Driving myself: main forms of transport among older women in rural and remote Australia

Driving myself: main forms of transport among older women in rural and remote Australia Conference Paper

9th National Rural Health Conference: Standing up for Rural Health - Learning from the past - Action for the future

  • Author(s): Julie Byles, Richard Gibson, Lynne Parkinson, Annette Dobson
  • Published: 2007

Abstract: Transport is a major concern for older people. For many, driving is not only a means of transport, but also a means of independence and identity. Moreover, alternative forms of transport may not be acceptable because of difficulties with physical access, availability, convenience or cost. These problems are particularly true in rural areas where subsidised public transport is less frequently available. Among older women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, driving is the major form of transport, especially for those in rural and remote areas. In this paper we will describe the trends in the proportion of women who drive themselves as their main means of transport, what factors are associated with giving up driving, and what alternative transport means older women adopt.

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Julie Byles, Richard Gibson, Lynne Parkinson, Annette Dobson, 2007, Driving myself: main forms of transport among older women in rural and remote Australia, Conference Paper, viewed 15 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3066.

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