New Mentoring Programme 2022

Our new mentoring program gathers highly experienced occupational therapy driving assessors and trainers to provide training on demand and online quarterly meetings.

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors Course

Course Description:

This course provides training for occupational therapists who wish to specialise in driver assessment and rehabilitation. Sessions are conducted by occupational therapists and driving instructors with considerable clinical experience in the area. At the conclusion of the course successful participants will qualify as registered occupational therapy driver assessors.

Topics Presented:
  • The driver assessment process
  • Off-road screening of cognition, vision and physical capacity for driving
  • On-road assessment procedures
  • The impact of specific conditions on driving
  • Vehicle ergonomics and pain management
  • Report writing and clinical reasoning
  • Remediation and vehicle modification
  • High level needs and driving
  • Wheelchair crash testing and securing
  • Passenger only assessment
  • Licensing policies and procedures

High standards of achievement are set in this intensive course, to reflect the level of responsibility assumed by a qualified driving assessor. Full time attendance is required and assignments must be submitted during the course. All assessment tasks are graded at a level appropriate for a post-graduate subject and a satisfactory standard must be achieved before a certificate of course completion and a driving assessor registration number is issued.

Suitable for:

Applicants must be qualified occupational therapists, provide a certified copy of their occupational therapy degree or their AHPRA number during the course, have a minimum of two years postgraduate experience and hold a current drivers’ license.

Course Delivery:

This course is currently offered via two modes, either:

  1. Blended, face to face and online over 3 weeks;
  2. 100% online via Zoom

Blended, July

Week 1 Online Only Days:
Tues 12.07.2022 and Wed 13.07.2022
Week 2 Face to Face at Oatlands:
Mon 18 to Friday 22nd July 2022
Week 3 Online Only Days:
Tues 26.07.2023 and Wed 27.07.2022

$4,400
*including GST

Blended, Oct – Nov

Week 1 Online Only Days:
Tues 25.10.2022 and Wed 26.10.2022
Week 2 Face to Face Only:
Mon 31st October to Friday 4th November 2022
Week 3 Online Only Days:
Tues 08.11.2022 and Wed 09.11.2022

$4,400
*including GST

Driver Screening for all Occupational Therapists

Course Description:

This course is for occupational therapists who are not specialists in driving but who address driving as a part of their clinical role or who are asked by medical teams to decide if clients requires referral for further driving assessment. Driver assessment and rehabilitation is recognised as an important practice domain for all occupational therapists because it is a critical IADL and one that our clients highly value. All occupational therapists need to understand how to appropriately screen drivers using valid tools, so reliable advice is given in this high stakes area.

Topics Presented:
  • The role of occupational therapists in assessing fitness to drive
  • Best clinical practice for screening drivers to determine the need for further assessment
  • Available driver screening assessment tools and how to determine suitability
  • Working within license authority and Austroads medical guidelines
  • The impact of specific medical conditions on driving and potential for remediation
  •  Overview of vehicle modifications
Suitable for:

Occupational therapists who are not driver-trained / specialists in driving

Course Delivery:

This is a 1 day information course. Therefore, no assignments or examinations are completed. The course if offered via two modes, either:

  • 100% online (joining face to face attendees via Zoom) or

100% Online,TBA

1 day
9.00am – 4:30pm

$300
*including GST

Commercial Vehicle Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation Course

Course Description:

The Commercial Vehicle Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation is a 1 Day course designed to extend knowledge and skills in commercial vehicle driver assessment and rehabilitation for qualified occupational therapy driver assessors. The course provides therapists with the tools they need to conduct heavy vehicle assessments for all classes of trucks and buses, forklifts, and motorbikes. Report templates and examples reports are provided.

Topics Presented:

  • Heavy vehicle license classifications and common terminology
  • Medical guidelines related to commercial vehicle drivers
  • Vehicle ergonomics and seating
  • Pre-driving checks
  • Assessment of tasks associated with heavy vehicle driving
  • On-road assessment procedures
  • Fatigue management and defensive driving
  • Remediation and vehicle modification
  • Report writing
Suitable for:

Course participants must be qualified occupational therapy driver-assessors.

Course Delivery:

This is a 1 day information course. Therefore, no assignments or examinations are completed. The course if offered via two modes, either:

  • 100% online available (joining face to face attendees via Zoom) or

100% Online, December 2

Friday
(9am – 4:30pm AEDT)

$375.00
*including GST

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessor Refresher Course

Course Description:

This refresher course is for Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors who want to update their knowledge and skill in the area of driver assessment and rehabilitation. The course is ideal for therapists who: trained a number of years ago and have not consistently worked in the area; want to increase their confidence working in driver assessment and rehabilitation; or who just want to update their knowledge regarding policy and practice changes.

Topics presented:
  • Assessment of cognitive fitness to drive including examining a range of assessment tools
  • A review of current medico-legal report writing procedures including provision of an updated C class report template
  • An overview of recent policy and procedure changes
  • Working with NDIS participants
  • Vehicle modification / technology update and demonstration
  • Overview of the off-road assessment process (e.g., physical screening or screening of vision)
  • Q & A / group sharing
Suitable for:

Qualified Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors.

