The health assessments that form part of the LGIS Health and Wellbeing Program are aimed at improving the health status of your workers by:
- Providing a snapshot of an individual's and the workplace's current health status
- Increasing awareness of relevant health issues
- Educating and motivating workers on strategies to help initiate healthy behaviour change
- Referring high-risk individuals to their general practitioner (GP) or other appropriate health professional for follow-up and provide ongoing management
A variety of health assessment options are available, from a short 10-minute assessment to a more comprehensive 1-hour assessment. The following range of tests can be included as part of a health assessment:
- Total cholesterol and lipid profile (HDL/LDL)
- Blood glucose
- Blood pressure
- Resting heart rate
- Height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Body fat mass and percentage
- Waist to hip ratio
- Lifestyle questionnaire including smoking, alcohol, physical activity
- Nutrition assessment
- Abdominal strength and stability
- Upper body strength
- Aerobic fitness test (step test)
- Grip strength test
- Lung function test
- Vision test
- Postural / musculoskeletal assessment
- Bone density screening
- Goal setting
- Health coaching
Skin cancer screening
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, affecting one in every two Australians in their lifetime. Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.
Skin cancer screening and sun safety education is an integral part of the LGIS Health and Wellbeing Program. It seeks to support your workforce, in particular outdoor workers, who are exposed to damaging UV rays on a regular basis.
Appointments take 15 minutes and include a full body, comprehensive skin assessment conducted by a qualified skin clinician or a GP professionally trained in skin cancer detection. Education is provided to the worker on how to check for and prevent skin cancer in the future. Referrals to a specialist are made where required. A summary report outlining participation and referral statistics is provided to your local government.
All new workers in a prescribed “noisy” workplace must have a baseline hearing test within 12 months of commencing employment. A “noisy” workplace is where a worker receives or is likely to receive a personal noise dose of 90dB or above during an eight hour shift and this is typical of the work environment. Furthermore, a worker who receives noise above a peak exposure of 140dB at any time will require testing (Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981).
Regular (annual) audiometric testing is also recommended by Safe Work Australia in the National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work. Regular testing allows for better risk management for the employer and greater awareness of any loss for the worker. Regular testing can also help you avoid potential workers compensation claims for noise induced hearing loss.