The NRSPP is proud to announce that with its new home at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) it has been successful in securing a AAA Fatigue Research Trial focused on fatigue management in the workplace. The collaborative project also includes NRSPP Program Partner Tip Top Bakeries who has one of the most diverse and complex fatigue management workplaces. The project is currently undergoing an exciting feasibility review in refining this exciting project which should commence early in 2021.

This Road Safety Research Program is a significant investment by AAA continues and highlights their leadership and ongoing passion towards actively reducing the nations road trauma. The NRSPP looks forward to exploring what other collaborative projects it can build through MUARC with industry and support AAA’s road safety leadership.

Literature review

The AAA RSRP has commissioned a foundational piece of work to survey the fatigued driving research, literature and policy landscapes.

Following expressions of interest, we are very pleased to advise that The Appleton Institute – Central Queensland University will be undertaking this important piece of work.  The team is led by Associate Professor Matthew Thomas.

Evaluation, validation and comparison of fatigued driving monitoring technologies

This project will assess, validate, evaluate and compare the effectiveness of fatigue-monitoring technologies, the warning/alert systems and the driver’s understanding of and response to the associated warnings or alerts. Following expressions of interest, the AAA is very pleased to announce the following organisations will form a consortium to undertake this project:

  • The Appleton Institute (Central Queensland University)
    • led by Professor Sally Ferguson
  • Monash University
    • led by Associate Professor Clare Anderson
  • The Australian Road Research Board (AARB)
    • led by Dr Anna Chevalier

This project will be undertaken in two phases, with the start of the major project to occur pending the results of the feasibility study due to be completed in October.

Understanding and managing fatigue in the workplace

This project will create an evidence base (including drivers’ studies in a simulator and virtual reality environments, monitoring of diet, exercise and sleep/wake patterns, telematic fleet data and surveys of employees) to develop a workplace behaviour modification plan for both workers and management. The AAA is excited to announce the following partnership to undertake this major research project:

  • The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
    • led by Associate Professor Sharon Newnam
  • The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP)
    • led by Mr Jerome Carslake
  • Tip Top Bakeries (as a part of George Western Foods)
    • led by Mr Kurt Clark

This project will also be undertaken in two phases, with the start of the major project to occur pending the results of the feasibility study due to be completed in October.

Distracted Driving (2021)

Upcoming AAA RSRP Research theme

With the fatigued driving research round well and truly underway, thoughts have now turned to the next topic to be tackled by the AAA RSRP. After consultation with our Club Advisory Group and the AAA Board we are excited to announce that Distracted Driving will be the theme for the next round of research.

We will shortly update our website with information about the new theme and begin stakeholder consultations.  It is also our intention to hold another research forum with relevant stakeholders early in 2021 (pending any lingering COVID-19 restrictions).


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