Dementia and Driving in Victoria (18.04.2013)

Written on the 26 April 2013

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- I would like to acknowledge the work of Alzheimer's Australia Vic in bringing the difficult issue of dementia and driving to the public's attention. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of launching the discussion paper Dementia and Driving in Victoria at the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Dementia meeting. I would like to thank my parliamentary colleagues who attended the meeting including Mrs Coote, Mr Philip Davis, Ms Broad and members from the Assembly.


Those present heard from a number of experts including Melinda Congiu from the RACV, who discussed the recently launched Dementia, Driving and Mobility; Associate Professor Mark Yates from Ballarat Health Service, who gave a clinical perspective of dementia and issues with driving; and Anne Fairhall, a carer who gave a consumer perspective.


Anne shared her experience as a carer and described the difficulties for both families and carers when faced with having to manage the issue.


The discussion paper looks at the impact of driver cessation, the mobility needs of people with dementia, driver testing, education and information, support and the prevalence of dementia. In Victoria today there are 74 600 people living with dementia; by 2020 this figure is expected to be 98 000 and by 2050 it will be around 246 000. Dementia is a significant issue that all Victorian communities will face as the ageing of the population increases. Improving access to information and education on dementia and driving is an important initiative. Again, my congratulations go to Maree McCabe and all those at Alzheimer's Australia Vic for the work they have done and continue to do in this difficult area.

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