Occupational Health

The University of Melbourne employs an occupational health nurse to provide occupational health screening and monitoring services to University staff.

All records are kept strictly confidential.

For health and medical needs not associated with University work, please contact your general practitioner or the University Health Service.

  • Supervisor/Manager responsibilities

    Supervisors and managers must identify risks associated with the job tasks that their staff complete.

    Monitoring requirements and protocols include:

    If you determine your new starter's role requires occupational health monitoring (i.e. vaccinations and/or health monitoring) then ensure that they complete a health and hazard assessment questionnaire (HHAQ) before commencing work.

    Once completed, the new starter forwards the HHAQ to the Occupational Health Nurse.

    If a current staff member's role has a substantial change then a new HHAQ may be required.

    For staff members who require ongoing monitoring or vaccinations, supervisors and managers should route requests for these services via their local Health and Safety Business Partner.

  • Staff responsibilities

    Staff should discuss potential risks associated with their job tasks with their manager or supervisor.

    All new staff, or staff whose job risks have altered, are required to complete a health and hazard assessment questionnaire (HHAQ) before starting work. Once completed, forward this to the Occupational Health Nurse.

  • Health monitoring

    The areas of health monitoring required by legislation include:

    • Audiometric (hearing) - testing for noise exposures.
    • Spirometry (lung function) - testing for exposures to lung irritants including animal dander (fur, hair and skin), chemicals, dusts, fumes and other allergenic and sensitising substances.
    • Pathology - screening for post vaccination antibodies, microbial exposures (involving biological and zoonotic diseases including: Q fever, rabies (Australian bat lyssavirus), chlamydia, tuberculosis (TB), HIV, hepatitis B and C and other potentially hazardous microbial exposures). Scheduled hazardous chemical monitoring and drug screening as required for staff entering other research sites.

    Some of these services may be outsourced to external providers.

  • Further assistance

    Your local Health and Safety Business Partner is your primary point of contact for general health and safety enquiries.

    For more specialised advice the Occupational Health Nurse can assist.

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