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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 [email protected]

Current opportunities:

Yarra Valley Water is seeking 10 blind or low vision participants for community panel

Yarra Valley Water is seeking voices from the community to help them to best meet the needs of its customers, the community and the environment in the future.

The Community Panel will address the following question: 

“Thinking about water in your area - What matters most to you? What do you think needs to be solved, to better meet customer and community needs?”

There are two phases of Community Panels:

  • In phase 1, the panel will define the challenges to the question above. This panel will be held online during October 2021 in the evening of Wednesday 20 October, and two-full day sessions on Sunday 24 October and Sunday 14 November 2021.

  • In phase 2, the panel will define solutions to the question above. This panel will be held from February 2022 for six sessions, equivalent to five full days.

If you’d like to talk to someone before registering for more information, call Sortition Foundation on Freephone 1800 979 787 during office hours. More information is also available at www.sortitionfoundation.org/yvw_panel5.

For language assistance please call our translation service on 03 9046 4173.

Your voice can help shape the future and price of our most valuable resource.


Putting the spotlight on childhood glaucoma: We see you and we hear you

Childhood glaucoma is a rare type of glaucoma that is diagnosed before someone turns 18 years old. Living with childhood glaucoma can be challenging, but there is little research out there that tells us about how the condition may impact on someone’s life.

A team of researchers at the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma (ANZRAG) at Flinders University, Adelaide, are dedicated to putting the spotlight on childhood glaucoma. They want to create better support systems and promote awareness of this rare condition.

So far, the ANZRAG team have interviewed almost 50 adults with childhood glaucoma and asked them about how the condition has or has not affected their lives in some way.

From these interviews, they have made a questionnaire to measure the impact of childhood glaucoma and need as many people as possible to complete it. It only takes 10 to 20 minutes.

If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma before the age of 18 years, the ANZRAG would love to hear from you.

To get in touch and receive an electronic or hard copy of the questionnaire or complete it over the phone, please contact Lachlan Knight via email or phone.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 8 8204 6986 


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

[email protected]


Dr Anne Honey, Chief Investigator, University of Sydney

[email protected]

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 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 

[email protected]


Dr Anne Honey, Chief Investigator, University of Sydney

[email protected]

Phone: (02) 9351 9370 

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



Tertiary STEM students who are blind or have low vision 

Curtin University

Ramona Chauhan
PhD Student
Email: [email protected]

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
Email: [email protected]

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
Email: [email protected]

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: www.tiny.cc/STOP-Study

Older Adults Research Team
Centre for Emotional Health
Phone: +61 2 9850 8715 
Email: [email protected]