Occupational Therapists can complete additional training to become a Driving Assessors for people whose medical condition or disability may impair their ability to drive.
Austroads and the National Transport Commission publish 'Fit to Drive' information. This details the national standards for licensing for people with medical conditions / disability. Have a look at the link to get up to date information on your obligations as a driver.
OTs are the only health profession who can provide driving assessment as we are uniquely trained in the physical, cognitive and psychological aspects of function. To achieve the qualification, OTs complete post-graduate study.
DOTS offers OT Driving Assessments and has three driver-trained OTs on staff.
How does it work?
Once you are cleared by your GP to be assessed, we undertake an off-road assessment which looks at your cognitive and physical (biomechanics and reflexes) capacities as well as vision and your knowledge of the road rules.
The second part of the process is an on-road screening with a Driving Instructor in a dual control car. The occupational therapist sits in the back seat and assesses your driving in your local area.
The Driving Instructor is a professional driving teacher and comes with their specialised car.
With the information from both parts of the assessment, the Occupational Therapist makes a recommendation to your GP (or the referrer) about your capacity to drive. The referrer (GP or Specialist) makes the final decision.
You may be able to access funding to help cover the costs of your assessment. Call us on 3114 9445 to discuss possible options.
Our driving assessment package costs $450.
(NB: This is increasing to $500 in 2019)
The outcome of an assessment can be: