Information for health professionals

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
Arthritis Type

Location of arthritis in relation to ability to walk

Prognosis

Frequent stops when walking due to pain (e.g. less than 60m)

Requires ongoing specialist pain management

Complex walking aid for stability and endurance

Fractures &

Joint replacements

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

Breathlessness

Oedema

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? (Consider 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? (eg days per week / weeks per month / months per year.)  How long does this period of restriction 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 trialled?
  • 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?