The ACROD Parking Program relies on information provided by health professionals to determine if an applicant has a severe walking restriction and how long that severe walking restriction is expected to last.
To be eligible for an ACROD Parking Permit, an applicant must be expected to have a severe walking restriction for at least six months. Shorter term severe walking restrictions may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
If you consider a person has a severe walking restriction the following information may assist you to complete Part B of the ACROD Parking Program Application Form.
|Condition||Objective test results or information||Examples of severe functional impact on walking|
· Location of arthritis in relation to ability to walk
|· Frequent stops when walking due to pain (e.g. less than 60m)
· Requires ongoing specialist pain management
· Complex walking aid for stability and endurance
|· Site of fracture/surgery is related to weight bearing
· Method of fracture reduction or fixation. Type of joint replacement.
· Fracture is impacted by other conditions affecting recovery e.g. ageing, diabetes
· Multiple fractures/joints
|· Walking restriction expected to last for 6 months or more
· Weight bearing restriction
· Requires walking frame / wheelchair to move
· Requires crutches for 6 months or more
· Fractures or surgery to both lower limbs
|Heart conditions e.g. IHD, post AMI recovery, CCF, Cardiomyopathy||· Echocardiogram (ECG)||· Walking aid for stability and endurance
· Dyspnoea on rest or exertion
· Angina on exertion
|Lung conditions e.g. COPD, emphysema||· Spirometry measure||· Unable to walk and talk
· Requires portable oxygen
· Using walking aid
|Multiple Sclerosis||· Type e.g. progressive/ relapsing / remitting||· Walking aid for stability and endurance, most days|
|Peripheral Vascular Disease||· Lower limb Doppler Study||· Severe cramping
· Frequent stops when walking due to pain
|Renal failure||· Late stage renal failure – dialysis or pre-dialysis||· Fatigue
|Severe pain on exertion||· Pain medication
· Location of restriction in relation to ability to walk
|· Requires ongoing specialist pain management
· High dose pain medication
The ACROD Parking Program may contact the applicant’s health professional to discuss the following issues as part of the assessment for an ACROD Parking Permit.
- What is causing your patient’s severe walking restriction? (medical diagnosis, tone, coordination, pain)
- Does your patient use an aid to walk, or any other adaptive equipment? (this could include the use of oxygen)
- Describe your patient’s gait pattern (speed, balance, tone, coordination)
- How far can your patient walk before they need to stop?
- Why do they stop?
- What is the impact on your patient’s health when they walk between 50m -100m? (consider shortness of breath, angina, claudication, severe pain)
- If your patient has an intermittent severe walking restriction how often does the restrictions Occur (days per week / weeks per month / months per year)
- How long does this period of restrictions usually last?
- Describe your patient’s walking ability during both good and bad periods.
- What past treatments to improve your patient’s severe walking restriction have been trialed?
- What is your current or future treatment plan for your patient’s severe walking restriction? (consider weight loss plan if relevant)
- Is there an expectation that your patient’s walking restriction may improve in the future? (consider surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, trial of medications)
- Have all treatment options been exhausted?