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


Getting Into The Game


Studies show that for kids living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), regular exercise has many benefits. We’re conducting research using a new assessment tool to better understand and identify the movement skills required to support their participation in physical activity and sport.

We need kids aged 6-17 years old living with ASD to visit our Regency Park office for 2 sessions to take part in running, jumping, weaving and fun ball games for up to 60 minutes.

Your participation will help support other kids living with ASD to receive the required support services to be included in school and community sports activities.

Get Involved

Your participation could support more children and young people with ASD to be more involved in physical activity. This could also potentially support them to benefit from the many health and wellbeing benefits of an active lifestyle.


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


Vision Survey

Researchers from Australian Catholic University are looking for parents and carers of kids aged 3 months-12 years who live with cerebral palsy (CP) or who are at high risk of CP to take part in a research project. The project will help work out how best to measure the vision of kids living with CP.

All we are asking for is up 40 minutes of your time to complete an online survey – that’s it!

You know best how your child uses their vision. Your help will ensure this new measurement tool is as good as it can be and will support kids in all areas of their development and learning.

Access Survey

More information available at our survey page.


Flinders University Autism Research

Flinders University is currently recruiting participants for a study examining links between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) characteristics and adaptive behaviour. ASD involves several distinct characteristics and it is unclear exactly which characteristics influence adaptive behaviour and subsequently, quality of life. This study will investigate which diagnostic features of ASD influence adaptive skills so that these behaviours can then be targeted in interventions designed to improve quality of life.

If you are an adult living with ASD and are interested in being involved in this research, follow the link below for more information. The information you provide is strictly confidential and will be de-identified.

Access Survey