The research will provide important insight to advocates, suppliers, regulators, policy makers, and people who rely on MMDs. Anticipated outcomes include an empirical evidence baseline to inform planning and policy agendas in transport, disability and health.
The research may also influence the planning of infrastructure and the types of MMDs designed and sold in the future.
In a context in which MMDs face increased regulation, this research will be invaluable. The research findings will go beyond just financial benefits, and will potentially have significant impact on the lives of people who rely on MMDs.
Professor Gordon Waitt, from UOW’s School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, said the project was a unique opportunity to generate new knowledge about the experiences of MMD users.
“The project will enable researchers, policy makers and industry stakeholders to better understand the everyday lives of MMDs users,” Professor Waitt said.