By the end of the course the participating physician will have sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to manage occupational health problems presenting within their family medicine clinic, as well as being able to act as a part time medical advisor to local businesses or other employers on occupational health issues with a level of competence expected from a family physician with a special interest or focused practice in this topic area.
Specifically they will:
- Understand the different ways in which occupational health practice operates within a business environment, the individuals and groups who impact on occupational health, the legal and ethical framework in which such services operate, the advantages and disadvantages of different models of provision, and the role of the physician in such services;
- Understand the principles and practice of providing health surveillance and other workplace based programs for the protection of workers’ health;
- Know how to identify the hazards present in a workplace, including performing a walk through survey, and how to prioritize and plan to control exposures where needed so as to minimize risk to workers;
- Know how to recognize, diagnose, and manage within the workplace common types of work-related injury and illness;
- Appreciate not only the important of prevention in the workplace as a way of minimizing health impacts from workplace hazards, but also how health promotion activities in the workplace can improve the health of workers;
- Know how to review and critically evaluate information sources available in occupational medicine so as to be able to advise interested parties including managers, and workers on the importance of these to the business which they are advising.