For many people, driving a car provides independence. Driving requires a high level of skill. Any decrease or loss of abilities due to illness, injury, disability or age can compromise your safety and that of other road users.
Why may you need driving assessment?
The Department of Transport and Main Roads, your doctor or friends and family may request you to undertake an assessment if a medical illness, disability or age is affecting your driving. A driving assessment can determine your ability to drive or learn to control a vehicle safely. This assessment can only be conducted by a qualified driver trained occupational therapist.
What could a driving assessment entail?
- Determining medical fitness to drive assessments: This is a comprehensive assessment involving off-road assessment, on- road assessment and reporting (4.5 hours). A driving instructor is required for all on-road assessments
- Ergonomic assessment: This can include a review of driving positioning, seating and accessories to improve comfort while driving
- Development of a remediation/training plan: A driving assessment would be completed and a document provided to your driving instructor to outline a training plan to learn or return to driving
- A report including recommendations will be sent to your G.P. and to the Department of Transport and Main Roads
Why choose LifeTec?
LifeTec has over 35 years experience working closely with individuals to support independence and safety. Our occupational therapists undergo extensive driver training to effectively evaluate your driving skills. We can compliment this service with recommendations of vehicle modifications if required
What do I require to participate in a driving assessment?
- Learner’s or driver’s licence
- Referral from your GP
Where are the assessments conducted?
LifeTec Australia Level 1, Newmarket Village,400 Newmarket Road, Newmarket QLD 4051. Assessments can also occur at an alternative location with an additional fee charged for travel
Vehicle assessments and modification
Vehicle modifications may be considered for a range of reasons to enable a person to drive safely, and stow their mobility aids to increase their level of independence. Vehicle modifications may also be required to allow a person to travel seated in a wheelchair and reduce the risk of injury during transfers. It is also possible to review vehicle ergonomics, transfers, and seating for an easier and more comfortable travel experience.
What types of AT are available?
Many vehicle modifications are available to support you to drive or travel as a passenger.
Talk to our health professionals today about:
- Specialised children's car seats
- Vehicle harnesses
Mobility Aid Transfer
- Trailers and wheelchair carriers
- wheelchair lifters
Transfer of people
- Hoists for people
- Turn out seats
- Transportation in a wheelchair
What are the costs?
LifeTec are registered providers with NDIS, My Aged Care, NIISQ and Medicare and will work with you to determine how to fund the service you require.