We are currently recruiting for participants (people living with dementia and their family member/care partner) to take part in our randomised controlled trials, supported by the NHMRC. Brief details of the program are outlined below. Our current sites are South East Queensland (face-to-face, or by telehealth delivery); and the ACT and Southern NSW (by telehealth). We aim to expand our trials to other areas of Queensland and Northern NSW; and by telehealth to other parts of Australia.
CarFreeMe is an education and support program that uses effective, research-based, client-centered methods to support people with dementia who are stopping driving (or have stopped). Our program supports the emotional and practical challenges that are faced by people living with dementia who must inevitably cease driving. Our trials are open to people living with dementia, aged 60 years + and their care partner/support person. Participants may be still driving and planning to stop in future or have stopped driving and are needing support to cope with the life changes, to find alternative means of transportation, and remain engaged in the community. The intervention includes seven modules which are usually delivered across seven weeks (approximately 1-1.5 hours each module) to participants in their own homes, by a registered health professional who is trained in CarFreeMe. Participants may elect to take part in one or more group sessions [depending upon preference and location]. There is no cost to participants. As part of the study, participants will take part in three assessments; pre- and post-intervention, and follow-up. Control group participants will receive the intervention after the wait period. Further information may be obtained by contacting CI Dr Theresa Scott email: theresa.scott@uq.edu.au telephone:  07 3443 2546,  or Project Coordinator: Donna Rooney, email: donna.rooney@uq.edu.au, telephone: 07 3365 6392.