At Enhanced Living Solutions we understand how important driving is to an individual. Our occupational therapy driver assessments are completed by a qualified therapist with over 18 years clinical experience. The therapist can assist with funding requests for iCare (Lifetime Care and Workers Care) and NDIS participants. 

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments

The Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment consists of an Off-Road and On-Road assessment.

 

The Off-Road assessment involves an interview and clinical assessment examining your medical background, driving history, physical capacity, your vision, your decision making abilities and judgement skills related to driving and general practical knowledge of road law. The Off-Road assessment may take up to 2 hours to complete.

The On-Road assessment occurs in a dual controlled car with a qualified driving instructor and the driver trained OT. This may be in an automatic or manual car, depending upon what you are used to driving or what your medical condition requires. The On-Road assessment may take up to 1.5 hours to complete

What is needed

  • A medical report from your treating doctor or specialist indicating your medical clearance to drive, your medical condition and the need for an Occupational Therapy driving assessment;

  • An eyesight report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist may also be required;

  • A current driver’s licence or learner’s permit;  and

  • Glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aids if required.

Following the assessment

Immediately following the assessment, the Occupational Therapist will provide feedback regarding the impact of your medical condition on your ability to drive safely and according to RMS legal requirements. A report detailing the driving assessment outcome and recommendations is sent to the referring doctor and the RMS Medical Unit.  The RMS Medical Unit has specially trained staff responsible for making a decision regarding a person’s licence status based on the results and recommendations of the medical and Occupational Therapy driving assessment report.

Possible outcomes of an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment 

There are a number of recommendations that can result from the assessment. These include:

 

  • Fit to drive with no other intervention

  • Fit to drive with certain conditions such as a limited distance from home, driving only in daylight hours or driving an automatic vehicle only

  • Driving lessons to learn compensatory techniques, to regain confidence or to upgrade driving skills 

  • Driving lessons to learn competency in driving with specialised vehicle modifications such as a steering aid, hand controls or a left foot accelerator. To drive legally with specialised vehicle modifications a person must have the modifications endorsed on their licence. They will be required to undertake an RMS Disability Driving Test to prove competency and safety driving with the modifications

  • Suspension of the licence whilst waiting for further recovery, or

  • Unfit to drive, with licence cancellation.

At times a person may be issued with a learner’s licence in order to complete the driving assessment or driving tuition.

 

Ongoing Occupational Therapy driving assessments:

An on-road re-assessment may be necessary to assess a person’s progress following driving lessons.

Further Occupational Therapy re-assessments may also be required if a progressive medical condition is involved, such as dementia and / or Parkinson’s Disease.

Occupational Therapy Driver Rehabilitation Programs

Where the outcome of the Occupational Therapy driving assessment recommends lessons to learn compensatory techniques or competency in driving with vehicle modification, the Occupational Therapist will develop a rehabilitation program that will be implemented by a registered Driving Instructor experienced in driver rehabilitation and vehicle modifications.

Occupational Therapy Driver Rehabilitation Programs

At times a driver may be required to learn to drive using compensatory techniques or develop competency in driving with vehicle modification due to an injury, disability or medical condition. Enhanced Living Solutions will develop a tailored rehabilitation program that is implemented by a registered Driving Instructor experienced in driver rehabilitation and vehicle modifications.

 

Learner Driver assessment and training programs

Enhanced Living Solutions can assist learner drivers with a goal to learn to drive! An occupational therapy assessment will assist to determine if a person has the capacity to learn to drive and what strategies will assist the learner driver to achieve their goal. The therapist will develop a tailored disability learner driver program implemented by a registered Driving Instructor experienced in disability learner driver training.  

 

Vehicle modification assessment and recommendations.

Enhanced Living Solutions can provide assessment for wheelchair accessible vehicle modifications, stowing and wheelchair transport options.