Research Projects

CP Info Project – get involved

The project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations led by Cerebral Palsy Australia, Ability First Australia, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Cerebral Palsy Support Network to establish a national online platform to increase the quality and accessibility of information available to people with cerebral palsy and the key people and services that most impact their lives. There are a few ways to get involved including participating in surveys or joining the reference group.

For more information contact the CP Info Project at:
T:+61 2 8259 7705

Accessing justice in rural and remote areas in Victoria: The experiences of workers from disability, advocacy and victim/survivor support services.

This study is looking at the factors that may impede access to the justice system for someone who has a disability, who is a victim/survivor of crime and who resides in a rural, regional or remote area in Victoria. If you work in a disability, advocacy or victim/survivor service, and have supported victim/survivor of crime … Continued

Exploring the use of capacity building supports to help make individualised living a reality

This research project aims to understand how participants use formal and informal capacity building supports to transition to more individualised living options (ILO) and choose a home that’s right for them. NDIS participants, family, carers, and other supporters are invited to participate in focus groups. Participants need to be 18 years and over, have lived experience with intellectual disability, Down syndrome, On the autism spectrum, Psychosocial disability or Cerebral palsy (or parent, carer, other supporter) and have a home and living goal, are thinking about home and living options OR have Individualised Living Options (ILO) or Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding in your plan

If you are interested in participating please contact the NDIA Research Programs team on
T: (03) 9621 6118

Are you a student with a disability who wants a say in how you’re educated?

This 8 – minute survey aims tounderstand how the current education system for students can be improved or adjusted to allow students to achieve their education in a way that they want. It was designed by a high school student with a disability for students with disabilities of all ages, to work out what it is they need in their education to achieve their desires as individuals.

How inclusive is your and your child’s experience of early childhood education?

Closing date: May 30, 2022

This PhD project is looking at the inclusion experiences of children with a disability aged 3-5 years and their parents or carers as they transition from an Early Intervention service into a mainstream kindergarten program. Parents or carers of a child aged 3-5 years with a diagnosed impairment, health condition or developmental delay, who are interested in participating in the study, should contact the researcher, Olivia Penna:
M: 0401 736 446

Gender Inequity and the National Disability Insurance Scheme research study

Closing date: June 30, 2022

This study will investigate how the NDIS is affecting outcomes for women with disability. Women with disability (including mental ill health) who are over 18 years of age and who have applied, or have considered applying, for the NDIS are invited to participate in this study. Your participation will involve a 1 hour interview conducted in your choice of format – either by phone, via video link or in person. Participation is voluntary and you can stop the interview at any time.

Experiences of parents who organise support services for their children with disability using NDIS self managed plans

The information gathered by this research project will inform evidence about self-managed NDIS plans through exploring the experiences and perspectives of parents/caregivers of children with disability.  To participate, you need to be a parent/caregiver of a child who is between the age of 7 and 18 years old with disability and have been self-managing your child’s NDIS plan for at least six months. Your participation will involve completing a questionnaire (should take approximately 10 minutes) prior to a 45 minute interview with the researcher.
To sign up, contact:
Phone:Tomomi McAuliffe on +617 3365 2084.

Understanding attendance at school for students with Autism

This study is looking to learn more about the experience of autistic young people who have difficulty regularly attending school (school refusal). The project will explore the experiences of young people and their families as well as the perspective of teachers supporting students on the autistic spectrum. The aim is to examine, through people’s experience, what interventions can and do help.