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Projects and grants

The School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work undertakes research in three core areas: autism, participation and rehabilitation, and social policy.

Find out more about our current projects below.

Autism

The Curtin Autism Research Group focuses on children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, their families, partners and carers and organisations and services that provide early intervention, assessment and support.

Participation and rehabilitation

The Participation and Rehabilitation Group works towards improving the lives and communities of people with disability/disorders, chronic illness, and other vulnerable populations across the lifespan.

Social policy

The Social Policy Research Interest Group aims to lead change and influence social policy and practice that promotes social and economic justice nationally and internationally for diverse groups across the life span.

Current projects

Autism in Rural Communities

Autism in Rural Communities: The effect of an ASD diagnosis on rural families and innovative therapies

Chief Investigator:
Professor Torbjorn Falkmer
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Source of Funding:
Val Lishman Health Research Foundation

Brief Description:
To describe comprehensive understanding of the effect of an ASD diagnosis on rural families.
To determine whether iPad technology is an efficacious means of service delivery for children with ASD living in WA rural communities.

Project Dates:
March 2014 – July 2015

Program 3 Base Resourcing

Program 3 Base Resourcing

Chief Investigator:
Professor Torbjorn Falkmer
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Brief Description:
These 4 Post Doc Research Fellows will lead and co-ordinate four (or more) different main projects within the Finding a Place in Society Research Program 3 of the CRC, gathering data from adolescents and adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales.  In doing so, the collaborations with end user organisations and stakeholders will be manifested.  The 4 Post Doc Research Fellows will co-supervise PhD students in VIC, WA, NSW and QLD working across four different projects.

Source of Funding:
Autism CRC Ltd

Project Dates:
November 2013 – November 2016

Economic and social inclusion in Laos

Economic and social inclusion in relation to diability and development in Laos

Chief Investigator:
Dr Angela Fielding
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Investigators:
Ms Jo Durham, University of Queensland
Dr Sue Gillieatt, Curtin University
Dr Stian Thoresen, Curtin University
Dr Vanphanom Sychareun, University of Health Sciences Vientiane
Professor Hyungh Kim, Curtin University
Professor Errol Cocks, Curtin University

Source of Funding:
AusAID

Project Dates:
January 2017

RFWA PaRK accommodation and outreach service

RFWA PaRK accommodation and outreach service

Chief Investigator:
Dr Sue Gillieatt
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Investigator:
Dr Robyn Martin, Curtin University

Source of Funding:
Richmond Fellowship Western Australia Inc.

Brief Description:
To evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the new innovative RFWA Peel and Rockingham Kwinana (PaRK) accommodation and outreach support service commencing late 2014.  The impact of this person-centred, community-living model of service delivery will be analysed using a range of social and economic indicators.

Project Dates:
June 2014 – June 2016

Health disparities and targeted interventions

Health disparities and targeted interventions for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities

Investigators:
Professor Errol Cocks, Professor Lorna Rosenwax,
Dr Elinda Lee and Dr Stian Thoresen
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Source of Funding:
Curtin University

Brief Description:
The longitudinal project (3-5 years) aims to identify contributing factors for health disparities in the Western Australian intellectual/developmental disability population in order to develop, implement, and evaluate targeted interventions to address disparities.

Project Dates:
September 2011 – August 2016

Fathers, family violence and intervention challenges

Fathers, family violence and intervention challenges

Chief Investigator:
Professor Donna Chung
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Investigator:
Dr Alan Campbell, Curtin University

Brief Description:
The ultimate aim of this project is to improve the parenting experience of children whose fathers have used domestic and family violence (D/FV).

Source of Funding:
Australian Research Council

Project Dates:
June 2016

Reducing demand on emergency departments in the last year of life

Reducing demand on emergency departments in the last year of life

Chief Investigator:
Professor Lorna Rosenwax
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Investigators:
Professor Beverley McNamara, Curtin University
Professor James Semmens, Curtin University
Professor Peter O’Leary, Curtin University
Professor Kirsten Auret, University of Western Australia

Source of Funding:
National Health and Medical Research Council

Project Dates:
January 2014 – December 2016

Richmond Fellowship WA - Partners in Recovery

Richmond Fellowship WA – Partners in Recovery

Chief Investigator:
Dr Angela Fielding
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Investigators:
Dr Robyn Martin, Curtin University
Dr Richard Parsons, Curtin University
Dr Sue Gillieatt, Curtin University

Source of Funding:
Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia

Brief Description:
Research will be undertaken to measure, monitor and adjust service delivery partnerships within the Armadale/Bentley PIR program.

Project Dates:
January 2013 – December 2015

Shared Zone

Shared Zone – three year research project funded by Swedish Road Administration

Chief Investigator:
Professor Torbjorn Falkmer
School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Source of Funding:
Trafikverket

Brief Description:
Shared zone is a concept that invites different kinds of road users to share an urban space.  The idea is to create an environment that is attractive and safe to use regardless of mode of transport.

Project Dates:
May 2013 – April 2016

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