FAQ's

OT DRIVING SERVICES

Yes, driver-trained Occupational Therapists have post-graduate qualifications in on and off-road Driving Assessments and Vehicle modifications making them specialist in this area. Driver Trained Occupational Therapist (DTOT) are registered with Transport for NSW to be able to carry out driving assessments on our roads in NSW.

A fitness to drive medical assessment completed by your doctor. Your doctor needs to submitted this to the RTA and give you a copy to give to the OT or email a copy to the OT prior to your appointment. On the day of your appointment have a medical history/ summary from your GP and a list of your medications. You will also have to have your driver licence with you on the day and bring it with you for the on road driving assessment.

 

The off and on-road driving assessments are an hour each. The off-road assessment is carried out in the office or your home and the on-road driving will be on our set route or a special local route.

Rehab qualified driving instructors. They have extra qualifications to work collaboratively with the Occupational therapist to enable us to support people with disabilities and medical conditions.

The needs and goals of each individual is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If obtaining your driver’s licence is a goal for you, it is possible to receive funding from the NDIS to help achieve this.
In New South Wales, a person is required by law to declare any medical condition that may impact on their driving ability. The person is often required to undertake an Occupational Therapy (OT) Driving Assessment to determine the effect, if any, that their condition or disability has on their driving performance. Moreover, they may need several driving lessons to help them obtain or regain their licence. The NDIS may cover the costs of these assessments, ongoing lessons and recommended vehicle modifications if appropriate funding has been allocated.
In general, there are two types of driving situations that may use NDIS funding:

1. An NDIS participant already has their driver’s licence but has been referred for an OT driving assessment, perhaps due to deterioration of their condition or the emergence of a new diagnosis. Often in these cases, the person’s treating Doctor has notified the RMS of the person’s need for a driving assessment. The person’s NDIS funding may be used to pay for the cost of the assessment, as well as for any subsequent lessons or vehicle modifications required.

2. An NDIS participant does not have their driver’s licence and wants to learn how to drive. Once the person has obtained their learner’s licence, their NDIS funding may cover costs associated with the OT driving assessment, vehicle modifications or ongoing driving lessons. As the person is a novice driver, they will need several driving lessons with a rehabilitation driving instructor. The number of lessons required will be recommended by the Occupational Therapist. Some of these lessons may be funded by the NDIS, while some lessons will need to be covered by the individual. In general, the NDIS will continue to fund driving lessons as long as the person is showing improvement in their driving skills. Once the person has reached the required driving hours for a learner driver and the driving instructor feels they are ready, they can undergo the Provisional driving test.

Yes, we see self-managed and planned managed participants with funding available in capacity building support. We cannot see agency managed participants.

  • Spinner knobs and handles
  • Satellite Accelerator (corded and wireless)
  • Push-pull hand controls (brake & accelerator)
  • Easy drive (brake & accelerator)
  • Over-Ring Accelerator
  • Left foot accelerator
  • Duck clutch
  • Turney seats
  • Boot hoists
  • Transfer plates
  • Voice Command technology
  • Brands: Fadiel Italiana, Lodgesons, Kivi, Guidosimplex

We work with specialist vehicle modifications Access Automobility, Mobility Engineering, Newcastle Auto Electrics, Total Ability,  and Automobility. The OT will liaise with the modifiers to obtain quotes for the modifications you need and submit these with your reports. The vehicle modifier will order and install the equipment to your vehicle, and complete the RMS VSCCS ADR Compliance certification. 

Occupational Therapist driving assessors have completed post-graduate training to assess how medical conditions or injuries may impact your driving ability. Rehab driving instructors have completed specialist training to instruct and teach drivers with extra needs. Our staff have extensive experience and knowledge and work with drivers to obtain, maintain, or regain their driving independence.