The same way that your health can affect your job, your job can also affect your health. This is why a pre-employment medical is so important. It can act as a preventative measure for workplace accidents and health problems.
A pre-employment medical is a common prerequisite for various high risk industry jobs like in mining, oil, gas, construction and logistics. It consists of assessment of medical history, a medical examination and a physical examination.
If you pass the medical, that means that you are safe and fit to work in whatever particular job that you are being tested against.
Also, there is no need to stress too much about passing if you have past injuries or illnesses. Our Sunshine doctors here at Central Health Clinic focus on the quality of rehabilitation from past medical problems and how risks can be managed in the workplace, not just whether they have happened or not.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided insightful information regarding workplace injuries.
- About six Australians in every 100 experience a work-related injury every year.
- About half of all work-related injuries require time off work.
- The rate of injury is highest in younger workers. Contributing factors may include job inexperience, lack of adequate training, and a tendency to work in jobs that present an increased risk of injury.
Pre-employment medical assessments address the risks of these factors in an effort to decrease injury in the workplace as it will indicate whether you are physically fit for a job role, regardless of prior experience.
Taking time off due to injury has repercussions on both the productivity of the worker and the workplace, placing even higher priority on ensuring adequate capacity to work.
Moreover, according to a report by Safe Work Australia, labourers, technicians, trade workers and community and personal service workers are the three most likely to report serious claims regarding workplace injuries.
What Will Happen In A Pre-Employment Medical?
As outlined clearly by Jobfit, most examinations include:
- Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
- Cardiovascular examination (heart check, blood pressure, pulse)
- Full musculoskeletal examination including comprehensive range of movement
- Central nervous system examination
- Examination for hernias and other abdominal abnormalities
- Urinalysis for diabetes or kidney / bladder disorders
- Respiratory examination
- Vision assessment including colour blindness
Additionally, it may also include:
- Audiometry (hearing test)
- Spirometry (lung function test)
- Alcohol and drug test
- Work fitness assessments
- Periodic and exit medical assessments
- Statutory and code of practice screening
- Health surveillance screening
Your pre-employment medical assessment can be conducted from our Sunshine medical clinic. If your potential employer requires you to book your appointment yourself, contact us via an inquiry form or call our friendly reception staff on +61 (0)3 9310 2389.