Chief Investigators: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof. Catherine Elliott, Prof. Roslyn Boyd, Prof Jenny Ziviani, Prof. Iona Novak, Prof Stewart Trost, Prof. Annette Majnemer

Associate Investigators: Dr David Rowell, Dr Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Prof Robert Ware.

NHMRC funded Project: 2018-2022

The Participate CP study will investigate the efficacy of an iniviidualised, goal directed intervention focuses on the child’s physically active leisure participation goals. Secondarily we will determine whether Participate CP leads to reduced time spent sedentary, increased time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity, and improved quality of life. The intervention will be delivered in the child’s own home, school, community setting dependent on the child’s individual participation goals. Participate CP is a multifaceted intervention targeted to the unique and modifiable barriers to participation for each child.  In parallel with the Participate CP study, we will develop an application to assist families and children locate local accessible physically activity leisure opportunities in their own local environment.

The Participate CP study offers a range of opportunities suitable for new graduates as well as experienced clinicians. Opportunities exist for candidates with a range of backgrounds including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, human movements, medical, and or/health economists to undertake a PhD or Masters projects.

Student Opportunities:

  1. The relationship between capacity, participation and habitual physical activity in children with cerebral palsy (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Prof Stewart Trost)
  2. Evaluation of the implementation and uptake by families of children with disabilities of an application that enables families/children to locate local and assessable physically active leisure opportunities (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Jenny Ziviani, Prof Catherine Elliott)
  3. Evaluation of fidelity in the delivery of Participate CP (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Jenny Ziviani)
  4. Cost effectiveness of Participate CP compared to usual care. (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Dr David Rowell)


Dr Leanne Sakzewski
Phone: 07 3069 7345/ 0417758565

Project members

Chief Investigators

A/Prof. Leanne Sakzewski

Senior Research Fellow
Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland

Professor Catherine Elliott

Chair of Allied Health, Child and Adolescent Health Service, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Scientific Director, Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland

Professor Jenny Ziviani

Professor in Occupational Therapy
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland

Professor Iona Novak

Head of Research, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute
School of Medicine, The University of Sydney

Professor Stewart Trost

Professor of Physical Activity and Health
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, at Queensland University of Technology

Prof Annette Majnemer

Professor; Director and Associate Dean, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation

Associate Investigators

Dr David Rowell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for the Business and Economics of Health, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Dr Keido Shikako-Thomas

Research Associate

Professor Robert Ware

Professor, School of Medicine
Griffith University