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

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

Challenging Public Perceptions of Physical Disability

Curtin University is conducting a study to explore how people with a physical disability feel about how they’re perceived, what discrimination they may have experienced and what challenges (social or otherwise) they face on a daily basis. The study will also gather information on the perceptions of disability from those without disabilities to assess the different perspectives as well as provide an opportunity for those with a physical disability to tell their story. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please email an expression of interest with the subject “Honours Project – Expression of Interest” and your details to nathon.webber@student.curtin.edu.au.