Older Driver Issues in the Spotlight
Australia's motoring clubs have joined forces with their New Zealand counterparts to host visits in the two countries by US older driver Occupational Therapist expert, Elin Schold-Davis, to conduct a number of seminars and workshops focusing on older driver issues and assistance.
Ms Schold-Davis will visit clubs in Australia and New Zealand in March to provide advice and assistance to the motoring clubs, Government agencies, older drivers, a range of health professionals and community groups advocating for older drivers.
The workshops will look at how to effectively assess older drivers, maximise their safety while driving and if necessary transition them to other means of transport. Importantly, the focus is on the value of ensuring safe mobility for our ageing population.
Ms Schold-Davis will conduct sessions in New Zealand (1-3 March hosted by NZAA's Driver Education Foundation), Adelaide (4-5 March hosted by RAASA), Hobart (5 March hosted by RACT), Sydney (9-13 March hosted by NRMA) and Melbourne (14-15 March hosted by RACV). The visit is funded by Australia's peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association and the motoring clubs.
AAA Chief Executive, Mike Harris, said Ms Schold-Davis's visit was an excellent example of collaboration between the Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs on issues that were common to both countries.
"This visit will provide an opportunity for the clubs and OH&S officers to gain an insight from Elin into techniques, policies and activities that can assist our older drivers retain their mobility and their driving competency," Mr Harris said.
"The ageing population and ensuring their mobility into older years is an issue being recognised by governments and all stakeholders, and AAA and the motoring clubs are keen to support our older members to retain their competency and drivers' licenses.
"These workshops are an important service to the clubs and members – we welcome Elin's visit and congratulate the motoring clubs for their interest."