Coastal Rehab Helps You Achieve And Maintain Driving Independence After Illness Or Injury

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.
The Driving Assessment comprises of 3 parts:
Off-Road Assessment
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.
On-Road Assessment
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.
Driving Assessment Report | Development of a Driver Rehabilitation Plan
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.

    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.

    Every case is different.

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