This Clinical Update highlights our recent international collaborations on medical fitness to drive.
High-profile researchers from Canada and Australia will present findings from a systematic review of crash risk for drivers with medical conditions and demonstrate how these are being used in the further development of the Australian Fitness to Drive Guidelines. The chair of the International Driver Licensing Commission (CIECA) Fit to Drive Working group will also provide an overview of the current situation in Europe including recommendations for improvements in EU Guidelines and for education and training for On-road Driving Assessors (ORDAs).
Dr Mark Rapoport is a Professor in the geriatric psychiatry division of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, past president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP, 2012-2016), and acting head of Geriatric Psychiatry for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He founded two widely-recognised annual national review courses in geriatric psychiatry, and his main area of research focuses on motor vehicle collisions associated with neurological and psychiatric illness in older adults.
Lars Englund, MD, PhD, is Former Chief Medical Officer at The Swedish Transport Agency, Secretary of the International Traffic Medicine Association (ITMA) and Chairman of the Swedish Traffic Medicine Society (STMF), specialist in Family Medicine working part time as a GP.
Currently retired but still active, Dr Jamie Dow was the Medical Advisor on Road Safety at the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec for fifteen years. His primary responsibility was the development of medical standards and the policies and programmes that were required to put them into effect. A former military and emergency physician, he has been the principal investigator on a number of studies on various medical aspects of driving. He is keeping himself busy by acting as one of the principal investigators in the series of systematic literature reviews that are being conducted in centres in Canada, Australia and Ireland that will form the basis for the 3rd edition of the Monash University Accident Research Centre’s publication Influence of Chronic Illness on Crash Involvement of Motor Vehicle Drivers.
He was the chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and is a member of several international committees.
He is the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Medical Association’s Drivers Guide Determining medical fitness to operate motor vehicles since the publication of its 8th Edition. He also participated in the development of the NHTSA medical guide Driver Fitness Medical Guidelines.
Medical Doctor, Graduated courses in Emergency medicine, Forensic medicine. Worked as general practitioner, sport & trauma medicine, and forensic practitioner. Medical director of the Sport Medicine Centre of the City of Annecy. President of the medical commission for driving licences of Haute-Savoie.
Current research activities are focused mostly on human factors in road accidents, alcohol, drugs and age, including taking part in European research projects as Rosita, Interlock, Druid.
Also member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) since 1986, chairman of the 1997 ICADTS conference in Annecy.
Fellow member of the committee on alcohol and other drugs in transportation of the TRB after 17 years of membership.
Expert in the French Medical Agency and past member of the National Commission of Narcotics.
Member of the Expert Group on Alcohol, drugs and driving, DG Transport, European Commission.
Dr Sjaan Koppel holds a PhD in Psychophysiology and is an Associate Professor at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Sjaan has expertise in the area of assessing fitness to drive, as well as the safety and mobility implications associated with various licensing policies and programs (e.g., age-based mandatory assessments, mandatory medical reporting). Sjaan is on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), is an Associate Editor for the Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP) journal, and is an invited member of the Advisory Group which is updating the Australian Fitness to Drive guidelines.
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