Adaptation of the Journey Access Tool to identify and address the needs of an ageing population

King, Mark J. & King, Julie A. (2016) Adaptation of the Journey Access Tool to identify and address the needs of an ageing population. In International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, 21-23 June 2016, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)



Population ageing is linked to an increase in the population prevalence of impairment and therefore disability. Depending on the type and degree of impairment an older person has, and the characteristics of the transport options that are open to them, they may experience barriers to access and mobility. Since access and mobility are important contributors to health among older people, addressing these barriers in the transport system has implications for successful ageing. In addition, older people using the transport system have an increased risk of severe injury and death in road crashes and falls in public places, compared with younger people, due to their greater fragility. Both of these significant issues for older people using the transport system – barriers to access and mobility, and vulnerability to severe injury and death – are most successfully addressed through ecological interventions, i.e. changing the transport environment. Queensland University of Technology and Handicap International have been collaborating on the development of a Journey Access Tool which combines elements of disability access audits and the Road Safety Audit process which is widely used to identify and address hazards for road users. The focus of this collaboration has been on the journeys undertaken by people with disability in developing countries; however the same principles and approach can be applied to access, mobility and safety for older people in developed countries with ageing societies. This presentation describes the approach taken to the development and piloting of the Journey Access Tool, and outlines how it can be adapted to address the access, mobility and safety needs of older people with impairments, especially where the use of public transport is involved. A key element of the approach is inclusivity: the tool is designed to be used by the target group (in this case, older people with impairment) in partnership with organisations that represent and advocate for their needs. The adaptation and use of the Journey Access Tool for older people with impairment therefore has the potential to contribute to age-friendly transport systems and communities.

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ID Code: 96330
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Ageing, Disability, Road safety, Access, Inclusion
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2016 22:29
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2016 22:29

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