Researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of CarFreeMe for supporting people living with dementia in new trials – in South-East Queensland and ACT.


CarFreeMe is an evidence-based approach to supporting older people living with dementia (65+ years) and their family members, who are adjusting to life without driving.

For many older Australians who are living with dementia, relinquishing their driver’s licence is a potentially overwhelming event, says The University of Queensland’s NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow, Dr Theresa Scott. “The transition to non-driving comes at significant personal cost, including increased risk of depression, anxiety, loneliness and isolation, identity loss, and grief.”

“The CarFreeMe program is helping older people with dementia who are contemplating stopping driving (or have stopped) to remain engaged in their communities, as well as providing support for the emotional and practical challenges that come with this life transition”, says Dr Scott.

CarFreeMe participants collaborate with a trained health professional, one-to-one and in small group sessions, to develop tailored solutions to individual needs. CarFreeMe sessions will be held over a 7-week period. Participation in the trials will also involve individual assessments about participants’ community life and wellbeing, before and after the program. Participants’ community mobility and wellbeing will be evaluated using GPS devices and surveys.

In the current trials, we will be delivering CarFreeMe to older people living with dementia and their family members, in-person in the South East Queensland area. In addition, in the ACT and Southern NSW area we will be using telehealth technology to help deliver the program – but you do not need to own or be familiar with telehealth technology.

Further trials and locations will be opening at a later date.

Who is eligible for the study?

People of all ages living with mild to moderate dementia.
People who are still driving or retired from driving in the last 12 months.
Carers are encouraged to participate as well.

Recruitment areas:
QLD: Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns
NSW: Goulburn, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Bega Valley, Monaro
ACT: Canberra, Queanbeyan

If you are interested in knowing more about the study or to participate please contact Mrs. Donna Rooney, The University of Queensland School of Psychology at .