Fitness for duty assessment

A Fitness for Duty Assessment is an assessment of an injured worker’s ability to safely carry out the inherent requirements of their role, whether their injury is work-related or not. Our Occupational Physicians can assist employers with information and recommendations for an employee with an injury or illness with regards to suitability to return to a specific role by undertaking a Fitness for Duty assessment. It is a requirement for employers to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate staff to continue at work or to resume their duties in an appropriate time period, however this should be balanced with the responsibilities associated with legislative requirements including occupational, health, safety and welfare obligations. Although it is common for workers to provide their work with a Return to Work Clearance letter from their doctor, treating doctors are not always aware of the specific demands and job requirements involved with performing their role. This can often create problems for the employee on return to their usual duties. 

 

Employers may consider referring their worker for this type of assessment if: 

  • There is excessive absenteeism or other management issues where a medical condition may be involved 
  • There are psychosocial factors or non-work related medical problems which may affect their ability to perform the inherent requirements of their role safely 

 

The Fitness for Duty Assessment is tailored for the individual and will include:

  • A 30 minute consultation with an Occupational Physician with short report, OR
  • Long consultation (i.e. >30 minutes) with an Occupational Physician with short report, OR
  • Additional comprehensive report

 

The Fitness for Duty Assessment may also include:

  • Full functional capacity evaluation and fitness test, OR
  • Fitness test only

 

Following a Fitness for Duty Assessment, a report will be provided to the employer outlining the tasks their employee can safely perform and what strategies should be considered and implemented to minimise risk.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S):

How do I request an appointment?

You can request an appointment by contacting our administrative team on (07) 5574 5792. You will then be provided with our Independent Clinical Examination Referral Pack which we will request to be completed and returned to us. Once we have received this information, one of our Physician's will review the case and determine whether additional information is required, what the appropriate service is and when the next appointment is. You will then be contacted and informed of what our Physician's have recommended and the date of the appointment. 

What happens with the report?

The report will be generated within 10 business days and forwarded to the person who requested it.

 

is this funded by Medicare/Bupa/private health?

No, this is a private appointment and will need to be paid for in full by either the examinee, their employer or their legal representative.