Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment Service

The Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment Clinic is available to people living in the municipalities of Boroondara, Yarra and Darebin (south of Bell Street). 

An Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment may be necessary if:

  • A medical condition(s) is present that may affect a person’s ability to drive safely (eg.  physical injury, head injury, disability, dementia, stroke or psychiatric condition)
  • Physical or mental skills may have changed since a driver licence was first obtained
  • Police have made a report to Vic Roads after a motor vehicle accident 

In assessing medical fitness to drive, Vic Roads may request licence holders provide medical and/or specialist report(s).  Pending the outcome of these reports, licence holders may be requested to undertake an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment to determine if any medical condition(s) and/or disabilities impact their fitness to drive. Vic Roads will advise licence holders in writing if they are required to undertake an Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment.


Our Location

St Vincent’s Community Rehabilitation Services operate from two centres. 

Kew

St George’s Hospital 

283 Cotham Road, Kew 3101

 


Northcote 

92 Dennis Street, Northcote 3078 

Clinic Times

9.00am - 4.30pm - Thursday and Friday

Costs

The cost for the Occupational Therapist includes both the off-road and on-road appointments.
Occupational Therapy Hospital fee:  $220 (Pensioners $200)
Driving Instructor and car fee:  ($80-$90)
There is no Medicare subsidy for these fees.

Referral Information

All referrals to the Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment Clinic require a medical report form completed by a medical practitioner.

The Occupational Therapist is able to complete car assessments only, but not truck or motorbike assessments.

The Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment is conducted over two separate appointments.

  1. The off-road assessment involves an interview regarding driving and medical history, physical assessment, vision assessment and road law knowledge assessment. 
  2. The on-road assessment is conducted in a dual controlled driving school vehicle (automatic or manual).  Following the assessment a report describing your driving and the recommendations made by the Occupational Therapist is sent to Vic Roads Medical Review. 

Medical Practitioners wanting to refer for a medical opinion regarding fitness to drive need to direct their referral to a separate clinic, the St Vincent’s Fitness to Drive Clinic. This clinic is staffed by medical specialists who determine medical fitness to hold a licence for those with complex medical issues. At times Vic Roads Medical Review will specifically request a medical report from this clinic which is located at: Neuroscience Consulting Rooms, Building D - Level 5 Daly Wing, St Vincent’s Hospital, Fitzroy, 3065. 
Ph: 9231 3045 Fax: 9231 3350


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Contact Us

All referrals and queries should be directed to the Community Rehabilitation Centre :

Phone: 9231 8660

Fax:        9231 8661