Young girl in rear seat child restraint

Child Car Seats


PARTICIPANT INFORMATION – overview of project and consent to be contacted


Thank you for visiting NeuRA online, and for showing interest in the research we do here.

Who are we?

Neuroscience Research Australia is one of the largest research institutes in Australia dedicated to the study of the brain and nervous system. We have an international reputation for research excellence.

Areas of research include:

  • injury prevention
  • mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, autism etc)
  • ageing and neurodegeneration (e.g. dementia)
  • sensation, movement, balance and falls
  • brain structure and function
  • neural injury


Who is running the study?

The project is funded in part by the National Health & Medical Research Council. Partners in this study are:

  • Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
  • University of New South Wales
  • Monash University
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Britax

What is the research study about?

The child car seat study is a research study looking at the factors that help or hinder proper child car seat use.

We are interested in the use of information sources about the correct use of child car seats. We are hoping that the study will help reduce the level of incorrect use of child seats and thereby reduce the risk of injury to children in the event of a crash.

We are not asking you to do anything differently than you would normally do. We are just interested in how effective information that comes with the child restraint you have purchased is in guiding your use of the child seat.

The findings from the study will help us develop the best possible set of informational materials so that all children in Australia using car seats, such as the one you have purchased, can travel as safely as possible.


Who can take part in this research study?

If you are over the age of 18 years, hold a current drivers license, own a motor vehicle, are the parent or other primary carer of a child who will be using this new restraint — you are able to take part!

Whether or not you have experience with using child seats, we would love for you to be involved.


 What is involved?

If you are interested in this study, you can read the information sheet that provides more details about what is involved.

In a nutshell, if you participate, you would take the car seat home and install it or have it installed using the instructional materials provided with it. These materials are additional to what is normally included with the manufacturer’s instructions. They are com- piled by experts in child safety.

Six months after you start using the car seat

we will arrange a visit to your place so we can

  1. check the child restraint,
  2. ask you to respond to a questionnaire about how and when your child uses the restraint, and
  3. install a small in-vehicle camera for just 24 hours that will capture information about how the car seat is used over that time.

We will come back to your place the next day to collect the camera. At that time, we will provide you with information about whether there are any improvements that could be made to how the car seat is used for optimal safety.


Consent to be Contacted 

To register to take part in this study, or to find out more about it, you can do anything of the following:

  1. Call a member of our research team on 9399 1234 to get some more information
  2. Send a text using the words “car seat study” to 0406 054 800 and we will call you back to tell you more about it
  3. Send an email to


Research Team Contact

Name Catherine Ho
Position Research Assistant
Phone 93991848



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