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What Is A Pre-Employment Medical?

What Is A Pre-Employment Medical?

For organisations that want to grow and thrive, the health of their workers is often a top priority. In Queensland, there are numerous industries which may require an applicant to book a pre-employment medical assessment. If you’ve never had to undergo a pre-employment medical, you may wonder why you need it and what’s involved in the appointment.

Here, we discuss some of the finer details involved with pre-employment medical assessments.

How Does A Pre-Employment Medical Benefit Me?

Some employers require an assessment if you want to secure a new position with the company. This is not only to ensure you’re physically capable of handling the role, it’s to ensure that you can perform your job safely and effectively.

If there are tasks involved in your new role that may trigger or exacerbate an existing condition, it’s vital that the company employing you is aware of the potential risk to your health. A pre-employment medical assessment is designed to protect you as well as your employer; allowing HR to match the right person to the job.

What Will My Doctor Assess?

A pre-employment medical is conducted to WorkSafe requirements in Queensland. It can be tailored to suit the needs of the employer and is more in-depth than a standard medical checkup.

Possible assessments that may be requested by your potential employer can range from basic checks to specific medical requirements. These checks and tests may include:

  • Cardiovascular health check
  • Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
  • Central nervous system examination
  • Musculosketal examination
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Vision test
  • Diabetes test
  • Drug and alcohol test
  • Audiometry
  • Spirometry

What Jobs Require Pre-Employment Medicals?

There are many industries which require workers to undergo a pre-medical assessment. These include industries which heavily rely on the physical capabilities of their employees, including transport, aviation, construction, manufacturing, mining, gas and many more.

Our experienced GPs at Drayton Street Family Practice specialise in pre-employment medicals. To organise your appointment, please get in touch with our Nanango practice by phoning us Monday to Friday on 41710711.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.  

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