Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation
Driving is often seen as an independent method of participating in social events, getting to work or running around doing everyday errands.
We use a combination of high-level cognitive processes, vision and physical abilities to drive. One or more of these abilities may be challenged by a disability, injury or progressive medical condition.
Regardless of location or frequency, driving is a privilege to enable the independent lifestyle we enjoy, however it also has serious consequences if we do not ensure we are fit to drive, for yourself and other road users’ safety.
In Western Australia, the Department of Transport WA have enacted in legislation mandatory reporting of all long-term or permanent medical conditions and/or medications which may affect your ability to drive.
As a responsible driver, please refer to the Department of Transport WA website for further details on how to report your medical condition.
During this process of returning to driving with your medical condition, you may be referred to undertake a specialist assessment with an Occupational Therapist Driver Assessor (OTDA).
The OTDA is a registered Occupational Therapist with additional postgraduate qualifications and expertise in assessing the impact of your medical condition on driving fitness, safety, and independence.
In these assessments, the OTDA will begin with a pre-drive assessment in our office of your cognitive, physical and visual abilities related to the complex task of driving.
If appropriate, the OTDA will conduct an on-road assessment. This is undertaken by a qualified Driving Instructor in their dual controlled car for safety and the OTDA, who sits in the left passenger seat. Accommodations will be made for automatic or manual preferences.
Immediately following the pre-drive and/or on-road assessment, the OTDA will provide feedback on the recommendations which could be one of the following outcomes:
- Recommend a person is fit to continue driving according to Austroads and medical standards.
- Recommend a person is not fit to continue driving according to Austroads and medical standards. Alternative transport options would be provided.
- Undertake a driving rehabilitation program and complete lessons to learn compensatory strategies such as using specialised vehicle modifications or techniques. Conditions would be required on the drivers’ license and re-assessment would be required.
- Recommend licence restrictions such as the driver must wear corrective lenses at all times while driving.
After the outcomes have been provided, the OTDA will prepare a report for the driver, treating medical practitioner and the Department of Transport WA of these recommendations.
The Department of Transport WA gathers all required evidence to make the final decision on your license.
Please contact Functional Revival to book your OT Driving Assessment.