(01-03-2014, 05:55 AM)Gabby Wrote: Moriarty, I live in Qld., I have been diagnosed but don't have my equipment as yet. According to what I have read here, once I get my gear I should notify Qld. Transport of my position or otherwise risk a $6,600.00 fine and of losing my licence? I vaguely knew about this in the back of my mind but kept pushing it away. Thank you for supplying this information. I will be sure to get on to it as soon as I am up and running.
The strict interpretation according to my GP is that you should report when you are diagnosed (usually at the sleep study follow-up) - In my case there was no delay between my consultation with the specialist and my acquisition of the equipment so I was under treatment by the time I went back to my GP.
If there is a period between diagnosis and start of therapy then it would be up to the doctor as to how he determines your fitness to drive. Since there are people with OSA who present for snoring or symptoms other than daytime fatigue or sleepiness it would be rational for the fitness to drive assessment to be based on the Epworth score that was probably determined by your GP as part of the decision to refer you for a sleep study.
My GP has told me that he has determined some drivers to be unfit to drive prior to their sleep study based on their Epworth score at the initial presentation - and not recommended a return to driving until a satisfactory pattern of therapy has been demonstrated.
The bottom line is that it is up to your doctors as to how the fitness to drive assessment is made - but if you have been diagnosed with OSA you doctor needs to tell you about the implications for your drivers licence.
The most common outcome (for the people with OSA that I know) is that your GP will give you a medical certificate that you take to the local Qld Transport office. The DOT then take your licence and give you a receipt to produce for traffic stop purposes until your new licence with the 'M' condition arrives in the mail. If you get a licence with an 'M' then you are obliged to carry the doctor's certificate to produce when requested by a policeman or other transport inspector.
(If you regularly need your licence for general ID then you may need to get a Qld 18+ card to cover you because the receipt is not counted as ID)
My first medical certificate was valid for 12 months - which was my appointment for specialist follow up in May last year - my second certificate is valid until May 2015 which is my next follow up appointment.
The nuisance is that while I have to follow up with a specialist it is not the specialist the writes the certificate - I have to go back to my GP who writes the certificate based on a letter from the specialist....
(all part of the medical money-go-round perhaps)