Pre-employment assessments

During the recruitment process, pre-employment assessments ensure individuals are functionally or medically fit to perform their new role safely.

How can a pre-employment assessment help?

A pre-employment assessment is a vital risk management tool that uses a medical examination to evaluate a person’s fitness and suitability for the demands of a job and ensure workplace safety is maintained.

We have experienced rehabilitation consultants who can assess a possible candidate through both medical and physical functional assessments as well as other specific tests such as musculoskeletal, task-specific functional, health screening, audiometry, spirometry, and drug and alcohol testing.

The physical demands of a job are replicated in a clinical setting with the candidate assessed against these so a determination can be made as to whether they can safely complete the applied role.

An assessment comprises of:

  • A thorough questionnaire of the individual’s health, injury history and any conditions specifically related to the industry (e.g. colour blindness for an electrician)
  • Review of the questionnaire with the assessor to ensure all areas are correctly answered and to gauge any risks
  • Any or all of the following:
    • Drug and/or alcohol screening
    • Eyesight screening (near and far distances and colour blindness)
    • Spirometry and a lung capacity screen
    • Audiometry and a hearing screening
    • Functional testing to the prerequisite guidelines stipulated by the organisation (e.g. lifting and carrying 20kgs for up to 30m, lifting 15kgs overhead)

Assessment options


  • Standard functional assessment only – may be appropriate for generic labouring jobs


  • Standard functional assessment, audiometry test, and drug and alcohol test


  • Tailored* functional assessment, audiometry test, and drug and alcohol test

* The customer provides their own jobs task analysis of the physical demands of their roles and the apparent risks (e.g. loud noises) or Acumen completes a jobs task analysis prior to the pre-employment assessment agreement (additional costs incurred).

To learn more about our pre-employment services please contact us.

Why choose Acumen Health?

Wherever you need us, we can help

Our teams deliver services Australia-wide so wherever you, your employees or your clients are based, we’ll be there to help.

People first

An evidence-based holistic approach places a person’s health and wellbeing at the centre of everything we do.

Benefit from experience

Our consultants are health professionals with extensive industry experience, so you get the highest quality advice, assessments and reports.

Building partnerships

We work collaboratively and take the time to understand your needs to tailor our services and support to deliver you the best outcomes.

Acumen Health can service your needs right across Australia