Health Sciences

CP Check Up: Providing the best service at the best time

Cerebral Palsy Check Up Research Project

Chief Investigator: Professor Christine Imms
Professor of Occupational Therapy and Head of School, School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University

Project Aims

This partnership project aims to improve research implementation in allied health professionals (AHPs) who work with children and young people with cerebral palsy.

Why is this important?

Cerebral palsy (CP) affects 34,000 Australians and is the most common form of childhood physical disability. Many people with CP require health and therapy services throughout their life. The care they are offered should be effective and evidence-based; however there is frequently a delay in accessing and adopting new research findings into day-to-day clinical practice.

Who does this project involve?

This partnership project involves children and young people aged 3-18 years with cerebral palsy, and their families. It also involves the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists who work with these children and young people, and with the management in the organisations that the children and families attend for their therapy services. Partner organisations are Cerebral Palsy Alliance in New South Wales; Yooralla and Kids Plus in Victoria; St Giles Society in Tasmania; and Novita Children’s Services in South Australia. Other organisations involved with the study are Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Services and La Trobe University.