The pre-employment medical: nuisance or great opportunity?

Fenner, Peter (2011) The pre-employment medical: nuisance or great opportunity? Australian Family Physician, 40 (7). pp. 541-544.

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BACKGROUND Requests for general practitioners to conduct pre-employment medicals are increasing, encouraged by the increasing costs of workplace injuries, insurance claims, premiums and common law claims. In many industries, especially mining and natural gas, legislation demands that a medical be undertaken before the employee is allowed onsite.

OBJECTIVE This article describes the nature of a pre-employment medical and the role of the GP in providing a medical. It also provides tips on how to make the medical part of a preventive health assessment.

DISCUSSION Pre-employment medicals are often unpopular as practices struggle to cope with excessive workloads. However, with good time management, prior assessment of the supplied paperwork and the addition of some further questions on health and lifestyle, medicals can provide a good assessment of a patient and assist in the prevention or management of potential or chronic health problems.

The medical also provides an excellent opportunity to promote health and to assist in disease and injury prevention by providing feedback for a healthier lifestyle and injury prevention. This is an especially great opportunity for male patients, who rarely visit their GP for routine health checks.

Item ID: 21296
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2012 00:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
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