September 29, 2015

An evaluation of the effectiveness of CarFreeMe for people with complex trauma injuries and their families has been given the green light, thanks to funding from The Lifetime Support Authority (LSA).

Led by Flinders University’s Associate Professor Stacey George, the project aims to positively impact on health outcomes for people with complex trauma injuries and their family members, by improving satisfaction and performance on individualised transport and lifestyle goals, and improving or maintaining participation, mood and anxiety.

For people with complex trauma injuries including orthopaedic, amputee, spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), no longer being able to drive leads to poorer physical/mental health outcomes and reduced community participation. Professionals providing intervention need to target the emotional, social and practical issues around driving cessation to maximise participation and wellbeing outcomes

The 12 month randomised control trial is now underway with four training programs to be run in South Australia.

For more information about the trial, contact Associate Professor Stacey George