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Injury Management

Our doctors and allied health practitioners are experienced in work injury management where the philosophy of “stay at work” and “return to work” is central in their clinical management of injured employees.

We work within the WorkCover Queensland framework and utilise their standard documentation. We are also flexible with using internal suitable duties plans and other documentation.

Our doctors prefer to work as a team with the employee and employer with timely communication and through evidence-based clinical management to ensure a positive result for everyone. We have an exercise physiologist in our team who can assist with rehabilitation and networks of physiotherapists and occupational therapists who can provide input and assistance when necessary.

Occupational and Corporate
Health Medicals

TSMP is staffed by dedicated and experienced doctors and allied health practitioners who have a special interest and expertise in both occupational and corporate health.

We can assist you with the reduction of workplace injury through the provision of employment-related medicals and functional capacity examinations. The examinations have

been developed in-house and are then tailored to suite the industry or occupational requirements of your business. The services are conducted by experienced healthcare professionals.

Services can include any of the following components:

  • Pre-employment medicals
  • Functional capacity evaluation (work fitness assessments)
  • Coal worker health assessments (QLD)
  • Rail Industry Safety Medicals (Category 1, 2 and 3)
  • Complex musculoskeletal assessments
  • ECG, resting or stress
  • Commercial driver’s license assessments
  • Fatigue Management (TruckSafe) and Dangerous Goods Medicals
  • Audiometry and Spirometry
  • Alcohol and drug testing
  • Travel medicals (including Visa medicals) and associated immunisations

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) are very valuable in assessing a person’s physical capabilities and function to safely perform their job demands. These can be used as a pre-employment screen to assess someone’s suitability to a certain job role, or an annual assessment to confirm correct manual handling and injury prevention.

The benefits of conducting an FCE can include having safer work places, less workplace injuries and ensuring employees are correctly matched to their job role.

FCEs can be designed to suit every job role. A generalised FCE includes positional tolerances, physical characteristics, cardiovascular fitness testing, and manual handling.

Audiometry and Spirometry

We offer audiometry (hearing) testing in both our  accredited audiometric testing booth and specifically constructed sound dampened room using computer-based audio screening. All audiometric testing is conducted in accordance with AS/NZS 1269.4 Occupational Noise Management Part 4. A report and explanation is provided for the employee/employer showing hearing level for each frequency compared to the norms for the age of the employee. The results will indicate if there is baseline, occupational or possibly other causes for hearing loss.

Spirometry (lung function) testing is available for companies as a baseline for pre-employment medicals or ongoing testing as required to help maintain a safe working environment for their employees. The testing is conducted to measure the flow volume of air from the lungs. The result will indicate if there is any narrowing of the airways and quantify any abnormal lung function in a non-invasive manner. The test is performed by our registered nurses and all results are reviewed by one of our doctors afterward. We are one of the few practices in Townsville accredited as a practice for the Queensland Coal Mine Workers surveillance program.


The practice provides resting ECGs if necessary. These give a baseline of heart health which is especially important in those working with electricity, have a pre-existing heart condition or are over the age of 50. If a stress ECG is required these can be facilitated with one of our cardiologist partners.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and alcohol testing is a statutory requirement in some industries and has also been adopted in other industries to help maintain a safe working environment. We provide instant drug and alcohol screening utilising a seven panel drug kit which also tests for alcohol and includes six adulterant checks. The test kit meets the Australian Standards AS/NZS 4308:2008.

We also offer gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GCMS) drug and alcohol testing through a pathology laboratory with the pathology blood room co-located at our practice. Confirmatory testing of any non-negative instant results are recommended using GCMS.

Workplace Health Promotion

Comprehensive workplace wellness programs have been shown to provide a positive return on investment through measureable improvement such as reduced absenteeism, fewer worker’s compensation claims, and reduced presenteeism – all leading to increased productivity. We strongly support and encourage workplace health promotion through services designed to optimise the physical and mental health and wellbeing of your employees.

Our services are provided through our team of doctors, accredited dieticians, exercise physiologists and psychologists. We also have a team of registered nurses with training and experience in occupational health, health assessments and chronic conditions.

These services include:

  • Employee health assessments
  • Onsite influenza vaccination clinics (your company location)
  • Occupational vaccinations
  • Skin cancer checks
  • Healthy heart checks (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, waist and hip measures, BMI, chronic disease risk stratification)
  • Weight management
  • Group fitness program
  • Stress management
  • Fatigue management
  • Workplace ergonomics and postural assessments
  • Healthy food options

Group Fitness and
Nutrition Programs

Our dietician and exercise physiologist are also accredited facilitators of the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL™) program. HEAL is a lifestyle modification program that enables participants to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. HEAL consists of 8 weekly group education and group exercise sessions as well as individual consultations pre- and post-program and 5 and 12 month follow-up health consultations. Each week participants undertake 1 hour of supervised group-based low to moderate intensity physical activity followed by a 1 hour group-based healthy lifestyle education class

Group Nutrition Education

Educational sessions are available for your workplace on a range of topics including; healthy eating, fatigue management, weight management, meal preparation, food for mood and

chronic disease management. If your workplace has a specific nutrition topic they would like a session on please just ask. Maybe your workplace is going to participate in a team fun run and need some sport nutrition tips. We also offer Skype and email consultation who those who travel or have limited time availability.

All of our programs can be specifically tailored to the needs of your organisation.

On-site Influenza
Vaccination Programs

If you are concerned about the impact on influenza on the health of your employees and the productivity of your company, then an influenza vaccination program with TSMP is a convenient way minimise disruptions, protect productivity and invest in the health and wellbeing of your staff. Vaccinating your employees against influenza has shown to be cost effective as employees remaining

healthier, reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity.

We will be able to provide consent forms, information leaflets, posters for your work site and a user-friendly online appointment system to assist you with a vaccination program for your employees.

Other Vaccinations

If other occupational risks exist we can also facilitate other vaccine programs. Examples include but are not limited to Q fever, rabies, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tetanus and whooping cough.

Skin Cancer Checks

Our doctors are qualified to complete whole body skin checks and advise on appropriate management. Occupational and lifetime exposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer many fold. Yearly skin checks can decrease the morbidity associated with developing skin cancer by allowing early intervention.

Travel Medicine and Vaccinations

Townsville & Suburban Medical Practice is a licensed member of Travel Clinics Australia. We are staffed by a medical team that is not only experienced in the needs of overseas travellers but are also seasoned travellers ourselves. We have access to the most up-to-date travel health information, including outbreaks and disease prevention. We provide advice to private travellers, corporate travellers, travel agents and other health professionals.

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Video Consultations

If you have a busy schedule at your office or are travelling out-of-town then video consultations are available with our doctors. The video consult offers you medical care where you need it and can be conducted from your office or home on your desktop computer, or travelling using a mobile device such as laptop or smart phone/tablet.

To book your occupational and corporate health medicals phone (07) 4426 3636 orEmail Us