What are OT Driving Assessments?


A driving assessment consists of two components: an off-road and on-road assessment. The driver trained Occupational Therapist will meet at the person's house. The entire assessment takes approximately 2-3 hours depending on the client's medical condition. Once completed, the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) will be notified of the outcome and if necessary, a remediation program will be carried out. 

 

Who will require an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment?

The holder of a NSW drivers licence is legally responsible to notify RMS if they have a permanent and long term condition that is likely to affect their ability to drive. People may be notified by the RMS that they will require a driving assessment. 

Health practitioners may be unsure about how a patient's medical condition may impact their ability to drive safely. Health practitioners may also have concerns about reporting their patients to the transport authorities, as this may damage their therapeutic relationship. Therefore, it is recommended that the use of an independent specialist, such as an Occupational Therapist, is used to bridge this challenge. 

Elderly lady driving

People appropriate for the service

Occupational Therapy Assessments can assist people with the following medical conditions:

  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Memory problems
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Spinal injury
  • Physical injury
  • Mental health issues
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Congenital conditions
  • Amputees
Fees

Fees will vary depending on the nature of the referral. The client may be eligible for rebates through CTP, workers compensation or private health insurance.