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Driving Assessments &

Coastal Rehab can help you achieve and maintain driving independence after an injury. Contact our team for professional assessments and rehabilitation services.

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Achieve Driving Independence

 Return to driving after injury or illness invokes mixed feelings, including anxiety and fear of failure. Living a full and engaged life seems impossible without the independence of being able to drive. Whether it is learning to ride a bike, drive a motorbike, car or truck, our service will customize the assessment and driver rehabilitation program required to support independence.

A treating doctor may have concerns about the impact of a medical condition and requires an expert opinion. Driving assessments determine if a medical condition or disability impacts on fitness to drive.

 At Coastal Rehab, a supportive approach is used to assist you or your client and their support person to understand the legal requirements, and to customize a learning plan to support the driving goal.

The assessments are holistic, take into account driving history, off and on-road performance, and how best to modify the vehicle or driving routes to optimize independence. The driving assessment process takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and is usually conducted out of our office in Buddina, with home visits by arrangement.

Download and complete our driving referral form below, or contact us for more assistance.

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Local Driving Assessments and Rehabilitation

Service Cost

Fees for an OT driving assessment can vary. Please call on 07 5478 3719 to find out the cost applicable to your assessment.

*OT driving assessment is not covered by Medicare. Private health insurance rebates may be available in some situations.

Driving Assessments

The driving assessment comprises three parts:

The ‘Off-road assessment’ is completed first, in the office where: Your driving history, physical and cognitive skills are identified.

Your needs and barriers to resumption of driving are reviewed. Road rule knowledge is assessed.

The purpose of the on-road assessment is to determine a person’s safe driving capacity with respect to QLD Transport license requirements.

It is conducted in the driving instructor’s dual controlled car (either automatic or manual), and the driver is encouraged to “relax” and assume a normal driving rhythm.

Following on-road assessment, a comprehensive clinical report is submitted to the referring doctor who makes the final decision regarding medical fitness to drive.

Possible outcomes include:

  • Resumption of driving on an unconditional licence
  • Resumption of driving on a conditional licence with specific restrictions
  • A Driver Rehabilitation Plan to master vehicle modifications or for remediation of habits
  • Recommendation to cease driving

As part of the driving assessment, Coastal Rehab may also counsel clients on retirement from driving and community transportation options, including use of a scooter.

Every Case is Different
Contact our friendly staff to discuss your individual needs today.