Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments
An Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment focuses on the impact of your disability or medical condition on commencing or returning to driving. It is different to a Department of Transport licensing test.
Assessments are conducted by a registered driver trained occupational therapist and aim to ensure that you are safe and able to drive, where possible.
Indigo conducts assessments across the Perth metropolitan area from our Nedlands and Westminster centres and operates regionally from Bunbury, Mandurah and Northam.
Who are Occupational Therapy Driver Assessments suitable for?
Assessments may be conducted for:
- Fitness to drive – drivers with medical or age related changes
- Novice drivers – to determine driving readiness
- Experienced drivers with acquired medical conditions or disabilities to determine the impact on driving performance and possible need for modified driving controls
- Work related drivers – to determine the impact of injury or chronic pain conditions including ergonomic evaluation
- Commercial vehicle drivers – to determine medical capacity to drive heavy vehicles or workplace plant equipment
What happens in the assessment?
Appointments generally last two hours and include an interview about your medical and driving history, and assessment of physical, sensory and cognitive skills required for driving. This is followed by a practical driving assessment on a set route with a range of road conditions. It is conducted in a dual controlled automatic or manual vehicle provided by Indigo. It is conducted with a qualified driving instructor and driver trained occupational therapist.
Should I refer? Information for health professionals
If you are unsure whether to refer for an occupational therapy driver assessment, there is a useful app called DriveSafe DriveAware that can help determine if an on-road assessment is necessary. The app provides an objective, evidence-based measure of cognitive fitness to drive that accurately predicts driving ability for older and/or cognitively impaired patients. Find out more information about DriveSafe DriveAware here.
How to refer
A doctor or health professional is required to complete and sign a referral form to indicate the person is fit to undertake a driving assessment. Please contact us to request a referral form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Would you like to know if you can drive your own vehicle? What happens after the assessment or what to do if you no longer hold a valid drivers license? Check out the below fact sheets to see if we may have already answered your questions.
Indigo Driver Assessment FAQ(pdf)
Vehicle Modifications FAQ(pdf)
First Time Drivers FAQ(pdf)
Driver Vision Screen Information FAQ(pdf)
Indigo offers specialised driving lessons tailored to people with a medical condition or disability. Lessons are available for first-time drivers as well as people returning to driving after an injury or illness. This may include refresher lessons for older drivers to gain a current understanding of road laws and improve confidence on the road. We also provide lessons to people who require vehicle modifications.
A driving instructor specialised in rehabilitation conducts the lessons in an automatic vehicle fitted with dual controls.
Driving lessons start at $80 per lesson and may be covered by a range of funding options. Individual needs and preferences guide the number of lessons that will be needed. In most cases lessons can start from the driver’s home and are offered only in the Perth metropolitan region.