Sonic HealthPlus provides a total solution for industries requiring legislative medicals. From legislated employment medicals, injury management support to fitness for duty assessments and Medical Review Officers, we are your comprehensive healthcare provider to keep your business moving.
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Did you know?
Approximately 3/4s of serious road transport injuries are to drivers*.
A serious maritime injury costs on average $65000 per incident*
68% of Aviation accidents occur via lifting/handling, slip/trip and falling*
43% of road transport industry injuries are related to body stressing*
A serious injury in the road transport industry typically results in 7.4 weeks away from the workforce*
Ramp incidents/accidents cost major airlines $16b a year globally, with an average of 9 incidents per 1000 departures*
*Safe Work Australia
Each application is considered by CASA certified Medical Review Officers who are specialists in the field of aviation medicine. The applications are assessed on a case by case basis and each time a new application is received the process commences again. These doctors assess how medical conditions and their treatments affect the safety of air navigation as detailed in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR Part 67).
In some cases, monitoring of a condition or restrictions on pilot or ATC activities is necessary to ensure aviation safety. It is important to be clear how CASA's role varies from that of the doctor caring for your health. CASA are required under law to make a risk assessment as to whether your condition is “safety-relevant” as applied in the regulations.
This is a different question to whether or not treatment is either possible or appropriate. As the regulator CASA does not recommend treatment - this is the treating doctor's role.
Whilst there may be situations where a specialist advises that there is no further treatment to recommend, this does not mean that the incapacitation risk is acceptable to CASA. Treatment options and aeromedical risk are separate issues. Where an applicant's medical condition is under review by CASA, the duration of a medical certificate may be varied at the discretion of the CASA Principal Medical Officer (PMO).
There are potentially five licensing/accrediting authorities that clients can choose from when deciding to offer a Dangerous Goods Medical, Commercial Drivers Medical, Heavy Vehicle Drivers Medical, Fatigue Medical or Truck Safe Medical.
Assessing fitness to drive, and the commercial drivers standards contained therein is a standard which has been adopted by a number of different jurisdictions and for a number of different purposes. As a result, the term "Commercial Drivers Medical" could be requested in a number of different circumstances, and does not explain the reason why the assessment is being undertaken. We need to understand the reason to ensure that we provide the correct service.
Most truck drivers are not required to undergo regular medical examination as a prerequisite to holding a commercial vehicle licence. However, certain categories of commercial vehicle license holders are required to undertake regular medical examinations. This varies slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but may include:
- public passenger vehicle drivers
- those over a specified age, 70 or 75
- those identified as having a medical condition
- those driving specific classes of vehicles, e.g. MC - road trains
- driving instructors
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) – Basic & Advanced Fatigue Management
The NHVR is a one stop shop for all heavy vehicle transport business with government across Australia. Under this scheme road transport operators may seek accreditation under any or all of the following modules:
Sonic HealthPlus clients most commonly consult us about the third module; Fatigue Management.
Requests for a medical assessment under Fatigue Management may be colloquially referred to as a “Fatigue Medical”. Please note that the NHVAS have not created a specific “Fatigue Medical”. The accreditation scheme requires only that drivers are certified as being fit to drive a heavy vehicle by a medical practitioner according to the Assessing Fitness to Drive by Austroads (or equivalent document approved by the Australian Transport Council). The examination must include an assessment to detect drivers in the high risk group for sleep disorders. The examination includes the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
Examinations to be conducted, as a minimum, once every three years for drivers aged 49 or under, and yearly for drivers aged 50 or over that the basic medical be undertaken.”
These medicals consist of:
BMI – measurement of height, weight and calculation of Body Mass Index
Completion of Candidate Health History Questionnaire
Near, Distance and Colour Vision
Urinalysis – routine urine test with immediate result
Pulse and Blood Pressure Measurement
Lung Function Test (peak flow)
Audiogram (hearing test)
An EBS questionnaire may alo need to be completed. The objective of the fitness for in‐water EBS training is to:
a) Ensure trainees have understood the nature of the hazard of barotrauma, that some medical conditions may increase the risk, and the importance of providing an accurate medical history in order to individually assess risk
b) Classify trainees as either 'fit' or 'unfit' for in‐water EBS training as simply as possible
c) Ensure all trainees have received explanation of risk mitigation measures in general, and that trainees with medical conditions have received personalised risk mitigation advice relevant to their condition
d) Provide documentary confirmation of fitness status, for employers and training providers
Sonic HealthPlus has registered medical practitioners in most states and territories who can perform OGUK Medicals.
Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) can also be added to provide participants with essential post-accident water survival techniques such as life jacket and life raft training.
Rail CAT 1 Medical Assessment
Applies to rail safety workers who undertake safety critical work and whose ill health may result in sudden incapacity or collapse leading to a serious incident affecting public safety or the rail network. The candidate will be required to have a blood test as part of their assessment.
To obtain a true reading of blood sugar and cholesterol (total and HDL) the candidate must not eat for a minimum of eight hours (and no longer than 14 hours) before the blood test. The candidate may drink water but should not take sweetened drinks.
This appointment/test should take place at least 48 hours before the appointment with the doctor so that he/she has the results. You may have another blood test on the day of your medical appointment if further clinical investigation is required.
The employer is not entitled to receive any medical information about the candidate, however a summary of the assessment will be provided as evidence of the candidate’s fitness to perform rail safety work.
Rail CAT 2 Medical Assessments
Applies to rail safety workers who undertake safety critical work where sudden incapacity will not impact on the safety of the public or the rail network.
Rail CAT 3 Medical Assessment
Applies to rail safety workers who undertake non-safety critical work and whose health and fitness does not impact directly on the rail network but who are required to protect their own safety and that of other workers.