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Clinical Studies

By participating in clinical studies people with disabilities and their families can help advance disability research, increase understanding and gain access to additional support.

As one of WA’s largest disability service providers, Therapy Focus is often approached by external organisations seeking participants for clinical studies targeting people with disabilities, their families and carers. Provided the research has ethics approval from a recognised tertiary body or Government agency, Therapy Focus may promote clinical study opportunities to families. Therapy Focus does not endorse or favour any particular research occurring outside the organisation, nor do we solicit their involvement and participation in the same.

If you are undertaking a study and would like it promoted via this webpage, Therapy Focus communications and social media, please email enquiries@therapyfocus.org.au with information about the study and your ethics approval.

Current Studies

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

The research team at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research conduct a number of important studies throughout the year.

For a full list of studies being conducted, visit their website.

People who use assistive technology: Considerations for occupational therapy practice

Griffith University is seeking Australian adults (18 years+) who have recently obtained assistive technology for a study to support occupational therapy practice. The study will explore how people use their equipment, how they obtained it and how they perceive they can be best supported to access adaptive equipment through the NDIS. The first phase of the study of the study involves an online survey which takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. 

The Australian Autism Biobank

The Autism Cooperative Research Centre is conducting a research project that seeks to gain more insights into the causes of autism. Families of children who have autism are invited to take part in the study. For more information phone Dominique Cleary at the Telethon Kids Institute on 08 9489 7721 or email dominique.cleary@telethonkids.org.au

Working Carer Support

TADWA and Carers WA are working together on a pilot project to help carer’s who require support to maintain work or educational commitments whilst caring. Following an assessment, a technological solution will be provided and work in conjunction with a Community Care Network (CCN).  This will enable the person who is cared for to remain safe at home whilst their carer is at work or attending training/educational commitments. Carers over the age of 18 years who are supporting people who are aged, have a disability or have a mental health condition are eligible to apply.  There is no cost involved for the solutions provided in the pilot project. To express your interest in this free pilot project, phone Carers WA on 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377).

Study: Stepping Stones Triple P Parenting Program

Researchers at the Curtin University School of Psychology and Speech Pathology are seeking families to participate in a free 2 hour Stepping Stones Triple P Parent Discussion Group  focused on teaching parents how to prevent and manage disobedience in children. To be eligible, you must be a parent of a child with a disability aged 3 – 8 years-old. You must also be willing to complete questionnaires about your parenting style, parenting confidence and your child’s behaviours. For more information contact Claire Watson on 0479 131 358 or email  claire.e.watson@postgrad.curtin.edu.au.

Social skills program

This free program is being conducted by a PhD candidate from Curtin University and aims to find fun ways for kids with autism to play and talk with their friends. The researchers are seeking children aged 6 – 11 years with autism to take part in this project. Children must attend mainstream school and be able to participate in conversations with adults and peers. For more information contact Lauren Parsons on 0409 447 718 or email lauren.parsons@curtin.edu.au.

Improving independence in driving for people with autism

Curtin University and Western Sydney University are developing a training package specifically for learner drivers with ASD to assist them in learning to drive and to maintain on-road safety. To be eligible, you must be a learner driver aged 16 – 35 years with high functioning autism. For more information or to express your interest in participating contact Dr Elinda Lee on 9266 1790  or email elinda.lee@curtin.edu.au.