Studies currently recruiting

The AusCP-CTN has a range of research projects currently in progress in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. 

Below is a list of some of our projects that are currently recruiting - to find out more please contact and one of our Clinical Coordinators will be in touch. 


Study short name Basic Eligibility Criteria Locations that are/will be recruiting Contact
LEAP-CP Indigenous

LEAP-CP Indigenous: Peer delivered early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy/neurodevelopmental disability in Indigenous Australia: Learning through Everyday Activities with Parents Study

This study seeks infants and their families who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander
  • Aged 3 months to 2 years (adjusting for prematurity)
  • Have had complications during pregnancy, birth or shortly after (including admission to a neonatal intensive care unit)
  • Do not have a diagnosed syndrome and are medically stable
  • Live in Queensland or Western Australia (contact us to find out if your specific community is participating)

ENACT (ENvironmental enrichment for infants; parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): A randomised controlled trial of an innovative intervention for infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

To participate in this study you need to be currently pregnant with a child who has a first-degree relative (that is, a biological mother, father, sister or brother) who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since ENACT will be delivered online, you will also need a reliable internet connection throughout the study.

Participation in this study is voluntary and you can withdraw from this project at any time without penalty.



SMART: Strengthening Mental Abilities Through Relational Training

This study is open to children living in Queensland who meet the following criteria:

  • aged from 8 to 12 years of age
  • with mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy (GMFCS I-IV)
  • able to access an online program and perform tasks on iPad, tablet, Mac or PC
  • able to attend three assessment sessions at the Centre for Children’s Health Research in Brisbane.

VISIBLE: Vision Intervention for Seeing Impaired Babies: Learning through Enrichment

 Infants with a diagnosis of CP or diagnosis of ‘high risk of CP’ with a severe visual impairment will be recruited between 3-6 months corrected age. The infants will be randomised into the VISIBLE program or the Standard of Care (SoC) group.



3-6 months old (corrected age) AND have one or more of the following identified between 3-6 months c.a:

1. Asymmetric brain lesion identified on cranial ultrasound or MRI including asymmetric (one sided or more involved on one side) or unilateral brain injury including preterm or term arterial stroke, grade III or IV intraventricular haemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia or asymmetric deep gray matter (DGM) lesions; AND/OR

2. Absent Fidgety Movements on General Movements Assessment at 12 weeks C.A. AND/OR

3. Reduced upper limb function with asymmetric reach/grasp.

GAME Aged 12-26 weeks corrected for prematurity;
Discharged home from hospital; and
Diagnosis of cerebral palsy OR diagnosis of “high risk of cerebral palsy” via:
(i) General Movements “Absent fidgety” score + abnormal brain MRI/CUS indicating cerebral palsy; OR (ii) General Movements “Absent fidgety” score + Hammersmith Infant Neurological Evaluation score <57@ 12-weeks / <59 @ 26-weeks of age; OR (iii) Abnormal brain MRI/CUS indicating cerebral palsy + Hammersmith Infant Neurological Evaluation score <57@ 12-weeks / <59@ 26-weeks of age
Early PACT

Early PACT: Early Parenting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

You can participate in this study if you are the parent (including adoptive, step parent or legal guardian) of an infant (currently under 36 months of age) who has been diagnosed with or at risk of cerebral palsy. This study is testing an online course so you need to have: reliable internet access, a mobile phone (text messages are part of the course), and basic computer and internet literacy.

KITE CP Knowledge Translation of implementation of Early detection of CP


Children aged 8-12 years with a diagnosis of CP

GMFCS I-III, confirmed by the Child’s Paediatrician, Rehabilitation Physician, or Neurologist

Resides within 200km radius of Brisbane

Each included child’s primary caregiver is also a participant
Cluster RCT to improve translation of intensive UL rehabilitation for children with Unilateral CP. Occupational therapists across four geographical regions, working with children with cerebral palsy QLD