Current opportunities

Mentorship Program with CP-Unite


CRE CP-Achieve is looking for mentors for members of its Young Adult Advisory Group (CP-Unite) which consists of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who are working as co-researchers.

Ideally, mentors will have some of the following attributes:

• of a similar age to the consumers working with CP Achieve (ages 17 to 30);
• working as researchers (Hons, Masters, PhD, post-doc or early career);
• engaging consumers or looking to engage consumers in their own research and therefore interested in gaining greater research insights from the perspective of a consumer; and
• experience with interacting with people with disability or as a mentor for adolescents and young adults in the community.

At this stage, these roles are expected to be voluntary but they could become paid positions, if we can secure additional funding.

If you are interested, please email kari.klein@mcri.edu.au for more information.

Young Adult Advisory Group: CP-Unite

The Young Adult Advisory Group, CP-Unite is a group of young people with cerebral palsy. It is your knowledge of being a young person with cerebral palsy that is important to us. You do not have to know about research. We think that asking for your input to our research projects at the start will make them better projects.

Here are some examples of what you will be asked when the Young Adult Advisory Group meets with the research project teams:

- What is important to young people with cerebral palsy?
- What should we ask young people as part of the study?
- What are the best ways to contact young adults to be in our studies?
- What are the best ways of making sure that young people who are in our research have a good experience?
- What are ways to involve other young adults as part of the research team?

Your time and advice is important to us, and we will pay you for each session whether in a group or by yourself.

For more information, please contact kari.klein@mcri.edu.au 

Thinking of enrolling in a PhD?

  • Looking to join a thriving international team of researchers, parents and clinicians?
  • Seeking experienced, dedicated and passionate supervisors?
  • Keen to work in a vibrant and supportive environment with like-minded PhD candidates?

If you are an innovative, bright, independent person committed to enquiry and learning, read on to find out about four exciting and diverse PhD scholarships in the broad field of child-onset disability.

Opportunity 1: ENVISAGE-Service Providers.

Full-time scholarship (domestic students only) to co-design and evaluate workshops for child-onset disability service providers that align with the ENVISAGE-Families program. ENVISAGE stands for ENabling VISions and Growing Expectations. ENVISAGE-Service Providers aims to increase knowledge of, attitudes towards, and self-efficacy to apply evidence-informed holistic, strengths-based, function-promoting, and family-centred approaches, and to support the translation of these key ideas into clinical practice.

The applicant will join a vibrant and active team of researchers with diverse backgrounds from Canada (in collaboration with CanChild) and Australia.

Supervisors: Prof. Christine ImmsDr Sarah Knight, Rose Babic
Scholarship from: Melbourne Disability Institute
Enrol at: University of Melbourne (Domestic students only)
For more information: email cp-achieve@mcri.edu.au 

Opportunity 2: Evaluation of involvement of people with cerebral palsy in CP-Achieve research.

Part-time scholarship (domestic students only) to evaluate the processes, authenticity and impact of involving adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy and their families as research partners and team members in the research activities of CP-Achieve. These stakeholders are involved in advisory groups, as researchers and on working groups to inform the methods, implementation and outcomes of research with the aim of enhancing the rigour and translation of research.
The applicant will join a vibrant and active multidisciplinary team of PhD and post-doctoral researchers, committed to advancing a range of research activities aligned with CP-Achieve.
Supervisors: Dr Margaret WallenProf. Christine Imms
Scholarship from: Australian Catholic University
Enrol at: Australian Catholic University (Domestic students only)
For more information: email cp-achieve@mcri.edu.au 

Opportunity 3: Building supportive environments for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy.

This research aims to investigate factors that may impact the transition to adulthood and identify modifiable barriers and facilitators to goal achievement for young people with cerebral palsy. Part of this program will involve developing and testing educational lifestyle modules that may assist young people with cerebral palsy maximise their participation in life activities. We anticipate recruiting two high-quality allied health, nursing, psychology or medical professionals into these PhD positions. Lived experience or professional experience of disability is desirable.
The applicant will join a vibrant and active multidisciplinary team of PhD and post-doctoral researchers, committed to advancing a range of research activities aligned with CP-Achieve.
Supervisors: Prof. Prue MorganDr Stacey Cleary
Scholarships from: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Enrol at: Scholarships (domestic students only) will be awarded on a competitive basis and are conditional upon acceptance into a PhD program by a tertiary institution.
For more information: email cp-achieve@mcri.edu.au 

Opportunity 4: Improving the mental health of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy.

Mental health problems and participation restrictions are frequently reported for young people with disabilities. There is little information on the long-term relationships between mental health and participation in the presence of child-onset disability, or about how mental health is affected by services provided for these children and families.
This scholarship is offered in collaboration with our Swedish research partners who have an aligned program of work led by Prof. Mats Granlund.

The applicant will join a vibrant and active multidisciplinary team of PhD and post-doctoral researchers, committed to advancing a range of research activities aligned with CP-Achieve and the CHILD research group.
Supervisors: Prof. Christine ImmsProf Dave CoghillDr Robbie Eres
Scholarship from: CHILD Research Group; Swedish Research Council
Enrol at: The University of Melbourne (Domestic students only)
For more information: email cp-achieve@mcri.edu.au