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2.2.4 Undifferentiated conditions

A patient may present with symptoms that could have implications for their licence status but the diagnosis is not clear. Investigation of the symptoms will mean there is a period of uncertainty before a definitive diagnosis is made and before the licensing requirements can be confidently applied.

Each situation will need to be assessed individually, with due consideration being given to the probability of a serious disease or long-term or permanent injury or illness that may affect driving, and to the circumstances in which driving is required. However, patients presenting with symptoms of a potentially serious nature, for example, chest pains, dizzy spells or blackouts or delusional states, should be advised not to drive until their condition can be adequately assessed. During this interim period, in the case of private vehicle drivers, no formal communication with the driver licensing authority is required. After a diagnosis is firmly established and the standards applied, normal notification procedures apply if needed. In the case of a commercial vehicle driver presenting with symptoms of a potentially serious nature, the driver should be advised to cease driving and to notify the driver licensing authority. The health professional should consider the impact on the driver’s livelihood and investigate the condition as quickly as possible.