Driving assessment and vehicle modifications process
Driving Well Occupational Therapy aims to guide you through what can be a daunting and complex process. There are many steps required, with governance by QLD Transport and Australian Competency Standards for OT Driver Assessors, and working with funding bodies including NDIS, NIISQ and Workcover.
The law in Queensland states that “any person with a medical condition or disability that may affect their ability to drive, must have medical clearance from their doctor. In cases where there is concern regarding learning ability or a physical impairment, the person will need to have an Occupational Therapy driving assessment.”
This law is called Jet’s Law”, named for Jet Rowland who in 2004 was 2 years old and involved in an accident, where the driver of the other vehicle had epilepsy and shouldn’t have been driving. Jet was killed, his older brother had a catastrophic spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair, and their mother Anita (a Police Officer) sustained serious orthopaedic injuries.
When a GP is unsure about the person’s ability to drive or the functional impact of the medical condition or disability on driving, they can refer for an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment. This must be completed by an Occupational Therapist with the additional post-graduate driver assessor qualification. All our occupational therapists at Driving Well have this qualification; director Jenny also has an additional qualification to assess heavy vehicle drivers.
After an OT driving assessment, the OT will make a recommendation back to the GP in a formal report, and then the GP makes the final decision about the person’s medical fitness for driving. To continue driving, the GP writes a new QLD Transport Medical Certificate for the person to take to the QLD Transport office for processing; an updated licence is then provided.
There are extremely serious consequences of driving with a medical condition when the proper clearance and reporting is not completed, and an accident occurs:
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