Field: Cerebral palsy

Location: Centre for Children's Health Research

Type of student: PhD or MPhil only

Type of work:

  • Chart review
  • Clinical work
  • Literature review
  • Qualitative methods
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Systematic review

The Participate CP study will investigate the efficacy of an individualized, goal directed intervention focuses on the child’s physically active leisure participation goals. Secondarily we will determine whether Participate CP leads to reduced time spent sedentary, increased time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity, and improved quality of life. The intervention will be delivered in the child’s own home, school, community setting dependent on the child’s individual participation goals. Participate CP is a multifaceted intervention targeted to the unique and modifiable barriers to participation for each child. In parallel with the Participate CP study, we will develop an application to assist families and children locate local accessible physically activity leisure opportunities in their own local environment.
The Participate CP study offers a range of opportunities suitable for new graduates as well as experienced clinicians. Opportunities exist for candidates with a range of backgrounds including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, human movements, medical, and or/health economists to undertake a PhD or Masters projects.

Student Opportunities:

1. The relationship between capacity, participation and habitual physical activity in children with cerebral palsy (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Prof Stewart Trost)

2. Evaluation of the implementation and uptake by families of children with disabilities of an application that enables families/children to locate local and assessable physically active leisure opportunities (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Jenny Ziviani, Prof Catherine Elliott)

3. Evaluation of fidelity in the delivery of Participate CP (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Jenny Ziviani)

4.Cost effectiveness of Participate CP compared to usual care. (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Dr David Rowell)

Time frame: Commencing in 2018

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Professor Roslyn Boyd

Child Health Research Centre

Main contact

Dr Leanne Sakzewski