Research participant opportunities

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:

Know, think, do: Helping families prepare their children with blindness and low vision for future employment

Do you have a child, aged 5-12 years, with blindness or low vision?  Would you like to participate in a research study designed to help them prepare for future employment? 

Are you interested in using a home program which has resources and information for families to implement during your daily routines and activities?  There are tasks to do, stickers to collect, games to play (including LEGO and threading beads), stories to read, and responsibilities to fulfil. 

The STAR Kit has been designed for use with children, aged 5-12 years, who have blindness or low vision, and attend a mainstream school.  We want to recruit families to participate in our study and utilise the STAR Kit.  The study will be conducted during 2021, and will be separate and in addition to any services you are receiving from Vision Australia. 

Families will borrow the STAR Kits for 8 weeks, and will participate in four interviews.  They will also complete weekly surveys online while using the kit, which will take about 10 minutes each week. 

If you would like to learn more about this study, or are interested in participating, please contact:

Ms Natalie Kaine, Student Researcher and PhD Candidate, University of Sydney


Dr Anne Honey, Chief Investigator, University of Sydney

Phone: (02) 9351 9370

This research study has received ethics approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney. 


Researchers from the University of Sydney are leading a national consortium of academic and NGO partners to develop a disability research agenda for Australia for the next 10 years.

To support this essential task, Vision Australia are distributing this survey to clients on behalf of the Researchers, to help ensure opinions of clients are included in this important and influential activity of Agenda-setting.

We invite you to participate in the below survey which aims to understand your thoughts and priorities in relation to disability research in Australia.

Please click here to access the survey:

Researchers from the University of Sydney want to find out how young people with vision impairments and their families have experienced preparing for future employment

Would you like to participate in a research study aimed at helping children who have blindness or low vision prepare for future employment?

This is part of a study that will develop career education resources.  

We would like to invite you to participate in an online interview (via Zoom) convenient for you if you are: 

  • a) A young person, aged 15-20 years who has a diagnosed vision impairment and attends, or attended a mainstream school 
  • b) A parent or carer of someone who fits the criterion above.  

The interview would take around 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how much you want to tell us.

You will be asked questions about what you are doing or did to prepare for employment, how well it worked, what barriers you encountered and what you would recommend to improve career education for young people.  

If you would like to learn more about this study, or are interested in being interviewed, please contact: 

Ms Natalie Kaine, Student Researcher and PhD Candidate, University of Sydney


Dr Anne Honey, Chief Investigator, University of Sydney

Phone: (02) 9351 9370 

This research study has received ethics approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney.  

Identifying barriers and facilitators to physical activity for children with a vision impairment in school and in the community

Old Dominion University

The aim of this research is to hear from children with a vision impairment about the types of barriers to being involved in physical activity and sports. The researchers are also interested in what things assist children with a vision impairment to participate in physical activity. 
Participants will answer a survey which will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. 
If this is something you'd like to participate in, parents must first fill out a consent form found here. 
The participating children can then answer the survey found here.

Tertiary STEM students who are blind or have low vision 

Curtain University

Ramona Chauhan
PhD Student

Curtin University are looking to hear from students who are blind or have low vision who are currently enrolled in tertiary level STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) subjects or transitioning from secondary to post-secondary education.

The study aims to collect the real challenges faced by students with the view to reach out to different people from various sectors related to low vision and try to get a solution for the students.

The study also welcomes lecturers, teachers, researchers and people from the industry to partake in discussions and help try solve problems in order to support the blindness and low vision student community in the best way.

Online testing the 'Measure of Early Vision Use' (MEVU) with parents of children aged 0-6 years with vision impairment

Australian Catholic University

Belinda Deramore Denver
PhD Student

The Measure of Early Vision Use (MEVU) is a newly developed 14-item questionnaire that asks parents/caregivers about children's visual behaviours.

It provides a new way to measure how vision is used that is likely to compliment existing approaches used by vision specialists.

Your participation in this research will help us know whether MEVU is a good measure for this purpose.

If you participate you will be asked to complete the online survey.

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