Do you need an occupational therapy driving assessment?
Occupational therapy driving assessments are used to determine whether you are fit to drive. If you’ve recently suffered a medical condition or disability, VicRoads may have asked you to provide a medical and/or specialist report.
Only registered occupational therapists that have undertaken postgraduate studies in driver assessment and rehabilitation are allowed to conduct driver assessments.
Kevan Walsh at An OT Driving Assessment, is a qualified occupational therapist who has undertaken the necessary postgraduate training required to conduct driver assessments and provide these reports.
Why do you need an OT Driving Assessment?
Most people who have been referred to an occupational therapist for a driving assessment have experienced a medical condition, physical injury, stroke, disability or psychiatric condition which has affected their fitness to drive. You may also be referred if your physical skills or thinking abilities have changed since you first got your license.
If VicRoads has sent you a letter saying that you need an OT driving assessment, make sure you bring the letter to your OT Driving Assessment.
What does an OT Driving Assessment Involve?
Your OT driving assessment will involve on-road and off-road components.
During the off-road assessment, the occupational therapist will ask you about your lifestyle and driving. You will also be asked about your medical history. Your OT driving assessor will evaluate your physical, sensory, visual and thinking abilities. Attention will also be paid to your ability to plan and concentrate and your understanding of road laws.
The on-road assessment will take place in a dual controlled vehicle. The occupational therapist and a driving instructor will be present. The occupational therapist will observe your driving performance and will provide you with feedback at the end of your assessment.
Getting the results
Your OT Driving Assessor will give you feedback to help you understand the effect of any physical limitations on your driving. This will include feedback on any limitations on your judgement, response to hazards, how you adjust to different traffic situations, and how you follow the road laws.
If you pass your assessment your occupational therapist driving instructor will recommend that:
1. you resume driving unconditionally, or
2. you can drive after you’ve made some modifications to your car, and/or
3. there will need to be some restrictions to your driving.
If it is determined that it is unsafe for you to drive, you may be asked to take lessons or to familiarise yourself with adaptive driving equipment. You may also be asked to wait for further recovery or improvement before you take your next assessment. It is possible that you may be deemed unsafe to continue driving.
Your OT Driving Assessment Specialist
Kevan Walsh graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1997, his career has focused on assisting his clients to achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence; his goal is always to assist you to achieve your desired outcome. Kevan completed his post graduate qualification in Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment in 2011. In addition to car license assessment, Kevan can also assist you with returning to motor cycle riding and truck/bus driving.