6.1.4 Information resources
Health professional resources
Alzheimer’s Australia has developed a range of useful resources to support health professionals in managing patients with respect to their driving. These include:
- a short animation explaining the important aspects of driver assessment and management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ0N12dC_lo
- a pathway for management https://fightdementia.org.au/sites/default/files/VIC/documents/HP%20QUICK%20REFERENCECARD_FINAL.pdf
- information about having conversations with patients and carers https://fightdementia.org.au/sites/default/files/VIC/D%26DHelp%20Sheet_2015_FINAL.pdf
Driver and carer information resources
Alzheimer’s Australia has a number of useful resources to support patients and carers with respect to their driving. These include two useful fact sheets and a guide for families and carers:
- Information for people with dementia – Driving
- Caring for someone with dementia – Driving https://fightdementia.org.au/sites/default/files/helpsheets/Helpsheet-CaringForSomeone07-Driving_english.pdf
- Dementia and driving – Guide for families and carers https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/sites/default/files/VIC/documents/Dementia-and-Driving-guide-for-family-carers.pdf
Alzheimer’s Australia also has state-specific information regarding dementia and driving including licensing requirements:
- Alzheimer’s ACT – Dementia and driving https://act.fightdementia.org.au/act/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s NSW – Dementia and driving https://nsw.fightdementia.org.au/nsw/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s NT – Dementia and driving https://nt.fightdementia.org.au/nt/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s QLD – Dementia and driving https://qld.fightdementia.org.au/qld/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s SA – Dementia and driving https://sa.fightdementia.org.au/sa/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s TAS – Dementia and driving https://tas.fightdementia.org.au/tas/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s VIC – Dementia and driving https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/vic/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
- Alzheimer’s WA – Dementia and driving https://wa.fightdementia.org.au/wa/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/dementia-and-driving
State and territory-based resources
Australian Capital Territory
- Seniors Moving Safely www.seniorsmovingsafely.org.au
New South Wales
- Roads and Maritime Services – Older drivers http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/older-drivers/index.html
- NRMA older drivers http://www.mynrma.com.au/motoring-services/education/older-drivers.htm
- Northern Territory Department of Transport https://nt.gov.au/driving/licences
- Medical certificates for older drivers http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors/transport/safe-driving/
- Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) Older Drivers www.racq.com.au/motoring/roads/road_safety/older_road_users
- South Australian Seniors Transport http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/seniors/transport
- Tasmanian Older Drivers website http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/information/older_drivers
- TAC older drivers http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/safe-driving/older-drivers
- VicRoads older drivers https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/older-drivers
- VicRoads – Dementia https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/medical-conditions-and-driving/medical-conditions/dementia
- How safe is your car? – older drivers www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au/Driving-Safely/Older-Drivers/
- Senior driver licence renewals http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/renew-my-drivers-licence-seniors-85-plus.asp
Druglnfo Clearinghouse – safer driving: older drivers http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/information-for/information-for-older-drivers
IMPORTANT: The medical standards and management guidelines contained in this chapter should be read in conjunction with the general information contained in Part A of this publication. Practitioners should give consideration to the following:
The responsibility for issuing, renewing, suspending or cancelling, or reinstating a person’s driver licence (including a conditional licence) lies ultimately with the driver licensing authority.
Licensing decisions are based on a full consideration of relevant factors relating to health and driving performance.
For a conditional licence to be issued, the health professional must provide to the driver licensing authority details of the medical criteria not met, evidence of the medical criteria met, as well as the proposed conditions and monitoring requirements.
The nature of the driving task
The driver licensing authority will take into consideration the nature of the driving task as well as the medical condition, particularly when granting a conditional licence. For example, the licence status of a farmer requiring a commercial vehicle licence for the occasional use of a heavy vehicle may be quite different from that of an interstate multiple combination vehicle driver. The examining health professional should bear this in mind when examining a person and when providing advice to the driver licensing authority.
The presence of other medical conditions
While a person may meet individual disease criteria, concurrent medical conditions may combine to affect fitness to drive, for example, hearing, visual or cognitive impairment (refer to Part A section 2.2.7 Multiple medical conditions and age-related change).
Patients should be made aware of the effects of their condition on driving and should be advised of their legal obligation to notify the driver licensing authority where driving is likely to be affected. The health professional may themselves advise the driver licensing authority as the situation requires (refer to section 3.3.1 and step 6 of the assessment and reporting process).
References and further reading
- Monash University Accident Research Centre. Influence of chronic illness on crash involvement of motor vehicle drivers, 2nd edition, November 2010. Available: http://monashuniversity.mobi/muarc/reports/muarc300.html.
- Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine. Position Statement No.11: Driving and dementia, 2009. Available: www.anzsgm.org/documents/PS11DrivingandDementiaapproved6Sep09.pdf.
- VicRoads, Occupational Therapy Australia. Guidelines for occupational therapy (OT) driver assessors, 2008.