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You are invited to participate in a questionnaire to explore the factors that influence the professional resilience of occupational therapistsProfessional resilience is the essential protective quality that enables us to ‘bounce back’ from work-related stress and maintain a healthy work/life balance (Fink-Samnick, 2009).  Professional resilience is essential to the occupational therapy workforce, allowing practitioners to mediate burnout and improve career longevity.  The retention of experienced practitioners directly impacts the quality of occupational therapy services, benefiting not only the organisation and consumers, but also the wider profession as experienced occupational therapists remain available as supervisors, mentors, and practice or fieldwork educators.

This questionnaire seeks to gather information on your personal experiences and opinions as an experienced occupational therapist, and explore the impact of strategies you use to maintain your professional resilience.  By completing this survey, you will contribute to research to improve the recruitment and retention of occupational therapists.  

Survey procedure

This questionnaire should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.  We will ask for some general demographic information, then ask you to complete a series of questions on your current position and the factors that impact your professional resilience, and also for your opinions on supervision and mentoring.

Your responses will remain confidential, and you will not be identified in any way.  If you do decide to complete the questionnaire, this will be considered informed consent.

A complete copy of the Participant Information Statement can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you experience any problems while participating in the questionnaire, or require any further information, please contact:
Dr Samantha Ashby                                                         
School of Health Science
T: +61 2 4921 6341
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Information Statement for the Research Project: An investigation into the factors that influence professional resilience amongst occupational therapists (H-2017-0041)

You are invited to participate in the research project identified above, which is being conducted by Dr Samantha Ashby and Katrina Watkins from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, NSW.  This research is part of Katrina Watkins’ Honours Program within the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Why is the research being done?

The aim of this questionnaire is to further investigate the strategies and approaches currently utilised within Occupational Therapy that impact upon practitioners’ professional resilience.  Within this study, professional resilience is defined as the protective quality that enables practitioners to ‘bounce back’ from work-related stressors and maintain a healthy work/life balance (Fink-Samnick, 2009).  Professional resilience is an essential quality for those that work within health care (Fink-Samnick, 2009), and may mediate the occupational challenges that impact on the retention and recruitment of experienced practitioners (Ashby, Ryan, Gray, & James, 2013).  This questionnaire aims to explore the factors, strategies and approaches that may influence occupational therapists’ remaining within both their roles and the discipline at large. 

How were you selected?

Occupational therapists with a minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience are invited to participate in this questionnaire.  The invitation will be distributed through occupational therapy newsletters and publications, and also through relevant social media sites and professional organisations.

What choice do you have?

The decision to complete this questionnaire is entirely at your discretion.  If you do decide to complete the questionnaire, this will be considered informed consent.

What would you be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire comprising short demographic and role related questions, Likert-scale questions on your perceptions about your current position and coping strategies, and open questions on professional resilience strategies within your current workplace, such as supervision and mentoring.

How much time will it take?

The questionnaire should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

What are the risks and benefits of participating?

There will be no direct risk to you as a result of participating in this questionnaire.  The findings of the subsequent study may benefit the occupational therapy workforce through the identification of factors that impact the recruitment and retention of experienced staff, and therefore the quality of care and service delivered.  In identifying the factors that impact staff turnover in occupational therapy, this study may also contribute to strategies to reduce the costs and difficulties associated with recruitment and training of practitioners.

How will your privacy be protected?

The questionnaire is anonymous and researchers will not be able to identify you from your answers. Analysis of results will describe group statistics, not individual responses. Data files will be created from completed questionnaires, stored in a secure location and disposed of 5 years from the conclusion of the project. All unidentifiable survey data files will be password protected and only accessible by staff and research students from the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Newcastle.

How will the information collected be used?

Information from this studyin presentations and submitted for publicationin presentations and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. You will not be identified in any reports or presentations that are derived from this study. A summary of the information collected will be available after the project is completed via Dr Ashby’s ResearchGate (

What do you need to do to participate?

Please ensure that you read and understand this Information Statement before you complete the survey as completion indicates that you have given your consent to participate. If you require further clarification regarding any aspects of this study please contact the researchers.

Further information

If you require any further information about this study please contact Samantha Ashby on 61 2 4921 6341.

Thank you for considering this invitation.

Samantha Ashby
School of Health Sciences
T +61 2 4921 6341

Katrina Watkins
School of Health Sciences

Complaints about this research

This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2017-0041. Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or if you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, you may inform the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Office, The Chancellery, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 49216333, email
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