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Completing an OT driving assessment in NSW

Why is it important to assess a person's medical condition and driving capacity? The opportunity and ability to drive is important to many people, as driving facilitates people to engage with others, attend personal, social or professional functions and obligations, and access their community. Driving gives a person greater independence and freedom to perform the [...]

By |2019-07-16T17:55:03+10:00July 16th, 2019|blog|Comments Off on Completing an OT driving assessment in NSW

Truck and bus occupational therapy driving assessments

When is a heavy vehicle OT (occupational therapy) driving assessment required? This is required when an individual sustains an injury or is diagnosed with a medical condition that may impact on their driving and have either of the following licence classes;  Light Rigid (LR)  Medium Rigid (MR)  Heavy Rigid (HR)  Heavy [...]

By |2019-07-25T19:29:36+10:00June 10th, 2019|blog|Comments Off on Truck and bus occupational therapy driving assessments

Everything you need to know about resuming driving after a stroke

How can a stroke affect my driving skills? A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply becomes disrupted. In most cases, this is due to the arteries in the brain becoming blocked, but can also occur when there is bleeding in the tissue of the brain. A stroke is a serious and life-threatening condition, and [...]

By |2019-05-23T13:48:35+10:00May 23rd, 2019|blog|Comments Off on Everything you need to know about resuming driving after a stroke

What are occupational therapy driving assessments

What is an occupational therapy driving assessment? Occupational therapy (OT) is an allied health discipline that focuses on helping people become as independent as possible. OT encompasses all areas of life – from basic self-care skills, gross and fine motor skills and meal preparation, to social skills and employment and vocational interests. One activity that [...]

By |2019-05-01T17:29:08+10:00May 1st, 2019|blog|Comments Off on What are occupational therapy driving assessments

Dementia and driving

Dementia background Dementia is a term used to characterise a set of signs and symptoms that relate to disorders of the brain. Commonly known types of dementia illnesses include vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia is a degenerative disease that worsens over time. Dementia impacts on the person’s cognition (thinking) and behaviour, and ultimately [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00March 9th, 2019|blog|Comments Off on Dementia and driving

Stroke and Driving

What is a stroke? When the brain does not get enough blood and oxygen supplied, its cells begin to perish as they become dangerously lacking in nutrients. This is the catalyst for a stroke, which occurs one of two ways: a) a blood vessel becomes obstructed (usually by plaque from cholesterol or blood clots), which [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00January 28th, 2019|blog|Comments Off on Stroke and Driving

NDIS Funding for Driving Assessments

Background The complex skill of driving requires ordered coordination of a person’s physical, visual and cognitive abilities. The ability to drive is a crucial component of an individual’s independence and autonomy, as it allows them to access their community, travel and participate socially at their convenience. While most people can learn to drive and obtain [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00December 30th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on NDIS Funding for Driving Assessments

OT Driving Assessment Sydney

The importance of driving For many people, the ability to drive is a critical aspect of their lives. Driving allows people to travel freely and enhances their independence and may be essential for employment opportunities and engaging with their community. However, while driving may easily be taken for granted by those are fortunate to carry [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00November 29th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on OT Driving Assessment Sydney

Information on OT Driving Assessments

If you have been recommended for an Occupational Therapy (OT) Driving Assessment, this article outlines what is involved in the procedure. Firstly, it is useful to understand the area of occupational therapy. An Occupational Therapist is an allied health worker who helps people improve their independence. Usually, OTs work with people who have medical conditions [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00November 2nd, 2018|blog|Comments Off on Information on OT Driving Assessments

Driving and the NDIS

What is the NDIS? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began its rollout across Australia in 2016. It is the nationwide government-funded program in which Australians up to 65 years of age with a chronic medical condition or disability can avail of formal supports and therapies. To be eligible to become an NDIS participant, an [...]

By |2019-04-15T13:14:33+10:00September 16th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on Driving and the NDIS