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)
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
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.