ABOUT DRIVING WELL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Driving Well Occupational Therapy’s mission is to deliver excellence in occupational therapy driving assessments and vehicle modifications for people with medical conditions and disabilities. We thrive on helping our clients to be able to gain freedom, independence and normality. We understand that being able to drive or access a vehicle truly enables living and we are passionate about keeping our clients safe and well on the road, so that they can do the things that are important to them.
At Driving Well Occupational Therapy our Vision is to be a leader in occupational therapy driving assessment and rehabilitation service provision in South East Queensland. We are passionate about helping people with driving and vehicle access, dedicated to continuous learning and improvement, and thrive on engaging with the community to deliver the very best of services. Driving Well Occupational Therapy aspires to be a trusted brand for drivers and passengers with medical conditions and disabilities.
At Driving Well Occupational Therapy our two core, encompassing values include:
We strive to be kind in all dealings with clients and key stakeholders.
We are compassionate, we listen, we care, we communicate, we understand, we are honest, we are authentic.
We take care of our work colleagues, business supports and stakeholder network.
When delivering bad news, “clear is kind” and we strive to handle this with compassion and integrity.
At Driving Well Occupational Therapy, we love what we do – working with people with medical conditions, injuries and disabilities to keep them driving, get them back to driving, or get them into their own vehicle. This is the most satisfying and rewarding thing for us, and gives us the motivation to keep going – the “why factor”! We celebrate these wins. Check out our Why Factor Gallery to see some of our wins.
We are committed to exceptional customer service. We are a busy service, and always strive to manage our diary in the best, most effective way to deliver assessments, reports and applications in a timely manner.
We are dedicated to clinical excellence. Therapists are members of OT Australia and actively participate in the QLD Driving Special Interest Group. We engage with clinical mentors, colleagues and experts in the vehicle modification and driving rehabilitation industry throughout Australia. We attend webinars, conferences and networking events. We are continually growing our individual level of skill and expertise, and thrive on developing skills to work with complex clients. We are always learning more about the best way and best technology to help our clients.
We are passionate about supporting and educating clients, referrers, colleagues and members of the community about the area of occupational therapy driving assessment and vehicle modifications.
For most people, driving or access to a vehicle allows them to get to work, to the shops, to the doctor, to visit the family, to drop the kids at school, to go on holidays. From a young age, driving and/or access into a vehicle gives people freedom, independence and control over their lives. Drivers must realise that driving is indeed a privilege and comes with responsibilities; the ability to drive may be affected by functional changes resulting from ageing, illness, disability and injury.
At Driving Well Occupational Therapy, we work with people that have an injury or medical condition that may be impacting on their ability to drive safely or access a vehicle.
What would you do if you couldn't get around?
Driving with a medical condition or disability
Driving Well Occupational Therapy completes specialised occupational therapy assessments about a person's ability to drive with a medical condition or disability.
There are three possible outcomes of any OT driving assessment:
"Pass": it could be that the medical condition is not impacting on driving and the person can get back to driving
"Coaching and Rehab": it could be that the person requires coaching with a driving instructor or lessons to learn to use vehicle modifications, followed by re-assessment with the OT
"Fail": sometimes the medical condition is impacting on driving and the person is no longer safe to drive -
cancellation of the licence will be recommended
"Driving is a privilege - not a right"
Driving Well Occupational Therapy provides support through the daunting QLD Transport licencing and medical condition notification process. We also provide support through the process of obtaining vehicle modifications and funding assistance to those who are eligible.
At Driving Well Occupational Therapy we understand the importance of driving on our client's independence, on their well-being and on their identity. At the same time, we value client's safety and the safety of the community. We strive for honesty, care and understanding to help everyone through this challenging time, so that you can be reassured that if the client is continuing to drive they are safe.
Coaching and Rehab
DRIVING WELL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STAFF
Director and Occupational Therapy Driver Assessor
Jenny Gribbin is the Director and Principle Occupational Therapist of Driving Well Occupational Therapy. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2005 and completed post-graduate training in Driving Assessments at the University of Sydney in 2012.
After starting her family, Jenny was continually drawn to driving assessments. She is passionate about helping people to be safe and independent, so she founded Driving Well Occupational Therapy in late 2016.
Jenny is a full member of Occupational Therapy Australia and is the Convenor of the QLD Driving Special Interest Group.
Jenny has worked in many settings, including:
- driving assessments
- community and aged care
- hand therapy
- acute general medical, neurology and orthopaedics
- general medical, neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation
- spinal cord injuries
- work rehabilitation
- Customer Advisor for WorkCover QLD
Jenny has also gained qualifications to complete Heavy Vehicle driving assessments (trucks, buses, motorbikes, forklifts) and holds her own Heavy Rigid truck licence.
What this means for you is that Jenny can work with a wide range of clients and client needs, from work-related hand and orthopaedic injuries, to stroke survivors, to older clients with cognitive decline and dementia.
At Driving Well we will do whatever we can to keep you, your loved one, your patient, or your claims customer, safe and well on (or off) the road.
Conferences, Presentations and Training
Jenny is highly sought after to present on the role of OT Driver Assessors and driving:
Facilitating panel "Navigating Vehicle Modifications applications in the NDIA" at National OT Exchange conference, September 2020
Accepted presentation "Assessing insight into driving performance" - OT Exchange conference, September 2020
Invited speaker for the QLD Medicolegal Society conference "Driving Me Crazy", August 2019
QEII Hospital Occupational Therapy Department, June 2019
University of Queensland fourth year students, October 2018 and 2017
Ekco Hand Therapy team, October 2018
Redlands Palliative Care team, May 2018
Jenny collaborated with Dr Miriam Monahan (US based OT Driver Assessor, Lecturer and Researcher) to deliver three workshops for OT Driver Assessors on Autism and Driving:
May 2020: 20 participants
May 2020: 22 participants
August 2020: 28 participants
Jenny has been an Organising Committee Member for several conferences for OT Australia:
Current member of National OT Exchange conference, Melbourne, June 2020 - driving representative
QLD OT Driver Assessor workshop, May 2019
QLD OT Driver Assessor workshop, August 2017
Jenny is passionate about ongoing training and development and has attended the following training events:
OT Australia OT Exchange Conference (Virtual Conference, September 2020)
Mobility Engineering Assistive Transport Conference (Sydney 2018, Melbourne 2019)
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Prescription Course (Sydney 2019)
OT Australia National Conference (Sydney 2019)
QLD OT Driver Assessor workshops (Brisbane 2017 and 2019)
Heavy Vehicle assessment qualification (Sydney 2018)
National OT Driving Forum (Sydney 2016)
Occupational Therapy Driver Assessor
Zeta Griffiths is our Practice Manager and provides our "front of house" customer support. Zeta comes from a Medical Reception and Disability Support Work background, and as a mother of five, handles all our customer and referrer enquiries with compassion and skill.
Zeta looks after customer inquiries, driving assessment and vehicle modifications appointment bookings, service agreements and service bookings for NDIS clients, and credit card payments for private clients.
Alicia Parry is an Occupational Therapist who has joined Driving Well Occupational Therapy in January 2020.
She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010 and gained experience working with adults and children in community and disability settings. Alicia gained significant experience working with Assistive Technology in her role at Lifetec. She gained her post-graduate qualification as an OT Driver Assessor in 2017.
Alicia is passionate about the clinical area of driving assessment, driving rehabilitation and vehicle modification, and she is very excited about working with clients to help them with their goals of driving and community access.