Driving and Pre-employment Medical Assessments

Pre-employment Medical

As part of the recruitment or deployment process, a pre-employment medical assessment may be necessary to judge your suitability for the position, particularly the physical work environment.

What is assessed during a pre-employment medical depends on the job and the organisation. At a minimum, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and undergo a physical examination.

This is a comprehensive process, which may require stripping down to underwear (so please dress appropriately) and will likely test:

  • Blood pressure
  • Vision (ophthalmologist not needed)
  • Heart
  • Abdomen
  • Limbs
  • Spine
  • Urine

For physically demanding jobs, or those in hot and remote environments, you might be asked to take a work

fitness assessment, otherwise known as a functional capacity assessment or musculoskeletal assessment. In this case, appropriate, loose-fitting clothing and closed-toe shoes (preferably runners) ought to be worn.

Pre-employment medicals may also require the following. If unsure, patients should consult their employer beforehand.

  • A chest x-ray
  • Blood tests
  • A urine drug screen
  • An alcohol breath test
  • Audiometry (hearing test)
  • Spirometry (lung test)
  • Manual handling assessment
  • Fitness test
  • MRI
  • ECG

All of the physicians at our medical clinic offer this service, which takes about 30 minutes and upon completion, a form will be filled in for the patient to return to their employer or workplace/occupational health and safety officer.