What does an occupational health physician do?

By HealthEngine

Last updated: 22 January 2018

What is an occupational health physician?

An occupational health physician is a doctor who specialises in managing work-related conditions.

What do occupational health physicians treat?

  • Work-related injury and illness prevention
  • Assessment and treatment of work-related illness
  • General health and safety issues
  • Pre employment medical assessment for divers, pilots, heavy machinery drivers
  • Psychology and psychiatry
  • Injury prevention, assessment and treatment
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Rehabilitation strategies
  • Pre employment medical assessments

What to expect at your first appointment


An occupational health physician will begin by getting background information. This will be about your:

  • Previous and current health
  • Your job
  • The hazards you may face
  • Any current symptoms

They will also need to know about:

  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Family history


Typically this will begin with measuring your height, weight, pulse, blood pressure and general appearance. The occupational specialist will then be directed by your specific problem.

Examination may be tailored to fitness to undertake a specific activity, or focussed on a particular problem you already have.

Training and qualifications



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