Allied Health Research Group

Allied Health research is focused on understanding how illness, disability and injury can impact children’s daily activities and influence their health and well-being - as well as that of their families.

Allied Health professionals comprise practitioners from a range of backgrounds.

These include professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, audiology, social work, psychology and diagnosticians such as exercise physiologists and cardiac scientists to mention a few.  

A Chair in Children’s Allied Health Research was established in 2010 in partnership with Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. This collaboration was designed to enhance clinically relevant allied health research and to translate findings into practice.


Current Projects

1. Understanding, defining and measuring therapy engagement. Funded through the Canadian Institute for Health Research, this study represents a collaboration between Bloorview Kids Hospital, University of Chicago and The University of Queensland (

2. Interventions to improve functional outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. Visit the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre for more information on individual projects.

3. Australian children’s physical activity report card.

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4. Building research capacity in the context of children’s health services.

5. Strategies to enhance motivation and therapy engagement for children and families in health intervention. This study has resulted in the publication of two books:

Our Staff and Students

Professor Jenny Ziviani leads the Allied Health Research Group. The group is closely linked with clinicians at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and pulls together research groups from across UQ's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Meet the rest of the team