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Scholarship details

2023 RTP - Moving beyond diagnosis: in search of evidence-based interventions for children with language and motor impairment.

Status: Closed

Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022

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About this scholarship

Developmental speech and language disorders are frequently associated with motor difficulties, with prevalence figures ranging from 30 – 50%. Motor impairment in the early years of development can affect many aspects of a child’s life such as educational achievement, self-help and social participation, with life-long implications. Whilst research to date has focused on identifying the prevalence and profiling the characteristics of children with co-morbid language and motor impairments, limited attention has been directed at intervention.  Early intervention is critical to minimising the cascading consequences of impairment and capitalising on neural plasticity to maximise potential.  

This doctoral program is focused on the development of an evidence-based intervention for children presenting with co-morbid language and motor impairment, within an educational setting. The program is part of a larger collaboration being undertaken with Telethon Speech & Hearing (TSH), utilising a knowledge translation framework, and aligned with Curtin University’s commitment and 2030 vision to deliver outcomes of significant value to our communities locally. 

The objectives of the scholarship include 

(1). A systematic search of existing literature for interventions targeting comorbid motor and language impairment. 

(2) Using the findings of the systematic review to develop an intervention protocol in partnership with TSH interdisciplinary staff (Teachers, OTs, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Researcher) and Management. This protocol will be piloted within the school setting, using an experimental study design. 

(3) The effectiveness, acceptability and usability of the intervention will be evaluated using applied implementation science. 

The applicant will be supported by an inter-disciplinary supervisory team (comprising both Curtin and TSH supervisors), and internship. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.


Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at $28,854 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022. 


For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

We are seeking a qualified occupational therapist or speech pathologist with research-based experience in paediatrics, and interest in interprofessional team work. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. ahead of the closing date.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023


To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Roslyn Ward via the EOI form above.

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