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Fitness to Drive

Support for health professionals in the assessment of a person with diabetes and their fitness to drive

A person’s fitness to drive is a very important topic that needs to be addressed, however it is not an issue that everyone with diabetes is aware needs to be considered. As a health professional, it is important to address a person’s fitness to drive as part of their diabetes annual cycle of care. If it is not managed correctly, diabetes can cause a person to lose their normal driving capabilities without warning and in some instances, the consequences can be devastating.

The Austroads publication ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive – for commercial and private vehicle drivers’ outlines the requirements of health professionals on assessing the fitness to drive for people with chronic conditions.

In 2013, ADEA developed an eLearning course that outlined the specific requirements for health professionals in regards to diabetes care and management and a person’s fitness to drive. The eLearning course was updated in 2016 to reflect the changes to the Guidelines by Austroads.

This eLearning course was developed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association with funding from the National Diabetes Services Scheme.

The revised course can be accessed on the learning management system HERE.


Austroads Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers 2016 Edition can be accessed HERE.

Templates for the ongoing management of or referral of people with  diabetes:

GP Management Plan

GP Management Plan – Best Practice

Annual Cycle of Care

The National Diabetes Services Scheme resource on Diabetes & Driving Booklet can be accessed HERE.


For more information, please contact:

Janet Kafadar
Project Manager, NDSS
p: 02 6173 1012