Education, Outreach and Events

Our education and outreach programmes are designed to promote awareness of medical fitness to drive standards.

Stroke Rehabilitation and Driving - 24 January 2019

This Scientific Meeting took place on 24 January 2019 and focused on Stroke Rehabilitation and Driving and was led by Professor Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, a leading expert in this field.

Prof. Akinwuntan outlined his research and provided insights from his clinical experience with an emphasis on off-road driver assessment.

Professor Akinwuntan, is currently Dean and Professor at the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. Previously, he served as Dean for Research at the College of Allied Health Sciences and as a Professor of Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology and Neurology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta Georgia and as a senior lecturer at the University of East London. His research interests include using simulation and virtual technologies to improve daily living activities after neurological impairment and specialises in Driver Rehabilitation.

As promised, we have uploaded a webcast of Prof Akinwuntan and Prof Des O'Neill for those who could not make it in person on the day.

Prof Abiodun E Akinwuntan Presentation

Prof Desmond O'Neill Presentation

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Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines Online Course

Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines (Group 1 and 2 Drivers) contains medical standards to guide the health assessments of drivers for licensing purposes in Ireland.

We have developed an online course to help you understand and implement the guidelines. It will help you make sure your patient’s health status does not increase their risk of crashing.  

The course is suitable for all healthcare professionals and is approved for 3 CPD credits. Available all year round.

Certificate in Traffic Medicine

Developed in association with the National Office for Traffic Medicine in RCPI, this is a comprehensive introduction to Traffic Medicine and the first course of its kind in Europe.

Successful completion of this course is proof of competence in assessing medical fitness to drive.

You will learn about Traffic Medicine and the philosophy of driver behaviour. You will be required to complete online modules and attend a practical workshop.

The online module focuses on the key elements involved in assessing a patient's fitness to drive, how aspects of competence may change or be rehabilitated, and the legal and ethical frameworks used in decision-making for professional and other drivers.

The practical workshop focuses on assessment tools and methodology used to assess fitness to drive. We will also look at assistive and adaptive technologies. By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of how to assess fitness to drive, working as part of a multidisciplinary team. We will explain when and how you should work with on-road assessors for more difficult medical fitness to drive assessments.

This course is suitable for all doctors and Occupational Therapists and is approved for 14 CPD credits. It will be available to book in 2019.

Course and masterclasses.
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Certificate in Road Safety, Mobility and Health

This course will help you understand how health and human factors impact on the ability to drive, following principles outlined in Ireland’s Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines.

Elements of this course include;

  • pinpointing stakeholders and engagement strategies
  • conducting risk analysis
  • recognising killer behaviours
  • identifying mobility challenges
  • road safety solutions

On completion of the course, you will understand how to support safe mobility and ensure that people who have treatable illnesses or some loss of function due to illness retain their independence and mobility. This certificate is suitable for professionals from a broad range of backgrounds related to health, transport and road safety including , Gardaí, teachers, emergency services, local authorities, fleet managers and operations professionals, road safety professionals, healthcare professionals incl. public health medicine, engineers, traffic forensic investigators, insurance professionals, RSA and NDLS staff.

This Certificate was successfully launched in autumn 2016 and will be held again in 2019.

Contact us

Dr. Margaret Ryan

Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Mr. Colm Lawless

Programme Coordinator, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 863 9630