The Background

Driving is the key to independence for many adults. However, the ability to drive safely can begin to decline in older drivers, and therefore there is a need to strike a balance between continued independence of individual drivers and broader considerations of general road safety.

The decision as to whether to retain or relinquish a driver’s licence has a direct impact on the quality of life of older people and, often, on their need to access aged care services. Some research has shown that older people are more likely to access residential aged care once they relinquish their licence, even if their preference is to stay in their own homes.

Currently in NSW, it is compulsory for older drivers to take a practical driving test every 2 years after their 85th birthday. Similar requirements are also in place in other states and territories in Australia.

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Where Is The VR Simulator Based?

The driving simulator is based in the regional NSW town of Inverell, at McLean Care’s® residential aged care facility and open for use to the general community within the New England and North West region. Housed in a special custom-built room that will optimise the VR experience for participants.

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