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BetterMedical understands: Healthy workers = healthy organisations = healthy business performance.

Pre-employment medicals are subsequently very important for both business and employees. When employers invest in the health and safety of their workforce, evidence has shown the health of your business is boosted. Long-term organisational success relies on building an employee culture where health and wellbeing is prioritised.

A pre-employment medical assessment screens individuals for factors that may limit their ability to safely perform their job and avoid injury. Pre-employment medical assessments support both your workplace and your future employees, and can minimise workplace risks and injury. A pre-employment medical examination can determine whether a prospective employee is capable of effectively performing certain tasks.

Many BetterMedical Medical Centres offer businesses a comprehensive health service that includes pre-employment medicals, injury management and managed rehabilitation, as well as back to work assessments for staff.

What does a pre-employment medical include?

All of the BetterMedical pre-employment medical examinations will generally include the following tests or assessments:

  • Cardiovascular, central nervous system, respiratory and musculoskeletal examinations

  • Body mass index (BMI)

  • Urine analysis to diagnose any diabetic, kidney or bladder disorders

  • Vision assessment including colour blindness

  • In addition to the above standard inclusions, medical professionals conducting pre-employment medicals will often collect basic patient data. This includes height, weight, blood pressure and a general assessment of medical history to identify any risks to the patient’s health or their ability to perform in the specified job.

Musculoskeletal Assessments

Musculoskeletal assessments involve assessing the overall function and level of capability of a person’s musculoskeletal system. This includes their ability to perform weight-bearing, lifting, range of movements and their overall physical health. Pre-existing injuries can also be determined to ensure they don’t affect job performance. The purpose of the musculoskeletal assessment is to provide the employer with a clear idea of the prospective employee’s capabilities and risk of injury on the job.

Musculoskeletal assessments are usually conducted by BetterMedical expert allied health professionals, such as physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Pre-Employment Medicals: Additional Options

In addition to the standard pre-employment medical, our clients can choose to include additional tests and assessments in their pre-employment medical procedures.

These tests often meet specific legal requirements or the capability required to perform certain tasks. Some of the additional options that can be included during a pre-employment medical exam include:

  • Drug and Alcohol

  • Audiometry

  • Spirometry

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Vaccinations

  • Pathology & X-ray

  • Drug and alcohol tests are among the most commonly requested additions to our pre-employment medical screenings. These tests are usually conducted via urine sample. Most employers request these in order to comply with legislation surrounding the standards for employees who are operating machinery or carrying out certain tasks in their job that require being sober.


Spirometry involves assessing the overall respiratory function and capacity of potential employees. A spirometry test is conducted using a spirometer, a machine for accurate assessment of lung function. The test is straightforward, involving breathing into a mouth piece at certain intervals. It should take about 15 minutes and may be helpful in identifying any additional medical concerns such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Generally speaking, audiometry tests will involve measuring an individual’s ability to hear sounds at varying intensity and tone. An audiometry test can be performed through the use of dedicated equipment (such as a quiet room) or with simply tools such as tuning forks.


An electrocardiogram (ECG) measures electrical activity in the heart and determine whether a person’s heart is functioning correctly. ECGs can determine that a person’s cardiac health is sufficient for the job duties they will be required to perform.

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak with us about pre-employment medicals or any of the services above, please contact your local BetterMedical Family Medical Centre and our friendly reception team will be happy to assist you.