Pre-employment medical checks are a fact of modern working life.
Many industries require, by legislation, regular assessments of things like hearing and eyesight to perform duties such as driving trucks, trains or aeroplanes.
Other positions, by the nature of the work involved, require awareness of physical and psychological capability.
For example, an industry job might require the ability to lift heavy weights, and a person may have a pre-existing sporting injury that may restrict their ability and place them in harm.
Further still, many companies have their own drug and alcohol testing policies which require independent assessment for the purposes of determining an employees fitness to work.
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A pre-employment medical check is not about failing or passing the opportunity to get a job, but rather informing both an employer and employee about their capacity to perform a particular position.
When seeking a pre-employment medical, it is important to consult an occupational doctor, according to Dr Mary McGinty, from Chromis Occupational Medicine.
“An occupational medicine doctor sees a person at a particular time and gives independent objective advice about the individual at that time in the proposed occupational setting,” Dr McGinty said “We do not become involved in or interfere with their clinical management. We do refer people back to their treating doctors when adverse examination findings occur, such as high blood pressure or possible developing diabetes.
“We have knowledge of the employment or industry based on previous assessments and we can cut through the noise to the relevant considerations.”
An additional benefit of pre-employment medicals is that they put men who traditionally steer clear of doctors in touch with clinical assessment which in many cases can be life-saving.
“Routine screening of vision, hearing, blood pressure and bloods enables us to give targeted health advice,” Dr McGinty said. “Over years, many workers have had unrecognised diseases identified and thus lived to the tale.”
Chromis services all industries and job sectors in the Hunter with offices at Maitland and Newcastle, and also specialises in vaccinations.
Dr McGinty founded Chromis in 2006, having worked in occupational medicine for two decades before that, including eight years with the NSW Police.
“We are wholly independent, not beholden to any insurance company and work without fear or favour,” Dr McGinty said.
For more information, ring 02 4936 9999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.chromis.com.au.