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Category: Clinical studies

Investigating speech pathology access for children

Have you got a child with speech language or communication difficulties OR are you a Speech Pathologist who works with children?

This Curtin University clinical study needs your help to find out how families in WA access speech pathology services. 

What will the project look at?

  • What makes seeing a speech pathologist easy?
  • What makes seeing a speech pathologist difficult?
  • Are there people that find it harder to access a speech pathologist?
  • Is there a difference between metropolitan and country areas?
  • What can we do to make seeing a speech pathologist easier for everyone?

Participating in the project will help with the building a model of speech pathology services in WA, and help to form recommendations of how service can be improved in the future.

You will receive a Coles Myer gift card as a thank you for your time and involvement. 

Click here to see the flyer.

iSPA4C is a research project being conducted by Robert Wells, and supervised by A/Prof Suze Leitão, Dr Mary Claessen, & Dr Peta Dzidic at Curtin University. Robert is investigating how families in Western Australia access speech pathology services for their children (of all ages). We want to talk with you about everything to do with finding and seeing a speech pathologist.

Information shared in the research project is confidential and will not affect your child’s intervention or your clinic/business in any way. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2018-0116). Information about the study can be found on the website (, or the project’s Facebook page (@iSPA4C).

For more information please contact Robert Wells on 0431 877 242 or via e-mail at

Understanding anxiety and interviewing in teenagers

As we enter our teenager years, our social relationships become more complex and demanding. We understand that this period can be a stressful time for adolescents, including those on the autism spectrum.

This Curtin University study aims to explore how teenagers with AND without autism perceive different situations through a series of picture and Virtual Reality (VR) eye-tracking tasks. It also explores how teenagers can be supported in talking about things that have happened to them.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 13-17 years old
  • Have a diagnosis or autism OR be a typically developing teenager
  • Be able to read and write in English

There’ll be a $20 Coles/Myer gift card as a token of appreciation for your time.

View the flyer

Does this sound like you or someone you know? For more information or to register your interest, please email  

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.

View the flyer

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

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.

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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