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

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

The aim of this study is to explore Australian occupational therapists’ impressions of the core attributes of the Partnering for Change (P4C) model with reference to their own service delivery, to gain an understanding of the potential for a similar model to transform occupational therapy service delivery in the Australian school context.  

We would like to invite qualified and registered occupational therapists who have provided any OT services within an Australian education setting (early years, primary, secondary and/or tertiary) within the last 12 months to anonymously complete a short survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

This project has been approved by Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) (Reference number: SW02011).

If you are interested in participating, please access the survey here.

This survey will close on 7 July, 2019.

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, driver­trained occupational therapists use various interventions such as: car adaptations and modifications, computer­based driving simulator training, off­road education programs, off­road skill­specific training, on­road 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. Download the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form for your 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).

This survey closes on the 15 July, 2019.

We are exploring the potential for technology to improve the efficiencies of the Home Visiting process. We are interested to know what type of technology is being used and how it is being implemented across home visiting assessments, interventions and work processes. We are looking for occupational therapists who:

  • Are currently working in the home visiting department.
  • Have experience with home visiting interventions, assessments and documentation.

If you decide to take part, your participation will involce complete a 5-10 minute survey. You will have the right to withdraw at any time and your participation will be completely voluntary. In order to thank you for your time you will have the option to opt-in to receiving a copy of the final written industry report. The findings of this study will also be presented at a research conference at the end of the year. You can access the survey here.

This survey closes on the 29th of July, 2019.

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

Most stroke survivors will never be asked about sexuality or offered information about sexuality during rehabilitation. We also know that most stroke survivors would like health professionals to talk about this issue and that physicians are commonly identified by patients as being a key person with whom to discuss sexuality concerns.

Talking about sexuality with your clients can be challenging for many health professionals so researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney are seeking your assistance to help us gain a greater understanding of these challenges. The researchers would really like to get input from all stroke rehabilitation professionals as we recognise that sexuality is a complex issue requiring multidisciplinary support.

Please consider participating in the study or sharing it with any speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, rehabilitation counsellors, psychologists, physicians and nurses who have worked with stroke survivors in the past 5 years. Your input on assisting stroke survivors with their sexuality concerns may help guide future training! This survey closes in May, 2019.

Please click on this link for more details.

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.

The aim of this research is to explore a range of health practitioners’ attitudes towards the helpfulness of interventions for depression. Participation is sought from Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and General Practitioners. The data collected will be presented in Ms Georgia Nicoll’s Masters dissertation, towards the Master of Clinical Psychology (Charles Sturt University).

Analysis will explore whether differences in attitudes regarding the helpfulness of interventions will exist amongst different health professions, and whether length of practice of the profession impacts attitudes.

Participation is through an anonymous online survey, and is anticipated to take approximately 15 minutes. If you would like any further information about the study, or a copy of the Research Project Information Sheet, I can be contacted on 0408 193 732, or

Please click here to access the Research Project Information Sheet and survey.

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

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:

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.


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