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Category: Clinical studies

Cool Kids – Taking Control

The Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University are currently recruiting for the ‘Cool Kids – Taking Control’ National Trial.

‘Cool Kids – Taking Control’ is an online self-help program that is designed to help children (7-11 years) who have been targets of bullying and who also have high levels of anxiety. It is based on the well-known Cool Kids anxiety program developed at Macquarie University in Sydney. The program is designed to teach children skills to manage bullying and anxiety with the intent to help them better manage these experiences in social situations. These lessons will be delivered via the internet with parental guidance. The child’s progress through the program will be supported by a member of the research team at the Centre for Emotional Health.

The efficacy of Cool Kids – Taking Control in reducing peer victimisation is currently being investigated by a team at Macquarie University.

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For more information or to register your interest, please contact Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health on (02) 9850 8715 or email 

CP Hydro Study

Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) is undertaking a research study to see how fitness changes in youth with cerebral palsy after a 10 week pool-based physiotherapy program.

The research team are looking for recruiting adolescents aged 12-17 who have Cerebral Palsy GMFCS II (walking without an aid) to take part in the study. Small group classes will be run at PCH out of school hours and will be fun but challenging. 

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For more information or to register your interest, please contact Julie Depiazzi on 0431 201 620 or email 

Quality of Life for Adults with Autism

Curtin University PhD student Rebecca Kuzminski is looking for adults aged 18-50 years with autism to take part in a 40-60 minute interview about their quality of life.

View the flyer for more information.

Register your interest to participate here.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca by emailing

Mental health and wellbeing survey

Curtin University PhD student Jacintha Hee is conducting a study to investigate factors that contribute to good mental health and wellbeing, as well as factors that contribute to mental ill-health. Jacintha is particularly interested in factors that influence the quality of life of people with a disability.

Complete the online survey to participate in this study.

For more information contact Dr Chad Lin on (08) 9266 1872 or email

Emotion Recognition Project

Curtin University are seeking adults on the autism spectrum who attended mainstream schooling to take part in our emotion recognition project.

The project aims to determine if computer-based program and/or an online mentoring will be beneficial for adults on the autism spectrum to understand how emotions are typically recognised and explore potential strategies to cope with certain social situations.

What is involved?

Participants will participate in an initial assessment to confirm eligibility, randomly allocated to the computer program and online mentoring group OR the computer program only group for 10 weeks, and a follow-up assessment after the intervention. Each participant will receive a free copy of the computer program (DVD format).

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Julia Tang on 9266 3749 or email

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Children with disability and feeding and/or swallowing disorder

Are you the main caregiver of a child who has a disability and feeding and/or swallowing issues? Is your child between 2 yrs old and 12 yrs old? Do the family live in the Perth Metro area?

We want to hear from you!

An MPhil student at Curtin University is investigating what families can tell us about their experiences and what support do they seek for themselves and their child.

What will the project look at?

  • What support helps you and your child?
  • What is offered which doesn’t help?
  •  Are these supports from services or within your family or community
  • What can we all do to better support you and your child?
  • What is involved?
  • You will be interviewed by a researcher about what support you have now or have accessed in the past.
  • You will participate in at least one interview of about 1 – 1.5 hours.
  • We may ask if you can do an extra interview, but it will be shorter.

Who should I contact?

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Julie tan by e-mail at

Download the brochure here.

Are you a legally appointed guardian to a family member with an intellectual disability?

Hello, my name is Drianca Naidoo and I am a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) student at
Curtin University in Western Australia. As part of my final year of studies, I am conducting a
research project that explores the decision-making experiences of family members who are
legally appointed guardians of individuals with intellectual disability on issues relating to
prescription of neuroleptic or anti-psychotic medication and challenging behaviour.

I am looking to speak with people who:

  • Are adults (over the age of 18)
  • Are legally appointed guardians to a family member (who is over the age of 18) with an
    intellectual disability
  • Have past or current experience with decision-making on anti-psychotic or neuroleptic
    medication for their family member

If you decide to take part, your participation will involve a one-on-one audio-recorded interview
which will last for approximately 45 to 60 minutes. You will have the right to withdraw at any time
and your participation will be completely voluntary. The findings from this research will be used in
my dissertation and may be presented at research conferences and published in a peer-reviewed

If you are interested in participating in an interview to share your experiences with decision
making experiences as a legal guardian, or if you know anyone who may be interested in taking
part, I would love to hear from you!

You can send me an email at or private message the research project Facebook page (search for ‘Family Member Experiences’).

Family Member Experiences

Download the brochure here.

Living with intellectual disability study

Researchers from Western Sydney, Sydney and Curtin Universities, are running a study exploring the experiences of young adults living with intellectual disability.

What is this project about?

• Social and employment activities can be harder for young people with intellectual
disability, particularly if they have additional health needs.
• Limited self-care skills and support can reduce access to employment opportunities
and residential accommodation.
• In this project, we want to explore the use of a mobile phone app that could support
young people with intellectual disability, to engage with the community and lead a
fulfilling life.

We are currently looking for:

• Young adults aged 18-30 years
• Who have intellectual disability
• Living in New South Wales (NSW) or Western Australia (WA)
The study involves the use of a mobile phone app for 1 week, wearing an
activity tracker (both provided) and an informal discussion (interview).

For more information contact:

WA: Ciarain Hoey
Phone: 0423 098 239
NSW: Nathan Wilson
Phone: (02) 45701926

Download the brochure here

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.

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