Adolescents and Young Adults

Young people with cerebral palsy aged 10 to 30 years

CP-Achieve NEEDS YOU

Are you passionate about making a difference to the health and life outcomes for young people with cerebral palsy in Australia?

You could advise researchers how to do research about cerebral palsy!

CP-Achieve invites you to join a project – we would like to work together to make research better for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy.

CP-Achieve stands for Australian Centre for Health Independence, Economic Participation and Value Enhanced Care for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP). We do research with and about adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy aged 10 to 30 – a life stage when young people are becoming independent and figuring out who they are and want to become. Our vision is for people with cerebral palsy in Australia to receive the best health care throughout their lives and participate in, and contribute to, supportive communities.

Our projects

In each project you will work together with the team to develop and carry out the project and how to use the findings to help people with cerebral palsy.  

If you choose to be involved in one of our projects, we will:

  • Help you to get to know the team
  • Make sure you know what the project is about
  • Give you support all along the way, the team will make sure you are involved
  • Be flexible in how you are involved
  • Pay you for your time

Benefits to you. Young people who join research teams tell us that they:

  • Extend their social and work networks
  • Benefit from being part of a passionate team
  • Feel a sense of satisfaction
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Like to share their experiences of cerebral palsy
  • Develop skills and knowledge that are helpful in other aspects of their life
  • Find it useful to have the experience on their résumés

Read about each of our projects:

CLICK HERE if you would like more information or to sign up to hear more in an information session. 

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    Gyms and Physical Activity Research Team

    This research is to work out the most important ways of helping young people to work out in gyms in their own communities.  

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    The Consumer Evaluation Research Team

    CP-Achieve aims to involve young people with cerebral palsy and their families in all our research. This research team will be working out how well we are doing this, what strategies work well for involving consumers, and how we can do better.  

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    Transition to Adulthood Research Team

    This team will be finding out the important life areas for young people as well as what will prepare and support young people to be involved in the life areas they choose, as they move through adolescence into adulthood.  

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    The Drooling Research Team

    We want to learn how drooling affects the health and well-being of young people with cerebral palsy and how to best help young people to manage drooling.  

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    The Mentor Program Research Team

    The advisory group of young adults with cerebral palsy for CP-Achieve is called CP Unite. Some CP Unite Advisors have a mentor to work with to develop skills and confidence about being an Advisor. This research is to work out how well the mentor program is working for the Advisors and for the mentors, and how we could be doing better.    

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    The Adolescent Advisors Working Group

    We would like to start a group of adolescents who are expert advisors for CP-Achieve. We would like adolescents to work with us to advise about how best to find adolescents for the advisory group and how best to work with and support them to be advisors.  

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