Preparing for your Medical

We request that you come as prepared as possible for your appointment.  This will minimise any unnecessary waiting times or delays, and will ensure we can solely focus on your medical needs.

Personnel undergoing either mining medicals or general medicals are requested to come to the surgery promptly for their appointment so that the appropriate forms on their health and medical history can be completed.

What to bring :

  • Photo Identification: Please ensure you bring photo identification to have your identity checked each time you present to the clinic.
  • Corrective Lenses: (both for near & distance vision if worn) – Please advise on the day if contact lenses are worn.
  • Hearing Aids: if worn

What to wear :

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • We advise females to wear shorts.
  • If you do not have any, shorts are available for you to change into before your medical. 
  • We request, for the benefit of staff and surgery clientele, that workers do not attend appointments in greasy or heavily soiled work attire (except in the unavoidable case of injury).

How long it will take :

  • Please allow 90 minutes for the completion of your medical.
  • You are given set appointment times with the doctor, be aware if you arrive earlier, this does not necessarily mean you will be slotted in for an earlier appointment.
  • Staff will make every attempt to find and an earlier appointment if available.

Important Information for Female Patients

Please note, you will be required to complete and sign a consent form advising if a female chaperone is required. This can either be one of our receptionists or someone you bring with you. The idea of a medical is fairly intensive assessment of your fitness to work: as such all the above is necessary.

Please contact reception at the time of or prior to your appointment if you have any queries or questions.

What to Expect

Medicals are conducted in a non-threatening manner, providing the applicant with the confidence and assurance they need in developing and maintaining good physical and mental health and well-being.

Height, weight, vision, urine and other requested services will be tested before they see the Doctor; this is approximately 45-60 minutes after their arrival and completion of the pre-assessments.

All hearing tests are conducted in a sound reduction booth; the audiogram is computerised and regularly repeats same levels, to prevent cheating or accidental failure to press the confirmation button when the sound is heard. As sound is also transmitted though bone, those who are deaf will hear more outside noises such as air conditioning etc. Those whose hearing is good will even hear themselves breathing – the computer audiogram allows for all this!

Urine tests are to check for blood and protein (kidney or bladder problems), and sugar (detect Diabetes) ONLY - unless a Drug & Alcohol screen is requested. You will be made aware of this.

After checking the completed medical history on the medical form the doctor will ask necessary questions to clarify work history, injuries, time off work, medical problems etc.

Then the doctor will conduct a thorough medical examination according to established guidelines - e.g. Queensland Mining Council Medical protocols. Other medicals may require further tests including drug testing, blood tests, x-rays, cardiographs (heart check) even strength and mobility testing. Some medicals may also require specific back or knee assessment or even assessment of cardiovascular fitness (e.g. Mines Rescue).

Your back and movements of the spine down to your buttocks are examined. Ideal clothing is a loose top and shorts (no dresses please!). As such you will be required to remove upper body clothing (not your bra); keeping shorts on - these will need to be lowered to half way down your buttocks. In assessment of spine movement you will then be required to bend over forwards, backwards, sideways and twist around. You will then replace removed clothing.

Your abdomen is then examined - your tummy will be totally exposed and shorts, skirts and underwear will need to be pulled down to hip level at the level of the normal pubic hairline. The lower abdomen is checked for hernias; the whole abdomen is checked for lumps or tender areas and to see if you have a hernia or any scars from an operation.

The joints are then assessed. Your upper limbs will be moved around to make sure they have full movement. The same will occur with your lower limbs, which will mean bringing your knee to your chest as well as assessment of vertically raising each leg as far as possible. In this procedure freedom of movement is necessary - please ensure the clothing you wear is reasonably loose, comfortable and modesty protecting.

If any abnormalities are found during the examination a referral will be given for follow-up with your personal GP.

Other Assessments

Back exercises - if you have to have a back assessment you will be expected to do sit ups and exercises that makes it almost impossible to cover you with a sheet. Again, modest clothing is necessary.

Knee assessment - the knee assessment includes a duck waddle across the room. It is required you wear loose comfortable shorts.

Contact Occupational Health Mackay TODAY


Copyright 2012 Occupational Health Mackay