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

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). 

Primary Investigator: Annette Peart
Co-investigators: Ted Brown, Mong-Lin Yu

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced rapid re-design of service provision and practice education for occupational therapists worldwide. This project examines the experiences of occupational therapy practice educators in providing supervision via tele-practice placements during the pandemic. Victorian occupational therapy practice educators who provided supervision to students during the pandemic are invited to participate in a focus group to explore their experiences of, barriers and enablers to, and resources for providing practice education. This project is led by Dr Annette Peart, of Monash University Department of Occupational Therapy, and has received ethics approval. The focus group will be held in October 2020.

Members interested in participating can contact Dr Peart via email ( or twitter (@AnnettePeart). Expressions of interest in participating close on 30 September 2020.

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.

We also recommend the telephone support lines, web based resources and apps offered by the following organisations

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

My name is Amy Wallis and I am an occupational therapy academic at Edith Cowan University and a PhD student at Central Queensland University. I am currently gathering data for my PhD, from occupational therapists working in/have worked in oncology palliative care for adolescents and young adults within Australia.

I am particularly interested in gaining an insight into the occupational needs of the adolescent and young adult living with cancer in the palliative stage of the disease, and the perspectives of occupational therapists attempting to enable this occupational engagement.

I am asking occupational therapists to complete the attached survey to assist me in identifying the challenges and enablers for this very unique area of care within Australia.

This survey includes some demographics questions, and open/closed questions which will allow some free text responses on your perspectives of working in this area of care. It should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete.

This survey has received ethics approval from Central Queensland University and the approval number is/0000021253.

Should you wish to partake in this study, please click the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser to begin the survey. By opening the link you have provided consent, please note that all information is confidential.  

The survey will close on 10 September 2020.

I would like to thank you for your time and effort. If you have any questions about this survey or the research I am undertaking, please feel free to email me on:

Study Title: Investigating the perceptions of occupational therapy students and educators on how environmental factors influence the occupational participation of people with obesity.

Principle Researchers: Dr. Danielle Hitch,  Valerie Watchorn

Student Researcher (myself): Luocheng (Rod) Zhang

This research project is being conducted as part of an occupational therapy honours project at Deakin University. The results of this research will be used by the student researcher, Luocheng Zhang to obtain a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree.

This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (Ref: HEAG-H 152_2020)

Survey Link:

Date that the survey closes: 15 September 2020

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.

ATTENTION: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists

The project aims to:

  • Investigate allied health professionals’ current practices in addressing post stroke psychosocial issues
  • Explore their perceived abilities in managing these psychosocial issues.
  • The study will also investigate key challenges & barriers to integrating psychosocial interventions in stroke rehabilitation.

What is involved?
Completing a 20-minute online-based questionnaire. No personal data is collected.

Participant benefits
There are no known benefits to you but the study process will advance self-reflection and increase awareness of inefficiencies of current practice if any, thus achieving a holistic clinical management.

Please read the information letter prior to completing the questionnaire.

The online questionnaire will be available between (27/7/20- 7/9/20)
Link to the information letter and online survey:

Contact details
A/Prof Annette Joosten (Supervisor)

Phone: (03) 9953 3758
E-mail address:

Keletso Kombani (Student Researcher)
E-mail address:


Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about occupational therapy services to Dept. of Veteran Affair’s (DVA) Clients.

Click here to complete the survey

Would the research study be a good fit for me?
The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • An Australian registered occupational therapist providing or have provided services to DVA clients

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 online survey taking approximately 10 minutes.

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 or the participant 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:


Associate Professor Carol McKinstry


Rural Department of Allied Health, Rural Health School




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.

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:

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; or the Research Supervisor, Dr Sharon Keesing at

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:

Elisa Yule,

Thank you for your time in considering our study.
This study has ACU ethics approval (2019-357EAP)

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


Other Surveys

Occupational Therapy Australia are pleased to be working with Queensland PHNs to improve psychological therapy services in our regions.

To inform this work, the PHNs have put together a survey inviting feedback on the impacts of COVID-19 on psychological therapy service delivery and uptake. The survey results will be used to develop a virtual workshop, where OTA members and other mental health professionals will be invited to discuss learnings and identify opportunities to sustain positive changes to service delivery as we transition beyond COVID-19.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. To participate, click here.

Feedback is invited from OTA members working in mental health within the following PHN regions:

  • Brisbane North PHN
  • Brisbane South PHN
  • Gold Coast PHN
  • Darling Downs West Moreton PHN
  • Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN

Both survey and workshop results will be shared with participants and used to inform actions in the Brisbane North PHN whole of mental health sector regional plan which aims to improve psychological therapy services and client outcomes in the region.

The survey closes 5pm Monday 10 August 2020.

If you have any questions about this work please reach out to OTA’s Queensland Divisional Manager at

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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