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Austroads project to investigate harnesses/vests

This world first, two-year research project, will be undertaken for both Australia and New Zealand

Project overview

Aim: To investigate harnesses and vests commonly used by children with disabilities and medical conditions when travelling in motor vehicles.

Partners: MACA is delivering this Austroads project, in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health.

Years: 2022-2024

The challenge

Harnesses and vests are not provided for in standards and there is a lack of research regarding their design, safety, performance, and use.

This world first, two-year research project, will be undertaken for both Australia and New Zealand and will address these knowledge gaps. It will also provide recommendations for the development of guidance and standards for the adoption and use of harnesses and vests.

Activities

This project includes three key research activities:

  • Undertaking a survey (Australia and New Zealand) to provide a holisitic understanding of harness/vest use and access in the community.
  • Conducting a desktop review of vehicle types harnesses/vests are used in; harness/vest products available in Australia and New Zealand; compliance with vehicle standards, Australian/New Zealand standards, overseas standards, and road laws in Australia and New Zealand; as well as potential safety and usability issues.
  • Engagement of experts to review the range of harnesses/vests available in Australia and New Zealand and provide recommendations relating to their safe use in motor vehicles.
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