general medicine, infectious diseases, palliative care and hospital aged care. People working in other areas, such as other medical specialties, surgical/perioperative care, primary care and paramedicine are also welcome to participate if they wish to. Participants do not need to have worked with people with COVID-19 to take part, as any one working in these areas can participate.

Data collected will remain anonymous and unidentifiable, and will only be accessed by the investigators of this study. The study has received ethics approval from the Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

Please click on the link below to find out more information and commence the survey:

We are aware that asking health workers to reflect on the changes that have occurred during the pandemic may cause some distress, and we encourage health workers to seek support if this is the case. Most workplaces will have resources such as the Employee Assistance Scheme available, or may have specific hotlines where staff can seek assistance.

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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

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.

We would like to invite you to participate in a research project to help us find out about the experiences of allied healthcare clinicians who have delivered care to their clients via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, or from people who have received care from an allied healthcare clinician. If you are happy to share your thoughts and complete a brief survey then please read on.

What is the purpose of the study?
With the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, many healthcare services are delivering care remotely via telehealth (e.g. providing consultations via telephone or video over the internet). We are interested in learning more about the experiences of people who consulted with an allied healthcare clinician via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we would like to know whether people found telehealth to be safe and effective, or if there were any barriers to the use of telehealth.

Who can participate?
You can participate in the study if you are at least 18 years old and have consulted with an allied health practitioner (exercise physiologist/scientist, sports scientist, osteopath, podiatrist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or diabetes educator) at any time since March 1st 2020 and have done so via telephone and/or via video over the internet (e.g. Zoom, Facetime). A parent/carer who is aged 18 years or over can also participate on behalf of a patient who is under 18 years old.

What does the project involve and how much time does it take?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey online about your experiences consulting with your allied healthcare professional/s via telehealth. You will be asked about how acceptable, effective, and safe you found telehealth.

We anticipate that the survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Survey responses will be anonymous and no identifying data (e.g. names, addresses etc.) will be collected.

Participants in the survey will go into a draw to win a $500 prepaid visa card.

What to do next?

Link to the clinician survey:

Link to the client survey:


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.

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.

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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