An occupational therapy driving assessment is a comprehensive off-road (clinical) and on-road (practical assessment for people with a medical condition or disability, to determine if that condition is impacting on their ability to drive safely and in accordance with State Licencing Authority (QLD Transport – Transport and Main Roads department in Queensland) driving test standards.
You will require a GP referral, valid driver’s licence, QLD Transport Medical Certificate for the assessment; you may also require an Optometrist report (for clients over 75 years of age, clients with vision disorders or neurological injuries).
An occupational therapy driving assessment includes two parts: a clinical (or off-road) assessment and a practical (or on-road assessment):
Assessments CANNOT be completed in the client’s own car because dual controls are not fitted into the car, and sometimes clients will make mistakes where the driving instructor has to intervene on the brake or accelerator.
After the driving assessment, the OT driver assessor and driving instructor will determine the outcome of the assessment, and then a report is sent to your referring doctor and to the Medical Conditions Reporting Unit at QLD Transport.
There are three possible outcomes from any driving assessment:
“Pass”: medical condition is not impacting on driving and therefore safe to continue driving
“Driving program”: client has not yet passed
“Fail”: medical condition is impacting on driving and no longer safe, and recommendation that the licence will be cancelled and the person is recommended to retire from driving.
If you have passed the assessment:
A “fail” result usually only occurs when:
You are encouraged to discuss the outcome of the assessment with your GP.
The assessment results are final.
You are welcome to seek a second opinion.
Use our “Refer” button on the top menu to open a referral form, put in all your or the client’s details, and upload the forms that you need for the assessment.
Zeta, our Practice Manager, will contact you to book the appointment.
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We are small team of occupational therapy driver assessors in Brisbane and we strive to help clients through this difficult process.
We ONLY do driving and vehicle modifications at Driving Well and we do a lot of training and supervision to make sure that we are providing a clinically excellent service.
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