Occupational Therapy Driving Assessments

driving assessmentWhy be assessed by a Driver AssessorOccupational Therapist?

Research demonstrates that the gold standard for assessing a person’s capacity to drive is to actually assess them driving.

Occupational Therapists who are driver assessors are the only health professionals qualified to conduct an on road practical assessment of how a person’s medical condition impacts on their ability to drive safely and competently.

The role of a Driver Assessor Occupational Therapist is to:

  • Assess the person’s fitness to drive based on relevant clinical and functional information and on the relevant medical standards.
  • Provide recommendations to the referrer regarding a client’s driving safety or in order to improve the person’s driving safety (i.e. vehicle modifications).

What does an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment involve?

The assessment involves two parts:

  1. Clinical Off Road Assessment (1.5 - 2 hours):
    • Interview and clinical screen assessing
      • Physical ability to drive
      • Visual ability to drive
      • Cognitive ability to drive.
  2. Practical On Road Assessment (1 hour):
    • Conducted in a dual control vehicle with a driving instructor and occupational therapist
    • Following the conclusion of the on road assessment verbal feedback is provided to the person regarding their capacity to drive safely according to their medical condition.
    • A formal comprehensive report detailing the assessment outcomes and recommendations will be compiled and forwarded onto the medical professional.

Referral Process

Referral is required outlining the following:

  • Medical conditions or reason for referral.
  • Current medications.
  • Referral need’s to state that the person is considered medically fit to undergo an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment.
  • If person has a ‘M’ on their license they will require a current Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Form(F3712).

Cost

Please contact our clinic for pricing structure.

Other Requirements

  • Must have a current driver’s or learner’s license.
  • Eyesight report (if applicable or available).
  • Glasses/contact lenses if required.

driving assessment process