Assessing Fitness to Drive

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5.1.2 When assessing fitness to drive in the course of patient treatment

If, in the course of treatment, it is considered that a patient’s condition may impact on their ability to drive safely, the health professional should, in the first instance, encourage the patient to report their condition to the driver licensing authority. A standard form, Medical condition notification form, has been produced to facilitate this process. Refer to Appendix 2.2: Medical condition notification form or visit <www.austroads.com.au>. If necessary, the health professional may feel obliged to make a report directly to the driver licensing authority using a copy of this form. Most driver licensing authorities will also accept a letter from the treating practitioner or specialist.

Note that such reporting is not required for temporary conditions. Such conditions do not impact on licence status (refer to section 2.2.3 Temporary conditions) but the patient should be advised not to drive until the temporary situation is resolved.