Cognexity Assessments offer a Four Element Framework to provide a comprehensive occupational cognitive capacity profile for:
- Screen and diagnose mental health / cognitive issues
- Examine substance use behaviour and influencing health issues
- Exposure and document sleep and health risk factors
- Assessment of cognitive function specific to employment positions
Rail operation is a complex task involving perception, appropriate judgement, adequate response time and appropriate physical capability. A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments may influence these driving prerequisites. Such impairment may adversely affect driving ability, possibly resulting in a crash causing death or injury. The National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers (the Standard) underpins a system for monitoring the health of rail safety workers and enables a consistent application of health standards across the Australian rail industry. All health assessments for rail safety workers are conducted in line with the current edition of the Standard. Operators have a responsibility to minimise risks and protect the safety of the public, rail safety workers, their fellow workers, and the environment. Rail operators accredit doctors and other health professionals to undertake medical assessments. The Standard helps accredited health professionals undertake those assessments.
The primary purpose of this assessment is to increase road safety in Australia by assisting health professionals to:
• assess the fitness to drive of their clients in a consistent and appropriate manner based on current medical evidence
• promote the responsible behaviour of their clients, having regard to their medical fitness
• conduct psychological / medical examinations for the licensing of drivers and performance of drivers under WHS as required by state and territory driver licensing authorities
• provide information to inform decisions on conditional licences, and
• recognise the extent and limits of their professional and legal obligations with respect to reporting fitness to drive.
Assessments include validated assessment tools benchmarked against relevant populations. Individual results are also interpreted in the context of the individual’s current work and personal circumstances in a confidential setting to ensure that interventions are tailored appropriately.
Assessment time is approximately 3 hours, of which most of this is completed online. Once these have been completed, the manager will meet with one of our experienced psychologists to complete some supervised assessments and discuss the results. Ongoing coaching sessions are also available should the manager wish to continue discussing their development and wellbeing journey. Re-assessment of cognitive performance is also recommended in 12-18 months’ time to track individual changes in cognitive capacity typically experienced as we age.
This assessment is designed support assessments made by health professionals regarding fitness to drive for work and licensing purposes. It should be used when:
• Treating any patient who holds a driver licence whose condition may impact on their ability to drive safely. The majority of adults drive, thus a health professional should routinely consider the impact of a patient’s condition on their ability to drive safely. Awareness of a patient’s occupation or other driving requirements is also helpful.
• Undertaking an examination at the request of a driver licensing authority or industry accreditation body.
This must be carried out by a Psychologist / Health professional where a person undertakes an examination for :
– for initial licensing of some vehicle classes (e.g. multiple combination heavy vehicles)
– as a requirement for a conditional licence
– for assessing a person whose driving the driver licensing authority believes may be unsafe (i.e. for cause examinations)
– for licence renewal of an older driver (in certain states and territories)
– for licensing or accreditation of certain commercial vehicle drivers (e.g. public passenger vehicle drivers)
– as a requirement for Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (refer to ).
Please Note: Travel, Accommodation and Transfer Costs outside of Sydney are on charged as required for Assessment Delivery.