Pre-Employment Medical - FAQ

Have you been asked to take a pre-employment medical? Here's some answers to some commonly asked questions.

Yes, pre-employment medical assessments are legal in Australia. These assessments are a common practice conducted by employers to evaluate the health and fitness of potential employees for specific job roles. While their legality is established, employers must adhere to privacy and anti-discrimination laws, such as the Privacy Act 1988, to ensure fair and lawful handling of personal information obtained during these assessments.

Pre-employment medicals vary based on job requirements and may include evaluations of general health, fitness, vision, hearing, and sometimes drug and alcohol testing. The results aid employers in determining whether individuals are physically and mentally capable of meeting the demands of the job. If the medical suggests that your health/fitness poses a safety risk to yourself or others, your prospective employer can choose not to employ you.

Pre-employment medical assessments are conducted to evaluate prospective employees' health and fitness for specific job roles. They help determine job suitability, mitigate health and safety risks, comply with regulations, prevent workplace injuries, meet insurance requirements, and demonstrate an employer's commitment to employee well-being. Ultimately, these assessments ensure that individuals can perform their job responsibilities without compromising their health or the safety of others.

Before a pre-employment medical, review employer instructions and gather necessary documents, such as identification or medical history forms. Understand the assessment process and be prepared to provide accurate details about your medical history. Ensure you get a good night's sleep and stay hydrated, especially if blood tests are involved. Dress comfortably and bring any prescription medications. Communicate any concerns or specific needs to the assessor and follow their instructions during the assessment. Being well-prepared will contribute to a smooth and effective evaluation of your health and fitness for the job.

The duration of a pre-employment medical can vary based on the complexity of the assessments required by the employer. On average, a pre-employment medical typically takes 30 minutes to one hour. This timeframe includes various health checks, such as physical examinations, vision and hearing tests, and discussions about medical history. However, the specific components and length can differ depending on the employer's requirements and the nature of the job. It's advisable to check with the employer or the healthcare provider conducting the assessment for more precise information about the duration of the pre-employment medical in your specific case.

A pre-employment medical test encompasses a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's health for job suitability. It typically includes a health questionnaire, assessing medical history and lifestyle, followed by a physical examination covering vital signs, vision, and hearing tests. Blood pressure measurement, urinalysis, and (sometimes) blood tests are conducted to evaluate cardiovascular health and detect potential issues. Drug and alcohol testing may be included, particularly in safety-sensitive roles. Depending on the job, a functional (physical fitness) assessment or a chest X-ray might be required. Employers tailor these assessments based on job demands. Candidates are informed in advance, ensuring transparency and allowing individuals to prepare for specific components of the examination.

Pre-Employment Medicals - what they include.

Our Pre-Employment medical give a general health assessment for a prospective employee. The examination assists with risk management and identifies whether a worker is medically fit for the role for which they are applying.

A standard Pre-Employment medical assessment includes:

• Height and weight, body mass index (BMI)

• Blood pressure

• Medical history questionnaire

• Vision, Peripheral Vision and Colour Blindness

• Hearing test (Audiometry)

• Urinalysis for diabetes or kidney and bladder issues

• Respiratory and cardiovascular test (Spirometry)

• Abdominal check for hernias and other disorders

• Skin check

• Central Nervous System check

• Basic musculoskeletal test (range of motion)

• Doctor review of medical history questionnaire

What happens in a pre-employment medical