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Occupational Health Doctor roles at KINNECT offer satisfying, career moves

Despite being a relatively low-profile and niche medical field, the role of Occupational Health Doctor at KINNECT is giving doctors a flexible and intellectually challenging career change.

Occupational health doctors play a vital role at the intersection of healthcare and the workplace dynamics. Promoting the health benefits of good work while considering the operational needs, risks and health goals of client organisations.

The discipline’s profile has risen in recent times because of health crisis like the COVID-19 Pandemic and emerging issues like silicosis in engineered stone workers. KINNECT’s Chief Medical Office, Dr. Matthew Brandt, said: “There is definitely an increasing demand for occupational health risk management, which is being supported by advocacy from internationally renowned experts like Dr. Graeme Edwards, KINNECT’s Chief Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician.”

The need to bring on qualified occupational health specialists and general practitioners (GPs) is ever-present for KINNECT as it expands its business across Australia. In particular, KINNECT actively seeks Occupational Health Doctors to perform a range of activities such as pre-placement signoffs, health surveillance medicals, complex fitness for duty assessments, workplace visits, and consultancy projects.

More benefits than meets the eye

Along with competitive pay rates, KINNECT provides flexible work arrangements allowing doctors to choose their hours, work remotely and maintain variety in their medical careers. “Our doctors receive robust support working as part of a multidisciplinary team and take part in regular educational sessions.

“Highlights of the job are the satisfaction of working with diverse occupational health risk management challenges, assisting clients to develop occupational health programs, and addressing clinical governance issues.

“KINNECT’s agile approach to continuous improvement and a commitment to strive for excellence also greatly enhances the working experience,” Dr Brandt explained.

A perfect niche role for the right person

For potential candidates, Dr. Brandt advises that they consider the shift in pace and the nature of the work.

“While the role differs from traditional clinical face-to-face patient work in that you won’t have that contact, the role offers plenty of variety in supporting the wellbeing of individuals, workgroups and organisations in many different industries.”

“As CMO, I still provide advice to workers, and I love going to worksites when I get the chance: it’s satisfying to look at a work process and help them solve any issues they’re having from a health perspective,” Dr. Brandt reflected.

Comfort with technology is crucial as KINNECT use industry-specific software such as ResHealth and Carelever, our proprietary platform that manages the process and health information end-to-end for pre-employment, health surveillance, workplace rehabilitation and project work.

Mandatory requirements to work with KINNECT include unconditional registration with AHPRA, three years of post-graduation experience, and either vocational registration as a GP or qualification as an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician. Accreditation as a Supervising Doctor (AMA) with RSHQ and experience with legislated assessments such as hazardous substances health surveillance and commercial driver licence medicals are desirable.

In addition to qualifications, Dr. Brandt believes that essential skills for KINNECT’s Occupational Health Doctors include effective communication, analytical prowess, application of relevant regulatory and medical ethics frameworks, integrity, and a focus on quality and safety and continuous improvement.

A role as an Occupational Health Doctor at KINNECT does offer plenty of variety, a different pace and the flexibility to pursue a career path that has a tangible effect on the health of a large population of Australian workers.

“We welcome expressions of interest at any time from specialists and GPs alike. It’s a fascinating field and KINNECT’s culture, and very enthusiastic people, makes it easy to have a very fulfilling career in occupational health,” said Dr. Brand.

Interested in a change? Visit our careers site for more information on occupational health roles at KINNECT.