Training & Research
For more information on the cognitive fitness to drive screening tool:
DriveSafe DriveAware click here.
Rehab on Road coordinates courses for occupational therapists, driving instructors and other health professionals in the area of driver assessment and rehabilitation. For a list of courses offered at the Centre for Continuing Education, the University of Sydney, follow this link:
Training is also available a various times through Pearson Academy and OT Australia - or contact Rehab on Road for training tailored to the needs of your organisation.
To become a driver trained occupational therapist you must complete a recognised course such as offered through the Unviersity of Sydney or LaTrobe University (in Victoria). You cannot conduct driving assessments unless you have undertaken post graduate training. In Australia you must be registered as a driver trained occupational therapist. Once you have completed a recognised course you will be issued with a registration number and be entitled to conduct driving assessments. Additional training is advised in heavy vehicle and plant equipment assessment before you attempt assessment in these classes of vehicles.
Driver trained occupational therapists work closely with rehabilitation trained driving instructors in this specialised area. It is recommended driving instructors attend additional training before they work with clients with disabilities and special needs. Most instructors working in the area have vehicle modifications such as a left foot accelerator or hand controls fitted to their car. The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney offers driving instructors training in medical conditions, specialisted teaching methods, vehicle modifications and licensing policies and procedures for drivers with medical conditions.