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Employees may have pre-existing medical conditions that place them at increased health risk should they contract COVID-19.

It is important that employers, appropriately assess the individual health risk of each employee in order to identify those that may require modifications to their job role to reduce their health risks associated with COVID-19.

How it works

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on the advice of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) provided clear recommendations on provisions for essential workers who are considered to be most at risk of acquiring COVID-19 and at higher risk of serious illness if they become unwell. These recommendations provide valuable guidelines for workplaces on how they should manage the health risks of particular employees.

AHPPC considers that, based on the limited current evidence, the following people are, or are likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they are infected with the virus:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions. Conditions included in the definition of ‘chronic medical conditions’ will be refined as more evidence emerges. The most current list can be accessed on the Department of Health website
  • People 70 years and older
  • People with compromised immune systems (see Department of Health website)
  • Pregnancy may also be a concern, however there is limited evidence at the present time

AHPPC recommends that workplaces undertake an assessment for all workers to determine those who are vulnerable or at risk, allowing appropriate measures to be put in place to manage and ensure the safety of these individuals.

Under the guidance of an Occupational Physician with expertise in both infectious diseases and occupational medicine, KINNECT have developed an online screening tool which allows workplaces to quickly, securely and cost effectively administer this risk assessment across their entire workforce.

COVID-19 employee health risk screening

Online Health Profile Survey

Each employee completes an online COVID-19 employee risk screening tool that securely and confidentially collects health information needed to make a determination on an employees risk. The survey can be completed using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and only takes 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

COVID-19 employee health risk screening


The employer will receive a summary report of each employee’s health risk outcome. In addition, each employee can be issued with their COVID-19 Health Risk Profile report, providing them with reassurance that the workplace has sought expert medical advice to ensure their ongoing health and safety whilst continuing to work during the pandemic.

COVID-19 workplace medical services

Review by Occupational Physician

Employees identified to be at an elevated risk, can have their health risk data reviewed by a KINNECT Occupational Physician. The reviewing Occupational Physician will make a determination on the employees suitability and safety to continue working in their normal work environment and role, during the pandemic or if further medical information is required from the employees treating medical practitioner / specialist.

COVID-19 workplace doctor

Consultation with Employer

Following the COVID-19 employee health risk screening, employers will have the option to discuss the outcomes and recommendations with KINNECT’s Medical Officers.

COVID-19 Services for Workplaces


Explore our range of COVID-19 services to help workplaces manage their COVID-19 risk.

COVID-19 Workforce Screening

Proactive screening of large workforce’s is one measure a workplace can take when continuing to operate during the pandemic.

KINNECT can provide an onsite service to conduct workforce screening for COVID-19 risk factors – body temperate and signs/symptoms questioning, in addition to educating the workforce on risk mitigation strategies.

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COVID-19 Return to Work Service

It is inevitable that at some stage in the coming months, workplaces will have employees who recover from COVID-19 and will want to return to work.

Employers should have appropriate procedures in place to ensure that any employee returning to work following recovery from COVID-19 is safe to do so, without placing any other employees at risk.

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COVID-19 Online Health Declaration Form

Given the recent events of COVID-19, Employers have the need to effectively monitor the health of their workforce daily, identify those with potential symptoms, all to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.

KINNECT have developed a COVID-19 health screening tool that can be used to evaluate an employees health status and COVID-19 risk daily. The screening tool is best used at the commencement of each shift, as it will identify those employees who are safe to proceed with their normal work duties and those that require medical attention and/or self-quarantine. The health declaration form can be used by team leaders and supervisors who are performing COVID-19 screening of their workforce each day.

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COVID-19 Vulnerable Employee Health Risk Screening

Employees may have pre-existing medical conditions that place them at increased health risk should they contract COVID-19.

It is important that employers, appropriately assess the individual health risk of each employee in order to identify employees that may require modifications to their job role in order to reduce their health risks associated with COVID-19.

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COVID-19 24/7 Hotline

Given the recent events of COVID-19, Employers have the need to effectively manage and respond to, suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Provide your workforce with access to a 24/7 Hotline to receive expert medical advice and guidance with respect to suspected and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Prevent the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 within your workplace and mitigate further financial loss.

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COVID-19 Vulnerable Employee Health Risk Screening Survey

$95.00 + GST

Online survey to determine an employees health risk assessment.

Review of Health Risk Data by Occupational Health Doctor

$250.00 + GST

Review of an employees health risk data by Occupational Physician. Only required for employees identified to be at an elevated risk.

Co-ordination of Additional Medical Information

$50.00 + GST

Co-ordination of additional medical information / reports from an employee's treating medical practitioner / specialist, if required.

Medical Officer - Consultation with Employer

$250.00 + GST

Teleconference with Occupational Health Doctor to discuss all outcomes and recommendations post COVID-19 employee risk screening. Per 15 minute block of time.


We recognise that access to expert Occupational Medical advice right now is critical in helping organisations make appropriate decisions that impact their employees’ health and wellbeing. 

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