Take part in a research project

If you are a Novita client, family member, or other carer, you might be interested to take part in one or more of the current research projects. All of the projects listed below have been approved by Novita’s Research Project Selection Committee and are currently looking for participants. Please contact the appropriate researcher for more information regarding the project and how you can be involved.

Internal – Novita research or collaborative projects

Activity Boost Challenge: Impact of the WalkAide device plus physiotherapy on walking and physical activity in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy

The Paediatric WalkAide® is a new technology for children and young people with cerebral palsy. The WalkAide® activates weak muscles of the lower leg through electrical stimulation and has been shown to improve a child’s walking pattern. It is worn just below the knee, replacing the need for an orthotic or brace.

This project will investigate the impact of a physiotherapy+WalkAide® intervention for children aged 6-17 years old with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). We will learn whether this type of therapy can improve skills like running, jumping and balance, and whether it can help children become more active. We know how the WalkAide works and that it is safe for children to use. We also know that it doesn’t work for all young people with CP. We don’t know if having physiotherapy when using the WalkAide will be any better than physiotherapy alone. This project will help us to find out! We also want to find out what children and their parents or caregivers think about wearing a WalkAide, and whether physiotherapists and orthotists think it is effective.

More information about the research can be found here or feel free to talk to your child’s therapy team.

If you would like to find out more or are interested in taking part please contact Dr Annemarie Wright annemarie.wright@novita.org.au or telephone 8243 8281.

External – Projects approved by Novita

Digital Arts Program

  • Have you ever wanted to make an interesting, engaging video that people just love to watch?
  • Perhaps you would like to explore your creativity by learning how to create cartoons?
  • Or maybe you just want to discover some new drawing techniques?

If this sounds like you, then the Digital Arts Program may be right for you. This program will help you explore and expand your artistic abilities.

You will work on a Certificate II in Visual Arts from Central Queensland University with extra support from mentors who will help you learn and introduce you to interesting new art media. The program will be free and you will receive a scholarship from CQUniversity.

The fully online Digital Arts program is for young people aged 16 to 29 who have had difficulties with school work due to health problems, disability or other challenges, and live in rural or remote areas. The program has been developed to be culturally safe for those of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background but you don’t have to be Aboriginal to do the online program.

If you would like to join the Digital Arts program, or would like to find out more please download a brochurehere and contact the program coordinator: Email: e.jackson-bowers@cqu.edu.au  or Telephone 08 8378 4548

Digital Arts is a research program of Central Queensland University.

Children with Special Needs and Libraries – PhD Research Project

Are you a parent of a child with special needs / disability?

Does your child with special needs enjoy visiting your local public library?

Are you happy to be interviewed by a Children’s Librarian undertaking research into library access for children with special needs?


Novita is supporting Jo Kaeding’s PhD Research project and Jo would love to talk to any interested parents or caregivers. Jo’s research is based at the University of South Australia and her project has received ethical approval from the University. All interviews are confidential.