Excellence in Allied Health for RehabilitationOccupationalTherapyDrivingAssessments
Assessing Fitness to DriveDriving is a complex & skilled task.Should this person be driving?• What are your responsibilities as an Allied Health professional?MVR – Mandatory reporting in the NT• Temporary conditions?
Medical Conditions and DrivingWhat medical conditions may need temporary suspension of drivers licence?• Stroke & Parkinson’s disease• Chronic pain• Spinal injuries• Acquired Brain Injury• Multiple Sclerosis• Significant musculoskeletal problem• Loss of upper limb or right leg• Age related issues & dementia• Congenital disabilities Cerebral palsy
Off Road Driving AssessmentIncludes• Medical history& medications• Physical &sensory screen • Visual screen • Driving history • Road law • Cognitive screen
On Road Driving Assessment • 1 Hour drive in Dual controlled vehicle with OT & driving assessor. • Areas assessed include: vehicle control, gear selection, traffic observation, decision making, abiding by road laws, driving habits, reaction time, and may include self directed drive. (navigating to a familiar location) • Aids & equipment may also be introduced
Possible Outcomes• Reinstatement of licence – no conditions• Licence with restrictions or conditions• Adapted equipment and training• Driving lessons required• Cancellation of licence• Reassessment 6-12 months
Equipment• Left foot accelerator or extended pedals• Spinner knob, tri-pin spinner• Hand controls, electronic spinner knob• Extra mirrors
Licence CategoriesWe can assist with review of other licences, especially for return to work.• C - Car• H - endorsement - taxis• LR, MR, HR – Light, Medium, Heavy Rigid Truck• MC – Road Train• R – Rider