Policy on Pre-Employment Medical Examinations
Recruiting & Conditions
Authorised by the Vice-Chancellor: July 1997
Issued: December 1997
Supervisors are advised that any person who may require assistance in understanding
any aspect of this document, particularly for language or literacy reasons, can
be referred to the OH&S Unit in Human Resources.
| 1. OVERVIEW
To safeguard both itself and any potential staff member, the University
reserves the right to require a potential staff member to undergo a pre-employment
medical examination as a condition of appointment. This Policy and associated
procedure set details of the University's requirement for pre-employment medicals.
| 2. SCOPE
This Policy applies to all prospective staff members employed by
the University of Adelaide, with the exception of:
(i) casual academic and general staff;
(ii) visiting academic staff;
(iii) honorary academic staff.
| 3. POLICY
3.1 The University reserves the right to require any successful
applicant for a position in the University to undergo a medical examination to
determine fitness for work.
3.2 All offers of appointment shall be made subject to satisfactory
completion of a pre-employment medical examination, if such an examination is
deemed necessary by the University.
3.3 The purpose of the pre-employment medical examination shall be to
verify that the prospective member of staff is physically fit to perform the inherent
duties of the position for which he or she has applied, and to help guard against
work-related illness and injury occurring subsequent to the person's employment
in the University.
3.4 Where required, the pre-employment medical is to be conducted by
a registered medical practitioner of the applicant's choice.
3.5 The decision to require an applicant to undergo a medical examination
as a condition of appointment will take into account the inherent duties of the
position for which the applicant has applied, the occupational hazards identified
for the position and the applicant's personal health declaration in relation to
3.6 A successful applicant who is required to undergo a pre-employment
medical examination may not commence duty with the University until he or she
has received confirmation from the University stating that he or she is fit to
take up the appointment.
3.7 All medical information obtained as part of this process is confidential
and shall remain the property of Human Resources.
| 4. RESPONSIBILITIES
4.1 Human Resources
Human Resources shall be responsible for the following:
4.2 Area Managers
(i) determining those successful applicants who are required to undergo a pre-employment
medical as a condition of appointment, in accordance with guidelines developed
by the General Manager, Human Resources;
(ii) communicating to applicants the requirements of this Policy and associated
(iii) confidentially storing any documentation associated with this Policy.
Area Managers are responsible for the following:
(i) developing the Duty Statement for vacant general staff positions;
(ii) determining potential occupational hazards for the position to be filled;
(iii) identifying those positions for which a pre-employment medical is required;
(iv) ensuring that no applicant commences an appointment until his or her appointment
has been confirmed.
Area Managers may delegate the above authorities to Heads of Department.
For further information contact Human
Resources, Telephone: (08) 8303 5666 Fax: (08) 8303 4353.
Authorised by Council: Nov 1984
Amendments: Apr 1985, Jul 1997
Policy review date: Jun 1998