Much research has been done into Cerebral Palsy.
More is needed, though, and CPEC is dedicated to undertaking further projects and studies into areas that can help bring more knowledge and education into the field.
CPEC collaborated with Helen Bourke-Taylor (Australian Catholic University) to undertake a two-year study into successful school experiences for Victorian students with cerebral palsy in local school communities.
The qualitative study involved interviews with students, parents, principals, teachers and therapists to identify factors that support and enable successful school experiences.
The key findings are available in six Fact Sheets:
The research project was proudly funded by The William Buckland Foundation.
CPEC collaborated with Monash University in 2011 (see below studies) to research equipment and technology needs and cost responsibilities for CPEC families. The results have now been published in a journal article here and a further one here. For further information about this research please contact Claire Cotter via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research studies undertaken in 2011 focused on the costs of raising a child with severe cerebral palsy over the first years of childhood:
Study 2: Real-life Costs of Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy in the First 6 Years (CPEC / Monash University)
Families can spend approximately $300,000 on supports for their child, of which the government currently funds up to 12%:
Families often can’t afford basic items and services as they instead have to pay significant amounts for their child’s treatment and supports.
A national research database of information about people with cerebral palsy in Australia is currently being compiled.
Research into the conductive education approaches and programs as an intervention method for children with cerebral palsy was undertaken in 2007, with positive outcomes as to its effectiveness.
Research projects are undertaken regularly by the CPL. Participants can also volunteer to take part in current research studies.
The QCPRRC site posts interesting research into cerebral palsy and related disabilities.
A large study was undertaken into The Economic Impact of Cerebral Palsy in Australia in 2007.
The highest identified priority areas were: