Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments
An Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment (OTDA) differs to a Department of Transport Practical Driving Assessment.
An OTDA focuses on determining the impact a disability or medical condition has on your safety to drive.
Assessments are comprehensive and conducted by an accredited Occupational Therapist who has completed certified training in Driving Assessment.
Indigo conducts assessments across the Perth metropolitan area from our Nedlands office and operates regionally from Bunbury, Mandurah and Northam.
Who are Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments suitable for?
People with disability, medical or age related changes to assess fitness to drive
Learner drivers to determine potential to drive and other supports
People in need of vehicle modifications for access and driving
Commercial vehicle drivers to assess safety to operate heavy vehicles
What happens in the Assessment?
An assessment is in two parts completed on the same day:
1. Off-road Assessment (approx. 90 minutes): this is a clinical assessment of physical, sensory, reaction and cognitive skills required for driving.
2. Practical On-road Assessment (approx. 90 minutes): conducted on a set route with a range of road conditions with a licensed Driving Instructor and Driver Trained Occupational Therapist.
What happens after an Assessment?
The Occupational Therapist will provide feedback following the assessment.
We understand the importance of driving to maintain independence, and the association between health, well-being and quality of life.
Sometimes a continuation or return to driving is not recommended. However, we aim to investigate all avenues for driving including the use of vehicle modifications and licensing conditions, where possible. Driving rehabilitation or training may be offered.
Alternative transport options are discussed and information is provided to the client in the event where driving is not recommended.
A detailed report is provided to the client, referring party and Department of Transport; who make the final licensing decision.
Driver Training and Rehabilitation
Indigo provides rehabilitation to people returning to driving after a change in function. This may include adapting to vehicle modifications. We proudly have two vehicles equipped with a range of vehicle modifications to suit people with most physical disabilities. Driving rehabilitation is provided either by an Occupational Therapist or a Driving Instructor experienced in rehabilitation.
Indigo offers specialised driver training for people learning to drive for the first time. This is completed by the Driving Instructor and lessons are tailored to the individual needs of the client.
All driver training and rehabilitation are completed in an automatic dual controlled vehicle.
An OTDA with Indigo or another provider is required to access these services.
Driver training and rehabilitation is $130 per hour, including travel. Get in touch with us to explore the range of funding options.
Individual needs and preferences guide the number of lessons that may be needed. In most cases lessons can start from the driver’s home and are offered only in the Perth metropolitan region.
Should I Refer? Information for Health Professionals
Consider Austroads medical assessment guidelines.
The DriveSafe DriveAware app can help determine if an on-road assessment is suitable. The app provides an objective, evidence-based measure of cognitive fitness to drive that accurately predicts driving ability.
How to Refer
A referral is required from a doctor or qualified health professional to assess fitness to drive.
Learner drivers and those considering vehicle modifications can self-refer for a driving assessment.
How much does an Assessment cost?
Costs for sitting an OTDA will vary depending on client needs and type of assessment.
Funding options may include:
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Home Care Package
- Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA)
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA)
- Workers Compensation Insurance
- Private payment
Total cost for private payment is $690 (payable via credit card, bank transfer or cash). A deposit of $150 is required to reserve an assessment booking; this is fully refundable if booking is cancelled two days prior.