SERVICES

Driving Well Occupational Therapy provides a vast range of driving and vehicle modifications services so that we can work with many different clients to help them stay safe on (or off) the road.

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What client groups do we work with?

What is required prior to the driving assessment?

What is involved in the assessment?

What vehicle modifications options are there?

What ongoing help and support is provided?

What if someone can't drive anymore?

My organisation wants to learn more about OT and driving assessments.

I have a pre-learner driver... how do I know if they are suitable for driving?

What can I do to prepare for the driving assessment?

Clients

Driving Well Occupational Therapy targets the following client groups:

  • Older clients with general frailty/ageing, physical/functional problems, memory loss etc

  • Clients with chronic health conditions eg diabetes

  • Clients with neurological conditions eg stroke, parkinsons, spinal cord injury

  • Clients with orthopaedic injuries eg amputations, hand and shoulder injuries, back injuries

  • Younger/learner drivers with physical impairments such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury

  • Younger/learner drivers with learning difficulties eg Aspergers and Autism

  • WE DO NOT ACCEPT REFERRALS FOR MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSES

Driving Assessment

What is required:

  • A referral from the GP or specialist indicating the client's medical condition and clearance to undergo the assessment

  • QLD Transport medical certificate signed "for the purposes of OT driving assessment"

  • A vision assessment completed by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist

  • Current driver's licence or learner's permit

  • Glasses / hearing aids if used

The initial driving assessment involves: 

  • 2 hour off-road occupational therapy assessment in client’s home, looking at:

    • medical background and driving history

    • physical function including movement, strength and coordination

    • vision function - how the eyes move around

    • safety, judgement and decision making skills in relation to driving

    • road law knowledge

  • 1 hour on-road occupational therapy assessment with rehabilitation driving instructor

    • conducted in the driving instructor's dual controlled automatic or manual vehicle

    • ​vehicle is fitted with modifications (eg spinner knob, left foot accelerator, and hand controls) for clients needing to trial these

An on-road re-assessment will often be required for clients who are undergoing driving lessons and learning to use vehicle modifications. Re-assessments are also recommended for clients with progressive conditions such as Parkinson's Disease and dementia.

Vehicle Modifications for Drivers and Passengers

We can assist with prescription and funding application for vehicle modifications such as:

  • spinner knobs and hand controls

  • left foot accelerator pedal

  • wheelchair lifts and hoists

  • lowered floor conversions and ramps

  • wheelchair tie downs and docking stations - passenger and driver

  • high level driving controls - assessment in Total Ability high level assessment van 

Case Management

We can provide case management of client's progress with driving rehabilitation, which may include:

  • lessons with a rehabilitation Driving Instructor

  • organising vehicle modifications

  • liaising with referrers/funding bodies and GP/specialist

Retirement from Driving

For clients needing to retire from driving, we can provide support, identify alternative transport options and complete applications for Taxi Subsidy Scheme and Australian Disability Parking Permit where eligible.

Education

We are always happy to share knowledge and resources on driving and OT - we can provide education to GPs, health professionals and community groups regarding driving with a medical condition, OT role and services available at Driving Well Occupational Therapy. 

Pre-learner and learner drivers: "Potential to Drive"

We get many referrals for young people who may be on the Autism Spectrum, or have other diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD, mild intellectual impairment, global developmental delay, and mental health diagnoses.

We have worked with Dr Miriam Monahan (OT Driver Assessor from USA) from the Driver Rehabilitation Institute to develop an assessment process that works for this client group - this assessment process is called "Potential to Drive".

 

The Potential to Drive assessment usually includes:

- clinical assessments (which may include physical function, vision function, cognitive function / intelligence)

- on-road activities (which may include PASSENGER activities - perfect if your young person doesn't have a Learner's permit yet, and may include a short behind-the-wheel drive)

- review of progress with lifeskills (cooking, washing, shopping, community activities - this is so important in looking at readiness for driving.

 

For more information about the Potential to Drive assessment - click here.

Resources to prepare for the driving assessment

1) QLD Transport Road Rules book

The appointment includes a hardcopy of the up-to-date QLD Transport road rules book. This will be sent after clients pay for their appointment (self-funded clients) or return the signed service agreement (NDIS participants). This includes hints on what they may need to refresh.

 

2) Driving Videos 

We have a series of videos on our website with some driving tips and some common errors that we see. A link and password will be sent to clients who have an appointment booked, two weeks prior to their appointment.

3) Drive Focus app

This is a fantastic app (on apple ipad or android tablet only), that helps to focus your visual searching skills for driving. The app is American but has Brisbane real-life driving videos, where you have to tap on all the "critical items" during the drive.

 

The app costs about $16AUD with no ongoing fees and no kick-backs to us. It was developed by a driving OT and researcher in America and has had research studies that show it helps to reduce driving errors. It is “brain training for driving”!

 

Here is a one-minute video about the app.

 

We encourage all of our drivers to purchase and practice using this app - you will really find that it helps to improve your alertness on the road.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Potential to Drive service - intake on pause until 2022

 

FEES

Funded Services

Driving Well can provide services to clients receiving funding through the following insurers:

Example Service Agreements (NDIS Participants):

  • Driving assessment

  • Driving assessment and vehicle modifications

  • Passenger vehicle modifications

  • Potential to Drive - for learner drivers on Autism Spectrum or other executive function challenges

Self-funded Clients

For self-funded clients, Driving Well offers a complete service package including:

  • Assessment for cars, heavy vehicles and motorbikes available

  • Driving instructor's fee

  • Report to the referring Doctor and to QLD Transport

  • QLD Road Rules refresher book

  • Access to information and videos to feel prepared for the assessment 

  • Communication and case management 

  • Support for retirement from driving as needed

Fee Schedules for self-funded clients:

 

Car (C class): click here

Trucks / Forklifts (MR, HR, HC and MC classes): click here

Motorbike riding (RE and R class): click here

DRIVING REHABILITATION

The effects of an injury or getting older often have some impact on our ability to drive. Some people also have some bad habits, or may not be up-to-date with their road rules. In cases where there are some safety concerns and the client is aware of these and able to improve, the recommendation will be to have Driving Rehabilitation with the specialised driving instructor.

Cost of Lessons and Re-assessment (self-funded clients only):

Lessons: will depend on your driving instructor and location – varies around $110 - $120/lesson

Re-assessment: Flat fee $300 including driving instructor lesson fee and progress report to GP

This will typically be required for clients following stroke, brain injury, cognitive impairment and vehicle modifications.

 

Vehicle Modifications:

An additional $200 fee will be incurred for clients requiring vehicle modifications.

(Insured clients will be charged the hourly rate as per NDIS service agreement or other insured approved quote).

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Self-funded clients:

Payment MUST be received at least 7 days prior to the assessment or the assessment will be cancelled.

There is a $30 cancellation fee for appointments cancelled within 5 days prior to the assessment.

Insured clients (NDIS / NIISQ / WorkCover etc):

Full assessment and driving instructor fee will be charged if the appointment is cancelled with less than five days notice.

HOW TO PAY:

  1. Direct debit – Account name: Accessing Home and Community | BSB: 034 093 | Account number: 778414

  2. Credit card - we can send you a link to a credit card payment option (run through "Stripe") or ring Zeta on 0407 671 621 to pay over the phone

  3. Post cheque – Driving Well Occupational Therapy, PO Box 2146, Runcorn QLD 4113