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This page is dedicated to university students seeking participants to help contribute to their research. This might be in the form of completing a short online survey or maybe assistance in seeking candidates.

Please take the time to help our up and coming occupational therapy students, your help is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in promoting your research please contact our office via email [email protected] to discuss further.

An exploration of advocacy in occupational therapy practice

We are conducting a study to explore the perceptions and attitudes of Australian occupational therapists towards advocacy and the barriers they face advocating for their clients.

If you are an AHPRA-registered occupational therapist with at least 6 months of clinical experience, you are invited to participate in one of our focus groups about advocacy within occupational therapy practice. The focus group will be completed online and should take around 1 hour to complete. Results will be used to develop a framework of advocacy for occupational therapy practice.

If you would like to participate, or if you would like further information about the study please contact the research team:

Leah Harrison via email: [email protected]

Emma Ashcroft (supervisor) via email: [email protected]

This is a Curtin University Occupational Therapy Student Honours project. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC cumber HRE2021-0110)



Delphi Study: Identifying Mental Health Research Priorities for Western Australia

Experience in Mental Health Needed

Do you have lived or professional experience in mental health?

We are seeking volunteers aged 18 years and over who have lived or professional experience in mental health for a Delphi study of mental health research priorities for Western Australia (WA).

What will participation involve?

The study will involve completing three surveys and reviewing the results as part of an online expert panel.

The views collected in this study will be used to create a set of recommended research principles and priorities for mental health that will be included in the Co-designed Roadmap for a Mental Health Research Strategy in Western Australia (Co-ROAMERS WA).

Inclusion criteria

You will be able to read and write English, be 18 years or older, live or work in Western Australia


Have at least 2 years’ experience in the area of mental health (e.g. as a clinician, researcher, policy maker)


Have at least 2 years’ personal lived experience with mental health challenges (e.g. as a consumer, carer, or peer support worker).

For more information or to participate, please contact the research team at: [email protected] or phone (08) 9266 5123

This study has been approved by Curtin Human Research Ethics Committee (HRE2021-0172).



Universally Accessible patient education for flexor tendon recovery using TrackActive Pro

Our research project was to create universally accessible patient education resources for flexor tendon recovery. We are wanting to gain insight from the occupational therapist perspective on the accessibility, understandability and usability of the web content created. By the end we aim to develop and provide a summary on how to create and provide patient education. The content has been created in collaboration with a web based application ‘TrackActive Pro’ along with guidance of Carmel Bain (BAppSc OT, Director-Rehab Minder;TrackActive Partner). Carmel is passionate about creating hand and upper limb home exercise programs that are simple to adhere to.

(Participants will be provided free access to TrackActive Pro flexor for 90 days, if already a TrackActive Pro member you will be provided free access to flexor tendon rehab exercises)

Participants are required to:
– Review audiovisual and printable materials for home exercise programs required for the rehabilitation of flexor tendon injuries.
– Partake in an online survey.
– Partake in a structured interview, via. face to face or over Zoom call.

Are you eligible?
– Do you have at least one year of clinical experience as a registered AHTA hand therapist?
– Currently treating or have previously treated patients/clients with flexor tendon injuries?
– Possession of a personal touchscreen, mobile or laptop with the ability to download applications?
– Able to participate in one interview and an online survey over a 4 week period, starting June 2021?

How to participate?
Use the link provided to access the survey (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iGEVfiCOb1eJflZk8VaxeeXTWjXGDQ8mUbj-UHEspuQ/edit ) or scan the QR code on the flyer using the camera app on your phone. Or alternatively you can contact [email protected]

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC2021-0048)



Worry in Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults

Worrying is a form of thinking about the future in a way that can leave you feeling anxious or apprehensive.

Everyone worries from time to time, however, some people can experience worry that begins to become
difficult to control.

We want to understand how autistic and non-autistic adults experience worry, including what sorts of
things people worry about, how much they worry and what the impacts are.

Can I participate?
Yes, if you are:

  • Aged 18 years or above
  • Have a diagnosis of autism OR are non-autistic (no diagnosis)
  • Can read English

What is involved?
As part of this project, you will participate in a 30 – 45 minute survey. You may be eligible to enter a prize
draw to receive a thank you for participating in this research.

How do I participate?
Survey can be accessed through this link http://bit.do/worrysurvey Or through the QR code on flyer. Open the camera app on your phone and place it over the QR code to access survey. Or contact Dr Melissa Black (08) 9266 5893 or [email protected]

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-076)



An Exploration of Client Grief and Loss in Occupational Therapy Practice

Curtin University students are conducting research to investigate occupational therapist’s engagement with client grief and loss. This includes many forms of grief and loss e.g. loss of function, occupation, identity, person and grief pertaining to these.


  • Minimum 5 years experience as an AHPRA registered occupational therapist
  • Currently practicing within WA
  • Open to discussing clinical experiences regarding client grief and loss


  • One follow-up interview
  • Will take place online or in-person on a week night in late May or early June depending on availability

Please contact Liah via email at [email protected] if you are interested in participating

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this study (approval number HRE2021-0141)