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Due our ageing demographic, there is an increase in the number of people wanting to maintain driving with progressive conditions such as multiple sclerosis and dementia, or return to driving after acute events such as stroke.

Return to driving must be carefully managed as an individuals’ independence needs to be balanced with community safety.


Key projects

Comparing the effectiveness of driving simulation and driving lessons on on-road driving behaviours for people following stroke

Funding body: Flinders University seeding grant

Researchers: Associate Professor Stacey George, Dr Kate Laver, Dr Chris Barr

Evaluating an intervention, UQ Drive, to improve community mobility for people who cannot return to driving following a  traumatic injury

Funding: Lifetime Support Authority

Researchers: This is a collaboration with Dr Jacki Liddle from The University of Queensland; Associate Professor Stacey George, Professor Maria Crotty, Dr Chris Barr

Key publications

Rehabilitation for improving automobile driving after stroke (Review)
George S, Crotty M, Gelinas A, Devos H. The Cochrane Library 2014, Issue 2.

Perceived confidence relates to driving habits post-stroke
McNamara A, Walker R, Ratcliffe J, George S. Disability and Rehabilitation 2014; Early Online: 1-6. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.958619.

The needs for consistency and equity in driver education and assessment post-stroke
McNamara A, McCluskey A, White J, George S. Journal of Transport and Health 2014; 95-99.