Fitness to Drive: Demystifying VicRoads Medical Review and maximising collaborative care webinar in collaboration with:
To drive or not to drive? That is the question.
One of the roles of an optometrist is to ensure that individuals are fit to drive. When patients don’t meet the required driving standards in the examination room, the VicRoads’ Medical Review process is just the beginning.
This CPD event, which is a collaboration between VicRoads and Optometry Victoria South Australia (OV/SA), will provide comprehensive information on the principles of fitness to drive and the intricacies of the VicRoads’ Medical Review process.
Topics to be covered include the nuances and considerations of setting conditional licenses, the optometrist’s role in managing complex cases that may require multi-disciplinary collaboration and, an update on the new VicRoads online eyesight report form. The seminar will also outline strategies to support optometrists to have difficult conversations with patients, with a particular emphasis on how to manage those patients that don’t follow professional advice.
OV/SA Welcome & overview
Michelle Marven, OV/SA
Fitness to drive standards and the Medical Review process
Fiona Morris, VicRoads Medical Review
Pam Ross, Occupational Therapist, Driving Assessor
Collaborative patient care panel session – case based discussion
Facilitator: Lyn Hsieh, OV/SA
Dr Anne Weymouth, optometrist and Vice-President of OV/SA
Pam Ross, Occupational Therapist
Dr David van der Straaten, ophthalmologist and Chair RANZCO Victoria
Dr Michael Levick, GP
Dr Anne Weymouth
Evaluation and close
Meet our Speakers:
Dr Anne Weymouth BOptom, CertOcTher, PhD
Anne is a member of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision, a Credentialed Optometrist for CASA and a Fellow of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Australian College of Optometry.
Anne works as a consultant electrophysiologist in private ophthalmology practice and as a sole practitioner in an independent optometry setting. She has research experience in electrophysiology and psychophysics, including overseas training in paediatric electrophysiology at the Children’s Hospital, Harvard, Boston and in Lyon, France. She also consults in occupational assessments of visual function and supervises postgraduate research in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr Pamela Ross
Dr Pamela Ross has worked as an occupational therapist in the area of rehabilitation for over 35 years.
She has specialised in driver assessment and vocational rehabilitation with specific expertise in traumatic brain injury, concussion and mutli-trauma.
She is currently employed as a senior clinician at Epworth Healthcare, contributes to Department of Transport projects as a senior policy advisor and is leading a TAC funded research project through Monash University into improving return to work outcomes following traumatic injuries.
Dr Michael Levick
Dr Levick is the Principal General Practitioner of Moreland General Practice. He is the AMA representative on the VicRoads Coroners Fitness to Drive Working Group.
Dr Levick speaks English and Italian and works full time to carry on the tradition that his father created. He is married with 2 daughters. His main interests are general medicine and diabetes management.
- To understand the importance of early intervention in relation to vision and driving
- To gain awareness of the OV/SA Member Resources and how they support practice in relation to managing fitness to drive.
- To gain an understanding of VicRoads’ Medical Review process including the role of optometrists and drivers in the Medical Review process.
- To learn about the new VicRoads eyesight report form.
- To understand the role of other health professionals involved in the Medical Review process and how optometrists can collaborate with them.
- To learn strategies for communicating fitness to drive advice to patients.
- To gain awareness of the range of consumer and health professional resources to support fitness to drive communication.