Pre-Employment Functional Assessments

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Altaira has created purpose-built, state of the art clinical and functional assessment rooms as part of our Allied Health division.

We offer Pre-Employment Functional Assessments, which include general health check; musculoskeletal assessment; and functional assessment components.

Our industry leading functional assessments provide same day reports, allowing staff to commence work in the fastest possible time.

Health Check

This section of the assessment determines the candidate’s general health and fitness to undertake the assessment itself.

Subjective information gained throughout this part of the assessment will also help guide the clinician for the physical assessment.

General Health Check is composed of:

  • Drug Screening Test (urine sample)
  • Health Questionnaire
  • Basic Health Assessment
  • Visual Screening Assessment
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Fastest turnaround time possible – Reports sent on the day of assessment.

Musculoskeletal Assessment

This section will provide an overview of musculoskeletal health, including screening for common acute and chronic injury risk factors.

The clinician will use their clinical reasoning skills to determine the level of risk associated with the findings, and how this may relate to the functional demands of the proposed job role.

Musculoskeletal Assessment is composed of:

  • Grip Strength Testing
  • Dynamic Movements
  • Global Joint Range of Motion
  • Special/Extra Testing (for tendons, ligaments, and impingements)
  • Neurological and Neurodynamic Testing


The functional component will be specifically tailored to suit the job requirements of individual roles (nurse, care worker, etc.), with detailed analysis and comparison to minimum functional demands required for these roles.

Functional Assessment is composed of:

  • Postural Tolerances
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Assessment
  • Assessment of Manual Handling Capacity
  • Analysis of Manual Handling Competency

Same Day

Professional reports will be sent out to prospective clients on the same day of the assessment.

These reports will include a summary of the main findings presented in a pertinent yet succinct manner, along with an overall risk rating for the candidate of either low, medium, or high.

Pre-Employment Assessments FAQ

What is a pre-employment assessment?

Pre-employment assessments are assessments which are conducted to ensure the suitability and safety of a potential employee by confirming the candidate can match the functional demands required for the job they have applied for. Each assessment is specifically tailored to different types of businesses, and the differing functional demands required by each role within those organisations.

At the end of the assessment, a report will be sent to the prospective employer on the same day. This will be a summary of the main assessment findings along with a final risk rating of low, medium, or high.

What’s involved in a pre-employment assessment?

A pre-employment assessment is an assessment conducted on a person to determine their suitability for employment in a specific role. It evaluates a potential employee’s general and musculoskeletal health, as well as their functional capacity and it compares these against the requirements of a specific role.

Pre-employment assessments are composed of three components:

  1. General Health – this includes a basic health check to ensure the candidate is safe to undertake the assessment; a health questionnaire which screens for any significant health issues and/or injuries; a visual screen; and a drug & alcohol screening test
  2. Musculoskeletal Assessment – this includes a screening of musculoskeletal range of motion; dynamic assessment; special tests; and nerve & reflex testing.
  3. Functional Assessment – this includes testing of postural tolerances; cardiovascular fitness; and manual handling capacity & competency.
What do I need to bring and what clothes should I wear?

You will need to bring yourself and photo identification (preferably a driver’s license or passport). Ensure you wear loose comfortable clothing (e.g. shorts, trackpants, t-shirt, etc.) and enclosed shoes.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment.

What happens if my drug test does not come back negative?

If your drug test returns unconfirmed results, you may be asked again to disclose whether you have taken any prescription or non-prescription drugs in the past month.

You may be asked to repeat the test and if there is another unconfirmed drug test result, the test will be terminated at this point. The employer will be notified, and if necessary, the sample may be sent off for confirmation if necessary.

Who will conduct my assessment?

Your assessment will be conducted by either a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, who has been specifically trained in occupational health care.

How much do I need to pay for the assessment?

You will not be required to pay any out of pocket expenses as your employer will be paying for the assessment.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment will generally take anywhere between 45-60 minutes to complete. It is best to plan for a one hour duration just to be on the safe side.

We strongly believe

  • in quality care comes from quality staff
  • in the importance of building relationships with the residents and facility staff
  • in providing continuation of staff (which in turn helps build relationships with the residents and the facility staff)
  • in providing trustworthy staff
  • in caring for the residents as if they are our own family members
  • in receiving and providing feedback (positive/ negative)
  • it is our privilege to assist you

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