ACT & Region Chapter

Office Bearers:

ChairMr Eric Chalmers 02 6290 2243
SecretaryMr Keith Wheatley 02 6242 9549
TreasurerMr Steve Lake 02 6162 5152
MemberMs Melissa Weller 02 62261477
MemberMr Eddie Wheeler 02 62581918
MemberMr Geoff Davidson 02 6207 7195
MemberMrs Claire HoweACRS Executive Officer
MemberMs Laurelle TunksACRS Journal Managing Editor

 

Latest Events:

ACRS ACT & Region Chapter Forum ‘Drug Driving’ seminars: 13 July 2016

The Video and presentations from the ACRS ACT & Region Drug Driving Forum are available to view as follows:

Download the  ACT Road Safety Forum 2016 Drug Driving Report here.

 

 

 

ACRS ACT & Region Chapter ‘Liver longer, drive safer’ seminars: 17 & 19 March 2014 - THE WRAP

Working in conjunction with the Council of the Ageing (COTA) and others organisers of the 2014 ACT Senior Citizens Week, the Chapter ran two identical seminars for senior drivers aimed at: providing information on driving for seniors; addressing any concerns they may have about driving; helping them monitor their driving; and answering questions about driving.

All presenters spoke with compassion about the issues which face older drivers without backing away from the serious aspects that needed to be addressed. Coincidentally, but not unexpectedly, each speaker reaffirmed the essential messages of the others.

Presenters recognised that to most people driving represents not only a means of transportation but a symbol of independence and self-reliance; and it can be crucial for performing shopping, attending appointments and for visiting family and friends. Older people who are mobile and drive may have fewer health problems. Driving one’s own vehicle is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, less loneliness and better perceived control. Forfeiture of driving privileges is considered by older people to be a major loss in terms of social identification, control and independence.

Attendees took the opportunity to question the presenters at both sessions. While one seminar focussed on issues associated with medical and practical driving issues, some attendees at the other raised the question of alternative ways to maintain mobility. These mainly related to questions about the adequacy and frequency of weekday public transport for seniors without a car. Another proposed   that people should be encouraged to cycle earlier in life and continue in their older age.

 

Overall Conclusions

 

The Future

 

Download the presentations as follows:

 

Please download the Flyer for more information.  Also download the Council on the Ageing’s (COTA’s) Are you over 50 – Would you like to get out and about more? Flyer here.  This Flyer details COTA ACT’s FREE travel training program.

 

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