Participate in research

Participate in research

You can help improve policy and services for older people by participating in research.

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:

  • Research on volunteering
    Flinders University researchers are seeking participants for a project focusing on the link between volunteering and mental health. They are looking for information about which volunteer programs are most beneficial and contribute to ageing well. They would like both volunteers and non-volunteers to complete the survey, which takes about 20 minutes. A $200 donation to charity will be made on behalf of three selected respondents. Take the survey Closing date late 2022
  • Brain health study
    Neuroscience Research Australia is running a study called MyCOACH to test a healthy lifestyle intervention to support healthy brain ageing and reduce dementia risk. They are looking for participants who are experiencing changes or concerns about thinking, memory or cognition. The intervention will run for 12 weeks with three follow-up interviews over the next year. Closing date end 2022. More information and expressions of interest
  • Help with walking
    The University of Sydney is testing various support services for people who have difficulty walking, with the aim of increasing their physical activity. The ComeBACK (Coaching and Exercise for Better Walking) is looking for trial participants who have difficulty walking 800 metres. You will be allocated to one of three programs over 12 months and assessed a various stages. More information and expression of interest. Closing date end 2022
  • Better Drive Study
    Neuroscience Research Australia is also conducting a large, two-year study aimed at improving the driving skills of older people. Participants will receive some form of driver training with the goal of identifying which intervention is best to keep older drivers on the road for longer. They are looking for volunteers aged 65 and older, who have a current drivers licence and third party insurance, and have no significant health concerns that affect their driving. This is separate from the Older driver study below. More information and expressions of interest. Closing date early 2023
  • Study on effect of supplements
    The FAITH (Frailty, Ageing and Inflammation Trial for Health) study at the University of NSW is looking for people aged 60-70 to take part in research on the effect of nutritional supplements on health status, particularly on frailty, ageing, etc. It will involve taking supplements, providing samples and taking part in interviews. There are various exclusions including people with bowel disease, diabetes and those already taking fibre or antioxidant supplements. To register interest contact Milena Katz on m.Katz@unsw.edu.au. Ongoing
  • Older driver study
    The Changing Memory, Technology and Driving Study (MemTech for short) run by Neuroscience Research Australia and various other universities is looking for people aged 60 and over to participate in an evaluation of in-vehicle GPS devices to monitor driving safety for older people. They are now looking specifically for people with concern for their memory. They are hoping to show that such devices may assist older drivers to remain independent and safe as they age or experience changes in thinking and memory. Call 0475 428 538 or email memtech@neura.edu.au to express interest. Closing date April 2022.
  • Abuse in aged care
    A research coalition including the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the Dementia Alliance International and People with Disability Australia is looking at how to redress violence, abuse and neglect of people with dementia who live in residential aged care. They are inviting people with dementia who have been neglected or abused in residential aged care, and their carers, family members, advocates and lawyers, to participate in a focus group or interview. There are in-person and online options, and a voucher for your time and travel costs. Register your interest Ongoing
  • 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
  • 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. Ongoing
  • 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