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Understanding the KINNECT Pre-Employment Medical and Functional Assessment
Understanding the KINNECT Pre-Employment Medical and Functional Assessment

What's completed in KINNECT's Pre-Employment Medical and Functional Assessment

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At KINNECT, we believe in ensuring the health, safety, and suitability of candidates for their prospective roles. Our comprehensive Pre-Employment Medical and Functional Assessment is designed to provide a thorough evaluation of a candidate's physical and medical state, allowing employers to make informed decisions while prioritising candidate well-being. Here's a breakdown of what our assessment includes and why each component is essential:

Pre-Employment Medical Assessment:


โ€‹Medical History Questionnaire: We begin with a comprehensive medical history questionnaire. This helps us understand the candidate's past medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and potential health risks. It includes assessments like the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Kessler 10, and AUDIT questionnaires, which gauge sleep patterns, psychological distress, and alcohol consumption.

Occupational History: We capture the candidate's occupational history, including any previous hazardous exposures they may have encountered during prior employments. This information is vital for assessing potential workplace-related health risks.

Vision Assessment: Vision is crucial for most occupations. Our assessment includes evaluations of near and far vision, visual fields, and colour vision to ensure candidates meet the necessary visual requirements for their roles.

Audiometry Test: We conduct audiometry tests to assess hearing capability. This is particularly important in roles where communication and awareness of environmental sounds are essential.

Spirometry Test: The spirometry test evaluates lung function and capacity, ensuring candidates can meet the respiratory demands of their potential job.

Physical Examination: A medical examination of the respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, auditory, visual, and dermatological systems is performed. This ensures that candidates are in good overall health and can safely fulfill the responsibilities of their roles.

Hernia Check: We check for hernias, as they can be exacerbated by physical exertion in certain jobs.

Urinalysis Test: A urinalysis helps identify potential health issues, including kidney function and signs of underlying medical conditions.

Instant Drug and Alcohol Test: In line with Australian Standards, we conduct drug and alcohol tests to ensure that candidates are fit for duty and can maintain a safe work environment.

Pre-Employment Functional Assessment:

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (ParQ): We start with a set of questions to screen if a candidate is safe to undertake their functional assessment or if they will need medical clearance from their Doctor.

Anthropometric Measurements: We record height, weight, and calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) to assess the candidate's overall health and fitness.

Resting Blood Pressure and Heart Rate: Resting blood pressure and heart rate is measured to ensure that candidates' cardiovascular health meets the requirements of their potential role and to ensure that they are safe to undertake the physical assessment to follow.

Grip Strength: Grip strength is evaluated, to determine if they can meet the grip strength norms for their age and gender.

Musculoskeletal Special Tests: A series of musculoskeletal tests are conducted to identify any pre-existing ligament or tendon damage or musculoskeletal conditions that may impact the candidate's ability to perform specific job tasks.

Positional Tasks: Candidates are assessed for their ability to perform critical positional tasks relevant to their potential role, such as repetitive and sustained squatting and kneeling.

Lifting and Carrying Capacity: We measure candidates' capacity for lifting and carrying weights progressively, starting at 5kg and incrementally increasing. This ensures they can safely handle the physical demands of their prospective job.

Cardiovascular Step Test (YMCA Protocol): The cardiovascular step test assesses the candidate's cardiovascular fitness, which is crucial in roles with high physical demands.

Job-Specific Testing: Depending on your requirements, we can conduct job-specific testing. This involves additional tests tailored to the specific tasks associated with the candidate's intended occupation. For example, electricians may be assessed for fine motor skills required for overhead work.

Customise your Pre-Employment Medical and Functional Requirements

At KINNECT, we understand that every job role is unique, and so are the health and fitness requirements. That's why we offer the flexibility for our clients to tailor their pre-employment medical and functional assessments to each specific job role they're recruiting for. Whether you need additional tests incorporated or wish to exclude certain standard assessments, you have the option to customise. Simply connect with your dedicated Account Manager to discuss your specific needs, and we'll work together to ensure your assessments align perfectly with your recruitment goals and safety standards. Your organisation's well-being and precision in candidate assessments remain our top priorities.

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