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Determining fitness to drive for drivers with dementia: a practitioner's perspective

Bennett, J., Chekaluk, E, Batchelor, J.

Older Drivers & Road Users Policy Development And Implementation

ARSC conference 2018

Currently in Australia medical fitness to drive decisions for individuals with dementia are largely conducted by front line practitioners. Given recent changes to the fitness to drive guidelines, little is known about the processes that these practitioners use to make these decisions, and how the guidelines might assist them in making determinations about driving capacity. In order to investigate this a short survey has to date been completed by 42 practitioners. Practitioners reported that the current guidelines do not provide adequate information to enable an informed decision, with calls for a more objective assessment tool. Given the road safety implications of these decisions it is prudent to investigate this further.