Pre-employment Medical

A Pre-Employment Medical is used as a tool to help assess if a potential employee is suitable for the position and the physical work environment of your business. It involves the new employee filling out a medical history questionnaire and then completing a medical examination, in the Medical Centre at Robina.

Every Employer has a Legal Obligation to provide a safe workplace for its employees and a good employer takes their duty of care towards their employees seriously

Why have a pre-employment examination?

By having a baseline health assessment, this safeguards both the employer and employee from the future unknowns, including workplace injury, deterioration of health and employer liability.
Essentially a Pre-Employment Medical can help to create a safer workplace, and minimising risks for the future.
Unfortunately, there are employees that have made false claims against their employers regarding health issues “caused at work”, or have given falsified credentials just to secure a job.

What does a pre-employment medical involve?

A Pre-Employment Medical Examination provides a baseline health assessment for a worker prior to engagement with their employer. The type and the depth of the examination will be dependent on the employer and the duties or requirements of the employee’s job description.

The examination may include, any or all of the following:

● Height and Weight
● BMI (Body Mass Index)
● BP (Blood Pressure)
● Pulse
● Urinalysis (for Diabetes or Kidney/Bladder Disorders)
● Vision assessment (including colour blindness)
● ECG (Echo Cardiogram)
● Audiometry (Hearing Assessment)
● Spirometry (Lung Function Test)
● Urine Drug Screen (instant results)
● Police Check
● Manual Handling Assessment (performed by Physiotherapist)

Non-discrimination

To keep the examination non-discriminatory, the pre-employment medical cannot include any tests that test for a disability. Potential Employees cannot be discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions, unless those conditions directly interfere with their job performance and required duties.

Types of pre-employment medicals

Standard pre-employment medical

The examination identifies whether a worker is medically suitable for the role in which they are applying and provides risk management for the employer. What’s included:
Brief patient medical history questionnaire
Height
Weight
Audiometry
Spirometry
Urinalysis
Vision
Blood Pressure
BMI
Doctor Review and report Cost: $150

Detailed pre-employment medical

What’s included:
Detailed patient medical history questionnaire
Height
Weight
Audiometry
Spirometry
Urinalysis
Vision
Blood Pressure
BMI
ABI
Urine Drug Screening
ECG Cost: $250

Patient Information for Pre-employment Medicals

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
Yes, please bring your driver’s licence or other photo identification. You will not be able to have your medical without it.
If you wear spectacles, contact lenses or hearing aids, you must bring them with you.

Why are you having an Assessment? 
Medical Assessments are carried out to ensure an employee is fit to work in a specific environment and you can fulfil the requirements of a certain role.

What do you need to do?
You will be required to answer a patient medical history form prior to your appointment.

Non-discrimination
To keep the examination non-discriminatory, the pre-employment medical cannot include any tests that test for a disability. Potential Employees cannot be discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions, unless those conditions directly interfere with their job performance and required duties.

What to expect

Depending on whether you have been requested to have a standard or detailed examination, you may be required to undergo, some or all of the following tests.

* Height, Weight and BMI (Body Mass Index)

Being overweight or underweight may cause potential health concerns, especially if you are prone to be inactive.

* Audiometry: Hearing Test

It is a statutory requirement under AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 for employees who use personal hearing protectors to have an Audiometry Assessment before they commence a role, and to have them every two years.

* Spirometry: Lung Function Test

A spirometry test can help diagnose various lung conditions, most commonly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Basically, it is a test to see how well your lungs work.

* Urinalysis: basic

This tests for diabetes or kidney/bladder disorders. Blood or protein in urine may indicate certain medical conditions.

* Vision Assessment: including Colour Blindness

Most everyday activities can be adapted to suit a person with vision impairment. This basic assessment will determine if you need further investigation or potentially glasses. People who are colour-blind may be restricted in carry out certain occupations.

* Blood Pressure

A blood pressure test measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps and screens for high or low blood pressure. High blood pressure may lead to potential problems like heart attack or stroke.

* ABI: ankle-brachial index

An ABI test is a non-invasive way to check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. This may be a problem if you are working in a job where you are required to stand for long periods at a time.

* Urine Drug Screening

A urine drug test or urine drug screen, is a simple and effective test that measures urine for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications, and results may be visually interpreted within minutes. The test usually screens for amphetamines, benzodiazepines, THC, cocaine, and opioids (narcotics).

* ECG: Electrocardiogram

An ECG is used to measure the rhythm of the heart and can detect for heart

damage/malfunction.

Police Check.

Employer information for pre-employment medicals

Employer information - What to expect

* Height, Weight and BMI (Body Mass Index)

Being overweight or underweight may cause potential health concerns, especially if the person is inactive.

* Audiometry: Hearing Test

It is a statutory requirement under AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 for employees who use personal hearing protectors to have an Audiometry Assessment before they commence a role, and to have them every two years. This baseline will limit liability for future hearing loss claims, as well as the impact for long term noise exposure.

* Spirometry: Lung Function Test

A spirometry test can help diagnose various lung conditions, including asthma and most commonly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This test is beneficial for employees that may be required to work in an environment where the air may be polluted with chemicals, dust or any small particles that are easily inhaled and may cause damage to the lungs. Very common for employees working in the mines.

* Urine Analysis: basic

This tests for diabetes or kidney/bladder disorders. Blood or protein in urine may be indicate certain medical conditions.

* Vision Assessment: including Colour Blindness

Most everyday activities can be adapted to suit a person with vision impairment. This basic assessment will determine if an employee requires further investigation or potentially glasses. People who are colour-blind may be restricted in carry out certain occupations.

* Blood Pressure

A blood pressure test measures the pressure in the arteries as the heart pumps and screens for high or low blood pressure. High blood pressure may lead to potential problems like heart attack or stroke.

* ABI: ankle-brachial index

An ABI test is a non-invasive way to check the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is a condition in which the arteries in the legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. This may be a problem if the employee is working in a job where they are required to stand for long periods at a time.

* Urine Drug Screening

A urine drug test or urine drug screen, is a simple and effective test that measures urine for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications, and results may be visually interpreted within minutes. The test usually screens for methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, THC, cocaine, and opioids (narcotics). Testing in the workplace is becoming more common as the use of recreational drugs presents such a serious health and safety risk to all concerned, including the employee using the drugs, other employees and the employer. Drug screening may reduce employee illness and injury, related costs, including sick leave and medical care and can also help minimise associated problems with employment theft and violence in the workplace.

*ECG: Electrocardiogram

An ECG is used to measure the rhythm of the heart and can detect heart damage/malfunction.

Police Check