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Driving a car is an essential activity of daily life in regional Australia. Not only does it allow independent mobility for work and social activities, it is a meaningful symbol of independence and personal identity.

Driving is a complex task involving integration of visual, physical, cognitive and psychosocial skills in a rapidly changing environment.

Medical conditions can affect driving ability and safety. Any loss of function in these areas as a result of a medical condition, mental health or the ageing process may impact a person’s ability to drive safely.




When should a child be referred to an Occupational Therapist? If you have any concerns about:

  • Fine eye-hand coordination (difficulties tying shoe laces, writing, cutting or dressing)

  • Muscle tone (tires easily, uncoordinated, slouches, fidgety, exaggerated movements, appears clumsy)

  • Visual perceptual skills (confuses letters, difficulty reading, problems copying work from the board)

  • Dyspraxia (motor planning)

  • Gross motor coordination

  • Emotional regulation 


A mental health OT can help individuals better understand their mental health condition and take an active part in their recovery. They can also help people develop skills to live more independently in the community including assistance with developing hobbies, returning to work and linking in with community groups and agencies.Some of the specialist skills that OTs offer in the mental health field include: 

  • Designing programs to enhance independence in everyday activities 

  • Developing coping strategies in overcoming mental health issues

  • Self-soothing and emotional regulation

  • Improving confidence and self-esteem in social situations