Occupational Physicians

Why use an occupational physician?

Occupational physicians are specialists in the field of occupational medicine which focuses on prevention, identification, management and treatment of health conditions and rehabilitation. An occupational physician can operate at a level beyond the individual worker and can consider potential impacts across a workplace population, the holistic work environment and the “health” of the company.

The knowledge, training and skills of occupational physicians distinguish them from other medical practitioners, particularly in the following areas:

  • high level of exposure to a wide range of worksites and work-practices
  • training to assess work practices and the potential health effects on an individual worker
  • specialised understanding of best practice, evidence based approaches to workplace injury management
  • experience in management of patients within their work and social environment, not just within a medical model
  • expertise in clinical decision-making and cost effective management of injured workers and sickness absence.

Occupational physician services

Occupational physicians consider medical issues within the wider context of their psycho-social and industrial frameworks, and are central to effective communication with workers, employers, treating medical experts, agents and insurers.

CHG’s occupational physicians can provide a wide range of services including:

  • Clinical treatment and management – CHG occupational physicians specialise in the investigation and diagnosis of work-related health conditions and can provide a thorough approach to the management of injury and illness. Patients may be referred to a CHG occupational physician from their general practitioner, another specialist, an allied health provider, the patient’s employer or an insurer.
  • Workplace assessment – CHG occupational physicians have extensive experience in a wide range of worksites and work-practices. An occupational physician’s worksite experience and training in medicine, ergonomics, work practices and industrial processes makes them the ideal adviser on a person’s suitability for a particular job.
  • Health surveillance – Health surveillance involves the assessment of individuals to identify changes in health status due to occupational exposure to hazardous substances such as chemicals, biological agents or noise. CHG occupational physicians can work with employers to plan, implement and evaluate a health surveillance program tailored to a specific workplace’s exposures and risks.
  • Determining causality – Occupational physicians are trained in the critical analysis of evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, research methods, worksite assessment and risk assessments. With their extensive knowledge of medicine and work practices, CHG occupational physicians are experts in determining whether the health condition a patient presents with is related to work.
  • Independent expert opinion – CHG occupational physicians are specialists in providing an independent expert opinion about a person’s reported injuries and disabilities, the worker’s fitness to perform certain work duties or the work-relatedness of a worker’s condition. A CHG occupational physician can provide an independent opinion on a person’s condition, diagnosis and prognosis, assess capacity for work, review treatment and comment on its appropriateness and future directions.
  • Injury or illness prevention strategies – CHG occupational physicians can work independently, or in collaboration with CHG allied health professionals, to design and implement workplace based injury and illness prevention programs to reduce the human and economic impact of workplace injury.

Why choose CHG?

CHG occupational physicians have unparalleled expertise and experience in partnering with South Australian employers to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to workplace health.

The services offered by CHG are led by experienced occupational physicians Dr Tony Thoo, Dr Roberto D’Onise and Dr Dion Suyapto. Dr Thoo, Dr D’Onise and Dr Suyapto collectively hold fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Australasian Faculty of Medicine and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physician.

The CHG team of occupational physicians have over 20 years experience in providing services and expert advice to some of South Australia’s largest employers, including:

  • Nyrstar lead and zinc smelting operation, Port Pirie
  • Monroe Australia Pty Ltd
  • British Aerospace
  • Hills Industries
  • Pasminco BHAS (now Zinifex)
  • Bridgestone TG Australia
  • Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd
  • Exide Battery Technology
  • Onesteel

Dr Thoo and Dr D’Onise consult in purpose built specialist consultant rooms at 69 Henley Beach Road, Mile End, South Australia.  Dr Suyapto consults from our CHG Clinics at Gillman and Elizabeth Vale.

Contact the CHG Customer Service Centre on telephone (08) 8354 9800 or email us to find out how a CHG occupational physician can add value to your organisation’s approach to injury prevention and injury management

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