Coal Board Medical
What is a ‘Coal Board Medical’ ?
The ‘Coal Board Medical’ is the incorrect term for a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment under the Queensland Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme. The term is an historical relic widely used by non-specialist providers and by default it has come in to widely accepted usage. As Hunter Industrial Medicine is a Specialist Medical Practice staffed by FAFOEM qualified Occupational Physicians and Trainees with strong commitment to ongoing training in occupational medicine the ‘coal board medical’ will hereafter be referred to by its correct term ‘Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment’.
Do I need to have a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment ?
All coal mine workers in QLD must have a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment completed on the approved form prior to working in a Queensland coal mine and thereafter at least once every 5 years.
Do I still have to do a Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment even if I already work in a coal mine in another state and have had a medical in that State?
Yes, you are required to complete the health assessment on the approved form before commencing work in an 'at risk' job in the QLD coal mining industry. If you have had a recent medical examination in another State or even for another industry our doctors can review this medical examination to see how much if it can be used to save you the time and expense of repeating any unnecessary medical tests
Can the doctors at Hunter Industrial Medicine do my Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment ?
All of the Specialist Occupational Physicians at Hunter Industrial Medicine are nominated medical advisors (NMA’s) under the Queensland Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme and they are therefore able to do your health assessment in our Maitland offices in the Hunter Valley NSW or while on site at the various mine sites we attend.
Will I need a chest X-ray?
If you are deemed at risk of exposure to coal dust and if you are working underground, then yes you will need a chest x ray and this will need to be repeated periodically as determined by your exposure risk. If you have had a chest x-ray completed recently, you may bring it in with you to your medical assessment and you may not need to have an additional chest x-ray.
What is an ‘Interim Coal Board Medical’ ?
As above the correct name for this is an Interim Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment.
An increasing number of people seeking work in the coal mining industry have been advised by employment/training companies, potential employers or colleagues to undergo an interim health assessment before actually obtaining a job with a coal mine.
Hunter Industrial Medicine can perform a generic Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment and issue an Interim report as well as a copy of a Section 1 page for your potential employer to complete. This report will provide you with evidence that you have completed an Interim Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment against a generic "operator" role. When you secure a job, it will be your employer’s responsibility to provide their companies NMA with further details including the risks and location of your job so that the NMA can review your medical status against the risk profile of your new job and legally issue you, the employer and the relevant government department a completed Section 4 report.
How long does an interim report last?
Unfortunately, there is no defined period. For example, it would not be reasonable for an NMA to base their assessment on an Interim medical document performed over 12 months ago especially if the applicant had significant risk factors for disease. Changes in health can occur in a relatively short time frame and Hunter Industrial Medicine Occupational Physicians are best able to advise on a case by case basis with respect to the validity and currency of your interim assessment.
Will I be required to perform a drug and alcohol test?
This depends upon the requirements of the employer. A large number of employers complete their own drug and alcohol testing onsite thus negating the need for one to be completed at the time of your medical. If you are undertaking an Interim assessment, then we do not ordinarily complete one, however if your employer instructs you to complete one, then yes we will. With this information in mind, we do not perform this test unless instructed to by you or your employer as there is an extra charge for the procedure.
What happens if I have a medical condition? Will I pass my medical examination?
This depends upon the stability of the condition, the impact of the condition on your level of function and the likelihood that your condition will be made worse by your work. Hunter Industrial Medicine is an Occupational Medicine Specialist Practice. If you have a medical condition that requires detailed consideration of the complex interaction between work and health there is no other more qualified medical practice in the Hunter Valley to advise you with respect to your ongoing fitness for work.