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Transporting Children with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

Learn from experts about research, standards, and practices to improve road safety for children travelling in motor vehicles.

Photo of father gently placing his young daughter into a special purpose child restraint.

Special early bird rate for Australian health professionals and students.

To access this discount, please visit MACA’s website to enrol.

Understand children’s vulnerability on our roads and how to improve road safety

Children with disabilities face an increased risk of injuries and fatalities in a crash compared to other children.

On this course from Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia Ltd (MACA), you’ll develop your knowledge and skills to support safe motor vehicle transport of these vulnerable road users. You’ll do this by investigating the latest research, standards, products, and best practice prescribing approaches.

On completion, you’ll be able to confidently apply family-centred road safety practice, helping families to participate in everyday life and improving road safety.

Build capability and confidence in prescribing for children’s safe transport needs

You’ll explore best-practice prescribing approaches and practical tools to improve your knowledge and confidence in the specialised area of transporting children with disabilities and medical conditions.

Discover key standards and vehicle restraint options used by children with disabilities and medical conditions

There are key differences in the standards relating to transporting children with disabilities and medical conditions. You’ll investigate relevant Australian and overseas standards, and explore vehicle restraint options and associated guidelines and programs.

Discover the impact of transport on family life

Supporting children’s transport needs through family-centred practice is essential for families’ wellbeing, as well as social and economic participation in the community.

During this course, you’ll discover useful tools and resources to assist you in working with children and families. You’ll also explore scope of practice, restrictive practice, and documentation.


  • Week 1

    Keeping children safe in vehicles

    • Protecting vulnerable road users

      Meet the teaching team and discover who you’ll be learning with as we start exploring the vehicle transport needs of children with disabilities and medical conditions.

    • Supporting safe transport

      Reflect on your leadership role supporting safe transport outcomes for children and their families and explore some resources and tools that can assist you.

    • Travelling on our roads

      Explore the vehicle standards and road rules designed to keep people safe on our roads and take a virtual tour inside a car to understand important vehicle features.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on the key ideas covered in Week 1, test your knowledge, and find out what's on for next week.

  • Week 2

    Vehicle restraints and standards

    • Australian standards and guidelines

      Explore the key Australian standards relating to transporting children with disabilities and medical conditions and learn about the restraints that comply with these standards.

    • Special purpose car seats

      Investigate special purpose car seats, the overseas standards/regulations they comply with and how Australia is leading the way in assessing child restraint systems used by children with disabilities.

    • Other products and devices

      Investigate modified Australian standard car seats, harnesses and vests and buckle covers.

    • Wrap up

      Reflect on the key ideas covered in Week 2, test your knowledge and find out what's on for next week.

  • Week 3

    Best-practice prescribing

    • Getting started

      Consider the role of family-centred road safety practice and discover tools that can help you to embed safe transport into your day-to-day practice.

    • Common transport challenges

      Investigate common vehicle transport challenges and best practice responses.

    • Putting it into practice

      Explore the challenging topic of restrictive practice and reflect on your scope of practice and the importance of good documentation for AT prescription.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on what you've learned in this course and how you'll integrate this into your professional practice before testing your knowledge and considering your next steps.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage with the latest research in the field of safe motor vehicle transport for children with disabilities and medical conditions
  • Develop relevant knowledge and understanding to strengthen your practice and leadership in this area
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to assessing and prescribing for the vehicle transport needs of children with disabilities and medical conditions
  • Identify strategies to embed motor vehicle transport planning in day-to-day practice.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for allied health professionals interested in developing their knowledge and skills in applying a best practice approach to supporting the vehicle transport needs of children (under 16 years) with disabilities and medical conditions.

The course is also suitable for tertiary students of allied health such as those studying occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation engineering.

It is also relevant to suppliers, manufacturers, government agencies, policy makers, and staff in organisations involved in supporting children’s transport.

Who will you learn with?

I'm an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years experience in paediatrics, with an understanding of how challenging this area of practice is, and how through professional development we can help!

I bring my early childhood, policy, leadership and advocacy skills to my role as Chief Executive of MACA to advance the rights of all children to safe and accessible transport.

A Director at MACA Ltd, I'm passionate about advancing the rights of children with disabilities to safe and accessible transport.

Who developed the course?

Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia Ltd (MACA)

Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia Ltd (MACA) is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to advancing the rights of children with disabilities and medical conditions to safe and accessible transport.

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What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Learn best practices from experts
  • Learn from the experience of other health professionals
  • Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access
  • Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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