Research studies

Research studies and clinical trials are a vital way to identify breakthroughs and advancements in the treatment and prevention of cerebral palsy.

There are many opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities to get involved in research. Find out about studies and trials currently looking for volunteers – click on an item to learn more about the study and how to participate.

All research studies supported and/or advertised by CPA undergo a rigorous governance review. You can find out more about how our Research Committee ensures excellence and integrity in research here.


Want to share your experience? Researchers want to know about the lived experiences of Australian adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wed 31 Aug 2022
NDIS: Rhetoric vs Reality

Researchers from the University of Sydney want to find out more about the realities of living with intellectual disability in Australia, and the impact of individualised funding arising from the introduction of the NDIS.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Plumtree Children’s Services are inviting parents and carers of children with development delay and disability aged 0–14 years to share their experiences on participating in community activities.

Are you 18-35 years old, have spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy and live in/near Melbourne? Researchers at Victoria University in Melbourne want to learn more about the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation and strength training and would like to invite you to participate in their research.

Researchers at NeuRA and UNSW, in association with MACA Ltd, are conducting a series of surveys to better understand modifications or equipment used on child restraints for children with disabilities. Parents and allied health professionals are encouraged to take part.

A new research study is recruiting parents of newborn babies to participate in a study that looks at the way infants’ movements develop over time.

Be part of our study to re-design the AFO to better meet the needs of children. We are recruiting child AFO users, their carers, and anyone that used an AFO as a child to participate in focus group sessions.

A team of researchers are inviting young people with cerebral palsy to share their personal experiences and get involved in a new study looking at disability and inclusion in school.

Researchers from Torrens University are looking to speak with yougn people with a chronic condition for a project aiming to improve the communication between young people and clinicians at a hospital emergency department, by harnessing design and technology.