Pre-employment Medicals

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A pre-employment medical assessment (or PEM) is part of the recruitment process for a variety of professional positions. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure employee safety and may involve a general physical examination, immunisation history, pathology or radiology tests, colour blindness testing, spirometry, drug and alcohol screening, and any other tests as necessary.

Industries that often require pre-employment medicals

Pre-employment medicals are common across a number of industries. However, they are more common in:

  • Healthcare
  • Mining
  • Defence
  • Rail Safety
  • Taxi Driving and Transport

Should I conduct a pre-employment medical for my employees?

There are many benefits to conducting a pre-employment medical for your employees. The first and foremost reason to conduct a pre-employment medical is to ensure that your workers are in good health. Having healthy employees also leads to a number of other benefits:

  • Safer working environment
  • Reduction in workplace injuries
  • Reduced workcover claims
  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Greater capacity to enjoy life inside and outside of work
  • Improved job satisfaction


Pre-employment medicals for individuals

It is common for your employer to ask you to conduct a medical test before beginning a new job, especially if you work in one of the industries listed at the top of this page. There are a number of benefits to choosing Medical Hub @ RMIT to conduct your pre-employment medical, including:

  • Friendly and experienced doctors
  • A quick turnaround time on your results
  • Pathology on site to process test results

The components of a pre-employment medical 

Below is a list of the standard components of a pre-employment medical check. We have also listed a number of additional components that may be required, depending on the requirements of your employer.

Standard components

  • Height, weight & BMI
  • ECG
  • Urinalysis 

Other components that may be required

  • Spirometry (lung capacity test)
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Pathology (including immunity to diseases)
  • Cholesterol
  • Radiology (e.g. chest X-rays if appropriate)


Costs of a pre-employment medical

For employers

Employers will incur the following costs:

  • Extensive medical report: $150 + GST
  • Basic medical report: $90 + GST

For employees

If you have been asked by your future employer to conduct your own medical you should contact our clinic to discuss your requirements. Our reception staff will be able to provide you with the cost of an examination tailored to your needs.

Dr Katie Mellor

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