Professor Keay, from the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science, was awarded seed funding from the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute in 2019 for her project ‘Increasing older drivers’ competency and confidence in the use of Advance Vehicle Technologies (AVT).

Through the seed project Keay and her interdisciplinary team developed and evaluated an evidence-based Advanced Vehicle Technology Program (AVTEDP) to educate older drivers on emerging advanced vehicle safety technologies. 

With this new  funding, the AVTEDP program will now be evaluated in a randomised controlled trial, in 100 older drivers across regional and metropolitan New South Wales. 

 “It is great to see the AFI seed grants lead to successes like this” says Institute Director, Professor Kaarin Anstey. “Through their research, Professor Keay and her team highlight the role education plays in preventing serious road crashes and fatalities that involves older Australians.” 

Professor Lisa Keay is joined by A/Professor Julie Brown and Dr. Kristy Coxon (The George Institute for Global Health).  A UNSW PhD student is also contributing to this project, (Ms. Helen Nguyen, (BMedSci, Hons1), with her thesis tackling the broad research area of ageing, mobility and safety.  

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