AusCP-CTN & QCPRRC teams have successfully recruited >1,850 kids with CP across 17 multi-site national and international clinical trials

13 January 2023

The AusCP-CTN CRE team builds on our strong track records undertaking RCTs of interventions for infants/children with CP and their families. The team has conducted more randomised controlled trials in cerebral palsy than any other group worldwide, and are uniquely poised to aggregate trial findings with prospective follow-up to determine long-term school and employment outcomes of children with CP who have been identified early and received early neuroprotection and/or early neuro rehabilitation. Internationally the group is known for creating far-reaching new knowledge that fundamental changes practice and policy including: early diagnosis, early intervention, MRI standards and genetic causal paths. Our links to CP registers will enable us to test the changes in neurodevelopment and school readiness outcomes for children with CP identified earlier, who received neuroprotectants & earlier neuro-rehabilitation.

Since 2017, the AusCP-CTN team have collaborated with medical researchers, medical clinicians and allied health clinicians, and have successfully recruited over 1,700 families with children with CP, across 15 multi-site randomised clinical trials. In particular, children identified at high risk of CP are being offered one of four early intervention trials (supported by NHMRC and Cerebral Palsy Alliance) – click below for most recent project updates:

  • GAME: Goal directed Active Motor intervention with Environmental Enrichment
  • PACT & Early PACT: Parenting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Early PACT for children under 3 years of age
  • REACH: Rehabilitation Early for Congenital Hemiplegia
  • VISIBLE: Vision intervention for Seeing Impaired babies through Learning and Enrichment
  • LEAP-CP Indigenous: Peer delivered early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of CP and neurodevelopmental disability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families in QLD and Northern Territory
  • ENACT: Innovative early support for families of babies with an increased chance of autism (for Mothers having a new baby with a first degree relative with Autism, recruiting now)
  • ACTIVE STRIDES-CP: Randomized trial of intensive rehabilitation (combined intensive gait and cycling training) for children with moderate to severe bilateral cerebral palsy
  • PEERS Primary & Telehealth: Mixed methods of telehealth program for the education and enrichment of relational skills (PEERS®) for teens with brain injuries

Find out more about our current projects and clinical trials: Projects