Course delivery:

This is a 1 day information course. Therefore, no assignments or examinations are completed. The course if offered via two modes, either:

  • 100% online (joining face to face attendees via Zoom) or

100% Online

TBA

$375.00
*including GST

Performance Analysis of Driving Ability (P-Drive) – A Standardised On-Road Assessment of Driving Performance

Course Description:

Performance Analysis of Driving Ability (P-Drive) is a standardised, valid and reliable observational assessment of driving ability developed by Dr Ann-Helen Patomella, Senior Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Occupational Therapists can use P-Drive on-road when assessing driving ability of clients diagnosed with stroke and other medical conditions that may impact driving performance. This course is presented in conjunction with Dr Patomella and includes certification to use the assessment tool once course requirements are met.

References

Patomella, A., & Bundy, A. (2015). P-Drive: Implementing an assessment of on-road driving in clinical settings and investigating Its internal and predictive validity. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(4), 6904290010p6904290011-6904290018. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015131

Patomella, A., Tham, K., Johansson, K., & Kottorp, A. (2010). P-Drive on-road: Internal scale validity and reliability of an assessment of on-road driving performance in people with neurological disorders. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 17(1), 86-93. doi:10.3109/11038120903071776

Patomella, A., Tham, K., & Kottorp, A. (2006). P-Drive: Assessment of driving performance after stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2006, 38, 273-279. doi:10.1080/16501970600632594

Suitable for:

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors.

Course delivery:

Courses are presented online (webinar).

Enrol to our self-paced P-drive 100% online course

Health and Medical professionals Courses

Medical and Health Professional Driver Screening Course

Course Description:

A half day workshop is provided for medical and health professionals in screening patient fitness to drive.

Topics Presented:
  • Screening cognitive fitness to drive: reliability, predictive validity and practicality of existing tools for use in medical practice, including touchscreen DriveSafe DriveAware
  • The impact of stroke, brain injury, aneurysm and other neurological impairments on driving capacity and potential for return to driving
  • Applying the Austroads Medical Guidelines / Working within licensing authority policies and procedures
  • Assessing physical capacity for driving
  • Vehicle modifications for patients with injuries and disabilities
  • Driver remediation for common medical conditions and disabilities.
  • Withdrawing driving privilege / conflict management
  • Further driver assessment referral pathways
Suitable For:

Medical and health professionals.

Course Delivery:

This course is offered as a half day workshop (9am to 1pm). Morning tea and lunch is provided. You have the option of playing a round of golf following lunch with a members discount.

Venue:

The venue is Oatlands Golf Club, Bettington Road, Oatlands, Sydney, Australia or contact us if you would like this course offered in your area (minimum 8 participants).

TBA
Please contact us for future dates.

Friday
(9am – 1pm AEST)

$180.00
*including GST

Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation – A Course for Driving Instructors

Course Description:

This course provides training for driving instructors who wish to specialise in rehabilitation of drivers with medical conditions, disabilities and injuries. Driving instructors often work in this area with occupational therapy driver assessors. Driver rehabilitation programmes involve teaching drivers with cognitive difficulties (e.g., due to a stroke or brain injury), physical impairments (e.g., due to loss or paralysis of a limb), vision impairments (e.g., due to loss of vision in one eye), anxiety, and mental health conditions.

Topics Presented:
  • The driver rehabilitation team and process
  • Common physical, cognitive and vision impairments and implications for driving
  • Ageing, mental illness, and anxiety and driving
  • Licensing policies and procedures for drivers with medical conditions
  • Working with occupational therapists in on-road assessment of drivers with impairments
  • Teaching methods / remediation for specific impairments (e.g., Autism, brain injury, vision loss, learning difficulties etc.)
  • Vehicle ergonomics / pain management
  • Working with NDIS participants
Suitable For:

Attendees must be qualified driving instructors

Course Delivery:

This is a 2 day information course. A certificate is provided on completion. There are no assessments.

The course is offered:

  • 100% online (joining face to face attendees via Zoom).

100% Online, Nov 24 & 25

Thursday and Friday
9am to 4:30pm

$760.00
*including GST

Occupational Therapy Case Conference

Highly experienced occupational therapy driving assessors meet online quarterly for 1 hour to present and discuss complex cases. Occupational therapy driving assessors are welcome to join to listen or to present your own case if you would like some advice on specific issues. All cases are de-identified and all discussion remains confidential within the group.

August 5

Friday
1pm

$45.00
*including GST

November 25

Friday
1pm

$45.00
*including GST

Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor Mentoring Program On-demand

Highly experienced occupational therapy driving assessors and trainers will provide convenient, online tailored support for occupational therapy driving assessors in clinical reasoning and report writing skills.

Mentoring can include case review, review of reports, decision-making support, and support regarding passenger and driver assessment and licensing processes.

Once you purchase this course, please get in touch with us to schedule a suitable time to receive support from one of our mentors.

100% Online

1 hour

$220
*including GST

Research and Development

Determining the impact of medical conditions, medical procedures and functional changes on the capacity to drive safely and investigating interventions to support driver health.