Participate in research

Participate in research

You can help improve policy and services for older people by participating in research. (Note, if you are requesting to be put on this page, please supply the closing date of the study.)

Please note, if you are sending us a request to be on this page, please give us the closing date for participants.

Current opportunities are:

  • Institute for Musculoskeletal Health – consumer advocates wanted
    The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at Sydney University wants more consumer input on their research projects. They are looking for volunteers who experience bone, joint or muscle pain and are interested in healthy ageing, disability and physical activity to join their consumer advisory registry. Once you are on the registry you will receive information about upcoming projects and can decide which ones you would like to hear more about and provide feedback on. For information contact Charlotte McLennan on 9515 9994 or imh.info@sydney.edu.auMore information about the institute’s research. Ongoing
  • App for preventing heart disease and diabetes
    A PhD student at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales is researching the use of a smartphone app that could help prevent cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. They are looking for people aged over 45 who have a smartphone to download and test the app – you don’t have to have diabetes or heart disease. You would then take part in a phone interview about your experiences. Participants will receive a $20 voucher. Phone (02) 9065 0373 or email v.buss@student.unsw.edu.au or margo.barr@unsw.edu.au. Closing date depends on take-up.
  • Managing finances
    How well do you manage your finances? Can you easily spot scams? Do you make good financial decisions? To help answer these questions, researchers at the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney invite people aged 50 and over to participate in a study to develop a new online test for everyday financial skills. It involves completing a series of surveys and tasks online, taking about an hour.  Once you have completed the study, you can enter the prize draw to win a Coles/Myer voucher. Enter the study. For more information contact Jacqueline Dossetor on 9036 4078 or Jacqueline.dossetor@sydney.edu.au. Closing date 31 August.
  • Mental health factors in COVID
    The University of Queensland is studying the impact of the pandemic and identify potential protective mental health factors (such as wisdom or optimism). They are seeking people aged 50 and over to do a 20-30 minute survey on your experience of COVID-19. You can do the online survey here or request a paper copy from carissa.roberts@uqconnect.edu.au. Closing date 31 August 2021.
  • Stories about inappropriate hospital care
    Health Consumers NSW and the Physical Disability Council of NSW are planning to develop a Care Passport which will allow hospital patients to document their individual care needs in one place, with the goal of improving the quality of care they receive. To show the need for this kind of tool, they are looking for stories from people who have received inappropriate care or had a poor communication experience in a hospital. They ask you to complete a short survey, and if your story is chosen to illustrate the case, you will receive a $100 shopping card. Complete the survey Closing date 30 September 2021.
  • Survey on retirement villages
    The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute is looking for people who live in retirement villages to complete a survey about their experiences and retirement village operations. The aim is to understand business models for retirement villages and make recommendations for improvements and how this type of housing for older Australians can be made more affordable. The team is also approaching retirement village operators. There is also an option to do an interview. More information  Complete the survey Closing date September 30.
  • Tech use to stay in touch
    The University of Melbourne is looking for people for a study about using digital technologies like Skype and Zoom to stay in contact with people living in residential aged care. The aim is to understand how technologies are currently being used and to identify the best ways of facilitating this. it involves an informal interview of max one hour over Zoom or by phone. All participants will receive a $30 eGift card. Enrol by emailing Ryan.kelly@unimelb.edu.au, Closing date 30 September 2021.
  • Help with tinnitus
    Researchers from Macquarie University are studying the use of a chatbot which uses cognitive-behavioural therapy to help people with tinnitus. They are looking for people to download one of two apps, interact with the chatbot for eight weeks, and complete a small range of questionnaires. Take the survey to participate. Closing date 1 October 2021
  • Pain and Parkinson’s
    A Physiotherapy PhD student at the University of Sydney is researching the “drivers” of the pain experience for people with Parkinson’s disease, to help guide a more individualised approach to pain management and improve the quality of life of people with the disease. They are looking for people with Parkinson’s who regularly experience significant pain to complete an anonymous survey which will take about 30-40 minutes. It can be done online or on paper. Complete the survey. For more information contact Vanessa Nguy on 0411 673 561 or vanessa.nguy@sydney.edu.au. Closing date December 30 2021.
  • Low back pain support study
    The University of Sydney and Concord Hospital are studying ways to improve discharge care for older people with chronic low back pain. They will compare the usual discharge care with free health coaching and free health coaching with the support of an exercise buddy. They are looking for participants aged over 50 with chronic low back pain who have been discharged from care in the past month. It is an opportunity to have long term support after treatment and might lead to positive effects on low back pain symptoms. Participation will be for six months and participants will be asked to complete an online survey and wear a physical activity tracker at the beginning of the study, and at three and six months. More information Closing date 30 March 2022.
  • Falls after stroke
    A study run by Macquarie, Sydney, Monash and Canberra Universities is testing the use of a new, tailored home exercise and safety training program to reduce the number of people having falls after a stroke.  They are looking for people aged 50 or over who have had a stroke in the past 5 years, live in the community and are able to walk 10 metres, with or without an aid. You will receive an assessment and then either be allocated to the six-month trial program or your regular care. Contact the study coordinator on (02) 9351 9989 or fast.study@sydney.edu.au. More information Closing date April 2022
  • Dementia support
    The Shape study is being run by the University of NSW to test a new training and support group for people in the early stages of dementia and an e-learning program for carers, They are looking for people aged 65 or over who have a formal diagnosis of dementia, can participate in an online group and have a carer who is also willing to participate. Participants will be allocated to the online training group or a control group, and undertake three interviews over six months. Control group participants will receive the educational program after the study is finished. More information and express interest. Closing date late 2022
  • Walking for knee pain
    The Faculty of Medicine and Health at Sydney university are seeking volunteers for a study to evaluate the effect of a simple adjustment to your walking to reduce knee symptoms. It involves a six-week supervised walking program. Complete the screening questionnaire. For more information contact thegreat.study@sydney.edu.au or phone 8627 0030. Closing date indefinite.