Motorised mobility scooters (MMS): Developing best practice guidelinesy Science team

Motorised mobility scooters (MMS) offer many mobility benefits for older Australians who no longer drive, including maintenance of independent travel, quality of life, and social inclusion. Notwithstanding, there are many gaps in our understanding of the profile of motorised scooter users, particularly regarding their functional abilities, and the key issues surrounding assessment and training. While occupational therapists and other health professionals provide ‘fitness to drive’ assessments for drivers, there are currently no known best practice guidelines for professionals conducting assessment or training for users of MMS. There is a lack of consistent and comprehensive assessment and training processes for “fitness to ride” for MMS users, potentially placing the users and the public at risk. This project would develop best practice guidelines to address this issue, with the ultimate aim of increasing the safety and social participation of MMS users, and the community at large.

The thesis would be supervised by Professor Jennie Oxley and Dr Linda Barclay (School of Occupational Therapy).

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