Fitness For Duty

A Fitness for Duty assessment is conducted on an employee with a non-work related injury or illness with regards to suitability to return to a specific job role.

Jobfit can assist employers with information and recommendations for an employee with a non-work related injury or illness with regards to suitability to return to a specific role by undertaking a Fitness for Duty assessment.

A non-work related injury or illness does not arise out of the normal course of employment, however may have the potential to impact on the health, safety and welfare of the employee or their colleagues. A non-work related injury may also have the potential to inhibit the employee’s ability to fulfill the full requirements of their substantive roles and responsibilities.

Employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to allow staff to continue at work or resume their duties within a reasonable time period; however this must be balanced with the responsibilities associated with a range of legislative requirements including occupational, health, safety and welfare obligations.

Employees will often provide their employer with a Return to Work clearance letter from their doctor or specialist, but sometimes their treating doctor is unaware of a specific job and the demands required performing the job. This may cause problems for the employee upon return to their job role.

THE FITNESS FOR DUTY ASSESSMENT IS TAILORED FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AND WILL INCLUDE:
  • A 30 minute consultation with an Occupational Doctor with short report, OR
  • Long consultation (ie >30 minutes) with an Occupational Doctor 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.

The price of this service will depend on the assessment and time taken for an appropriate review. Please note it is not appropriate to book an employee for a pre-employment medical when capacity and fitness to return to work is being assessed.

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