Medical / Disability Assessments
OT driving assessment to determine if a medical condition / injury / acquired disability is impacting on your ability to drive safely and in accordance with AustRoads / QLD Transport driving test standards.
This can be completed in an automatic or manual car.
The assessment has two parts:
Some clients with physical impairments will require vehicle modifications to return to driving.
Driving Well provides support with reporting, licensing requirements and applications to insurers (eg NDIS/NIISQ/WorkCover) for funding for specialised driving lessons and vehicle modifications.
Senior Drivers Assessments
OT driving assessment for senior drivers to determine if any medical conditions or age-related changes are impacting on their ability to drive safely and in accordance with AustRoads / QLD Transport driving test standards.
The assessment will assist the treating GP to determine if medical clearance (on a QLD Transport Medical Certificate) can be provided.
The assessment can be be completed in an automatic or manual car.
The assessment has two parts:
Driving Well provides support with reporting and licensing requirements.
Learner Drivers Assessments
We receive 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:
Vehicle modifications for Drivers
We can assist with prescription and funding application for vehicle modifications such as:
Passenger Vehicle Modification
We can assist with prescription and funding application for vehicle modifications for passengers such as:
Commercial Vehicle Assessment
OT driving assessments for commercial licences – trucks, forklifts, as well as motorbikes. We partner with Brisbane Truck School at Wynnum North and Cycle Right at Ransome to complete these assessments to determine whether the person’s medical condition / disability is impacting on their ability to operate these vehicles safely.
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.
Our team and business values are:
Read more about Jenny and the team here.
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