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?

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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

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 Ophtamologist

  • 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

    • 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

  • hand controls

  • left foot accelerator pedal

  • wheelchair lifts and hoists

  • lowered floor conversions and ramps

  • wheelchair tie downs and docking stations.

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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 from the client's home

  • 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 schedule for self-funded clients - click here

Fee schedule for self-funded clients (heavy vehicle) - 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/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.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

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.

HOW TO PAY:

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

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

  3. Credit card – Phone Zeta (Practice Manager) on 0407 671 621 to pay over the phone

CONTACT

Phone: 0407 671 621

Email: jenny@drivingwell.com.au | admin@drivingwell.com.au

Address: PO Box 2416, Runcorn QLD 4113

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