Research participant opportunities

30 June 2020

Vision Australia is often contacted by universities and PhD students looking to connect to people who are blind or have low vision to participate in research.

Please note

  • Research listed below is not conducted by, or on behalf of Vision Australia, nor endorsed by Vision Australia, however clients, friends, family and volunteers may be interested in participating in them.
  • Please get in touch with the listed contact directly for further information.

If you would like your research project considered for listing on this page email

Current opportunities

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Roll out in Australia: A Vision-impaired End User’s Perspective
University of the Sunshine Coast

Nicole Damarra
PhD Student
University of the Sunshine Coast

I am currently investigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as experienced by vision-impaired end users as part of my PhD research at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I am looking to interview 10-15 participants within Australia, specifically as to the barriers and enablers of the NDIS planning process.

Participation is voluntary.

Further information on my research project is contained in the Research Project Information Sheet (RPIS).

Stepped Care Research Program
Macquarie University

The Stepped Care Research Program targets anxiety and/or low mood in adults aged 65 years or older. The program uses the gold standard treatment available for anxiety and depression, based off Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 


An assessment is first conducted to determine whether the program will be suitable for you. This assessment is approximately 90 minutes and consists of a detailed interviews and questionnaires.

After this assessment, you will be allocated to one of two different treatment streams. In one, treatment is delivered via a 10-week work-at-home manual OR via an internet treatment program, with weekly 15 minute telephone calls with a psychologist. In the other, treatment is delivered via 10 weekly video-conference or telephone sessions with a psychologist, with each one-on-one session lasting approximately 50 minutes.  

After you have finished the treatment program, there is another 90-minute assessment to determine whether further treatment is needed. Depending upon this second assessment, you may then participate in additional treatment sessions.

As part of the research being conducted on this program, we will also ask you to complete two further assessments, spaced a few months apart, to conclude the program. 


This program is free of charge. No referrals or Mental Health Care Plans are needed to participate.


If you would like to sign up for the Stepped Care Program, please contact the research assistant for a short phone intake (approximately 15 minutes) on 02 9850 8715. Further information can also be found through the study's webpage:

Older Adults Research Team
Centre for Emotional Health
Phone: +61 2 9850 8715