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Student Resilience Matters (SRM)

If you are a student of the allied health disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Pathology, then we want to hear from you!  

This CQ University Australia research project (Human Ethics Research Committee approval number 0000023803) invites students of OT, Physio and Speech courses to participate in an online anonymous survey.  

The survey will be open until 31 December 2023, and we respect the various survey blackout periods at Australian universities. 

This 15-minute survey will explore what life adversities students may have faced in the previous year, their resilience levels and how they might leverage strategies to enhance their resilience, including focusing on what gives purpose and meaning.  

We know that university study can be a complex and difficult time for students, especially when clinical practicum is required.  Students also have complex, challenging lives outside of university.  We want to understand more about student resilience levels, what strategies work well and what additional strategies might be needed.

Taking part is voluntary and all information gathered is confidential and de-identified. 


If you choose to at the completion of your survey, you may nominate to be contacted at some point later in 2023 to participate in an online semi-structured interview.   This is done via supplying your email contact through a separate and confidential link at survey's end. 

More information if you are interested:

SRM Conceptual Framework

The SRM Conceptual Framework views resilience as multidimensional, including a person’s belief systems, their internal resources, innate temperament, and learned responses to circumstances. Of particular interest in this conceptual framework is a person’s spirituality as an inner resource and its impact on resilience.   An individual’s resilience may be influenced by spirituality, core beliefs, temperament and internal resources.  An individual’s personal resilience may be impacted by their microsystem (individual factors such as physiological responses, cortisol levels, ability for emotional regulation), the mesosystem (friendships, intimate relationships, family, learning environment, interactions with educators and peers) or the macrosystem (government and policy affecting your education, socio-demographics, gender, ethnicity, cultural elements) or indeed all three.  Resilience may fluctuate depending on the experience of risk factors but also protective factors.

Resilience quotes

"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refused to be reduced by it"  Maya Angelou

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